Search engine giant Google is paying a tribute to the late Indian novelist R.K. Narayan on his 108th birth anniversary today, with a simple, yet well designed doodle. The legendary writer was born on 10 October 1906 and died on 13 May 2001 in Chennai.
The writer, who created the South Indian town of Malgudi, instilled life in his fictional stories based in that place. Rasipuram Krishnaswami Iyer Narayanaswami, fondly called R.K.Narayan won the hearts of people of all ages with his short tales and novels.
"Malgudi Days" written in 1982 was later adapted into a popular television serial, which was aired on Doordarshan in 2006.
In Narayan's honour, Google has replaced the second 'O' with a sketch of the novelist holding a copy of "Malgudi Days."
The well known pioneer of early Indian literature started his career as a journalist and later wrote various novels and short stories. One of his most famous novels was "The Guide", which was adapted into a movie starring Dev Anand and Waheeda Rehman in 1965. The novel was also adapted into a play in 1968.
Narayan was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1958 and was honoured with the Padma Vibhushan in 2001.