"Vidhiadhar Surajparsad Naipaul was a trim, precise of speech, gentleman dressed in a jacket I came to know well, with a manner so charming and genteel that it betrayed the acerbic reputation that preceded him wherever he went.
"He outlined what he planned to do in his third book on India -- from what I gathered, a less critical look at the country of his ancestors than An Area of Darkness
and A Wounded Civilisation
-- and the kind of people he hoped to meet.
"I may have mentioned Ratan Tata and Aditya Birla, both names he rejected instantly with a shake of the head, his face momentarily erupting into a rash of irritation."Nikhil Lakshman
remembers the times he spent with the legendary writer, VS Naipaul, who passed into the ages six days before his 86th birthday.
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