The trait of a good author is that he writes unforgettable stories. The trait of a great one is that he makes us believe that everything we read was real. R.K. Narayan did the latter too well – and we believed him thinking that Malgudi is somewhere in South India where kids like Swami, Mani and Rajam live and play.

Ordinary life is perhaps nothing short of extraordinary if we pay close attention to it. Life revolves and evolves the most around commonplace situations and people. Who better to tell these tales than the great R.K. Narayan?

Rasipuram Krishnaswami Iyer Narayanaswami was born in Chennai on 10 Oct 1906 and was the oldest of eight siblings. Called as Kunjappa by his grandmother, he was also the elder brother of R.K. Laxman, the legendary cartoonist.

Here are ten wonderful lines written by the master of words. These quotes are witty, serious and makes one think deeply about life and the meaning of all that we do in life.

#1 You become writer by writing. It is a yoga.

R.K. Narayan quotes from his books

#2 But there is this peculiarity about heat: it appears to affect only those that think of it.

R.K. Narayan quotes from his books

#3 But it was like hiding a corpse. I’ve come to the conclusion that nothing in this world can be hidden or suppressed. All such attempts are like holding an umbrella to conceal the sun.   

R.K. Narayan quotes from his books

#4 Even when you realize that the one before you is an enemy and must be treated sternly, do not hurt with words. – From the Ramayan by R.K. Narayan

R.K. Narayan quotes from his books

#5 It seems to me that we generally do not have a correct measure of our own wisdom. – From The Guide by R.K. Narayan

R.K. Narayan quotes from his books

#6 Past is gone, present is going, and tomorrow is day after tomorrow’s yesterday. So why worry about anything? God is in all this.

R.K. Narayan quotes from his books

#7 If you threw a stone into a gutter it would only spurt filth in your face. 

R.K. Narayan quotes from his books

#8 I came in several times and spoke, but perhaps you were asleep when I thought you were awake.’ ‘You are very considerate to explain it this way,’ Sugreeva said, ‘but I was drunk’. – From the Ramayan by R.K. Narayan

R.K. Narayan quotes from his books

#9 Do you realize how few ever really understand how fortunate they are in their circumstances?

R.K. Narayan quotes from his books

#10 The sun set beyond the sea, so says the poet – and when a poet mentions a sea, we have to accept it no harm in letting a poet describe his vision, no need to question his geography. – From the Ramayan by R.K. Narayan

R.K. Narayan quotes from his books

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