Nick Ut meets Arundhati Roy, proves friendship blooms out of thin air
Kottayam: A friendly meeting of world renowned photographer Nick Ut and globally acclaimed author Arundhati Roy proved that some relationships does not need long time contact. Malayali’s own Arundhati greeted Nick with a warm hug in front of Pallikoodam at Kalathipady in Kottayam. She said that the meeting is a great honour for her.
“I’ve never been to Vietnam yet. Now I’m translating a new book from Vietnamese. I have a plan to visit Vietnam next year as part of this work,” Arundhati said. Then came an instant reply from Nick, “You’re welcome… Vietnam is much similar to Kerala. When I reached here I felt Kerala as my own place.”
Then Nick Ut switched the conversation to his autobiography which is to be published in December. Arundhati listened to him like a curious little girl. When she said that she liked Vietnamese food, Nick said that he loves Kerala food as it is very spicy. Arundhati opined that Kerala is a lot like Vietnam with plenty of rainfall as in Vietnam. Nick said that there are numerous coconut trees adding to the similarities of both countries.
Meanwhile, their conversation turned serious when they mentioned about the war in Vietnam. Nick seemed concerned about the civilians who die in the attacks. He did not forget to gift Arundhati a copy of ‘The Terror of War’ (the famous photograph of a girl during napalm bombing). Receiving the gift excitedly, she said that she will treasure it always. They bid farewell planning to meet at USA soon.
Raul Roy, photo editor of Los Angeles Times and astrophotographer, captured pictures of the friendly meet of Nick and Arundhati in the meantime. District Information Officer Sini K. Thomas and cartoonist Sudheer also accompanied Nick Ut during his visit to Pallikoodam.