Khushwantnama is a collection of memoirs, part-reflection and part-autobiographical by eminent writer Khushwant Singh.
Summary of the Book
In this book, titled after the Baburnama and Akbarnama, Khushwant Singh talks about his life and experiences, offering advice alongside anecdotes where he can. Clubbing humour with seriousness, he speaks of myriad topics, covering tips on braving old age and fending off the perils of bad health and extrapolating on the meaning of religion. Ever the satirist, he explains how humour and laughter play a vital role in our lives and how they have helped keep him spry even in his old age. A rare insight into the life of the man who was known as the Grand Old Man of Indian Letters, this book treats readers by offering Khushwant Singh's memories of the Partition and the changes which India went through after it. His humour and wit leave no topic unaddressed and touch upon the joys of sex with the flighty desires of a twenty-year old. His wisdom has shaped many generations and this book serves to shape many more after one of India's finest writers.
About Khushwant Singh
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 vigourous 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 practicing lawyer for nearly fifteen years before entering journalism. He has 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.