Author – Khushwant Singh
Editor – Mala Dayal
Rating – 4/5 stars
Number of Pages – 152
Publisher – Rupa Publications
What does it mean to be an Indian today? What is India to its people? A country as diverse and fond of its culture. There are though things you disliked about your country but there are many things you cannot deny loving them. How much you know your country? Khushwant Singh talks about his country and the city he loves, Delhi, and he gave seven reasons for loving. He talks about seasons and a festival for everyone, among others. He recalled the days of partition, gunfire and mobs yelling in the streets. Those arduous days left a deep wound on his heart.
On India brings to you some of the selected writings of Khushwant Singh on his beloved country edited by his daughter, Mala Dayal an author herself. The articles featured in this book written over the decades and span a wide range of topics. The book ends in a lighter vein with some of the favorite jokes of the author.
The translation of the Bara Mah by the Guru Nanak describes nature and human mood and talking to the Lord at the same time telling him all problems and believing wherever he is will come to their help. The beautiful description of the twelve months of the year is beyond words. His impeccable and trademark humor can be seen when he talked about the VIP culture and the importance of being important.
Every article is stand-alone and divulges the mind of the nation strengths on its diversity. Read this book to know more about your country and countrymen in the words of the most widely read, best-known and revered writer of India.
Born in the village of Hadali in Punjab (now in Pakistan) in 1915, Khushwant Singh over the years had acquired an iconic stature. He was the founder-editor of Yojana and editor of The Illustrated Weekly of India, National Herald and Hindustan Times. Over the past six decades, he has published several best-selling nonfiction and fiction titles, including Train to Pakistan, I Shall Not Hear the Nightingale, his autobiography, Truth, Love and Little Malice; and the two-volume history of the Sikhs. Khushwant Singh was a member of the Rajya Sabha from 1980 to 1986. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1974 which he returned in 1984 to protest the siege of the Golden Temple by the Indian Army. In 2007, he was awarded India’s second-highest civilian honor, the Padma Vibhushan.
Singh died in 2014.
Mala Dayal is the daughter of Khushwant Singh. She also authored books: Nanak: The Guru, The Story of Hanuman, The Story of Krishna and The Ramayana in Pictures. She is based in Delhi.
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