30 October, 2020

New Year Diary

Not everyone will agree with the Outlook jury’s list of the 100 books that can change our lives; nor do we expect you to...

New Year Diary
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Yadavagiri blues

Not  everyone will agree with the Outlook jury’s list of the 100 books that can change our lives; nor do we expect you to. So, as a fully paid-up Mysorean, let me be the first to strike an utterly parochial dissent note at the non-inclusion of my townsman R.K. Narayan, whose simple stories written in a foreign language when it was not fashionable, in a non-television era when there were no agents, no excerpts, no lit-fests and no champagne parties, unarguably touched more lives than all other Indian authors in English put together. And still does.

Reading the right books may change our lives, but does writing them change the authors’? All my growing-up years yours truly tried to chat up the great man as he walked up and down our roads but had to be satisfied with a stern harrumph—the result of...

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