Research Scholar, Department of English, K. L. (Deemed to be University) Vijayawada, A.P Email: email@example.com
R.K.Narayan, one of the most distinguished Indian novelists writing in English, brings out autobiographical element in his novel, Swami and Friends. It is the first novel of Narayan published in 1935. This is really creditable for a first attempt. The novel, Swami and Friends is an autobiographical in nature which owes much of its realism and authenticity that is rooted in Narayan’s personal experience as a boy at school. The autobiographical element is unmistakable. Swami’s experiences in the Albert Mission School seem to be based on Narayan’s own experiences as a school boy. Indeed, Swami is only the second half of Narayan’s original name, Narayanaswami, and the shortened form “Swami” was adopted out of deference to the novelist’s publishers, “not wanting the novel to be confused with an autobiography”. This paper describes the autobiographical element of Narayan and it recalls his childhood and boyhood scenes in this novel.