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My Dateless Diary: An American Journey An unusual and witty travel book about the United States of AmericaAt the age of fifty, when most people have settled for the safety of routine, R K Narayan left India for the first time to travel through America In this account of his journey, the writer s pen unerringly captures the clamour and energy of New York city, the friendliness of the West Coast, the wealth and insularity of the Mid West, the magnificence of the Grand CanyonThreading their way through the narrative are a host of delightful characters from celebrities like Greta Garbo, Aldous Huxley, Martha Graham, Cartier Bresson, Milton Singer, Edward G Robinson and Ravi Shankar to the anonymous business tycoon on the train who dismissed the writer when he discovered Narayan had nothing to do with India s steel industry As a bonus, there are wry snapshots of those small but essential aspects of American life muggers, fast food restaurants, instant gurus, subway commuters, TV advertisements, and American football An entrancing and compelling travelogue about an endlessly fascinating land

About the Author: R.K. Narayan

R K Narayan is among the best known and most widely read Indian novelists who wrote in English.R.K Narayan was born in Madras, South India, in 1906, and educated there and at Maharaja s College in Mysore His first novel, Swami and Friends and its successor, The Bachelor of Arts, are both set in the enchanting fictional territory of Malgudi and are only two out of the twelve novels he based there In 1958 Narayan s work The Guide won him the National Prize of the Indian Literary Academy, his country s highest literary honor In addition to his novels, Narayan has authored five collections of short stories, including A Horse and Two Goats, Malguidi Days, and Under the Banyan Tree, two travel books, two volumes of essays, a volume of memoirs, and the re told legends Gods, Demons and Others, The Ramayana, and the Mahabharata In 1980 he was awarded the A.C Benson Medal by the Royal Society of Literature and in 1982 he was made an Honorary Member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters Most of Narayan s work, starting with his first novel Swami and Friends 1935 , captures many Indian traits while retaining a unique identity of its own He was sometimes compared to the American writer William Faulkner, whose novels were also grounded in a compassionate humanism and celebrated the humour and energy of ordinary life.Narayan who lived till age of ninety four, died in 2001 He wrote forthan fifty years, and published until he was eighty seven He wrote fourteen novels, five volumes of short stories, a number of travelogues and collections of non fiction, condensed versions of Indian epics in English, and the memoir My Days

10 thoughts on “My Dateless Diary: An American Journey

  1. says:

    A must read for every fan of his writings, this is a collection of short writings around author s experiences in America R.K Narayan went to America in his fifties on a Rockefeller foundation and the book is an account of his visit He wrote his most well known work The Guide while in US It is a good reflection of his views about th

  2. says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here This book, as the name suggests, is a series of writings from R K Narayan s journal It is about his first visit to the United States on an invitation by the Rockefeller Foundation He stayed around 9 months in the country, starting and ending in New York, but als

  3. says:

    Good narration and capture of sentiments and behaviour Especially liked the section about coffee

  4. says:

    WithdrawnIn a book called Bookless in Baghdad Reflections on Writing and Writers the author, Shashi Tharoor has written about RK Narayan and his writing style, which surely, comes as an awkward surprise.I found reading this book pretty much difficult because of the way the author used his vocabulary The narration was getting difficult as I continued reading

  5. says:

    He is a master story teller Part travelogue, part autobiographical Very rare do you see such a good combination of imagery, wit nonchalance He is a master story teller Part travelogue, part autobiographical Very rare do you see such a good combination of imagery, wit nonchalance

  6. says:

    In My Dateless Diary , the beloved RK Narayan chronicles his traversal of America New York, Detroit, Madison, LA, Berkeleywe breathe the air of these cities, overhear familiar conversations about joint families and Yoga, and glimpse the often impressive personages he encounters there His observations, in true Narayan style, are gentle and unjudging, and always incisive, as wh

  7. says:

    RKN uses a diary like sentence style It would read like this went to Empire State today Lunch at saravana bravan This style doesn t make for pleasant reading Although the style tries to stay faithful to a diary, it suddenly switches to a next Sunday like witty essay within the diary entry so it isn t clear is the diary is truly personal and a Non Fiction account or whether these are e

  8. says:

    Some insights about the American society during R.K s period At some places there are brilliant comparisons about the Western Society and the Indian way of life But mostly it s about meeting authors, producers etc It gets a little boring,but to be fair, the author has mentioned in the preface that it does not serve as any guide or anecdotal piece but just a reflection of his thoughts during th

  9. says:

    R K Narayan always delivers

  10. says:

    Wonderful presentation of America The difference highlighted between an American and an Indian is perfect.

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