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Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul , 2009

V. S. Naipaul

a.k.a. Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul

fleshbirth Wed-17-Aug-1932


V.S. Naipaul , 1980


Novelist, Essayist Nobel Prize in Literature * 1932- * V.S. Naipaul * Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul

birth data from * tentatively rectified by BP Lama

charts, graphs and tables produced by Shri Jyoti Star * adapted by BP Lama

Rising Nakshatra

Masculine Nativities

Purva-bhadra * Praushthapada

  • QUOTATION from: Shil-Ponde.(1939). Hindu Astrology Joytisha-Shastra . p 88

BPL commentary: For Purvabhadra natives, the condition of Professor Brihaspati considerably affects the outcome.

Teachers, preachers, theorists, ideologues, philosophers, and paradigms of belief may be especially influential.

Guidance from the patrons of Pegasus.

"... high-strung and nervous in temperament .

They are not very strong constitutionally.

They are rather grave and serious in demeanor

  • and are more interested in the discussion of serious topics than in trivial matters.

they belong to the Mental Group and are by no means orthodox ,

  • preferring to arrive at their beliefs through a process of logical reasoning."

Biographical details matched to the Vimshottari Dasha

Guru Mahadasha

fleshbirth Wed-17-Aug-1932 born in Chaguanas Trinidad, Trinite-et-Tobago * Guru-Guru swabhukti * colossal scale overview

1939 family moves to capital city Port of Spain, where he attends a top national school * Guru-Zukra period * Zukra rules 4-schooling

Shani Mahadasha

1949 begins undergraduate study at Oxford * Shani-Budha period * Budha studies

1952 * self-reported nervous breakdown, suicide attempt * Shani-Ketu period

1953 decease of father Seepersad Naipaul * Shani-Ketu period

June-1953 earned BA from Oxford university * Shani-Zukra period * Zukra rules 4-diploma

Dec-1954 begins weekly appearance on BBC program "Caribbean Voices" * Shani-Zukra period * Zukra rules 9-internationalism

10-Jan-1955 marriage-1 to lifetime collaborator Patricia Hale * Shani-Zukra period * R-K samchara Dhanuzya-Mithunaya contact Zukra-Mithunaya

1961 the acclaimed novel A House for Mr. Biswas creates worldwide success * Shani-Rahu period

1962 his first travelogue-with-historical-social-commentary, The Middle Passage, also acclaimed * * Shani-Rahu period

1962 yearlong first trip to India, alienated * Shani-Rahu period

1964, An Area of Darkness, second extensive travelogue-with-historical-social-commentary describing his depressing year in India * Shani-Guru period

Budha Mahadasha

1966 unhappy with Britain, Naipaul and Hale move back the Caribbean * Budha-Budha swabhukti * Budha rules 8-transformation of identity

1968 unsatisfied and broke, returned to UK * Budha-Ketu period

1977 India: a Wounded Civilization * Budha-Rahu period

1981 publication of the celebrated extensive travelogue-with-historical-social-commentar of India-Pakistan Among the Believers * Budha-Shani period * Shani-lagnesha

Ketu Mahadasha

Zukra Mahadasha

Feb-1996 death spouse-1 Pat Hale * Zukra-Mangala period

15-Apr-1996 marriage-2 * Zukra-Mangala period * Mangala rules swamsha * R-K samchara Kanya-Meena contact navamsha-Zukra

1998 his final major extensive travelogue-with-historical-social-commentar Beyond Belief: Islamic Excursions among the Converted Peoples earns broad praise * Zukra-Rahu period

Oct-2001 won the Nobel Prize in Literature 2001 * Zukra-Guru period * Guru Vriddhipathi-11 awards for work accomplished

