The Portrait of a Lady  -  Collected Stories

The Portrait of a Lady - Collected Stories

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Author: Khushwant Singh
Publisher: Penguin
Year: 2007
Language: English
Pages: 470
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9780143065876


Khushwant Singh first established his reputation as a writer through the short story. His stories—wry, poignant, erotic and, above all, human—bear testimony to Khushwant Singh’s remarkable range and his ability to create an unforgettable world.

Spanning over half a century, this volume contains all the short stories Khushwant Singh has ever written, including the delightfully tongue-in-cheek ‘The Maharani of Chootiapuram’, written in 2008.


‘A Khushwant Singh short story is not flamboyant but modest, restrained, well-crafted…Perhaps his greatest gift as a writer is a wonderful particularity of description.’
— London Magazine

‘Khushwant’s stories enthrall… [He has]an ability akin to that of Somerset Maugham…the ability to entertain intelligently.’
— India Today ‘His stories are better than [those of] any Indian writing in English—Times of India

‘His stories are better than [those of] any Indian writing in English.’
— Hindustan Times

‘The Collected Short Stories leaves the reader in a delightful, inebriated trance.’
— Sunday Chronicle



1. Posthumous
2. Karma
3. The Mark of Vishnu
4. The Butterfly
5. The Interview
6. The Portrait of a Lady
7. The Voice of God
8. A Punjab Pastorale
9. Kusum
10. The Riot
11. The Rape
12. The Memsahib of Mandla
13. The Great Difference
14. When Sikh Meets Sikh
15. Death Comes to Daulat Ram
16. The Insurance Agent
17. The Fawn
18. Man, How the Government of India Run!
19. The Man with clear Conscience
20. Black Jasmine
21. The Bottom-Pincher
22. A Bride for the Sahib
23. Maiden Voyage of the Jal Hindia
24. India is a Strange Country
25. Mr Kanjoos and the Great Miracle
26. Mr Singh and the Colour Bar
27. The Morning After the Night Before
28. A Love Affair in London
29. Rats and Cats in the House of Culture
30. The Red Tie
31. My Own my Native Land
32. The Convert
33. Paradise
34. Life’s Horoscope
35. Zora Singh
36. Wanted – A Son
37. The Mulberry Tree
38. The Maharani of Chootiapuram
Copyright Acknowledgements