The writer and the world: VS Naipaul
Silky Mary Rozario
Literature Nobel Laureate VS Naipaul was in conversation with DLF Director Ahsan Akbar on the second day of Dhaka Lit Fest 2016 --- the most vibrant session of Dhaka Lit Fest 2016 for which all the eyes have waiting.
VS Naipaul shares his early life --- his zeal to be a writer after graduating from the University of Oxford. And "it took 10 years to unlearn" what he learnt from the University of Oxford. Those who wish to be writer, Naipaul says, they have this anxiety of nothing to write on.
While working in BBC, Naipaul, felt magic "with nothing", having a room of one's own where he penned his first line of his first book. Once he shared his manuscript to a critic who broke his heart, because what he was "doing was nonsense," shares Naipaul.
About the process of writing, Naipaul says, "It is awful when a writer can see what is going to happen. It's like a great hill to climb and the journey is magical."
Naipaul wanted to be a writer but he had "nothing to write about". He used to roam around in London and think what he could write. By the age of thirty he wrote four novels. At the age of 29 his novel A House for Mr. Biswas which later became one of the great novels in English literature. After four books of fiction he started writing nonfiction. He wrote 15 books within the age of 45.
Lady Naipaul also shares stage with him. She said what made her brought to Dhaka is that, she have little Bengali in herself as she spent her teenage here. The session ended with an answer of a question asked by an audience about what gives him pleasure at present, and there comes Naipaul's surreal reply: "I will think about it."
Silky Mary Rozario is schooling with
Notre Dame University Bangladesh