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Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul , 2009

Novelist, Essayist, Journalist

Social Critical Philosopher

Nobel Prize in Literature 2001

V. S. Naipaul

a.k.a. Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul

Earthbody-Entry Wed-17-Aug-1932

Earthbody-Exit Sat-11-Aug-2018 (age 85)


V.S. Naipaul in 1980 (age 48)


Novelist, Essayist Nobel Prize in Literature * 1932-2018 * 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

Uttaraphalguni * Aryaman

BPL commentary

For Uttaraphalguni births of a masculine valence, the condition of radiant, romantic, intelligent, creative, idealistic, central, confident, gaming, self-reflexive, pitrikaraka Surya may considerably affect the outcome.

Father-figures, politicians, celebrity, royalty, entitled roles, brilliant dramatists, radiant deities, sparkling genius, glittering creativity, intelligentsia, speculators, poets, romantic lovers, gamblers, and game-players may be especially influential.

Uttara-phalguni chaps are famously hot-headed.

Instructional guidance provided by emissaries from the civilizations of Denebola. Their purpose to brighten and glorify the divine intelligence through spectacular creativity.

Simha pada-1 = radiant confidence, flamboyance, and remarkable intelligence. While much depends upon the characteristics of Surya, the Falgun birth of masculine valence favors dramatic displays of celebrity, romance, creativity, and entitlement.

Kanya pada 2-3-4 = equally smart and authoritative, but more focused upon personal enclosure and distant lands, often wielding power from a private, sanctuary, or secluded location.

Although Shil Ponde's description often fits the Kanya pada 2-3-4 of Uttaraphalguni, the Simha pada-1 is rarely rough or ungrateful. Still, they can be impatient with others who are less confident or less intelligent.

Themes of political power, radiant creativity, and bright celebrity drama may contextualize Utthram's terrestrial experience. Applies also to Chandra in Uttaraphalguni

QUOTATION from Shil-Ponde. (1939). Hindu Astrology Joytisha-Shastra . p 83

"a proud and arrogant disposition,

  • with a tendency to ride roughshod over other peoples' opinions.

Uttara natives are extremely intelligent

but because of their inordinate pride,

  • they accept favors ungraciously even when in need

and are ungrateful to those from whom they receive these favors."

Biographical details matched to the Vimshottari Dasha

Rahu Mahadasha

Earth-birth Wed-17-Aug-1932 born in Chaguanas Trinidad, Trinite-et-Tobago * Rahu-Zukra bhukti

Guru Mahadasha

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

1949 begins undergraduate study at Oxford * Guru-Surya bhukti * Surya rules 12-foreign lands

1952 * self-reported nervous breakdown, suicide attempt * Guru-Rahu chidradasha

1953 grieved the decease of father, the journalist Seepersad Naipaul * Guru-Rahu chidradasha

June-1953 earned BA diploma from Oxford university * Guru-Rahu chidradasha

Shani Mahadasha

Dec-1954 begins weekly appearance on BBC Radio program "Caribbean Voices" * Shani-Shani swabhukti * Shani rules 3rd-from-3rd radio, 5 = celebrity

10-Jan-1955 exchanged the vows of marriage-1 with lifetime literary collaborator Patricia Hale * Shani-Shani swabhukti * Shani rules Kumbha swamsha * R-K samchara Dhanuzya-Mithunaya contact Zukra-Mithunaya

1961 the acclaimed novel A House for Mr. Biswas creates worldwide success * Shani-Zukra bhukti * Zukra atmakaraka rules 9th-from-Chandra ++ 9-fortunes

1962 his first travelogue-with-historical-social-commentary, The Middle Passage, also acclaimed * Shani-Zukra bhukti * Zukra atmakaraka rules 9-world travels, humanism

1962 yearlong first trip to India, alienated * Shani-Zukra bhukti * Zukra atmakaraka rules 9-world travels, ++ begin SadeSati

1964, An Area of Darkness, second extensive travelogue-with-historical-social-commentary describing his depressing year in India * Shani-Surya bhukti * Surya rules 12-distant lands (extremely complex due to Surya-Budha--Guru-Ketu) ++ SadeSati

1966 unhappy with Britain, Naipaul and Hale move back the Caribbean * Shani-Chandra bhukti * Somana-yuti-Rahu impulsive moves * Shani-5 in 12th-from-Chandra

1968 unsatisfied and broke, returned to UK * Shani-Rahu bhukti * Somana-yuti-Rahu impulsive moves * Shani-5 in 12th-from-Rahu

Budha Mahadasha

1977 celebrated publication of India: a Wounded Civilization * Budha-Zukra bhukti * Zukra rules 9 + 9th-from-Chandra

1981 publication of the controversial, over-reaching, widely celebrated, extensive travelogue-with-historical-social-commentary of India-Pakistan Among the Believers * Budha-Chandra bhukti ** Somana-yuti-Rahu-6 controversy * Chandra rules 11-communities, profits

Ketu Mahadasha

janma SadeSati Kumbha Mar-1993 until Jun-1995

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

15-Apr-1996 exchanged the vows of marriage-2 (his age 63) * Ketu-Shani bhukti * Shani rules Kumbha swamsha * R-K samchara Kanya-Meena contact Kanya radical lagna

