Saturday, December 8, 2012
What about the spelling?
This is a restaurant that my father remembers from a long, long time ago. Maybe it is not the same restaurant, because he sets it as being on Mount Road, close to the LIC Building and this Kwality Restaurant is on Montieth Road. The memory comes from the way its name is spelt, so the location is not so important.
About four decades ago, he had popped across from his place of work for a chai and probably a smoke as well. The restaurant was not crowded and he saw someone a few tables away. He looked familiar, but it took a while for dad to place him. And when he did, he rushed across to shake hands with Sir Vidia - then just plain Mr. Naipaul.
After chatting a bit about "A House for Mr. Biswas", "A Flag on the Island" and "In a Free State", dad ventured to ask him about the food. He is still wondering about Mr. Naipaul's reply: "As good as the spelling"!