Pictures: Sanjay M
A few days ago, my friend, Vijay Sai, gifted me three priceless books. One book that Vijay gave me was The Guide, which I had already read quite a few times. But what makes it special and invaluable is that the book has been autographed by RK Narayan. The autograph, as can be seen in the picture, is dated 15th November, 1966. And it can be seen that Narayan has signed this on his visit to New York. Also, this is a copy from the First edition.
Vijay also gave me two other books: Talkative man and Painter of Signs, both from the first editions. Talkative Man has cartoons by RK Laxman, which the later editions did not have.
Thank you Vijay for the marvellous gifts that you have given me in the Birth Centenary year of RK Narayan, the creator of Malgudi.
(Vijay Sai is a Writer and Research Scholar. He writes for all the major english dailies.)