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Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul , 2009


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)


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V.S. Naipaul in 1980 (age 48)

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Novelist, Essayist * 2001 Nobel Prize in Literature * 1932-2018 * V.S. Naipaul * Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul

birth data from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V._S._Naipaul * tentatively rectified by BP Lama Jyotishavidya

charts + graphs + tables = produced by Shri Jyoti Star * adapted by BP Lama

Rising Nakshatra

Masculine Nativities

Punarvasu * Aditya * 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 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.

Karkata - Kadaga-pada-4 represents Guru's rulership of 6-imbalance ++ 9-philosophical principles. Pada-4 also embodies the tension between global, paternalistic Saptarishi versus local, undulating, motherly Somana. As master gardeners and natural herbal physicians, they understand the wisdom of the mineral, plant, and animal kingdoms. Pada-4 may also emerge into the religious professions where they may grow a garden of psycho-intuitive understanding that develops into doctrine.

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."


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V.S. Naipaul with first life-partner Patricia Hale Naipaul in 1955 (his age 23)Naipaul_VS_Nadira_2009.jpg

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

1939 family moves to capital city Port of Spain, where he 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 * 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 earned BA diploma from University College, Oxford * Guru-Chandra bhukti * Chandra-yuti-Rahu

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

10-Jan-1955 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 navamsha lagna


Shani Mahadasha * age 25.24until age 44.4

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

1962 = first travelogue-with-historical-social-commentary, The Middle Passage, also acclaimed Shani-Budha bhukti * Budha-3 lagnesha

1962 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 ++ begin Sade-Sati *** (extremely complex = Surya+Budha+Guru+Ketu-3

1964 * 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 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 unsatisfied with Caribbean culture and broke, returned to England* Shani-Chandra bhukti * Somana-yuti-Rahu * Chandra rules 2-cultural values, banking


Budha Mahadasha

1977 = celebrated publication of India: a Wounded Civilization * Budha-Budha swabhukti * Budha-3 lagnesha * Budha rules 4-home-roots

1981 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 wife Pat Hale is diagnosed with cancer and hospitalized * Ketu-Zukra bhukti * Zukra rules 6th-from-7th = illness of spouse++ Sade-Sati

Feb-1996 grieved the decease of spouse-1, writer-editor Pat Hale, ending a 41-year marriage * Ketu-Chandra bhukti * Chandra rules 12th-from-7th-from-Chandra

15-Apr-1996 exchanged the vows of marriage-2 (VSN age 63) 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

1998 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 awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature 2001 * Zukra-Zukra swabhukti * Zukra 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 * pitrikaraka * jyotikaraka

  • 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 * permissive father-figure * 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 * garha-karaka

  • Chandra-Kumbha * comforted by pulsing network linkage
  • Chandra in Shata-taraka * 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 routine patronage * devotional mother * soothed by globalist perspective * feels the repeating pulse of preaching sermons * calmed by a broad worldview * acculturated to principled understanding * needs a familiar catechism * protective father-figures * 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

MOTHER

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

MARRIAGE

7th-from-Chandra-9

  • Marriage-1 = bhava-3 writing, editing
  • lifepartner-1 served as his literary editor for more than 40 years
  • ++ Somana-yuti-Rahu = Ketu in 7th-from-Chandra
  • Somana-yuti-Rahu = Sir Naipaul's four-decade marriage was barely sustained by his constant world-traveling. VSN and his wife lived in separate portions of their shared house. According to VSN, she 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

CAREER

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


Kuja * bhratru-karaka * virya-karaka

  • 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 * sweetly harmonized with competitors * champion of equality

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

CAREER

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 * bandhava-karaka * zisya-karaka

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 * superficial administration * 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 * 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 * dhavakaraka * bahuta-karaka

  • Guru-Simha * many lights * big political displays * much drama * doctrine of intelligence * expands the scope of unique personality * widens the range of self-evident rights * 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 * svadhu-karaka * kalatra-karaka

atmakaraka

Zukra rules Vrishabha swamsha

  • Zukra-Mithunaya * appreciation of detail * beautiful accessories * attracted to writers * likes businesspeople * balanced gestures * diplomatic communications * aesthetic of handiwork * pleasures of specific explanations * enjoys correspondence * satisfied by conversation * articulated 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 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 9th-from-Chandra = excellent fortunes in matters of 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 * jara-karaka

  • 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 * slowly time-structured transformations * socially imposed secret identity * resists inexorable change of the old order * must regenerate while maintaining the system * cautiously conventional initiations * tense renewals * required surgeries * fear of emergencies * 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 * picchala-karaka (slippery)

  • Rahu-Kumbha (swakshetra) * 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 * chidra-karaka * 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. .

Marriage-1

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

Naipaul remained legally married to his wife of 41 years. (Shani-2 delays 2nd-marriage). VSN self-reported to his biographer that although enduring, his marriage featured a remarkably dysfunctional sexual practice. He consorted with prostitutes and took numerous lovers, some of them for decades. VSN became monogamous only after celebrating a second marriage, at his age 63.

V.S. Naipaul Bibliography

Nobel Prize in Literature 2001

Fiction
  • 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)

Non-fiction

  • 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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