We Indians is, quite simply, Khushwant Singh at his provocative best, on his favourite subject: the Indian people. This is a book he first wrote in 1982, and which went into at least 15 re-printings. The remarkable thing is, more than 35 years after he first wrote it, it remains of amazing contemporary relevance. However much India may have changed in that period, you realize as you read this book that we Indians haven’t really changed much at all—in our attitude to sex, to religion, to women, to corruption.
In We Indians, Khushwant writes about all these subjects with his characteristic humour and honesty. His sharp, often biting, observations about our follies and foibles, our penchant for humbug and hypocrisy and sycophancy, will make you laugh and groan at the same time. As always, he tells us the timeless truths about ourselves, and that is one reason why he continues to appeal to successive generations of readers.