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Image of R.K. Narayan on an Indian stamp issued in 2009.

Rasipuram Krishnaswami Iyer Narayanaswami (October 10, 1906 - May 13, 2004), who wrote under the name R.K. Narayan was an Indian author who wrote in English. His works include novels and short stories.

Narayan began his writing career with Swami and Friends in 1935. Most of his work including Swami and friends is set in the fictional town of Malgudi which captures everything Indian while having a unique identity of its own. R.K. Narayan's writing style was marked by simplicity and subtle humor. He told stories of ordinary people trying to live their simple lives in a changing world. 

His best known works include The Bachelor of Arts (1937), The Dark Room (1938), The English Teacher (1945), The Financial Expert (1952), The Guide (1958), The Man-Eater of Malgudi (1961), The Vendor of Sweets (1967), Malgudi Days (1982), and The Grandmother's Tale (1993). 

R.K. Narayan won numerous awards and honors for his works. These include: Sahitya Akademi Award for The Guide in 1958; Padma Bhushan in 1964; and the AC Benson Medal from the Royal Society of Literature in 1980; R.K. Narayan was elected an honorary member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters in 1982. He was nominated to the Rajya Sabha in 1989. He was also conferred honorary doctorates by the University of Mysore, Delhi University and the University of Leeds.