In Memoriam: Raja Rao

September 9, 2006

Raja Rao, who passed away in July, was almost certainly the greatest English-language writer of Indian origin in the last fifty years. He had lived to the ripe old age of 98, and I had been fortunate enough to speak with him by phone a few times.

Raja Rao said he was pleased to speak to someone from Trivandrum, for he had lived there briefly and written ‘The Cat and Shakespeare’ there; but his asthma had gotten the better of him and had forced him to retreat to Austin. HIs guru’s ashram was nearby, so he had tried to return but had been foiled by his health.

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