Picture courtesy Google

Ram is no strange case student in Ranchi. Like him a group of students and teachers from Ranchi’s St Xavier’s college remembered the maker of popular  “Malgudi Days.” All of them thanked Google Doodle for highlighting Narayan’s birthday.

After www.jharkhandnews.com clicked Doodle carrying his picture,it opened Google search of R.K Narayan with top links offering information about the author and his works.

In fact,Rasipuram Krishnaswami Narayanswami, who preferred the shortened name R.K. Narayan, was born in Madras, India, on Oct. 10, 1906.His father, an educator, travelled frequently, and his mother was frail, so Narayan was raised in Madras by his grandmother and an uncle.

His grandmother inspired in young Narayan a passion for language and for people. He attended the Christian Mission School, where, he said, he learned to love the Hindu gods simply because the Christian chaplain ridiculed them. Narayan graduated from Maharaja’s College in Mysore in 1930. In 1934 he was married, but his wife, Rajam, died of typhoid in 1939. He had one daughter, Hema. He never remarried.

Though celebrations were still on,none of his Ranchi fans talked about his love for the Hindu gods or his simple lifestyle committed to the cause of the people.”This was difficult to do.So the young Jharkhandis preferred to remember him rather than taking a vow to be what R.K.Narayan was”,said Dilip Singh,a school teacher.


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