Contents: 1. V.S. Naipual: a literary tribute/Suman Bala. 2. Unhoused Mr. Naipaul: some perspectives on the fiction of Naipaul/Jaydeep Sarangi. 3. V.S. Naipaul: the man and the novelist/Lakshmi Kumari Sharma. 4. Colonial consciousness in V.S. Naipaul/M.R. Ashok. Travel writing: 1. Naipaul and his dialectic on India/Rama Devi. 2. Naipaul’s vision of Indian diaspora and trinity of Indian travels/H.S. Lal. 3. Narrating the self: Vikram Seth’s From Heaven Lake and Naipaul’s Area of Darkness/D. Maya. 4. An Area of Darkness: the document of diasporic experiences of V.S. Naipaul/Surekha Dangwal. 5. Perceptions of Indian women in India: A Million Mutinies Now/Namrata Rathore. A house for Mr. Biswas: 1. A house of one’s own: a study of V.S. Naipaul’s A House for Mr. Biswas and Toni Morrison’s Beloved/Pashupati Jha. 2. A House for Mr. Biswas and Half a Life: a comparative study/Vandana Datta. 3. A House for Mr. Biswas: an autobiographical study/Bhagabat Nayak. 4. Identity crisis in A House for Mr. Biswas/Amar Nath Prasad. 5. The immigrant experience of displacement, exile and homelessness in V.S. Naipaul’s A House for Mr. Biswas/M.L. Pandit. In a free state: 1. In a Free State: into the fourth dimension/Shashi Kamra. Guerrillas: 1. Guerrillas as a political novel/Ashok Kumar Bachchan. A bend in the river: 1. A bend in the river: a critical study/Ashok Kumar Bachchan. Finding the centre: 1. Finding the Centre: a study/G. Srilatha. The enigma of arrival: Arrival and departure in Enigma of Arrival/T. Sarada. A way in the world: 1. A Way in the World: the "Unwritten" narrative/Rama Devi. Half a life: 1. Half a Life: a critical appraisal/Santwana Haldar. 2. V.S. Naipaul’s such a long journey: in search of soil and roots: a study of Half a Life/Savitri Tripathi. 3. Exile, alienation and cultural tradition: a study of Half a Life/Parmanand Jha. 4. Disorientation of identity in V.S. Naipaul’s Half a Life/Bhagabat Nayak. 5. Demystifying India in Half a Life: an analysis of Naipaul’s attitude to India/Santwana Haldar.
"V.S. Naipaul is one of the best known English novelists of the modern times; his popularity reached its zenith when he received the Nobel Prize for literature, last year. He is regarded a prophet, a soothsayer, a doom-watcher and a teller of unpalatable truths. While he has published several works, it is A House for Mr. Biswas that has given him name and fame. His latest novel, Half a Life, is a piece of literary craftsmanship. The present volume, a collection of recent essays on his writings, aims at paying the fittest literary tribute to Naipaul, the novelist." (jacket)