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South Asian Literary Association


Much like the Nambi of this tale, R. K. Narayan has merited his reputation as a marvelous storyteller. Noted for his laser-beam focus on the closely-imagined Malgudi, he has come to be recognized as "the" Indian novelist, from whose pen many readers expected all the accumulated wisdom of the subcontinent's abiding concern for transcendence. While such "guru-ization" amused Narayan, it also elicited his quietly sustained argument against procrustean templates by which the west insisted on reading him as "typically Indian."2


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