Khushwant Singh: The Legend Lives on


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Here was a man!

Prolific writer. Acerbic critic. Editor nonpareil. Trenchant humorist. Connoisseur of single malt. Lover of life, words, women and all things beautiful.

Compiled by his son, Rahul Singh, as a tribute for his beloved father, this volume comprises the best, most poignant and the most nostalgic obituaries and features on the death of Khushwant Singh at the age of 99. These range from The New York Times to The Guardian, The London Times, The Economist to newspapers in the Gulf, Pakistan and Bangladesh and of course India.

'You know that I am 99 years old.' I replied: 'May my years be added to yours.' He looked up at me with the softest expression and said: 'No, but may you live as long as I have.' I held his hand, the hand that had spent a lifetime writing books and inimitable articles and kissed it. He brushed his cheek with mine. Both of us knew that it was a farewell. I left and stood on the gravel outside - Fakir Syed Aijazuddin,

"...the Patiala Peg of publishing is no more! But we will continue to raise our glasses and thank him for liberating us from our idiotic, hypocritical, fake, humourless lives for making us laugh at ourselves for ridding us of quaint sexual hang-ups for chucking old rules into the waste basket for caring a damn! Jeena isi ka naam hai!" - Shobhaa Dé

Published: 2014
Pages: 219
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Hay House