Thursday, March 27, 2014

Remembering Khushwant Singh

Khushwant Singh is no more; however his legacy to the world of Indo-Anglian literature will continue. Some of his most famous works include Delhi: A Novel; The Mark of Vishnu and Other Stories; I Shall Not Hear the Nightingale; A History of the Sikhs; Tragedy of Punjab; Sex, Scotch and Scholarship: Selected Writings; Not a Nice Man to Know; Black Jasmine; We Indians; Women and Men in my Life; Ghadar: India's First Armed Revolution; Declaring Love in Four Languages; Burial at the Sea; A History of the Sikhs; Death at my Doorstep; Uncertain Liaisons: Sex, Strife and Togetherness in Urban India, With Malice Towards One and All and The End of India. He was born in Hadali in Punjab (now part of Pakistan) in 1915. He studied at Modern School, New Delhi; St. Stephens, Delhi University, King's College, London; and read for the Bar at the Inner Temple.
Khushwant Singh started his career as a lawyer until he entered the Indian Foreign Service and worked as Information Officer of the Government of India in Toronto, Canada. He later worked in London. He became a member of the Rajya Sabha.
He was awarded the Padma Bhushan that he returned in protest to the siege of the Golden Temple in 1984. He died on March 20, 2014. We will miss his satirical humor, wit and wisdom