R. K. Narayan, Indian Writer
Born as Rasipuram Krishnaswami Iyer Narayanaswami, he was highly famous for his work set in the fictional South Indian town of Malgudi. He is regarded as one of the three leading English language Indian fiction writers, along with Raja Rao and Mulk Raj Anand. Over his 60 years old career, he bagged many accolades including AC Benson Medal from the Royal Society of Literature, the Padma Vibhushan and the Padma Bhushan, India’s second and third highest civilian awards, and in 1994 the Sahitya Akademi Fellowship, the highest honor of India’s national academy of letters. He was also nominated to the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian Parliament.