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Rao, Raja

(rä`jə rou), 1909–2006, Indian novelist, b. Hassan, Mysore (now Karnataka), as Raja. Rao took his surname as an adult, and was educated in India and France and for many years divided his time among India, Europe, and the United States. From 1966 to 1980 he was professor of philosophy at the Univ. of Texas at Austin. His novels are considered to be among the finest Indian works written in English. The first, Kanthapura (1938), describes the daily life of Indian villages during a revolt against an overbearing plantation owner. Rao's commitment to Gandhian nonviolence is clearly revealed in his description of the peasants' conversion to the principle of civil disobedience. The Serpent and the Rope (1960) is a semiautobiographical account of a marriage between intellectuals that is destroyed by philosophical discord. His metaphysical novel The Cat and Shakespeare (1965) is a tale of individual destiny. In Comrade Kirillov (1976) he examines the political complexities of Indian liberalism, and in The Chessmaster and His Moves (1988) he treats the quest for identity in various cultural contexts. Rao's works are profoundly serious, reflecting his abiding concern with the potential clashes between pragmatism and ideals. He published two collections of short stories, The Cow of the Barricades and Other Stories (1947) and The Policeman and the Rose (1978), and several works of nonfiction, including a biography of Gandhi (1998).


See studies by M. K. Naik (1972), K. K. Sharma, ed. (1980), P. Sharrad (1987), S. A. Narayan (1988), N. Nanda (1992), E. Dey (1997), A. S. Rao (1999), R. Ramachandra, ed. (2000), R. Mittapalli and P. P. Piciucco, ed. (2001), and M. Sachdey (2006).

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However, no heavy rainfall warning has been issued by the IMD for the next three days", Meteorologist Raja Rao, from Hyderabad IMD told ANI on Wednesday.
For all that Rao is attuned to the dangers of the creation of a "snobbish" English elite "permanently isolated from the common man," his own sense of the demotic has manifest limitations determined by caste and class that are also reflected in the works of the writers he discusses--Markandaya, Anand, Raja Rao, and R.
Early historical reference to Bhaati Gate dates back to the third century and Raja Rao, whose descendants came to be known as 'Bhuttis' or 'Bhaatis'.
The poet and critic Meena Alexander begins her introduction to the anthology Name Me a Word with a personal anecdote about her encounter with the novelist Raja Rao. Rao spoke about the "invented English" he had gradually perfected with practice.
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The works of Indian author and philosopher Raja Rao, once billed as "perhaps the most brilliant--and certainly the most interesting--writer of modern India" by The New York Times Book Review, will now have a home in the place where he once worked.
Narayan is, Ramanan concludes, together with Raja Rao and Mulk Raj Anand, one of the main figures of Indian writing in English.
Raja Rao, deputy director, Hyderabad Meteorological Centre, said the delay in the onset of monsoon was the cause of the severity of the heatwave.
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In October this year, a local sadhu proclaimed that he had had a dream of 1,000 tonnes of gold buried under Raja Rao Ram Baksh Singh's fort near the village of Daundiya Kheda, Uttar Pradesh.