Independent Thought & Freedom
Episode 17

How “Jamaica’s Nat King Cole” endeared me to V.S. Naipaul w/ Farrukh Dhondy

Kirk Meighoo published on

LISTEN to the FULL episode 3 w/ award-winning writer and veteran activist Farrukh Dhondy BELOW!

Farrukh Dhondy, the multiple award-winning writer and veteran radical political activist, was extremely close to Nobel Prize winner, Sir Vidia (V.S.) Naipaul, for many years.

This is quite curious given their quite opposed, very public political views. Dhondy was a radical socialist and anti-racist campaigner while V.S. Naipaul cast a sharp, critical eye on Third World liberation movements, British socialism, American liberalism, the politics of racial redemption, etc.

How did they ever become friends, let alone so close? I got a chance to ask Farrukh Dhondy on my podcast “Independent Thought & Freedom” and was regaled with a hilarious story about the “Jamaican Nat King Cole” that ended up bonding him and Sir Vidia.

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