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Is there any general significance to 20 May in Hinduism, or was it just personally auspicious?

It's not the 20th of May specifically - we have our own calendar, which is used alongside the western Gregorian calendar. Since dates don't map precisely you often find that we talk about dates in the ...
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Is Narayan really quoting a traditional proverb, and from which Indian language/culture?

It's a bit of an odd translation - but the actual proverb goes: சேற்றில கல்லெறிஞ்சா அது மூஞ்சிலே தெறிக்கும் If you throw a stone at mud, it will splatter on your face. Apparently it is Tamil, ...
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What is the evidence that R. K. Narayan was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature multiple times?

TLDR: Contrary to the OP's assumptions, being nominated for a Nobel Prize and being shortlisted for one are two quite different things. We know some of the nominees for Nobel Prizes because their ...
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Where can I find R. K. Narayan's maiden speech to the Indian parliament?

In the collection A Story-teller's World, published in 1989 by Penguin Books India. At least that's where I found it, after searching Google for part of the quote that you provided in your question. ...
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What does this passage mean about third-class passengers in the Madras-Bangalore Express?

The "law of the third-class" (well, second class now, since the third class has long since been abolished) is that as many people can sit on a space as is (in)humanly possible. That's to say,...
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In what way is Daisy's reply about the temple courageous and subtle?

The implication is that the women aren't barren, their husbands are. And the children are the priest's. This is not unheard of in India even now. See, for example, this South China Morning Post ...
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When were the short stories of Malgudi Days published?

The very PDF you link to has part of the answer. See page 15 (in the PDF, not page number 15 as the book numbers it), for a list of other titles from the author, which includes this: SHORT FICTION ...
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Why does the Talkative Man's master say that one ought not to play the raga 'punnaga varali' at night?

You are correct that Carnatic / South Indian classical music is not particularly concerned with associating ragas with times of day. And AFAIK there is no Hindustani / North Indian equivalent to ...
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Examining the parallels between R.K. Narayan's "Selvi" and "The Guide" - Why was it done? What did it achieve?

"Selvi" (1982) is generally accepted to be a fictional retelling of the marriage of M S Subbulakshmi and her husband T Sadasivan. The control Mohan has over every aspect of Selvi's ...
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Is Daisy's Gorilla game based on a real game?

I cannot find any definitive claims about the existence of such a game. There are certainly climbing games originating in India. Anila Naaya, for example, involves one player calling "squirrel&...
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