Full Name: Rasipuram Krishnaswami Iyer Narayanaswami
Biography: Best known for his works set in the fictional South Indian town of Malgudi. He is one of three leading figures of early Indian literature in English (alongside Mulk Raj Anand and Raja Rao) and is credited with bringing the genre to the rest of the world.
Narayan broke through with the help of his mentor and friend, Graham Greene, who was instrumental in getting publishers for Narayan's first four books, including the semi-autobiographical trilogy of "Swami and Friends", "The Bachelor of Arts" and "The English Teacher".
- 1985-07-31 Indian writer R.K. Narayan publishes his short story collection "Under the Banyan Tree and Other Stories"