Khushwant Singh is one of India�s most widely-read writers and journalists, admired and lambasted in equal measure because of his often irreverent and controversial views. Even his staunchest critics, however, agree that he is never less than eminently readable.
Born in 1915, Khushwant Singh made his literary reputation with his very first novel,
Train to Pakistan, which was followed by several volumes of short stories and books on contemporary affairs, including
Indira Gandhi Returns and Tragedy of Punjab (co-authored with Kuldip Nayar). More recently he has published
six joke books, both runaway bestsellers, and his latest novel, Delhi.
His two-volume History of the Sikhs, generally considered a most authoritative work, established his scholarly credentials. His career as a top-flight journalist began in 1969 as Editor of
The Illustrated Weekly of India, followed by stints as Editor, New Delhi
magazine and The Hindustan Times. Now as a syndicated columnist, his readership is larger than ever before.