March 2021

Dear Friends,


R.K.Narayan (10 October 1906 – 13 May 2001) was an Indian writer known for his work set in the fictional South Indian town of Malgudi. He was a leading author of early Indian literature in English along with Mulk Raj Anand and Raja Rao.

Narayan's mentor and friend Graham Greene 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. The fictional town of Malgudi was first introduced in Swami and Friends. Narayan's The Financial Expert was hailed as one of the most original works of 1951 and Sahitya Academy Award winner. The Guide was adapted for film (winning a Filmfare Award for Best Film) and for Broadway.

Narayan highlights the social context and everyday life of his characters. He has been compared to William Faulkner, who also created a similar fictional town and likewise explored with humour and compassion the energy of ordinary life. Narayan's short stories have been compared with those of Guy de Maupassant because of his ability to compress a narrative.

In a career that spanned over sixty years Narayan received many awards and honours including the AC Benson Medal from the Royal Society of Literature, the Padma Vibhushan, India's second highest civilian awards, and in 1994 the Sahitya Akademi Fellowship, the highest honour of India's national academy of letters. He was also nominated to the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian Parliament. In this issue, we have given some of his quotable quotes.

This month, our front page covers thought provoking short story – One minute wisdom by Anthony de Mello.

In happenings section, we have covered (i) Training programme on NPK rich Biomanure (ii) Commissioning of Bio-methanation plant (iii) Training programme on Sustainable Development and (iv) Visits of students as a part of study tour.

In the wisdom section, Shri.Claude Alvares tells us about the undesirability of cross breed cattle, Shri.Deepak Chopra wants everybody to make a fresh beginning and not to carry the baggage of the past and finally the book – Blinded Eye makes a point that the West has no future.

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