October 24, 2020
Khushwant Singh

Khushwant Singh

Not a nice man to know, with malice towards one and all.

  • Home Fire
    Home Fire

    That rare thing—a memoir that reads like a novel.

  • Me And My Couch
    Me And My Couch

    The versatile Sudhir Kakar’s autobiography is without conceit, and dissects the self with professionalism

  • Love Children
    Love Children

    In this etymological treasury of words, I found the chapter ‘How Nations Insult Each Other’ the most...

  • The Indus In Spate: A Book Of Omens
    The Indus In Spate: A Book Of Omens

    Granta luxuriates in the remarkable flourish in English writing from a land divided by the faultlines of...

  • But The Eagle Flies On Friday
    But The Eagle Flies On Friday

    Pungent criticism, great reviews and diaries. Pays well, too!

  • Gauls And Romans In Agra
    Gauls And Romans In Agra

    Piety and prurience, medicine and court intrigue crowd Kakar’s richly-felt tapestry set in Shah Jahan’s...

  • How To Live & Die
    How To Live & Die

    The Man in the Bulb meditates on the dying of the light

  • Posthumous
    Posthumous

    "I had even written my own obit in 1943 when I was still in my twenties. It later appeared in a collection of...

  • His Dalliance With Desire
    His Dalliance With Desire

    Another biography of Gandhi justifies itself by homing in on its subject’s sexual oddities. He is flawed,...

  • The Burnt Inside Of Pakistan’s House Of Atreus
    The Burnt Inside Of Pakistan’s House Of Atreus

    Fatima Bhutto’s impeccable prose looks her family’s tragedies steadily in the eye, but turns a blind one...

  • A Good Shelfful: The Best Books Of 2009
    A Good Shelfful: The Best Books Of 2009

    Outlook asked an eminent panel of writers and critics to come up with their choice of the best books of 2009...

  • The Painter’s Daughter
    The Painter’s Daughter

    Nandita Das’s unflinching liberalism sets her agenda in cinema and beyond

  • Secularism Has Been Saved By The People Of India
    Secularism Has Been Saved By The People Of India

    The UPA has won a more convincing victory than I had hoped for: getting close to a majority on its own.

  • Present In Our Memory Games
    Present In Our Memory Games

    A self-identifying, dispiriting tour of Islam's extremities inlaid with personal history

  • 'Varun Gets His Liar's Streak From Maneka's Side'
    'Varun Gets His Liar's Streak From Maneka's Side'

    There is also a streak of masochism, the desire to hurt oneself, in Varun's mother's family

  • Mrs Prime Minister
    Mrs Prime Minister

    Dignity in a high place, personified by a quiet, assertive sardarni

  • Desire Between The Bookends
    Desire Between The Bookends

    Once prissy, Indian fiction has embraced Eros, the negater of evil

  • And Pegasus Is Off...
    And Pegasus Is Off...

    These stories are precursors to the Booker winner, with similar characters and incidents, and are better

  • 'Miss Budden Remarked In My Report Card That I Could Make It As A Writer'
    'Miss Budden Remarked In My Report Card That I Could Make It As A Writer'

    Khushwant Singh turned 13 in 1928

  • The Bottom-Pincher
    The Bottom-Pincher

    Pinching is not the right word. If the bottom is nicely rounded, I would like the freedom to caress it in the...

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