External Affairs Minister SM Krishna has appealed to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that one of the trains running between Bangalore and Mysore be named Malgudi Express in commemoration of noted writer RK Narayan.
“This year marks the 10th anniversary of R K Narayan’s passing away, which also happens to be his 106th birth anniversary. Thus, it would be befitting that the great writer is honoured this year,” stated Krishna’s letter.
He added that the writer, who was credited with bringing Indian literature in English to the rest of the world and was hailed as India’s greatest English writer of the 20th century, and also a recipient of the Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan awards, would be befittingly honored by having a train named after his most famous piece of writing.
Narayan had created the enchanting fictional world of Malgudi through several novels and short stories, which captivated readers throughout the world.
“He (Narayan) had created the imaginary town of Malgudi between Mysore and Bangalore, where realistic characters in a typical Indian setting lived amid unpredictable events,” Krishna stated in his letter.
Further, in another letter to Union Minister for Railways Dinesh Trivedi, Krishna has made a similar request. Both Manmohan Singh and Trivedi have assured Krishna that they would look into the matter and take a decision soon.