In the summer of 2001, R. K. Narayan was wheeled into a hospital. Till then, this ninety-four-year-old man was busy planning a new novel, his sixteenth. Unfortunately, the writer, who was on life support, did not recover and this story with a grandfather as the protagonist – perhaps a sequel to his last novel Grandmother’s Tale (1992) – remained unwritten. To R.K. Narayan writing was as essential and as natural as breathing. Even when he travelled, he wrote about 1500 words per day and also maintained a diary; the jottings therein were used later in My Dateless Diary (1960). Narayan began publishing at the age of twenty-nine and wrote 15 novels, 8 short story collections, 3 mythologies, about 8 non-fictional writings,…
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Kar Barua, Sudeshna. "R. K. Narayan". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 31 October 2013
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