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Burial At Sea

Burial At Sea

Khushwant Singh
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In this, his fifth novel, one of India’s most widely read authors returns to territories he knows best: twentieth-century Indian history, bogus religion and sexuality.

After Nehru, Victor Jai Bhagwan is Mahatma Gandhi’s favourite Indian-a brilliant young man with the temperament of a leader and fiercely committed to his country. Though Victor adores and respects Gandhi, he disagrees with the Mahatma’s vision for the future of India. He returns from university in England determined to bring the benefits of modern industry to the subcontinent, and within a few years of India’s independence, becomes the country’s biggest tycoon. But this is not the only ideal of Gandhi’s that he defies: facing a midlife crisis, he falls passionately in love with a tantric god-woman (who keeps a tiger as her pet and has a dubious past). She introduces him to the leasures of unbridled sexuality, but also becomes the reason for his downfall.

Comic, tender and erotic by turns, Burial at Sea is vintage Khushwant Singh.

Imprint: Penguin

Published: Sep/2010

ISBN: 9780143415145

Length : 156 Pages

MRP : ₹250.00

Burial At Sea

Khushwant Singh

In this, his fifth novel, one of India’s most widely read authors returns to territories he knows best: twentieth-century Indian history, bogus religion and sexuality.

After Nehru, Victor Jai Bhagwan is Mahatma Gandhi’s favourite Indian-a brilliant young man with the temperament of a leader and fiercely committed to his country. Though Victor adores and respects Gandhi, he disagrees with the Mahatma’s vision for the future of India. He returns from university in England determined to bring the benefits of modern industry to the subcontinent, and within a few years of India’s independence, becomes the country’s biggest tycoon. But this is not the only ideal of Gandhi’s that he defies: facing a midlife crisis, he falls passionately in love with a tantric god-woman (who keeps a tiger as her pet and has a dubious past). She introduces him to the leasures of unbridled sexuality, but also becomes the reason for his downfall.

Comic, tender and erotic by turns, Burial at Sea is vintage Khushwant Singh.

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Khushwant Singh

Khushwant Singh was India’s best known writer and columnist. He was founder-editor of Yojana and editor of the Illustrated Weekly of India, the National Herald and Hindustan Times. He is the author of classics such as Train to Pakistan, I Shall Not Hear the Nightingale (retitled as The Lost Victory) and Delhi. His latest novel, The Sunset Club, written when he was ninety-five, was published by Penguin Books in 2010. His non-fiction includes the classic two-volume A History of the Sikhs, a number of translations and works on Sikh religion and culture, Delhi, nature, current affairs and Urdu poetry. His autobiography, Truth, Love and a Little Malice, was published by Penguin Books in 2002. Khushwant Singh was a member of Parliament from 1980 to 1986. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1974 but returned the decoration in 1984 in protest against the storming of the Golden Temple in Amritsar by the Indian Army. In 2007, he was awarded the Padma Vibhushan. Among the other awards he has received are the Punjab Ratan, the Sulabh International award for the most honest Indian of the year, and honorary doctorates from several universities. He passed away in 2014 at the age of ninety-nine.

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