Posts Tagged ‘R K Narayan’

The revelation of a musical mystery!

December 28, 2007

Raj at Plus Ultra clears a mystery or two:

R.K.Narayan, in one of his short-essays, described the agony of a musically-challenged man, forced to attend a Sunday evening concert of Carnatic music.

40 years after RKN wrote this piece, the truth can now be told. The anonymous friend in the article is actually me.

The passages I have ellipsis-ed out are the ones where Raj quotes RKN, and needless to say, you should read them; go, take a look!

RKN’s “blogpost” about Nobel for himself

November 25, 2007

Raj at Plus Ultra has the details.

Story of a self-publishing house

October 27, 2007

Sheela Reddy at Outlook recounts the story of RKN’s Indian Thought Publications:

Narayan finally decided to take matters into his own hands. Using the experience and contacts he gained through editing a short-lived literary magazine called Indian Thought (one of the founding fathers suggested it be called Indian Thoughtless; another suggested Indian Thought “because it’s the same thing”), Narayan decided to become his own publisher. He was reasonably confident about an Indian readership (“There was a certain amount of recognition and a little demand for my writing,” as he later told his biographer, N. Ram) but the headaches of printing, distribution and accounts were another matter altogether.

Literary Saloon, from whom I got the link, seems to be surprised that RKN ran his own publishing house; but, I think that was common knowledge among his Indian fans. Take a look!