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    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!
  • #645333
    Sad to note that Noble prize winner and celebrated writer from Trinidad Sir Vidia Naipaul is no more amid us but his famous writings and powerful presence in the recent past would be well remembered for long. Being a author there are reasons to be annoyed and get irritated but that wont deter the great understanding and bonding with the fellow citizens in India. Though he talked much against the country, there are huge fans for him even today and that is the greatness of this writer. On his passing away we lost the celebrated writer of high caliber and his place cannot be occupied by others.
    K Mohan
    'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
    Even this challenging situation would ease

  • #645341
    Good information about the Noble laureate Sir Vidia who won the Nobel Prize for literature in 2001, Many unknown facts about Sir Vidia was given by the author. May his soul rest in peace.
    always confident

  • #645361
    The demise of Sir Naipaul has left a void in the Indian presence in English literature. One of the most celebrated English writers of Indian origin, he had carved out a special place for himself in the minds of the readers. If I remember correctly, there was a time when having read a novel by Naipaul was considered to be a credit. Rest in Peace sir, you will always be remembered through your books!
    'Any fool can know. The point is to understand."- Albert Einstein

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