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Bloggers post hundreds of congratulatory messages

Adiga spent his formative years in Mangalore studying in the St. Aloysius group of institutions

He was a perfectionist, he was particular about every sentence he wrote: teacher

MANGALORE: Net-savvy Mangaloreans lost no time in posting hundreds of messages online congratulating Aravind Adiga on his winning the prestigious Man Booker Prize.

Mr. Adiga spent much of his formative years in Mangalore studying in the St. Aloysius group of institutions.

Ever since he was nominated for the prize, the people of the city had been hoping that Mr. Adiga, whom his city-based uncle and orthopaedist K. Raghuveer Adiga described as a “pucca Kannadiga”, would go on to win it. Dr. Raghuveer Adigaattributed his nephew’s creative abilities to Mr. Adiga’s mother, Usha Adiga.

She paid special attention to his development and provided an environment where he could grow as a person. Though she died just a month before his SSLC examination, he went on to secure the first rank in the examination, he said.

Melwin Pinto, headmaster of St. Aloysius High School said that the St. Aloysius Alumni Association had invited Mr. Adiga for a get-together in Bangalore on Saturday. He is yet to respond. “We are proud of him. We are happy that he studied in our institution,” he added.

Mr. Adiga opted for the Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology combination at St. Aloysius Pre-University College when he took admission there on June 13, 1990. But he left the college on August 14 the same year and moved to Australia where his father was working.

Leo Fernandes, who taught Mr. Adiga Science and Mathematics in high school, said, “I had taken a photograph with him and two other students when they passed SSLC. First we went to Hotel Ayodhya and then to Mahaveera Art Studio. I still have that black and white photograph.” Ruby Lobo, who taught him English, recalled, “He was a perfectionist. He was particular about every sentence he wrote. He was brilliant and hard-working. I am glad that he made it. Congratulations to him.”

Manfred S. Karkada of Valentia said in a news blog, “I know Aravind since his childhood days. We are proud of you Aravind and wish you all the success in your future endeavours.”