Repartee (Paperback)

Khushwant Singh

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  • Year: 2015

  • Binding: Paperback

  • Publisher: Global Vision Press

  • ISBN No: 978-93-80707-17-4

KHUSHWANT SINGH, India's iconic journalist and writer, whose works secured largest readership in the country, remains an enigma beyond his writings. His immense popularity and connectivity with his readers made him the common man's idol but his real persona remained in wraps. The 'dirty old man' ensconced in a bulb with a wicked grin and a fountain pen in hand was a far cry in real life.
This collection of interviews and articles attempts to bring to light the real Khushwant as his family and close friends knew him. 
A man who was constantly surrounded by beautiful women but remained faithfully wedded to his wife Kaval for 62 years  till she passed away, a man who wrote about wine, women and sex, but lived a life more simple and austere than a commoner, a man who was more disciplined in his fitness regime than men even half his age, a person  who wrote more books, articles and columns than any other journalist or writer in this country, and in a language, so simple that the common reader could comprehend. 
Little do his readers know that the man famous for his jokes, his love for wine and women and his fierce agnosticism, was a great scholar in real life who wrote classics like A History of the Sikhs, taught comparative religion at Princeton University, was a passionate nature lover who wrote books like Nature Watch, was an art critic and had dabbled in sitar and painting at Shantiniketan in his youth.
Khushwant Singh voiced his opinions openly and spoke his mind fearlessly through his column's for which he was honoured in 1998, with 'Honest Man of the Year Award and later in 2007 with Padma Vibhushan award.
He remained reticent about his personal life while he lived. It is about time his loyal fans knew who the real Khushwant was.

Khushwant Singh

खुशवंत सिंह
15 अगस्त, 1915 हडाली (अब पाकिस्तान में) में जन्म ।  लाहौर से स्नातक तथा किंग्स कॉलेज, लंदन से एल-एल० बी० ।
1939 से 1947 तक लाहौर हाईकोर्ट में वकालत । विभाजन के बाद भारत की 'राजनयिक सेवा' के अंतर्गत कनाडा में 'इन्फॉर्मेशन अफसर' तथा इंग्लैंड में भारतीय उच्चायुक्त के 'प्रेस अटैची' के पद पर कार्य । कुछ वर्षों तक प्रिंस्टन तथा स्वार्थमोर विश्वविद्यालयों में अध्यापन ।
भारत लौटकर नौ वर्षों तक 'इलस्ट्रेटेड वीकली तथा तीन वर्षों त्तक 'हिन्दुस्तान टाइम्स' का संपादन । 1980 में राज्यसभा के सदस्य मनोनीत ।  1974 में प्राप्त पद्मभूषण की उपाधि वा 'ऑपरेशन ब्लू स्टार ' के विरोधस्वरूप त्याग । 'हिन्दुस्तान टाइम्स', 'वीक' और 'संडे आब्जर्वर' के लिए नियमित स्तंभ लिखे  तथा 'पेंगुइन बुक्स कंपनी इंडिया' के सलाहकार संपादक के रूप में भी कार्य किया।
पैतीस से अधिक पुस्तकें प्रकाशित । प्रमुख हैं : ट्रेन टु पाकिस्तान ० हिस्ट्री  ऑफ सिख्स (दो खंड) ० रंजीत सिंह ०  दिल्ली ० मेरे मित्र : कुरु महिलाएँ कुछ पुरुष ० नेचर वॉच तथा कालीघाट टु कैलकटा । चार कहानी-संग्रहों तथा अनेक लेखमालाओं के अतिरिक्त उर्दू और पंजाबी से कई अनुवाद भी ।
स्मृति-शेष : 20 मार्च, 2014

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