R K Narayan Quotes and Biography 2022

K. Narayan was an Indian writer known for his work set in the fictional South Indian town of Malgudi. He was born on 10th October 1906 and was born in Madras, Madras Presidency, British India. He passed away on 13th May of 2001 when he was 94 years of age in New Delhi, India.

Rasipuram Krishnaswami Iyer Narayanaswami is the birth of the famously known author R. K. Narayan. He was a most famous leading author of the earlier Indian literature in English in which he had Mulk Raj Anand and Raja Rao along with him.

He had a friend named Graham Greene who was also his mentor and was helping him a lot in getting publishers for R.K. Narayan’s first four books which include the semi-autobiographical trilogy of Swami and Friends, The English Teacher and The Bachelor of Arts.

The fictional town of Malgudi was first introduced in his work Swami and Friends and another work of his, The Financial Expert earned him Sahitya Academy Award.


Early life, Family and Relationship

K. Narayan was born in a Tamil Brahmin family on the 10th of October in the year of 1906 in Madras which is now Chennai. He was the second of the sons.


Father: Rasipuram Venkatarama Krishnaswami Iyer

Mother: Gnanambal

Brother: R. K. Laxman & Ramachandra

His younger brother became an editor in the Gemini Studios and his youngest brother Laxman was a cartoonist. His father was a school headmaster and he had his education for some period in his father’s school and as his father was getting transfers very frequently he spent a part of his childhood in the care of his maternal grandmother Parvathi.

At this time he was with his grandmother he had his two playmates and his best friend who was a mischievous monkey & a peacock.


K. Narayan Success and career

K. Narayan had his writings take a more imaginative and creative external style compared to his earlier novels which were semi-autobiographical.

He kept on going and so did his efforts and his first book has this modification and however, it contained some of his own experiences and the specific of his was he starting his own journal and he had made a marked movement from his earlier novels and he by intermixing biographical events.

He very soon published The Financial Expert which was regarded as his masterpiece and was greatly celebrated as the most original one of fiction in the year of 1951.

R K Narayan Quotes

  1. You threw a stone into a gutter it would only spurt filth in your face.
  2. You cannot count on the physical proximity of someone you love, all the time.
  3. If you are ready to hate and want to destroy each other, you may find a hundred reasons
  4. Even when you realize that the one before you is an enemy and must be treated sternly, do not hurt with words.
  5. Knowledge, like food, must be taken within limits. You must know only as much as you need, and not more.
  6. Life is about making right things and going on.
  7. Every minute becomes a yesterday and is lost forever.
  8. It seems to me that we generally do not have a correct measure of our own wisdom.
  9. Do you realize how few ever really understand how fortunate they are in their circumstances?
  10. You become a writer by writing. It is yoga.
  11. We always question the bonafides of the man who tells us unpleasant facts.
  12. Nothing in this world can be hidden or suppressed. All such attempts are like holding an umbrella to conceal the sun
  13. Travellers are an enthusiastic lot. They do not mind any inconvenience as long as they have something to see.
  14. The unbeaten brat will remain unlearned.
  15. Everyone is acting a part all the time, knowingly or unknowingly.
  16. Violence cannot be everlasting. Sooner or later it has to go, if not through wisdom, definitely through decrepitude, which comes on with years, whether one wants it or not.
  17. A profound unmitigated loneliness is the only truth of life.
  18. Society presses upon us all the time. The progress of the last half century is the progress of the frog out of his well.
  19. No one ever accepts criticism so cheerfully. Neither the man who utters it nor the man who invites it really means it.
  20. Death and its associates, after the initial shock, produce callousness. 


R K Narayan Quotes and Biography 2022



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