By staying away from the passing literary fads and fashions he remains a writer of longer relevance.
When I find my writing becoming too obtuse, I read anything by R.K. Narayan. Anything at all.
"Narayan's legacy will be there for all of us. But with him gone, who will chronicle the further changes in Malgudi?" A fan's lament.
'His death is an incalculable loss, not just for India, but for readers everywhere.'
A Tribute to R.K. Narayan's memory
Yes, Narayan did that by writing about ordinary men and women, by translating the Indian experience into English, by doing it so easily, comfortably and without any affectation whatsoever, that it seemed enormously simple....