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Novelist + Essayist + Journalist

2001 Nobel Prize in Literature

Social Critical Philosopher

V. S. Naipaul

a.k.a. Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul

a.k.a. Vido

Earth-birth Wed-17-Aug-1932

dematerialization Sat-11-Aug-2018 (age 85)


Novelist + Essayist + Journalist * 1932-2018 * V.S. Naipaul * Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul

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Rising Nakshatra

Masculine Nativities


Purnavasi * Vutvrta * Jamitra

BPL commentary

For Punarvasu births of a masculine valence, the condition of prosperous, preaching, inclusive, broad-scope, philosophical, humanistic Guru may considerably affect the outcome. Masculine births under auspice of Puna, Visaka, or Purvabhadra may find that their worldview is greatly shaped by the character of priestly teachers and guides.

For those born into the Guru-ruled paradigm of Jamitra, teachers, preachers, professors, patrons, agents of generosity and guidance, guru-figures, ideologues, indoctrinators, theorists, know-it-alls, proselytes, philosophers, pontificators, patriarchs, pundits, pater-nosters, proponents of principled understanding, wise-ones, wizards, druids, and paradigms of belief may be especially influential.

Guidance is provided by emissaries from the realm of the Twin Gardeners called Castor-and-Pollux. Their purpose is restoration, renewal, and rehabilitation of lost knowledge.

High forehead. Punarvasu often has a global perspective. The majority of Aditya-born nativities are higher dimensional Seva-wanderers who assume interpretive guidance roles.

Instructing, Explaining, Describing

Mithunaya-Dvamdva pada 1-2-3 represents Guru's rulership of 7-agreements ++ 10- leadership, while also expressing the tension between broad-view Brihaspati versus detail-oriented Bantering Budha. Pada 1-2-3 are blessed with an expansive capacity for evocative description or inspirational speaking. Often excellent writers who can facilitate spiritual growth via specific explanation and detailed description. Pada 1-2-3 are often found in the literary arts, in teaching roles, in academic advising, as travel guides, and as poets who describe the natural world....

Although the Higher Teacher seeks wisdom, for Karkata-Punarvasu the guru-figure may also be adversarial, impoverished, polluted, or ailing (due to Brihaspati rules 6).

Themes of restoration of lost knowledge, gardening, fertility of understanding, wish fulfillment, and conceptual teaching may contextualize Aditya's terrestrial experience. Applies also to Chandra in Punarvasu

QUOTATION from Shil-Ponde (1939) Hindu Astrology Joytisha-Shastra . p 81

"... from Arudra to Punarvasu, a startling change in mental development.

In Punarvasu, the native is possessed of profound intelligence,

  • capable of delving into and understanding all manner of philosophical and metaphysical postulates.

He revels in abstract thought

  • and has a lively and profound imagination.

He may be also a poet of high attainment, expressing a fire and vitality in his verse

  • which is the result of an unusually passionate temperament.

He will, however, be only moderately successful by worldly standards during his lifetime

  • although unlike the Arudra native, he will not experience poverty."


V.S. Naipaul in 1980 (age 48)


V.S. Naipaul with first life-partner, editor Patricia Hale Naipaul in 1955 (VSN age 23). The couple were married for 41 years, until her decease.


V.S. Naipaul with second life-partner Nadira Naipaul in 2009 (VSN age 77)

Biographical details matched to the Vimshottari Dasha

Rahu Mahadasha * age birth until age 9.4

17-Aug-1932 Earth-birth in Chaguanas Trinidad = Trinite-et-Tobago * Rahu-Budha bhukti

Mar-1934 until Mar-1937 Janma Sade-Sati Kumbha

1939 family moves to capital city Port of Spain, where VSN attends Queen's Royal College, a top national preparatory school * Rahu-Surya bhukti * Surya rules 12th-from-4th shift house in childhood

Guru Mahadasha * age 9.4 until age 25.4

1949 begins scholarship grant for undergraduate study at University College, Oxford * Guru-Zukra bhukti * Zukra rules 5-winnings + 12-foreign lands

