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An agnostic who s well-versed in the holy scriptures; a vocal champion of free speech who supported the Emergency; a dirty old man who sees the world in a grain of sand and beauty in a wild flower. Born in in pre-Partiti I would like to be remembered as someone who made people smile. Born in in pre-Partition Punjab, Khushwant Singh has been witness to almost all the major events in modern Indian history and has known most of the figures who have shaped it.
In a career spanning over six decades as writer, editor and journalist, his views have been provocative and controversial, but they have also been profound, deeply perceptive and always compelling. Khushwant Singh has never been less than honest. In Absolute Khushwant, India s grand old man of letters tells us about his life, his loves and his work. He writes on happiness, faith and honesty. And, for the first time, about his successes and failures, his strengths and weaknesses, his highs and lows.
He tells us what makes him tick and the secret of his longevity; he confesses his deepest fears and what he holds dear. He writes about sex, marriage, worship and death; the people he s admired and detested. With personal anecdotes and rare photographs, Absolute Khushwant is uncompromising, moving, and straight from the heart.
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To ask other readers questions about Absolute Khushwantplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Jan 16, Gorab Jain rated it liked it Shelves: A collection of essays, extracted from conversation of old man with Humra Quraishi.
While I didn’t agree with most of the ideas, still it was a pleasure read since it felt like an honest conversation. Singh saab didn’t shy away as usual from touching sensitive topics.
Having sex is all that matters! There were quite A collection of essays, extracted from conversation of old man with Humra Quraishi.
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There were quite a few contradictions as well: He pointed fingers at his wife that she was very possessive and narrow minded and always accused me of having relations outside of marriage and in close company with other women. A couple of pages down, he praised his wife who kyushwant minded on his getting close to women in parties, hugging and kissing them on their cheeks.
On sex – In intial pages, he boasted like having physical relations with women of many diffrent nationalities. Towards the end, he admits all the sex part in his books and talks were cooked up from a dirty old mind. Had some heart warming essays on Time, Happiness, Religion etc.
Overall an okayish read. Should be skipped if you’re not a fan of him. Skeptical even if you like his writings Considering it was written by a 95 year old man. View all 5 comments. Feb 23, Arun Divakar rated it liked it.
At 90 years of age not many people are too eloquent or articulate. Personally, I think that is a huge loss for we miss out on a great deal of experiences that these people have been through. This sardar though is a different kettle of fish for even at 90 years of age his mind is sharp as a tack.
This book is a series of conversations between Khushwant Singh and Humra Quraishi on all things Khushwant. This man makes an interesting career portrait for in these nine decades of his life, he has seen At 90 years of age not many people are too eloquent or articulate. This man makes an interesting career portrait for in these nine decades of his life, he has seen the history of India unfolding. To a casual observer, it might appear that I am pointing out mostly the dastardly and violent acts as snippets of history here but truth remains that these have been some of the incidents that have built the foundations of India.
Khushwant recounts all these through his eyes and he does not round off the edges of his words which are decisive and sharp enough to cut. He makes his displeasure for religious fundamentalists rather obvious and does not hesitate to call some national leaders rather blunt names.
It is not just about politics that he writes though. There are also topics like nature, love, sex, the Sikh way of life and some digging into his personal life in here. His old age could also be another excuse that he beats his own drum loud in a lot of chapters. What really stands out is his introspection into the nature of religions and the reading of scriptures.
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An earlier work of his: He does go into a bit of detail here too but not as much as some of his other works. There are couplets from Urdu poetry scattered among the pages and they are quite beautiful to behold. But all considered, this book is too small for such detailed topics with the end result being that it turns out to be superficial in its observations. He is also someone whose prose is simple and khusgwant while delivering its desired effect.
If you are starting off with him, my recommendation would be to read Train To Pakistan first before any of his non-fiction works.
View all 6 comments. Mar 27, Disha rated it really liked it. His writing is so raw! This guy speaks the truth, uncut, uncensored.
It seems like he just writes down his thoughts word to word. But I also guess, he can so freely do so due to his age! He is well into 90s! Cant wait to finish this book. Anyone looking for a fun read about Indian politics from a strong writers perspective should read this one. Jul 24, Ali rated it really liked it. Collection of little essays, a book which is an eye opener much needed for our subcontinental societies.
Khushwant Singh never disappoints you.
Absolute Khushwant by Khushwant Singh
A book which can be finished in one sitting, yet is not khushsant full of life lessons, realities and wit. All of this coming from a 95 year old man who has seen it all. It’s more of Morals from Khushwant’s life views. Nov 29, Sujay Malik rated it really liked it. Little tales mostly opinions.
Absolute Khushwant is for Khushwant Singh fans. This one is a breezy intriguing read. Jan 28, Caroline rated it really liked it.
This was a wonderful book, and I’m thrilled to know a little more about Khushwant. Definitely ready to start reading “Delhi” again Khushwang is my metro book — it’s in my purse these days, and each chapter is a perfect read between a few stations.
He’s brutally honest about his thoughts after 95 years of living and some 65 years of writing — he writes about politicians, about sex, about Indi This was a wonderful book, and I’m thrilled to know a little more about Khushwant. He’s brutally honest about his thoughts after 95 years of living and some 65 abeolute of writing — he writes about politicians, about sex, about Absoluute, and about life itself. It’s great, hilarious, with some gems of real wisdom in it!
Mar 13, Maria rated it really liked it. I really enjoyed reading this book. It gave me absokute quick glimpse of many historic events and well-known people who have been responsible for making today’s India. What makes it so interesting is that Khushwant Singh was very much there when it all happened and that kept me turning the pages khuhswant a faster rate. His brutally honest take on politics and other topics like marriage, sex, himself and death was very straightforward and inspiring in many ways.
Apr 05, Fatima Arif rated it really liked it. You will not be able to put it down until the last point. Like the trademark of Khushwant, he was honest about the topics that he covered. Jun 06, Aneesha rated it it was amazing.