Definitions

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  • proper noun Hinduism A name for Vishnu.
  • proper noun A male given name used in India.

Etymologies

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From Sanskrit नारायण (nārāyaṇá).

Examples

  • Narayan is Indian, as is Rushdie, and Naipaul is Trinidadian.

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  • Milan Kundera once said that all modern literature descends from either Richardson's Clarissa or Sterne's Tristram Shandy, and if Narayan is India's Richardson then Desani is his Shandean other.

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  • Milan Kundera once said that all modern literature descends from either Richardson's Clarissa or Sterne's Tristram Shandy, and if Narayan is India's Richardson then Desani is his Shandean other.

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  • I listened to whispers, heard repeats of the terms Narayan had used.

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  • The skill with which he gave varied meanings to the name Narayan, and wove each letter of it through the web of his verses in all mariner of combinations, took away the breath of his amazed hearers.

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  • Some people say that they remind them of the novels of that great Indian writer R.K. Narayan, which is very flattering, but I suppose I can see the similarities in the world which his and my books portray.

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  • She would call Narayan back from paradise or hell to make him pay for taking our daughter.

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  • CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- His doctors call Narayan Dhakal a walking miracle.

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  • "Demystified!" was the first word Narayan uttered after coming out from the interview venue.

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  • 'Narayan's insight, biographical writing style and deeply humane humour not only influenced me as a writer, but gave me immense pleasure as a reader.

    India eNews

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