Two especially interesting things emerge. One is the friendship and encouragement of Graham Greene, to which Narayan responds with gratitude and warmth. As an example of a relationship between tactful guide and sponsor and eager-to-learn apprentice in a country where a writer is usually given over to large and pretentious abstractions, Narayan is unique, indeed almost un-Indian, in his adherence to the detail of reality at ground level. There is no barrier of incomprehension between the text and what the reader grasps. This immediacy is the distinctive kind of simplicity Narayan has patented as his own.