Ten-Second Takeaway

With a collection of rare photographs, memorabilia and personal belongings, the recently-opened RK Narayan Museum in Mysore will let you take a peek into the author’s house and life.

Recreating A Space

Planning a trip to Mysore? Make sure you head to Vivekananda Road, because that’s where you’ll find the newly opened RK Narayan Museum. Designed along the lines of Shakespeare’s house in Stratford-on-Avon {England}, the author’s house has been restored to resemble the original structure, where RK Narayan is said to have lived for almost four decades {and wrote many of our favourite Malgudi stories}. Converted into a museum and memorial, the two-storey bungalow holds rare photographs, awards, books, and clothes, all collected from the novelist’s friends and family members.

Back In Time

While the childhood photos {including one of Narayan playing cricket}, family portraits and coloured stills from Malgudi Days {the TV show based on his popular novel} might take you back in time, there’s plenty more to gawk at. Apart from clothes, audio cassettes and some furniture pieces {we’re hoping we’ll get to see his writing desk} which belonged to the author, the exhibits include a shelf holding a collection of his books, dictionaries and published works. Look around and you’ll also find quotes by RK Narayan as well as his contemporaries {about his works}.

This story first appeared in The Hindu. Read the complete story here.

Feature Photo: M. A Sriram (The Hindu)