Surya Mahadasha

Chandra Mahadasha

Mangala Mahadasha

Distinctive Features of the Nativity

Surya * pitrikaraka

  • Surya-Simha * Khaga * Khagaya * air-moving
  • Surya in bhava-7 * center of agreements, brightly negotiating, focus on trade, eye on contractual relationships
  • Surya-yuti-Budha * confidently conversational, bright messenger, entitled to discuss
  • Surya-yuti-Guru * confidently expansive, bright teacher, entitled to philosophize
  • Surya-yuti-Ketu * confidently detached, bright observer, entitled to surrender

confident, brilliant, self-righteous Surya in mulatrikona

Chandra * matrikaraka


In Sir Naipaul's case, his four-decade marriage was barely sustained by his constant world-traveling, the fact that he and his wife lived in separate portions of their shared house, and the fact that she permitted his well-known romantic affairs with numerous interesting women * Zukra-yuti-Mangala-Mithunaya coupling.

Kuja * bhratru-karaka * virya-karaka

  • Mangala-Mithunaya * vigorous pursuit of conversation; push toward explanatory instruction
  • Mangala in bhava-5 * drive toward creativity, pursuit of games, invasive drama, energized political conquests
  • Kuja-yuti-Zukra * energized bargaining, dynamic trading, masculine force joins feminine allure

Behari commentary: Mangala in Arudra pada-3,

"Expert in mathematics and poetry . You may be given several assignments in foreign countries by the government. This placement indicates a less fortunate old age. You may suffer from intestinal problems or inflammation of the lungs."

Creative and productive, but flighty, hyper-verbal Kuja-Mithunaya-5

Kuja's battering drishti upon Shani-12 did not harm his legal marriage. Yet everyone involved endured some misery as the irresistible force (Kuja) spent decades battering the immovable object (Shani).

During Zukra-Mangala period Naipaul was widowed age-63, and remarried 6 months later.

Budha * bandhava-karaka * zisya-karaka

  • Budha-Simha * dramatic communications, articulation of bright celebrity entitlements
  • Budha in bhava-7 * narrative of relationships, trusts, betrothal, contracts, deals, negotiation, arrangements
  • Budha-yuti-Surya * articulation of radiant confidence, message of willpower and charisma
  • Budha-yuti-Guru * articulation of charitable generosity, message of optimism and expansion
  • Budha-yuti-Ketu * articulation of surrender and abandonment, message of the observing Witness

Guru * dhavakaraka * bahuta-karaka

  • Guru-Simha * many lights, many displays, much drama, entitled beliefs, doctrine of entitlement
  • Guru in bhava-7 * many contracts, much negotiation, much partnership, abundant agreement, numerous alliances
  • Guru-yuti-Surya pitri-karaka * multiple father-figures, abundant confidence, much radiance
  • Guru-yuti-Budha yukta-karaka * multiple sibling-teammate figures, abundant conversational messaging
  • Guru-yuti-Ketu upeksha-karaka * multiple disregarder-disperser figures, many disconnections, much surrender

exposer of belief systems and their inconsistencies. caused an international furor, accompanied by international praise culminating in the 2001 Nobel Prize for Literature, awarded for his critical writings on worldwide spiritualized superstitions and ritual prayers (Mithunaya message)

For Kumbha lagna, Professor Guru becomes the money-maker ruler of 2-11.

Naipaul derived much of his value as a literary personality from stories of his immigrant family lineage and lore.

Zukra * svadhu-karaka * kalatra-karaka

  • Zukra-Mithunaya * appreciation of detailed, communications, aesthetic of handiwork, pleasures of detailed explanations, articulated messaging arrangements
  • Zukra-5 * pleasure of dramatic gaming, enjoys center-stage equity, literary and fine arts, appreciation of creativity
  • Zukra-yuti-Mangala * gracious action, energized beauty, sweetly proactive innovation

Zukra-5 Naipaul met his future wife and lifetime literary collaborator at a college theatrical play (5)

Zukra rules 9 and Zukra occupies 9th-from-9th = excellent fortunes in matters of borad global viewpoint, humanistic philosophies, creative literature (Mithunaya) and professorial stance