1952 (VSN age 20) self-reported nervous breakdown, suicide attempt * Guru-Surya bhukti * Surya rules Ketu-3 mental incoherence

1953 (VSN age 21) grieved the decease of father, the Indo-Trinidadian journalist Seepersad Naipaul * Guru-Chandra bhukti * Chandra rules 12th-from-Surya

Jun-1953 (VSN age 21) earned BA diploma from University College, Oxford * Guru-Chandra bhukti * Chandra-yuti-Rahu

Dec-1954 (VSN age 22) begins weekly appearance on BBC Radio program "Caribbean Voices" * Guru-Mangala * Mangala rules 11-community networks

10-Jan-1955 (VSN age 23) exchanged the vows of marriage-1 with lifetime literary collaborator Patricia Hale * Guru-Mangala * Kuja rules 7th-navamsha (Ketu) * R-K samchara Dhanuzya-Mithunaya contact Mithunaya lagna

Shani Mahadasha * age 25.4 until age 44.4

1961 (VSN age 29) VSN's acclaimed novel A House for Mr. Biswas enjoys worldwide success * Shani-Budha bhukti * Budha-3 lagnesha

1962 (VSN age 30) first travelogue-with-historical-social-commentary, The Middle Passage, also acclaimed Shani-Budha bhukti * Budha-3 lagnesha

1962 (VSN age 30) year-long first trip to India results in alienation (Ketu) from the root culture * Shani-Budha bhukti * Budha-3 lagnesha * Budha rules 4-home-roots * Budha-yuti-Ketu ++ dwadasa Sade-Sati *** (extremely complex = Surya+Budha+Guru+Ketu-3

Jan-1964 until Dec-1966 Janma Sade-Sati Kumbha

1964 (VSN age 32) celebrated publication of An Area of Darkness, second extensive travelogue-with-historical-social-commentary describing his depressing year in India * Shani-Zukra bhukti * Zukra rules 5-celebrity ++12-distant lands ++ Sade-Sati

1966 (VSN age 34) unhappy with Britain, Naipaul and spouse-editor Pat Hale move back the Caribbean * Shani-Zukra bhukti * Zukra rules 2nd-from-4 next-step home ++12-distant lands ++ Sade-Sati

1968 (VSN age 36) unsatisfied with Caribbean culture and broke, returned to England * Shani-Chandra bhukti * Somana-yuti-Rahu * Chandra rules 2-cultural values, banking

Budha Mahadasha

1977 (VSN age 47) celebrated publication of India: a Wounded Civilization * Budha-Budha svabhukti * Budha-3 lagnesha * Budha rules 4-home-roots

1981 (VSN age 51) publication of the controversial, widely celebrated, extensive travelogue-with-historical-social-commentary of India-Pakistan Among the Believers * Budha-Zukra bhukti *Zukra bhukti * Zukra rules 5-creative literature + 12-foreign lands

Ketu Mahadasha

1995 (VSN age 63) wife editor Pat Hale = diagnosed with cancer and hospitalized * Ketu-Zukra bhukti * Zukra rules 6th-from-7th = illness of spouse++ Sade-Sati

Mar-1993 until Jun-1995 Janma Sade-Sati Kumbha

Feb-1996 (VSN age 64) grieved the decease of lifepartner-1, writer-editor Pat Hale, ending their 41-year marriage * Ketu-Chandra bhukti * Chandra rules 12th-from-7th-from-Chandra + dwithya Sade-Sati

15-Apr-1996 (VSN age 64) following six weeks of widowhood, exchanged the vows of marriage-2 with Pakistani journalist, Nadira Khannum Alvi * Ketu-Chandra bhukti * Chandra-yuti-Rahu = Chandra produces effect of Rahu * R-K samchara Kanya-Meena contact navamsha Zukra-Meena + dwithya Sade-Sati

1998 (VSN age 66) VSN's final major extensive travelogue-with-historical-social-commentary Beyond Belief: Islamic Excursions among the Converted Peoples earns broad praise * Ketu-Guru bhukti * Guru-3 rules 7-travels

