Absolute Khushwant

Absolute Khushwant (English, Paperback, Humra Quraishi, Khushwant Singh)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Penguin
    • ISBN: 9780143068716, 0143068717
    • Edition: 2010
    • Pages: 208
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    Khushwant Singh’s life, his works, and his outlook about the main political events in India have been chronicled in Absolute Khushwant by the legend himself, and journalist, Humra Quraishi.

    Summary of the Book

    Absolute Khushwant details the life of Khushwant Singh, a man whose name has commanding connotations. Singh had made several conflicting statements and had taken strong stances over many political, social, religious events among others in his lifetime. Yet, the spirited Sardar remains to be a legend. Despite being an agnostic, Khushwant Singh was also an expert on the Holy Scriptures. He had always defended free democratic speech during the state of Emergency as well. A complex man that he was, Singh still saw beauty and simplicity in the world smeared with corruption and antagonism. What is the most striking feature about Singh is his absolute honesty. Whether it was his work or his personal life, he was always brutally honest and truthful. He is also known to have written several letters on a variety of subjects like the philosophies of attaining happiness, faith, and so on. Born in the year 1915, Khushwant Singh had watched the pre- and post -partition events and the enormous suffering faced and endured by his country. In this book, he has also spoken widely about the political personalities who have shaped up India as a country that it is today. Singh also talks about his personal successes and failures. With a brilliant career that spanned for more than sixty years as a journalist, editor, and writer, Khushwant had always stood out in the crowd due to his radical and sometimes debatable assertions. However, his views have remained to be insightful and have marked his gift of prophecy related to a lot of events in his lifetime. Absolute Khushwant is an honest take on the life of the Sardar, which deals with several secrets and confessions of the beautiful mind. His doubts, his profound longings, and people he liked and disliked are all described in this work.

    About the Authors

    Khushwant Singh was an Anglo-Indian writer, advocate, politician and journalist. A Padma Vibhushan awardee, Mr. Singh is best remembered for his humour, love of poetry and his vigorous treatment of secularism in his writings, most evident in: The Company of Women, Truth, Love and a Little Malice, With Malice towards One and All, The Mark of Vishnu and Other Stories and Delhi: A Novel. A graduate of Government College, Lahore, St. Stephen's College in Delhi and King's College London, he read for the Bar at the Inner Temple and served as a practising lawyer before entering journalism. He had worked with The Illustrated Weekly, The National Herald and Hindustan Times. A prolific writer, Mr. Singh wrote till the grand old age of 99, releasing his last work The Good, The Bad and The Ridiculous a few months before his passing in March 2014.

    Humra Quraishi is an Indian journalist. She is a freelance columnist and reporter based in Delhi. Her features and interviews are regularly published in The Times of India, The Statesman, the Hindustan Times, Pioneer, The Indian Express, and Tribune. She has been visiting Jammu and Kashmir frequently since 1990, to report on the disorder there and the consequences it has been having on the lives of the people in Kashmir.

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    • Penguin Books Ltd
    Publication Year
    • 2010
    Contributors
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    • Humra Quraishi, Khushwant Singh
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    • 188 g
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    Ratings & Reviews
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    5

    Absolutely brilliant.

    Every time i read something written by this man, it amazes me. I cannot think of any other Indian writer who writes in such simple a language , that u can just keep on reading without even bothering to look at the clock. Just like "why i supported the emergency" this book also talks about a lot of things ( with a bit of overlap ). It is just a joy to read what this man writes.
    It tells about what a person like me likes to read.
    -intolerance towards religious fascists
    -agnostic, despite a thor...
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    vachan hukkeri

    Certified Buyer, Jamshedpur

    Jan, 2014

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    Absolute happiness

    The legend passed away but his memoirs are eternal. A must for khushwant fan. His style is unique,his narration fantastic ,his flow unmatched .i just love this book
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    Nirantar Narayan

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    Apr, 2014

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    Autobiographical & Humorous

    The book reflects Khushwant Singh's approach to life - direct, witty and irreverent. He has covered many topics in less that 150 pages and sometimes I felt a little more needed to be said. Not sure whether he assumed his readers would know the details or whether he intentionally felt many things unsaid. It is a surely good read and presents political titbits in a completely new light! His proximity to the Nehru -Gandhi family and India's political scene since independence gives the author a p...
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    Satyajit Datta%20Roy

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    Speaking the True Self

    Khushwant has spoken out his heart out in this book, which is of-course his forte. A books that would take you to his life, his childhood, life as a journalist, times during the partition, his opinions about others and his though about himself. Ironically, he expired the next day I ordered this book and read it the day after he expired. I would suggest this book to all the people who are a Khushwant Singh fan.
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    Sneha Mitra

    Certified Buyer, Bhubaneswar

    May, 2014

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    Value-for-money

    Good
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    Husen Lalakoti

    Certified Buyer, Gudur

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    yup it's absolute

    i am pretty sure that it not among the bestest of Khuswant.but i appreciate the compilation.so guys go for it
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    ARGHYA DASGUPTA

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    May, 2014

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    An Absolute Read If You Can Ignore Few Things

    As expected Khushwant Singh does not surprise with a frank and bold account of certain parts of his life, about people he admired, hated, or criticized. Though few things have gone over the head (which I feel could have been avoided), rest assured a delightful read. If you're expecting a comprehensive reading, this book is not for you. What he talks about in 'Absolute Khushwant' is in parts, randomly picked from his life. He shares why he started hating LK Advani despite earlier being a good ...
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    Abhijeet Chandra

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    Aug, 2012

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    Not so good.

    If you read Khushwant singh in Newspaper, you will not find anything new. All articles compiled are already published in newspapers. And about quality of articles, except few, I am not impressed. Many articles give you blur and loose opinions of Singh. Some incidents repeat in several chapters. It was an indifferent read.
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    Sanket Varma

    Jan, 2012

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