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Raja Rao – The First English Philosopher and Novelist of Indian Literature

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Raja Rao

Quick Facts

  • Name: Raja Rao
  • Also Known As: Writer and a Professor
  • Birth Date: 8 November 1908
  • Died On: 8 July 2006
  • Nationality: Indian
  • Birth Place: Hassan, Mysore
  • Awards: Sahitya Akademi Award (1964), Padma Bhushan (1969), Neustadt International Prize for Literature (1988), Padma Vibhushan (2007)


Raja Rao was a man who made wonders with his pen. He is the first English philosopher and novelist of Indian literature. Raja is the most influential novelist that the nation has ever seen. Raja used English, French, and Kannada to write the most beautiful words of an era. He was the most eminent novelist has been felicitated by awards including Padma Bhushan award.

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The Early Life of Raja Rao

Some people make a prolific and unique place for themselves in this world and Raja Rao was one of them. This great and magnificent novelist was born in a Brahmin family. His father used to teach Kannada and his mother was a homemaker. Raja lost his mother when he was at a tender age of 4. This loss was the turning point in his life. Raja through his impressive, amazing and inspiring work has several times portrayed the orphanhood and the absence of a mother. The early life of Raja Rao was very difficult. Raja completed his schooling from a Muslim school and then went to the Osmania University.

Raja graduated from the University of Madras and there he received an Asiatic scholarship, from the government of Hyderabad in the year 1929 for continuing his education in abroad. Raja then moved to France and got admitted to the University of Montpellier. He was the first English philosopher and novelist of Indian literature. Raja got married to Camille Mouly in 1931 and the couple split in the year 1939.

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Raja Rao out of the world and most influential novelist has always left the world in awe of his work. Raja returned from France in the year 1939. After returning to India, Raja revised with Iqbal Singh and gave the world an amazing anthology of India from Ram Mohan and Jawaharlal Nehru, Changing India. Raja was an active and an important part of the Quit India Movement that took place in 1942. Raja along with Ahmad Ali co-edited a mind-blowing journal, Tomorrow. Raja has always played a dynamic part in the nationalist movements. While his time in Bombay, Raja had an association with Chetana, the cultural society that is known to propagate Indian thoughts and values. Raja Rao has given some out of the box works to the world.

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Raja Rao – The First English Philosopher and Novelist of Indian Literature

The “Serpent and the Rope” written by Raja, portrayed the relationship and the difference and the variance between the Indian and the Western culture. Raja moved to the United States in 1966 and there he served as the Professor of Philosophy at the University of Texas.

Some of the notable works by Raja Rao are:

  • Kanthapura

  • The Serpent and the Rope

  • The Cat and the Shakespeare: A tale of India

  • Comrade Kirillov

  • The Chessmaster and his moves

  • Companions

  • The little gram shop

  • Nimka

  • On the Ganga Ghat

  • Changing India

  • Tomorrow

  • Whither India

  • The Meaning of India

  • The Great Indian Way

Famous Quotes by Raja Rao

“Fortunately there are wars. And rationing is one of the grandest inventions of man. You stamp paper with figures and you feed stomachs on numbers.”

“There is but one force in life and that is Truth, and there is but one love in life and that is love of mankind, and there is but one God in life and that is the God of all”

Awards for the Amazing Works

Raja Rao was an outstanding and most influential novelist. He was the first English philosopher and novelist of Indian literature. He has given tremendous and marvelous work to the world and this eminent novelist has been felicitated by awards like; Sahitya Akademi award, Padma Bhushan, Neustadt International Prize for Literature and the Padma Vibhushan. He was an active part of the Quit India Movement.

Raja Rao rules the heart of millions even today. He is an inspiration for many people who consider writing their worship.


Written By: Arju Sharma


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