Zukra Mahadasha

1998 his final major extensive travelogue-with-historical-social-commentary Beyond Belief: Islamic Excursions among the Converted Peoples earns broad praise * Zukra-Zukra swabhukti * Zukra rules 9 + 9th-from-Chandra

10-Oct-2001 won the Nobel Prize in Literature 2001 * Zukra-Chandra bhukti * Somana-yuti-Rahu * Chandra Vriddhipathi-11 awards for work accomplished

Surya Mahadasha

11-Aug-2018 decease (age 85) * Surya-Rahu bhukti

Distinctive Features of the Nativity

Surya * pitrikaraka * jyotikaraka

  • Surya-Simha * Khaga * Khagaya * air-moving
  • Surya in bhava-12 * center of Other-Worlds, brightly contemplative, focus on seclusion, invisible light-source provides guidance, intuitive entitlements, intelligence for private prayer, eye on imagination
  • Surya-yuti-Budha * confidently conversational, bright messenger, entitled to discuss, creatively intelligent sibling-cohort, radiantly descriptive, creatively intelligent sibling-cohort, radiantly descriptive, entitled to discuss, creatively intelligent sibling-cohort, radiantly descriptive, creatively intelligent sibling-cohort, radiantly descriptive
  • Surya-yuti-Guru * confidently expansive, bright self-referential teachers, creatively intelligent approach to doctrine, entitled to philosophize, radiantly generous, radiantly generous
  • Surya-yuti-Ketu * confidently detached, bright observer, entitled to surrender, creatively intelligent abandonment, radiantly unconcerned, creatively intelligent abandonment, radiantly unconcerned

confident, brilliant, self-righteous Surya in mulatrikona

Chandra * matrikaraka * garha-karaka

  • Chandra-Kumbha * comforted rhythmic pulsing network linkage
  • Chandra in Shata-taraka * comforted by mixed networks * protectors of universal mingling, risky marketplaces, expedient social connections
  • Chandra in classroom-6 * comforted by service ministry, familiar with animosity, accusation, litigation, needs to feel the repeating pulse of domestic and interpersonal conflict; emotionally attuned to be helpful, settled into the rhythm of problematics and remedies, soothed by medication, routine ailments, undulating disagreements
  • Somana-yuti-Rahu * Emotionally expedient, sensitive to exotic figures, needs exciting opportunities, soothed by unusual environments, undulating desires, craves nurturing, feels exceptional



Sir Naipaul's 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.


Somana-yuti-Rahu in bhava-6 might normally indicate a chronic ailment. However Mr. Naipaul was a healthy man, a great smoker but widely traveled, until well into his 80's. One public effect of Rahu-6 would seem to have been his decades-long addiction to prostitutes, which he self-reported as a regular habit (Chandra habit) throughout his first marriage lasting four decades. His sympathy for the undulating timeless rhythms of the third world, with its fervent superstitions, deep ethnic hatreds, and extreme poverty (Rahu-6) were also beneficial to the exceptional quality of his literary oeuvre.

Kuja * bhratru-karaka * virya-karaka

  • Mangala-Mithunaya * vigorous pursuit of conversation * proactive delivery of information * push toward explanatory instruction
  • Mangala in bhava-10 * dig-bala * drive toward leadership, pursuit of social authority, invasive regulation, ,hierarchical dynamics, energized governing conquests
  • Kuja-yuti-Zukra * dual sexuality, energized bargaining, dynamic trading, masculine force joins feminine allure, potential for aggressive mating, partnering actions, innovative arrangements, potential for aggressive mating, partnering actions

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."

Creative and productive, but flighty, hyper-verbal Kuja-Mithunaya-10 * * social critic litterateur

Budha * bandhava-karaka * zisya-karaka


  • Budha-Simha * dramatic communications, articulation of bright celebrity entitlements, messages about politics and creativity, manages entertainments, explains the procedure for dramatic amusements,, messages about politics and creativity
  • Budha in bhava-12 * narrative of sanctuary, hermitage, quietude, spiritual guidance *  describe reflective contemplation, discusses the astral inner terrain, explainer of private prayer, delivers instructions for communication with distant worlds, talks about clairsentience, dreams, and visions
  • Budha-yuti-Surya * explainer of dramatic intelligence * affinity for central roles expressing skills of communication, explanation, description, instruction * articulation of radiant authority, message of willpower and charisma, confidently talkative father
  • Budha-yuti-Guru * explainer of doctrinal belief * affinity for preaching, professorial, theory-developing roles expressing skills of communication, explanation, description, instruction  *  articulation of charitable generosity, message of optimism and expansion, talkative teacher
  • Budha-yuti-Ketu * explainer of impermanence * affinity for dissociative, dissolving roles expressing skills of communication, explanation, description, instruction * explainer of impermanence, articulation of surrender, signals abandonment, message of the observing Witness, talkative spirits

