R. K. Narayan (10 October 1906 – 13 May 2001)
R. K. Narayan (Rasipuram Krishnaswami Iyer Narayanaswami) was an Indian writer, 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's mentor and friend, Graham Greene was instrumental in getting publishers for his first four books, including the semi-autobiographical trilogy of Swami and Friends, The Bachelor of Arts and The English Teacher.
Narayan’s works also include The Financial Expert, hailed as one of the most original works of 1951, and Sahitya Akademi Award winner The Guide, which was adapted for film and for Broadway.