by Khushwant Singh

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  2. Pages: 160 pages
  3. Date: 978-81-291-2493-7


Over a career spanning upwards of six decades, Khushwant Singh has done more to puncture the humbug, hypocrisy and prudishness of Indian society with his frank and unabashed explorations of human sexuality than any other Indian writer writing in English.
This selection of Singh’s writings, On Love and Sex, comprises an extract from his autobiography, in which he describes how he lost his virginity; a rumination on sexuality in India, after having witnessed a newly-wed couple consummate their marriage on a moving train; and the poker-faced narration of an episode in a doctor’s clinic which leaves Singh feeling ‘buggered’. Also included are selections from his works of fiction: ‘A Mixed Marriage’, a moving account of a Hindu-Muslim union in Mughal times; and ‘The Rooftop Massage’, in which the masseuse Molly gives Mohan Kumar an experience which she recommends he never try to repeat.
Funny, instructive and titillating in equal measure, On Love and Sex is a celebration of two of the most enduring leitmotifs of Khushwant Singh’s oeuvre of work. This volume will delight Singh’s fans everywhere.


Born in Punjab’s Hadali village (now in Pakistan) in 1915, Khushwant Singh is one of India’s best known and most widely read authors and columnists. He was founder-editor of Yojana, and editor of The Illustrated Weekly of India, National Herald and the Hindustan Times. His first book, The Mark of Vishnu and Other Stories, was published in 1950, and he has published several acclaimed and best-selling books of fiction and non-fiction in the six decades since. Among these are the novels Train to Pakistan, I Shall Not Hear the Nightingale, Delhi and The Company of Women; his autobiography, Truth, Love and a Little Malice; the two-volume A History of the Sikhs; a collection of prayers and precepts, The Freethinker’s Prayer Book; and the forthcoming Consolations and Lamentations. He has also translated the work of major Punjabi and Urdu poets and writers, as well as The Japji and the Rehras: The Morning and Evening Prayers of the Sikhs.

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