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Title: Indian Writing in English

Indian Writing in English: R.K.Narayan | English Literature

Introduction

  • Indian English Literature – works written in English by Indian writers
  • 1st book by Indian in English – Sake Dean Mahomet- Travels of Dean Mahomet
  • 1st Indian novel in English- Bankim Chandra Chatterjee- Rajmohan՚s Wife

Writers

  • R. K Narayanan
  • Raja Rao
  • Mulk Raj Anand
  • Anita Desai
  • Khuswant Singh
  • Arun Joshi

R. K Narayan

  • Rasipuram Krishnaswami Iyer Narayanaswami (10 October 1906 – 13 May 2001)
  • Known for his work set in the fictional South Indian town of Malgudi.
  • R. K Narayanan, Mulk Raj Anand and Raja Rao.
  • Autobiographical trilogy of Swami and Friends, The Bachelor of Arts and The English Teacher.
  • The fictional town of Malgudi was first introduced in Swami and Friends.
  • Narayan՚s The Financial Expert was hailed as one of the most original works of 1951 and Sahitya Academy Award winner The Guide was adapted for film

Awards

  • Sahitya Akademi Award
  • AC Benson Medal
  • Padma Bhushan
  • Padma Vibhushan
  • He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature multiple times, but never won the honour

MCQs

1. Fictional town used by R. K Narayan

A. Xanadu

B. Utopia

C. Malgudi

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