|No of pages||177|
|Book Publisher||Penguin India|
|Published Date||14 Oct 2000|
Author : R K Narayan39 Books
R. K. Narayan was born in Madras, South India, and educated there and at Maharaja’s College in Mysore. His first novel Swami and Friends (1935) and its successor The Bachelor of Arts (1937) are both set in the enchanting fictional territory of Malgudi.
Other ‘Malgudi’ novels are The Dark Room (1938), The English Teacher (1945), Mr. Sampath (1949), The Financial Expert (1952), The Man Eater of Malgudi (1961), The Vendor of Sweets (1967), The Painter of Signs (1977), A Tiger for Malgudi (1983), and Talkative Man (1986).
His novel The Guide (1958) won him the National Prize of the Indian Literary Academy, his country’s highest literary honor.
He was awarded in 1980 the A.C. Benson Medal by the Royal Society of Literature and in 1981 he was made an Honorary Member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.
As well as five collections of short stories, A Horse and Two Goats, An Astrologer’s Day and Other Stories, Lawley Road, Under the Banyan Tree and Malgudi Days, he has published a travel book, The Emerald Route, three collections of essays, A Writer’s Nightmare, Next Sunday and Reluctant Guru, three books on the Indian epics, and a volume of memoirs. My Days.
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‘The term occurred to me when we started out on a tour of Karnataka, from Mysore, through Hosur and Hassan, and returning to Mysore nearly one week later, having continuously journeyed up and down the Ghats, the Konkan coast and Coorg, and never seeing a dry patch anywhere.
Green of several shades we saw, mountainsides lightly coated with verdure and fern, the dark foliage of trees rising hundreds of feet from the valley, light green, dark green, pale green, evergreen, and every kind of green shade, were offered for our delectation all through our circular tour of approximately a thousand kilometers.’
The Emerald Route is R.K. Narayan’s account of his travels across his homeland of Karnataka, from Blur and Hale bid to Gulbarga and Hamper, from the hilly prospects of Mangalore to the gold mines of Kolar, from the legendary battlefield of Seringapatam—home of Tipp Sultan—to the rock formations of Bellary—supposed to be gigantic pellets thrown by Bhima at Banasura.
As he makes his way through the shopping complexes of Bangalore and the elephant Kheda at Kaapor, samples the local delicacies like Nanjing bananas and Avaricious beans and enjoys the sunsets and malice (jasmine) at Mysore, the master storyteller tells us about the history and mythology that make Karnataka the fascinating state it is. Published in paperback for the first time, this previously unavailable volume from India’s greatest living writer will be a delight to every fan of R.K. Narayan.