Author: Khushwant Singh
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0143029576
Born in 1915 in pre-Partition Punjab, Khushwant Singh, perhaps India’s most widely read and controversial writer, has been witness to most of the major events in modern Indian history—from Independence and Partition to the Emergency and Operation Blue Star—and has known many of the figures who have shaped it. With clarity and candour, he writes of leaders like Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi, the terrorist Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, the talented and scandalous painter Amrita Shergil, and everyday people who became butchers during Partition.
Writing of his own life, too, Khushwant Singh remains unflinchingly forthright. He records his professional triumphs and failures as a lawyer, journalist, writer and member of Parliament; the comforts and disappointments in his marriage of over sixty years; his first, awkward sexual encounter; his phobia of ghosts and his fascination with death; the friends who betrayed him, and also those whom he failed.
PRAISE FOR THE BOOK
‘A hugely readable memoir’ —Hindustan Times
‘Khushwant on Khushwant is…irresistible…such is his skill as a writer—simple, lucid, unpretentious—that oft-known episodes are given a new lease of life…this book has been well worth the wait’ —India Today
‘Truth, Love & a Little Malice (has) much that is new and exciting and memorable—written with frankness and honesty’ —The Book Review
‘Singh’s reminiscences about the famous men and women he has known makes for thrilling voyeuristic reading. He has a way of observing other people and telling a story that is almost unmatched’ —Times of India
‘A blunt and honest account…laced with a little peg of malice and single malt’ —Business India