MUST READ: R.K. Narayan on Mysore

In 1939, R.K. Narayan wrote a travelogue on the Mysore State, titled Mysore. The book, which saw a second print five years later, is now sadly out of print. In a chapter in it especially devoted to the City where he spent almost all his writing and working life, RKN bemoaned the diminishing gleam of Mysore vis-a-vis Bangalore, with the shifting of the capital, Akashvani and the University:

“What has been left behind is the Chamundi Hill with its temple, also the rivers Kaveri and Kabini on the outskirts, and the forests on the farther perimeter with their tigers, bisons, elephants, and a hundred other creatures.

“To me at any rate, the really worthwhile things are here, and form an immutable background to life in Mysore, which goes on unruffled, free form the fret and fury of modern city life…”