Guru * dhavakaraka * bahuta-karaka

  • Guru-Simha * many lights, many displays, much drama, believes in creativity and special entitlement, doctrine of intelligence and unique personality, expands the scope of politics, multiple games, many celebrities and celebrations, much drama, believes in creativity and special entitlement, doctrine of intelligence and unique personality, expands the scope of politics, multiple games, many celebrities and celebrations
  • Guru in bhava-12 * swabhava * many retreats, much divination, many hospitalizations, much private expansion, numerous ancestor guides, much interiority, much going on behind closed doors, extensive capacity for trance hypnosis
  • Guru-yuti-Surya pitri-karaka * multiple father-figures, abundant confidence, much radiance, much humanistic political philosophy-policy, large-scale dramatic radiance
  • Guru-yuti-Budha yukta-karaka * multiple sibling-teammate figures, abundant conversational messaging, much detailed humanistic philosophy, large discussions
  • Guru-yuti-Ketu upeksha-karaka * multiple disregarder-disperser figures, many disconnections, much surrender, abandons the humanistic perspective, large vacuums, abandons the humanistic perspective, large vacuums

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, enjoys correspondence, articulated messaging arrangements
  • Zukra-10 * pleasure of regulation, enjoys lawful, socially iconic, feminine-figures harmonious ability to govern and direct, financially visible equity, appreciation of order, legislates justice
  • Zukra-yuti-Mangala * sweetened conquests, gracious competition, appreciation for pioneering innovation, proactive negotiations, musical brother-figure, competitive contracts, musical brother-figure, competitive contracts

Zukra-10 Naipaul met his future wife and lifetime literary collaborator at a college theatrical play (5)

Zukra rules 9 ++ 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 * old hierarchies, pressured duty, old rules, pressured knees-calves, imposed laws, proletarian laws, must govern with scarce resources
  • Shani in Bhava-5 * Structured, orderly, time-conscious children. One must create drama with scarce confidence; cautious of politics, conventional intelligence; heavy weight of children; resistance to genius, tense performance, creative fatigue, chronic pressure on the heart + spine ; heavy resistance to individual authenticity. Resistance to new fashions and romance. Resentment toward changes in games and amusements. Support for socially-approved, rigidly dutiful roles as gambling regulator, scholar, constrained speculator, royally, celebrity figure. + spine ; heavy resistance to free creativity

Kuja's battering drishti upon Shani-5 eliminates the possibility of fleshly children. It does not reduce politics, drama, creativity or romance, but everyone involved endured some misery as the irresistible force (Kuja) spent decades battering the immovable object (Shani).


Shani rules Kumbha swamsha

Shani-Shani swabhukti


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

Zukra-Shani bhukti

Naipaul was widowed age-63, and remarried 4 months later.


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

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

  • Rahu-Kumbha (swakshetra)* craving for community * mask of lawfully interlinked systems; fascinated by networks * seeks special importance via social participation programs, futurism; via apparent (but perhaps not authentic) friendliness
  • Rahu in bhava-6 * passion for conflict, remedies * in swabhava of Busy Budha, the Shadowy Specter seeks privilege via glamorous or unusual arguments, thrilling defense of victims, conflicts, miseries, medicines, servants, accusation, injustices. Craves an environment of disagreement, injustice, misuse. Desires an important role in matters of disease, injury, warfare, labor, unfairness, toxicity * Exciting enemies. Rahu-6 trespasses the cultural boundaries in matters of debt, drugs, slavery, betrayal, exploitation, war. Rahu the Poseur may pose as a victim, a druggist, a litigator, a problem-solver, an abuser, a diseased person, an enslaved person, a relative of the mother's people. Risk-rewarding, boundary-breeching Rahu thrives in Bhava-6 where He finds opportunity in the worlds of crime, war, pharmacy, self-medication, toxicity.
  • 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-6 thrives on controversy and dissent

Ketu * kavandha-karaka * chidra-karaka

  • Ketu-Singha * dissociates from creative performance, incomplete entitlement, empty intelligence, dissolute brilliance, not limited by celebrity roles, ignores restriction on political opinion
  • Ketu in classroom-12 (beneficial) * ambivalent toward enclosures, absent from the ancestor spirits, disregards fantasy boundaries, dissolves the isolated sanctuaries, irrelevance of sleep * Ambivalence toward clairsentient empowerment, disinterested in invisibility. One abandons the veil between perceptual worlds, ignores the dreams, surrenders the fear of imprisonment.
  • Surya-yuti-Ketu * urrendered centrality, empty genius, unsustainable confidence, disconnected father, apathetic intelligence, intellectual disengagement, disinterest in games, fragmented politics, disinterest in games, fragmented politics
  • Budha-yuti-Ketu * surrendered articulation, empty talk, unsustainable explanations, disconnected siblings, apathetic evangelism, misunderstanding, incoherent messaging, incoherent messaging
  • Guru-yuti-Ketu * surrendered abundance, empty expansions, numerous removals, disconnected teachers, unsustainable doctrine, apathetic diversity, disbelief, dissolution of dogma, dissolution of dogma

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.

Ketu occupies the career-defining 10th navamsha

Ketu * Ketu = co-ruler of Vrischika = equivalent to Kuja = incisive but distant Witness to vast social transformations

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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