Khushwant Singh

Khushwant Singh was a prominent Indian author, lawyer, diplomat, journalist, and politician. He was born on February 2, 1915, in Hadali, British India (now in Pakistan), and passed away on March 20, 2014. Singh was best known for his trenchant secularism, his humor, and an abiding love of poetry. His comparisons of social and behavioral characteristics of Westerners and Indians are laced with acid wit. He served as the editor of several literary and news magazines, as well as two broadsheet newspapers, through the 1970s and 1980s. He is the author of novels such as 'Train to Pakistan' (1956), 'I Shall Not Hear the Nightingale' (1959), and 'Delhi: A Novel' (1990). Singh's works range from political commentary and contemporary satire to outstanding translations of Sikh religious texts and Urdu poetry.


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  1. 1. Train To Pakistan

    Set against the backdrop of the Partition of India in 1947, the novel delves into the tumultuous events that unfold in the border village of Mano Majra, where Sikhs and Muslims have coexisted peacefully for generations. As the country is cleaved into India and Pakistan, the once tranquil village is thrown into chaos by the arrival of a train filled with the corpses of Sikhs and Hindus, escalating communal tensions. The narrative follows the lives of several characters, including a young Sikh boy and a Muslim girl whose love story is threatened by the rising violence, and a local gang leader who faces a moral dilemma. Through these personal stories, the book explores the themes of human morality, the senseless brutality of mass violence, and the complex nature of religious and national identity during a time of crisis.

    The 5947th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. Delhi

    "Delhi" by Khushwant Singh is a captivating exploration of the city's rich history, culture, and people. Through vivid anecdotes and personal experiences, the author paints a vivid picture of Delhi's transformation from ancient times to the present day. From the Mughal era to British rule, and the struggles of Partition, Singh delves into the city's tumultuous past while highlighting its enduring charm. With a blend of wit and nostalgia, this book offers readers a delightful journey through the vibrant streets, monuments, and diverse communities that make up the heart of Delhi.

    The 9570th Greatest Book of All Time