Zukra Mahadasha

10-Oct-2001 (VSN age 69) awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature 2001 * Zukra-Zukra svabhukti * Zukra-1 identity rules 5-celebrity, prizes

11-Aug-2018 (VSN age 85) dematerialization * Zukra-Budha bhukti * Budha produces effects of Guru + Ketu

Distinctive Features of the Nativity

Surya * pitri-karaka (father) * jyoti-karaka (light)

  • Magha-Surya-Simha * Khaga * Khagaya * air-moving * brightly charismatic confidence of Center-stage Surya radiates through the regally entitled game-playing rashi of Surya
  • Surya in bhava-3 * center of commerce * mercantile intelligence * smart reports * dramatic instructional delivery * creative descriptions * splendid games of manual-skill * self-referential announcements * admirable handcraft * cinematic genius * smart technology * focus on teamwork * entertaining explanations * administrative entitlements * confident writing * eye on process management * regal messaging * bright center of discourse * brilliant gesturing * father may be a businessman-craftsman-communicator
  • Surya-yuti-Budha * confidently conversational * bright messenger * entitled to discuss * creatively intelligent sibling-cohort * discursive father-figure * gestures conduct the spiritual rays of the Sun * radiantly descriptive * articulate in drama * skillful game-player * self-confident announcements * talks about ideals * narrative of power-politics * recites love poems * describes divine romance
  • Surya-yuti-Guru * confidently expansive in drama * generous in games * smart children * multiple father-figures * brightly self-referential teachers * charitably manifests the spiritual rays of the Sun * creatively intelligent doctrine * entitled to philosophize * inclusively idealistic in romance
  • Surya-yuti-Ketu * confidently detached * bright observer * entitled to surrender * apathetic toward the spiritual rays of the Sun * creatively intelligent abandonment * disregards patriarchal power * politically disinterested * wandering father-figure * radiantly unconcerned

confident, brilliant, self-righteous Surya in mulatrikona

Chandra * matrikaraka (mother) * garha-karaka (village)

  • Chandra-Kumbha * comforted by networks * sensitive to connectivity * needs community
  • Chandra in Sadachbia-Varuna * calmed by mixed networks * protectors of universal mingling * soothed by risky marketplaces * needs to make expedient social connections
  • Chandra in classroom-9 * draws comfort from paradigms of belief * emotionally attuned to sacred doctrine * accustomed to priesthood * pious mother * soothed by globalist perspective * feels the pulse of preaching * calmed by a broad worldview * acculturated to principled understanding * needs a familiar catechism * protective patrons * habitually seeks guidance * settled into philosophical roles * undulating convictions
  • Somana-yuti-Rahu * * emotionally expedient * sensitive to exotic folks * risk-rewarding mother * needs exciting opportunities * unconventional parenting style * comfortable in unorthodox environments * undulating desires * craves nurturing * feels exceptional


Mom hailed from an elite Trinidadian family * Somana-yuti-Rahu-9

MARRIAGE partnership support expectations


  • Marriage-1
  • Simha = creativity, autocentrism, entitlement, brilliance
  • bhava-3 = writing, editing, publications
  • lifepartner-1 served as VSN's literary editor for more than 40 years, shaping and promoting his oeuvre yet her work largely uncredited
  • ++ VSN Somana-yuti-Rahu == Ketu-Singha occupies 7th-from-Chandra


  • Sir Naipaul's four-decade marriage to Pat Hale, the editor of his literary oeuvre, was barely sustained by his constant world-traveling.
  • They lived and traveled together in younger decades, as the years evolved, VSN and his wife lived in separate workspace-library portions of their shared English country house.
  • According to VSN, wife-and-cowriter Pat Hale permitted his well-known romantic affairs with numerous interesting women and men * Zukra-yuti-Mangala-Mithunaya coupling.

