Arvind Adiga's mother played important part in his success

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Mangalore, Oct 16 (UNI) Behind every successful man, there is a woman.

In the case of Mangalore-born Man Booker Prize 2007 winner, Arvind Adiga, it could be said to be his mother.

Arvind's uncle, Dr Raghuveer Adiga, who could not hide his happiness at the news of his nephew winning the prize, attributed the success of Arvind Adiga to his mother Usha Adiga.

Dr Adiga, an Orthopaedic Surgeon at Fr Muller Hospital in the city here, said Arvind's mother paid special attention to her son and provided all required environment for his successful growth.

Arvind's mother died just a week before his Class X examinations.

Despite his deep grief over the death of his mother, Arvind secured first rank in the examination in the entire State, Dr Adiga said.

He added, ''Arvind loved simplicity in his life and only a simple man like Arvind could have written the novel.

''Being an enthusiastic traveller, he had seen all kinds of people in his life and his urge to know their innermost thoughts had helped him compare the darkness of Bihar and brightness of booming Bangalore in the IT sector,'' he said.

Dr Adiga said Arvind was known observer of the distinctiveness of every minute detail which could widely seen in his writings.

This special quality had not only made him successful but also helped him write the prestigious award-winning novel.

He recalled that Arvind used to stay at the famous old Woodlands Hotel and loved simple food like 'Golibaje' (a popular fried item made out of maize in these coastal districts of Daxina Kannada and Udupi).

Adiga also used to prefer ordinary 'Dhabas' in the city during his stay here, he said.

Dr Adiga said Arvind's father, Dr K Madhava Adiga, presently in Australia, had also served as an Urologist at Fr Muller Hospital from 1979 to 1990.

His other uncle is also a doctor. However, Arvind choose journalism, altogether a different profession which had now earned him name and fame and taken him to greatest heights, said the proud uncle.

According to another close friend and classmate of Arvind and now a pediatrician at Fr Muller Hospital, Arvind excelled at everything in St Aloysius High School where they studied together from third standard.

The headmaster of St Aloysius High School, Mr Melwin Pinto, said the St Aloysius Alumni Association had invited Arvind Adiga for a get-together in Bangalore in Saturday.

Mr Adiga, who was at present residing in Mumbai, was yet to respond to their invitation, he added.

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