Author – Khushwant Singh
Edited By – Mala Dayal
Rating – 5/5 stars
Number of Pages – 210
Publisher – Aleph Book Company
Extraordinary Indians is a book of profiles of fifty extraordinary people who were politicians, writers, freedom fighters, spiritual leaders and others. These people are stands apart from rest of the being. The book can also categorize as a part memoir. The author started his career as a journalist. His profession gives him a chance to meet some of the most famous people and he included the anecdotes and incidents of his personal encounter with the people in this book. The book is edited by Mala Dayal; his daughter, who is also happened to be a writer herself.
The book of fifty profiles also includes one Pakistani, the author’s closest and most-admired friend. Over the course of his life and prolific career, Khushwant Singh met and wrote about hundreds of people. The people in this book are those he admired deeply including politicians like Mahatma Gandhi, Maulana Azad, Giani Zail Singh; writers and artists like Mulk Raj Anand, Ali Sardar Jafri, R.K. Narayan; industrialists like J.R.D. Tata, G.D. Birla and few from his family and circle of friends.
A book of profiles of no ordinary people who made the country great. This book is to remind who our countries true heroes and heroines are. Their life inspires us and will show us the right path whenever one would divert. Their principles help us grounded. This book is for every Indian who loves his/her motherland and proud be born on this land of Gandhi.
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.
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