8th-from-7th-from-Chandra-9 = 2nd-from-Chandra

  • Marriage-2 = bhava-10 public roles
  • lifepartner-2 enjoyed a significant public career as a journalist


10th-from-Chandra = bhava-6 Vrischika ruled by Mangala-Mithunaya ++ Mangala in bhava-1

Kuja * bhratru-karaka (brother) * virya-karaka (virile)

  • Mangala-Mithunaya * vigorous pursuit of interaction * competitive commerce * proactive information delivery * energetic group collaboration * dynamic debate * dominating gestures * lively writing * kinetic conversation * push toward explanatory instruction * champion of process management
  • Mangala in bhava-1 * forward fighter * muscular champion * competitive winner * drive toward performance vitality * embodied action * primal sexuality * pursuit of progress * direct movement * physical engineering * thrusting vigor * dominating personality * pushy * dynamic innovator * energized conquests * athletic body
  • Kuja-yuti-Zukra * dual sexuality * energized bargaining * dynamic trading * masculine force joins feminine allure * kinetic sensuality * productive arrangements * sweetly harmonized with competitors * champion of equality

Literary. verbally productive, and gainful, but adversarial, hyper-verbal Kuja-Mithunaya-1 rogesha


Mangala in bhava-1 Mangala-Kumbha occupies the career-defining 10th navamsha ++ Kuja rules 10th-from-Chandra = the vast sociological scope of his social-scientific (Kumbha) descriptions along with his professional drive to plunge into the most vicious religious-cultural conflict zone of India-Pakistan

Behari commentary = Mangala in Arudra-Orion 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."

Budha * jamayah-karaka (sibling) * sandeza-karaka (message) * zisya-karaka (student)

lagnesha for Mithunaya radical lagna

  • Budha-Simha * political communications * articulation of unique creativity * delivers celebratory announcements * manufacturers bright displays * explains celebrity entitlements * romantic messages * declares poetic adoration * delights in glittering phrases * manages entertainments * details the procedure for theatrical amusements * speaks with royal flamboyance * talks about gambling * plays  intelligent games * hands-arms-shoulders send dramatic gestures
  • Budha in bhava-3 * narrative of cohort collaboration * chatty siblings * articulate announcements * discusses commerce * instructions for management * conversations about information technology * clever programming * logical reporting * talks about daily business * handles information * skillful printing * scripted dialog * text instructions * writes lyrics * detailed media-messaging * communication tactics * explains marketing * quick manufacturing * descriptive process * signaling gestures
  • Budha-yuti-Surya * amusing explanations * entertaining chatter * central roles in communication * brightly clear descriptions * dramatic enunciation * confidently delivers instruction * articulation of radiant certainty * political messenger * talkative father-figures
  • Budha-yuti-Guru * explainer of ideology * descriptive preaching * professorial explanations * theoretical discourse * instructs in sacred doctrine * articulation of charitable generosity * optimistic messages * expansive scope of documentary reporting * inspirational media communication * numerous specific announcements * detailed guidance * verbalizing paternal figures
  • Budha-yuti-Ketu * explainer of impermanence * describes dissociation * articulates the process of dissolution * delivers information to the winds * instructor of impermanence * incoherent conversations * sends prayers to the ineffable * spacey siblings * surrenders the attempt to render a complete message * speaks as the observing Witness * may channel the talkative spirits


Guru * dhava-karaka (husband) * bahuta-karaka (variety)

  • Guru-Simha * many lights * big political displays * much drama * doctrine of divine right * expands the scope of unique personality * great splendor * multiple games * diverse theatrical performances * multiple celebrations * romantic permissiveness * self-reflexive worldview * abundant creativity * believes in special entitlements
  • Guru in bhava-3 * many messages * extensive commerce * many photographs * numerous publications * several collaborators * multiple transactions * many tours * frequent business trips * many sales * numerous discussions * much detailed interaction * extensive planning operations * variety of ensemble performances * evangelistic growth * so many meetings * patron of communications technologies * in a wifely nativity, husband-figure may be a businessman-writer
  • Guru-yuti-Surya pitri-karaka * multiple father-figures * abundant confidence * much radiance * believes in light * widens the scope of theatrical display * permission to be the center of attention * humanistic political philosophy * large-scale dramatic radiance
  • Guru-yuti-Budha yukta-karaka * multiple sibling-teammate figures * permission to deliver information * abundant conversational messaging * believes in detailed communications * expansive dialog * many announcements * wide scope of evangelism * talks about philosophy * optimistic viewpoint in discussions
  • Guru-yuti-Ketu upeksha-karaka * multiple options for severance * broad permission to abandon unsustainable connections * diverse wanderings * many occasions of surrender * philosophy of impermanence * large-size vacuums * many holy pilgrimages


For Mithuna lagna, Professor Guru-3 becomes the career ruler of 7 + 10.

