R.K. Narayan, during his
seven- decade- long literary career, created an array of strikingly familiar
characters. Whether it was Swami and his friends, The English Teacher, The
Talkative Man, The Reluctant Guru, The Guide, or the Bachelor of Arts, to name
just a few, they were all a part of our lives, milling around all the time —
seen yet unseen — and all that Narayan did was to gently nudge us to look a
little more closely at them, writes Ashwini Bhatnagar
by Rajnish Wattas
Krishnaswami Narayan has not passed away. He has simply changed address. From
his earthly residence at Chennai, he has now moved on to his more 'permanent'
abode at Malgudi.