Festival Of Words – 3 Truth, Love & A Little Malice


Bought this book after reading Khushwant Singh’s famous Novel’Train to Pakistan’.  As his previous book he again covers everything in very detail. In this book he has written about his own experience since the partition of India till the Operation blue star. You will be amazed by knowing what an experience this person have had. I was impressed by the narration. One should definitely read this novel. Especially those who aspire to be writers.  He had an illustrious career as a journalist and a writer. I was compelled to pick it up as it carries his recollections about many public figures of his times. Some of them were dead and some were alive during his times. Khushwant Singh earned a name for his witty remarks and acerbic tongue. As its title suggests, he never let a wrong doer off. He was not forgiving to his own loved ones.

The novel being an autobiography is written in sequential manner beginning with the childhood episode of KS to the present day. Singh who has been a witness to all the major events in modern Indian history- from independence and partition to emergency and operation blue star remains forthright in telling them. He also has stories to tell about many influential people like Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Lady Mountbatten, Jinnah, Amrita Shergill and many more.  He records the comforts and disappointments in his marriage of over sixty years; his first, awkward sexual encounter; his phobia of ghosts and his fascination with death. In one of the chapters he writes about the ingredients essential to be a good writer.

As the title say there is truth of his professional encounter, Love for the many women’s in his life and yes there is little peg of malice too. Few chapters are really hilarious where he writes about the variety of odd people he had met in his life. And he ended on a serious note telling about his wife’s illness and his feeling that he would quit writing if she leaves the world before him. It’s a must read for all the lover’s of Khushwant Singh. Once you start reading it you will not be able to put it down . so I would recommend this book to the people who are up for witty, unpretentious and entertaining book.

The Last but One Chapter is the last chapter of his autobiography where he mentions his desire to die the way his parents died. He wraps up his life’s account by saying that he would like to go as Allama Iqbal exhorted strong men to go “Nishaan-e-mard-e Momin ba too goyam? Choon marg aayad, tabassum bar lab -e-lost” (You ask me for the signs of a man of faith? When death comes to him He has a smile on his face.)

I am taking part in The Write Tribe Festival of Words #5 from 10th – 16th July 2016 

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