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Insightful. Provocative. Unabashedly entertaining.
Over a career spanning upwards of six decades, Khushwant Singh has done more to puncture the humbug, hypocrisy and prudishness of Indian society with his frank and unabashed explorations of human sexuality than any other Indian writer writing in English.
This selection of Singhs writings, on love and sex, comprises an extract from his autobiography, in which he describes how he lost his virginity, a rumination on sexuality in India, after having witnessed a newly-wed couple consummate their marriage on a moving train and the poker-faced narration of an episode in a doctors clinic which leaves Singh feeling 'buggered'. Also included are selections from his works of fiction-a mixed marriage, a moving account of a Hindu - Muslim union in Mughal times and the roof top massage, in which the masseuse Molly gives Mohan Kumar an experience which she recommends he never try to repeat.
Funny, instructive and titillating in equal measure, on love and sex is a celebration of two of the most enduring leitmotifs of Khushwant Singhs oeuvre of work. This volume will delight Singhs fans everywhere.
Interesting facts One of the first thoughtful compilations of the authorss works after his death. The first in a series, followed by two others.
About the Author
Born in Punjabs Hadali village (Now in Pakistan) in 1915, Khushwant Singh is one of Indias best known and most widely read authors and columnists. He was founder-editor of Yojana and editor of the Illustrated weekly of India, national herald and the Hindustan times. His first book, the mark of Vishnu and other stories, was published in 1950 and he has published several acclaimed and best-selling books of fiction and non-fiction in the six decades since. Among these are the novels train to Pakistan, I shall not hear the nightingale, Delhi and the company of women, his autobiography, truth, love and a little malice, the two-volume a history of the Sikhs, a collection of prayers and precepts, the free thinkers prayer book and the forthcoming consolations and lamentations. He has also translated the work of major Punjabi and Urdu poets and writers, as well as the Japji and the Rehras - the morning and evening prayers of the Sikhs.