Shani * duro-karaka * jara-karaka


  • Shani-Makara * old hierarchies, pressured duty, old rules, pressured knees, imposed laws, must govern with scarce resources
  • Shani in Bhava-12 * must retreat in fear; cautious, conventional dreams; imposed invisibility; chronic resistance to interior guidance

Rahu * rajyalobha-karaka * picchala-karaka (slippery)

  • Rahu-Kumbha * mask of lawfully interlinked systems
  • Rahu in bhava-1 * privilege via glamorous, mesmerizing, exotic, or unusual physical appearance, competitive movement, championship;; seeks social mobility via fascinating, energized physical body-form. Opportunistic, ambitious conditions of birth. Cult of personality.
  • Chandra-yuti-Rahu * amplified emotion, exotic habits, tricky comforts, opportunistic mother

Among the Believers 1932- V.S. Naipaul = brilliant narratives of the Indic diaspora gave a living personality and erstwhile sense of dialectical purpose to the seething masses of the subcontinent.

Ketu * kavandha-karaka * chidra-karaka

  • Ketu-Singha * incomplete entitlement, empty intelligence, dissolute brilliance
  • Ketu in classroom-7 * absentee spouse, disregards contractual loyalties, dissolves the alliances, irrelevance of partnership
  • Surya-yuti-Ketu * surrendered centrality, empty genius, apathetic intelligence
  • Budha-yuti-Ketu * surrendered articulation, empty talk, apathetic evangelism
  • Guru-yuti-Ketu * surrendered abundance, empty expansions, apathetic diversity

In 7th-from-Chandra, Ketu + Guru + Budha + Surya. Naipaul self-reported to his biographer that whilst remaining legally married to his wife of 41 years, they had a dysfunctional sexual relationship. He consorted with prostitutes and took numerous lovers, some of them for decades. He became monogamous only after celebrating a second marriage, his age 63.


V.S. Naipaul and his second life-partner Nadira Naipaul in 2009 (his age 77)


V.S. Naipaul and his first life-partner Patricia Hale Naipaul in 1955 (his age 23)

V.S. Naipaul Bibliography

Nobel Prize in Literature 2001

  • The Mystic Masseur - (1957) (film version: The Mystic Masseur (2001))
  • The Suffrage of Elvira - (1958)
  • Miguel Street - (1959)
  • AA House for Mr Biswas - (1961)
  • Mr. Stone and the Knights Companion - (1963)
  • A Flag on the Island - (1967)
  • The Mimic Men - (1967)
  • In a Free State - (1971)
  • Guerrillas - (1975)
  • A Bend in the River - (1979)
  • Finding the Centre - (1984)
  • The Enigma of Arrival - (1987)
  • A Way in the World - (1994)
  • Half a Life - (2001)
  • Magic Seeds - (2004)


  • The Middle Passage: Impressions of Five Societies - British, French and Dutch in the West Indies and South America (1962)
  • An Area of Darkness (1964)
  • The Loss of El Dorado - (1969)
  • The Overcrowded Barracoon and Other Articles (1972)
  • India: A Wounded Civilization (1977)
  • A Congo Diary (1980)
  • The Return of Eva Peron and the Killings in Trinidad (1980)
  • Among the Believers: An Islamic Journey (1981)
  • Finding the Centre (1984)
  • Reading and Writing: A Personal Account (2000)
  • A Turn in the South (1989)
  • India: A Million Mutinies Now (1990)
  • Bombay (1994, with Raghubir Singh)
  • Beyond Belief: Islamic Excursions among the Converted Peoples (1998)
  • Between Father and Son: Family Letters (1999, edited by Gillon Aitken)
  • The Writer and the World: Essays - (2002)
  • Literary Occasions: Essays (2003, by Pankaj Mishra)
  • A Writer's People: Ways of Looking and Feeling (2007)
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