Celebrated writer and retired diplomat Vikas Swarup was honoured with an honorary physician of letters by the College of Guelph in the province of Ontario at a ceremony Thursday night.
Swarup was existing for the party which was portion of the University’s Faculty of Arts’ convocation ceremony. In a tweet following the recognition, Swarup explained it as an “exceptional honour”.
Swarup was recognised not just for his literary output, but also for his operate as a diplomat. He was significant-profile spokesperson for India’s Ministry of Exterior Affairs ahead of arriving in Canada in 2017 as the country’s Large Commissioner to Ottawa. He remained in the article until 2019 ahead of returning to New Delhi. He retired previous 12 months.
But Swarup is far better recognized globally for his novel Q&A, which was turned into the movie, Slumdog Millionaire. As a launch from the College mentioned, posted in 2005, and published in two months although he was posted in London previously, his “first novel gained various worldwide awards and was small-shown for the Greatest 1st Guide by the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize. It has considering that been posted in additional than forty languages.
The on-monitor variation of Q&A, Slumdog Millionaire, gained a overall of 8 Oscars, such as very best image and very best tailored screenplay.” Swarup was also existing at the Academy Awards that 12 months in Los Angeles.
He is also the writer of two other novels, 6 Suspects, posted in 2008 and The Accidental Apprentice, which was posted 5 many years later on.
“Each quantity focuses on India’s many realities, highlighting the struggles, hopes and successes of daily men and women in the nation,” the launch mentioned.
Swarup, who was born in 1961 in Allahabad, also has a relationship to the College, as the introduced claimed he was a “strong supporter” of its Canada India Centre for Understanding and Engagement or CIRCLE, as properly as related to the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute.