RIP, Sir Vidia Naipaul!He was an enigma. He used to get very angry if someone addressed him by Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul. He used to be very happy if he was addressed by Sir Vidia. His remarks about the Indians in his first book on India was not very charitable. At the same time, his very first book 'A House for Mr. Biswas' talks about the search for the roots by people of Indian origin who settled in Trinidad and other West Indian islands. He went to Oxford University but his result was poor. He never said good words for the world-famous university. After his last visit to India in 2002(?), he admitted that there was a silent revolution going on in the country, but at the same time, he remarked that Indians could not still shake off the baggage of colonial rule under the British.
His views about Islam and Pakistan are well-known and don't need repetition. But astonishingly, his (second) wife is a Muslim lady of Pakistani origin. Even after winning the Nobel Prize for literature in 2001, he virulently attacked the religion due to the 9/11 terrorist act.
His friendship with Paul Thoreau (another great author), their differences of opinion and later their reconciliation are known to the literary circle.
This great writer from Trinidad and London could never completely reject his origin, i.e., India.
On 11th August, the world has lost this colourful author.
RIP, Sir Vidia!