New Delhi, Oct 10: The search engine on Friday dedicated a Google doodle to Indian English writer R.K. Narayan on his 108th birth anniversary.
The Google Doodle page said: “Who’s the man behind the book on our doodle in India? It’s Malgudi’s native son, famed Indian writer RK Narayan. Narayan is a well known pioneer of early Indian literature and set most of his stories in the fictional town of Malgudi. Happy 108th birthday to RK Narayan.”
The doodle shows an elderly man (presumably Narayan himself) reading the popular collection of short stories, Malgudi Days. When the doodle is clicked it takes you Google search for R.K. Narayan with top links offering information about the author and his works.
Best known for his works set in the fictional town of Malgudi, his short stories were made into a TV series, Malgudi Days.
Born in Madras on October 10, 1906, Rasipuram Krishnaswami Iyer Narayan started his career as a journalist and later took to writing novels, his first being Swami and Friends in 1935.
Alongside Mulk Raj Anand and Raja Rao, R.K. Narayan is one of three leading figures of early Indian literature in English. He broke through with the help of his mentor and friend, Graham Greene, who was instrumental in getting publishers for his first four books, including the semi-autobiographical trilogy of Swami and Friends, The Bachelor of Arts and The English Teacher.
His ‘The Financial Expert’ was hailed as one of the most original works of 1951, and Sahitya Akademi Award winner The Guide was adapted for film and for Broadway.
The style of his short story writing has often been compared to that of Guy de Maupassant, as both the writers were blessed with an ability to compress the narrative without losing out on elements of the story.
Narayan’s writing career which spanned over sixty years brought several awards and honours for him. These include the AC Benson Medal from the Royal Society of Literature and the Padma Vibhushan, India’s second-highest civilian award.
RK Narayan, who was also nominated to the upper house of Parliament, died of heart failure at the age of 94 on May 12, 2001.