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

Zukra * svadu-karaka (sweet) * kalatra-karaka (wife)


Zukra rules Vrishabha swamsha

  • Zukra-Mithunaya * appreciation of detail * beautiful accessories * attracted to writers * likes businesspeople * balanced gestures * conducts diplomatic conversations * prefers a communicative partner * aesthetic of handiwork * pleasures of specific explanations * enjoys correspondence * gracious messaging arrangements
  • Zukra-1 * seeks pleasure via handsome embodiment * enjoys the company of women * graciously attractive appearance * active style of balancing * pursues adjustable arrangements * appreciation of muscular vitality * pleasing designs to adorn the head * aesthetic of new life * physical exercise to balance the brain * identified with brokerage * seeks the sweet midpoint of dynamic negotiations * energetic pursuit of equity * identified with acts of diplomacy * bargains vigorously for fair exchange
  • Zukra-yuti-Mangala * sweetened conquests * gracious competition * appreciation for pioneering innovation * aesthetic of sporting interactions * proactive negotiations * musical brother-figure * competitive contracts * accommodating sexuality * prefers relationships with energetic partners


Zukra-1 identity rules 5 = politics, drama, creativity, romance * Naipaul met his future wife and lifetime literary collaborator at a college theatrical play (5)

Zukra rules the globalist Thula = 9th-from-Chandra

  • = broad global viewpoint, humanistic philosophies, creative literature (Mithunaya) and professorial stance

Among the Believers Vidyadhar Surajprasa V.S. Naipaul wrote a definitive global-view critique of mass religion in the 20th century

Shani * duro-karaka (endurance) * jara-karaka (years)

  • Shani-Makara - Draco * heavy old institutions * obliged to conform to the time-clock * rigidly ranked hierarchies * strict regimes * pressure to complete socially required duties * structural compression upon knees-calves-skeleton * strictly imposed protocols * must normalize old rules * unyielding pressure of public judgment * class-conscious elders * punitive regulators * must endure proletarian manners * must continue to work * scarce building resources
  • Shani in Bhava-8 * steady time-structured transformations * must impose order upon dangerous environments * may fear the advance of inexorable change * must regenerate while maintaining the system * cautiously conventional initiations * tense renewals * resists surgery * fear of eruptions * chronic trauma patterns * pressures on the hidden mechanisms of sexual-reproduction * fears revelation of mysteries * pushback against emerging new cycles * disaster fatigue * martial law * dry rigidity limits rejuvenation * frugal in-laws * elders preserve undisclosed assets

Kuja-1 battering drishti upon Shani in Bhava-8 e, but everyone involved endured some misery as the irresistible force (Kuja) spent decades battering the immovable object (Shani).

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

  • Rahu-Kumbha (svakshetra) * shimmering illusion of profitable webworks * over-reaching friendliness * mirage of knitted netting knotwork * fabulous marketplace associations * extraordinary electro-magnetic connections * intriguing ecologies * mask of lawfully interlinked systems * fascinating achievements * culturally mixed social networks * seeks special importance via apparent (but perhaps not authentic) attributes of  scientific futurism * extravagant assemblies * finds opportunity in economic distribution * craves community-linkage * seeks privilege via socialite-roles
  • Rahu in bhava-9 * passion for philosophy, preaching * in swabhava of Saptarishi Guru, the Shadowy Specter seeks privilege via glamorous or unusual doctrine, theory, dharma, worldview. Rahu-9 desires a thrilling, important guidance role in catechesis, principled discourses of abstract ideas, ideology, philosophy, indoctrination. Extraordinary father-figure, ambitious professors and holy teachers. Thrives in culturally-mixed preaching environments, university, temple, sangha, congregation. Rahu the Poseur may pose as a charitable philanthropist, a wisdom-purveyor, a proselyte of principled understanding, a guru-figure, a philosopher, or a globalist humanitarian. Rahu-9 trespasses the cultural boundaries of patronage, fatherhood, paradigm of belief. Exciting, opportunistic third marriage (if any).
  • Chandra-yuti-Rahu * amplified emotion, magnified familiarity exotic habits, tricky comforts, opportunistic mother, fascinating (but perhaps illusory) appearance of sympathetic caretaking, hypnotic rhythms, emotionally attuned to cross-cultural mixing, fascinating (but perhaps illusory) appearance of sympathetic caretaking


