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In the Name of the Father is Rahul Singh?s biography of the ?Sex, Scotch and Scholarship? icon of India?his father, Khushwant Singh. From school through college, the ?not a nice man to know? distinguished himself more as a prankster and a tennis pro than as a student. A turbulent courtship with the beautiful Kaval Malik culminated in marriage. The Lahore High Court plagued with ?touts? was traded for diplomatic postings in England and Canada. A stint at the UNESCO in Paris followed. Much to the disappointment of his father, Sir Sobha Singh, he cut short a diplomatic career for an assignment with All India Radio.
An outstanding journalist and columnist, Khushwant Singh has earned respect and ?malice? in equal measure. An accomplished historian and novelist, he returned the Padma Bhushan in protest against Operation Blue Star. He was a Member of Parliament from 1980 to 1986.
In the Name of the Father is also a tribute to a father who helped out with love, and ?an occasional bottle of rum?.
About the author:
Rahul Singh, a History Honours graduate from Cambridge University, England, is Khushwant Singh?s son. While Khushwant Singh sat for the ICS, Rahul attempted the IAS. Both failed to qualify as administrators, and instead became journalists?a case, if one were to discount Khushwant Singh?s stint with Yojana?of the father following in the son?s footsteps. The senior Singh became editor of The Illustrated Weekly of India five years after Rahul Singh joined The Times of India.
Rahul Singh has been the editor of prestigious publications in India and abroad. A syndicated columnist, he has written on various issues for the New York Times, Newsweek, Asiaweek, Far Eastern Economic Review and The Times of India. As consultant for the United Nations, he authored the book, Family Planning Success Stories: Asia, Africa, Latin America. He has served as chairperson of the Global Media Awards Committee of the Washington-based Population Institute, and is president of the Board of Trustees of DKT India, a leading NGO in the field of social marketing of contraceptives. Currently based in Mumbai, Rahul Singh likes to spend time in Delhi, Goa and Kasauli.