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My Days: A Memoir

 
R.K. Narayan (Author)
Synopsis My days is the only memoir from R K Narayan, one of the twentieth century's most important writers in the English language.  In the wry and truthful style that has made him famous, R K Narayan shares his life story, beginning in his grand mother's garden in Madras with a ferocious pet peacock. As a young boy with no interest in school he trains grasshoppers and scouts and then, against the advice of all, especially his commanding headmaster father, the dreaming Narayan begins to write fiction. When one of his pieces is accepted by Punch magazine, what he describes as his 'first prestige publication', his life becomes gradually filled with bumbling British diplomas, strange movie moguls, evasive Indian officials and the 'blind urge ' to fall in love.  Like his fiction, R K Narayan's memoirs are acutely perceptive of the human condition, often brilliantly funny and always forgiving.
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About the author

R.K. Narayan

R. K. Narayan was born in Madras in south India and educated in Mysore which had also been his home for over half-a-century now. Narayan was one of India’s most distinguished writers at work today. Through his several novels and short stories, he had created the enchanting fictional world of Malgudi which has captivated his readers throughout the world and, more recently, millions of Indian television viewers who saw TV adaptations of several of his Malgudi stories. Narayan’s books are regularly published in USA, UK and India and have also been widely translated into several European and Indian languages. His novel The Guide (1958) won the Sahitya Akademi Award, India’s highest literary honour. In 1980, Narayan was awarded the A.C. Benson Medal by the Royal Society of Literature and in 1982 he was made an Honorary Member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. In 1986, he was nominated for a 6-year term to Rajya Sabha, the Upper House of Indian Parliament in recognition of his outstanding literary stature. Apart from The Mahabharata, Narayan had also retold the other great Indian epic The Ramayana, as well as a selection of Indian legends in Gods, Demons and Others.

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Bibliographic information

Title My Days: A Memoir
Author R.K. Narayan
Format Softcover
Date published: 26.06.2001
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Picador India
Language: English
isbn 0330484435
length 180p.