You will be surprised when you get an opportunity to step into the house of the creator of Malgudi Days, R.K.Naryan. He lived in such a simple home. The red-oxide floors and white-washed walls take you back in time to when life was much simpler.
As you enter the writer’s house an Old Frangipani tree (Devaganigalu in Kannada) that RK Narayan planted on the sidewalks, greets you and his love for this tree he planted resonates in his quote displayed at the house- “This is my child. I planted it. I saw it grow, I loved it. Don’t cut it down.”
Taking a stroll across the writer’s home one finds many translated versions of his Malgudi Days neatly arranged in the cupboards. In his collections, you will also find SAKI, PG Wodehouse TS Eliot and Graham Greene ( his mentor).
The house has many achievements of the writer displayed- Certificate from the former President of India, KR Narayanan to RK Narayan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan awards and his clothes.
(Words by Smitha Nair, Marigold Creative)
The Times of India reports:
Visitors can see the table, chair and desk that Narayan used to pen his literary works, a dining table, medals and certificates including the Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan, furniture and books from his personal library. There are nearly 100 different collections of photographs of RK Narayan, including that of Malgudi. Entry is free and open to the public from 10 am to 5 pm; Tuesday is a holiday.
If you are in Mysuru, do make time to visit the home and workspace of the giant who strode Indian English Literature.
Picture credits: Smitha Nair