- Alastair Niven
Rao, Raja (1908–2006), novelist, was born on 8 November 1908 in the small town of Hassan, in the princely state of Mysore, India. His mother Gauramma died when he was only four years old. Throughout much of his later writing he placed women on a platonic level of abstract purity, as though he was searching for this lost and idealized parent. He was mainly brought up by his Brahman but Anglicized schoolmaster father, ...