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TIME TO REMEMBER: Rajeev Taranath, former Professor of English, Central Inistitute of English and Foreign Languages, speaking in Tiruchi on Friday. PHOTO: R. ASHOK
TIME TO REMEMBER: Rajeev Taranath, former Professor of English, Central Inistitute of English and Foreign Languages, speaking in Tiruchi on Friday. PHOTO: R. ASHOK

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Noted writer's birth centenary celebrated

TIRUCHI: The birth centenary of noted writer R.K. Narayan was celebrated during the annual literary festival organised by the Department of English of National College here on Friday.

Noted Sarod maestro and former professor of English of the Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages, Hyderabad, Rajeev Taranath, delivered a special address to pay tributes to Narayan.

Dr. Taranath said that Narayan's novels centred around south Indian middle income group people. His works steered clear of crisis situations, a tendency reflecting the attitude of the majority of these sections all over the world.

Narayan's writings were noted not only for humour but also his handling of English language in a style more suited to an average educated person of India.

"The hurdles of language disappears while reading his works," he said, comparing Narayan's novels with a few other writers including Mulk Raj Anand and Arundhati Roy.

The Principal, K. Anbarasu, and the Head of Department of English, S. Pushpavanam, were among those who spoke.

During the question hour session, Dr. Taranath underlined the need for benchmarking works of fiction.

A quiz programme on R.K. Narayan's works and an elocution on the topic `What I like best in R.K. Narayan's works' marked the festival.

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