Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: The birth centenary of R.K. Narayan, one of the literary greats of India, will be celebrated with the launch of a special edition of his autobiography, My Days, in Chennai on Tuesday.

Illustrations

The centenary edition of Narayan's autobiography comes with illustrations by his brother, R.K. Laxman, and rare photographs, including those from his childhood that were taken by close relatives.

The edition, brought out by Chennai-based Indian Thought Publications, also carries a new introduction by Alexander McCall Smith, which is excerpted from the book `A novelist of all humanity.'

The book will be launched at a special function to be held at Landmark, Nungambakkam. My Days (1974), Narayan's celebrated autobiography, details the author's childhood days and captures the growth of a great literary mind from a modest small-town beginning. Much of his early days were spent in his grandmother's house in Madras, before he joined his father in Mysore.

The deluxe hardcover edition is priced at Rs. 500.