The Google doodle on October 10 paid tribute to famed Indian writer RK Narayan on his 108th birth anniversary. Narayan is a well known pioneer of early Indian literature and set most of his stories in the fictional town of Malgudi.
Rasipuram Krishnaswami Narayan was born in Chennai, erstwhile Madras, on October 10, 1906. He moved to Mysore from where he graduated in 1930.
Narayan started his career as a journalist and later took to writing novels, his first being Swami and Friends in 1935. Considered one of the greatest Indian storytellers of the modern era for the simplicity of language and wry humour with which he told his tales about the lives of common people in small town India, Narayan's character of Swami is a lovable imp.
Narayan, who was introduced to western publishers by the British novelist Graham Greene, wrote 34 novels, most of which were translated into several Indian and foreign languages.
His Malgudi Days, about life in a small fictional town of Malgudi and written in 1982, was made into a popular television serial. The Guide, which was made into a film starring Dev Anand and Waheeda Rehman.
The Malgudi Days television series was directed by Shankar Nag in 1986 and was telecast on Doordarshan. Here are some images from the first episode to trigger your nostalgia.