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I have written enough about India: V S Naipaul

November 01, 2012 15:43 IST

Nobel laureate and India-origin author V S Naipual, known for his caustic writings on the country of his parentage, has said he has written enough about India and will not be writing anything more on it.

"I don't think so. I have written enough about India. I have written these four books and two novels about India and many essays," Naipaul said.

"My background is Indian, and I have always been interested in my background," Naipaul said, while talking about his decision to travel to India in 1962 to write An Area of Darkness.

Sir Naipaul was in the city to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the third edition of the Literature Live Fest on Wednesday evening.

The Trinidadian-British writer broke down when a reference was made to his highly personalised fiction A House for Mr Biswas -- which revolves around the life of his father -- saying, "I have told this story so many times, but it's very moving."

As Naipaul was choking on those memories, his wife Nadira requested author Farrukh Dhondy, who was interviewing the octogenarian Nobel laureate, to skip the topic and move on.

The entire evening was seeped with literary nostalgia as he kept on speaking about the challenges of travel writing, which is one of his forte, and his exploration of India.

While talking on writing, the ace writer noted that it has been a struggle all through.

"I was not born with all the information; I acquired it during my writing. There is always a struggle in writing, nothing comes easily," said the author, who won the Booker Award in 1971 and the Nobel Prize in 2001.

He has over a dozen works of fiction and more than a score of non-fictions to his credit.

Making light of the Nobel Prize, Naipaul said, "For a long time, people used to say I will get it, but I never did. I thought my work had created such a resentment that it would work against me".

Talking about animal rights, Naipaul, who is very found of his cat, said animal cruelty is a source of pain to him.

"My cat Augustus made me aware of such issues. The cat altered my life, I became very attached to it," he said.

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