Among the Believers 1932-2018 culturalist 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.

Rahu in bhava-9 exposer of belief systems and their inconsistencies

VSN caused an international furor as well as an international excitement. International (9) praise culminating in the 2001 Nobel Prize in Literature, awarded for his critical writings on worldwide (9) spiritualized superstitions and ritual prayers (Chandra ritual).

Rahu smoke + Ketu disregard

Somana-yuti-Rahu-9 VSN was a great smoker ++ widely traveled, until well into his 80's. Somana-yuti-Rahu (= Ketu in 7th-from-Chandra) may have contributed his decades-long addiction to prostitutes, which he self-reported as a regular habit (Chandra habit) throughout his first marriage.

VSN's sympathy for the undulating timeless rhythms of the third world, with its fervent superstitions, deep ethnic hatreds, and extreme poverty were also beneficial to the exceptional quality of his literary oeuvre.

Ketu kavandha-karaka (headless) * chidra-karaka (gaping) * vasana-karaka (vacuum)

  • Ketu-Singha * brightly dissociates from creative performance * fragmented entitlements * eccentric intelligence * peculiar brilliance * not limited by celebrity roles * ignores restriction on political opinion * releases a sparkling crimson cloud of divine charisma into the misty abyss
  • Ketu in classroom-3 * eccentric communications * disinterested in daily chat * writes on foggy abstract topics * dissolves messaging boundaries * implausible prophecy * wandering discussions * can handle esoteric information * irrelevance of normal mental narrative * abandons management tasks * dismisses the standard explanations * disregards conventional discourse * unless other graha in 3, may prefer to live free from younger siblings
  • Ketu-yuti-Surya * uncertain * abandons entitlements * sparkling empty drama * wavering confidence * proudly aloof father * apathetic politics * intellectual disengagement * dispersed vision * avoids power-games * unfulfilled creative genius * half-hearted gambling * charmingly incoherent entertainments * brightly wandering intelligence * liberation via surrendered egocentricity
  • Ketu-yuti-Budha * miscalculations * incoherent references * empty talk * unsustainable explanations * irrational statements * chats about non-existent events * spacey sibling-cohort * apathetic evangelism * incomplete details * witty misnomers * vacuous plans * unfulfilled deliveries * illogical messaging * liberation via mental surrender * for commercial nativities, may dissolve the cooperative team
  • Ketu-yuti-Guru * misunderstandings * unsustainable convictions * abandons empty theories * believes in non-existence * vacuous catechism * wandering teachers * apostasy * wisdom of surrender * incomplete comprehension * doctrines of impermanence * Other-Worldly viewpoint * walks away in disbelief * liberating philosophy * for wifely nativities, Ketu may release the dhavakaraka husband-figure. .



7th-from-Chandra = Ketu + Guru + Budha + Surya

Naipaul remained legally married to Patricia Hale for 41 years. (Shani-2 delays 2nd-marriage). VSN self-reported to his biographer that although enduring, his lifepartnership featured a remarkably dysfunctional sexual practice. Ketu-Singha occupies 7th-from-Chandra suggesting emotional disconnection in the first alliance.

VSN reported that he consorted with prostitutes and took numerous lovers, some of them for decades. Be his own account, he became monogamous only after celebrating a second marriage, at his age 63.

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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