Bangalore, Oct 15 (IANS) Man Booker prize winner Aravind Adiga has been invited by the St. Aloysius High School in Karnataka's coastal city of Mangalore, where he was a top-ranking student, for a get- together of Aloysians in Bangalore on Oct 18.
'We are extremely happy. We congratulated him Wednesday morning as soon we learnt he has been chosen for the award. We hope he will make it to the Oct 18 meeting so that we can honour him,' Fr. Denzil Lobo, himself a former Aloysian who now teaches there, told IANS on telephone from Mangalore.
'He was a quiet student. Well disciplined and among the best in his class,' said Sambu Shetty, who was assistant head master of the school when Adiga was a high school student in the late 1980s.
Adiga passed out of the school in 1990. 'He got a rank, first or third. I do not exactly remember as it was 18 years back,' Shetty, now retired, said.
The current students of St. Aloysius, an institution founded in 1880 which offers courses from primary classes to degrees, could not join in the celebrations of Adiga's Booker feat as they were enjoying holidays and also preparing for their mid-term examinations.
Fr. Melvin Pinto, the principal of the high school, said the students had been recommended to read 'The White Tiger', Adiga's debut novel which won the Booker Tuesday.
Adiga's elder brother Anand was also a student of the same school.
The Oct 18 meet of Aloysians had been fixed earlier as part of the regular meeting of alumni of the high school, Fr. Lobo said.
'There are around 2,000 Aloysians in Bangalore and we meet periodically. We hope Aravind will be back in India by then and will be able to attend the meet,' he said.