Not A Nice Man To Know
The Best Of Khushwant Singh
In an essay in this anthology, Khushwant Singh claims that he is not a nice man to know. Whatever the truth of that assertion, there is little question about his skill as a witty, eloquent and entertaining writer. This book collects the best of over three decades of the author's prose, including his finest journalistic pieces, short stories, translations, jokes, plays as well as excerpts from his non-fiction books and novels. Taken together, the pieces in this selection (some of which have never been published before) show just why Khushwant Singh is the country's most widely read columnist and one of its most celebrated authors.
Khushwant Singh is India's best-known writer and columnist. He
has been founder-editor of Yojana and editor of the Illustrated
Weekly of India, the National Herald and the Hindustan Times. He is
the author of classics such as Train to Pakistan, I Shall Not Hear the
Nightingale and Delhi. His latest novel, The Sunset Club, written
when he was 95, 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
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 99.