Khushwant Singh, who died in March 2014 at the age of 99, was India’s best-known writer. His bestselling books include A History of the Sikhs, Train to Pakistan, Delhi: A Novel, Ranjit Singh: Maharaja of the Punjab and an autobiography,Truth, Love and a Little Malice. (Source – Penguin India)

“I believe, instead, in humanity, truth, ahimsa and hard work. My creed is best expressed in Leigh Hunt’s ‘Abou Ben Adhem’ and Kipling’s ‘If’. These poems are my contribution to this festival which I am too old to attend. Take them with you and live by them.”

– Khushwant Singh

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Khushwant Singh was born on February 2, 1915 in Hadali, Khushab, Punjab, India. He was an actor and writer, known for Train to Pakistan (1998), Indira Gandhi: The Death of Mother India (2004) and Dynasty: The Nehru-Gandhi Story (1998).  – Source IMDb.

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Articles on Khushwant Singh

The Queen’s mantra: ‘Never complain… never explain…’ By Shobhaa De | The Asian Age, 15-Sept-2022

By Avay Shukla, 7th April 2022

Writers in Mountain Residence by Ganesh Saili
The New Indian Express,
16th January 2022

A Tribute to the Mighty Singh
By Nandni Bhatia, 20th March , 2021

Here lies one who spared neither man nor god: Discovering Khushwant Singh during the pandemic
Scroll.in, 14th Sept 2020

When You Write Your Own Obituary
TOI, 11th May 2020

‘Women, Sex, Love and Lust’: Railway official objects to Khushwant Singh’s ‘obscene’ book at stall
The Indian Express, 20th Nov 2019

Khushwant Singh Anniversary Interview
The Quint, 20th Mar 2019

The Kasmir Monitor, 10th Mar 2019

DAWN, 3rd Mar 2019

Khushwant Singh on all things Punjabi
The Telegraph, 24th Feb 2019

Khushwant Singh loved to bring ground realities to forefront
TOI 14th Jan 2019

No malice… love from Khushwant
The Tribune, 18th Oct 2018

Losing Friends
The Tribune, Chandigarh, 2nd Sept 2018

Conversations with Khushwant Singh
The Punch, 31st Aug 2018

Rishi Kapoor as Khushwant Singh
Hindusthan Times, 29th July 2018

Remembering Khushwant Singh
twocircles.net – 2nd July 2018

Once upon a time in Kasauli: A tale from the past
By Man Aman Singh Chhina,
27th May 2018

Post Cards from “Uncle KS”
Maj Gen Surjit Singh (Veteran),
24th May 2018

Remembering Khushwant Singh :A Tribute
Youtube, 19th March 2018

Remembering Khushwant Singh On His 103rd Birth Anniversary, The Grand Old Man of Letters
Latestly, 1st Feb 2018

Absolute Khushwant
1st November 2017

Khuswhant Singh Of Hadali (A very Nice Man To Know) & His Friend Asad Bhatti
7th October 2017

An evening with Khushwant Singh
The Hindu, 25th September 2017

The End of India
Madras Courier, 6th Sept  2017

Gods and Godmen of India
Madras Courier
, 27 August 2017

When the hills beckon you for love
By Suhel Seth, Mumbai Mirror 11st September 2016

A Life Enshrined as a Pilgrimage of Love
By Bal Anand 2nd Jul 2015

The ‘faujis’ are feeling angry
By Harish Khare, 5th July 2015

Reading Father: My Ear at His Heart
The Punch, 1st Jul  2015

The ‘unfair disadvantage’ of being Khushwant Singh’s son
By Asif Noorani, The Dawn, May 27 2015

Bollywood personalities pay tributes to Khushwant Singh, 21st March 2014

The import of being Khushwant Singh
2nd February 2014

Please tell me Khushwant Singhji
Amrinder Bajaj

Main bhi khushwant
By Vipin Rishiraj

Best of Fest – 2014

Delhi’s most famous living monument
TFT, 14th OCt 2014

Convergent views on Khushwant Singh
By Asif Noorani
, The Dawn, 7th September 2014

Khushwant Singh: The final homecoming
Tribune, 15th June 2014

The Emperor of Wit, Humour and Laughter is Dead. Long Live the Emperor!
Nibir Ghosh, March 2014

When I met Khushwant Singh
By Asif Noorani
, 26th March 2014

City Library – Sadia Dehlvi’s Books, Nizamuddin East
The Delhiwalla,25 March 2014

Coca-Cola pays a tribute to Khushwant Singh
via the Coca-Cola Twitter account, 25th March 2014

The Illustrated Surdar of India
by Purushottam Panda, 23rd March 2014

Bollywood personalities pay tributes to Khushwant Singh
The Tribune, 21st March 2014

Khushwant Singh: The Man Who Taught me the Importance of Replying
Mumbai Mirror Mar 2014

City Date
20 March 2014, Khushwant Singh

Inching towards His 100th Year – ‘Whiskey-ing’, Ogling and Laughing in His Sleeves
20th October 2013

Sujan Singh Park Diary – My Life with Khushwant Singh
February 15 2010

2nd February 2018

Punjab Advance Magazine | May 2022

‘If I had the means, I’d acquire some cyanide’ | Tehelka | 25 Dec 2004

Dainik Bhaskar

Ha Ha Therapy Foreword by Khushwant Singh

Mrs. Prime Minister by Khushwant Singh

Khushwant Singh’s ashes find abode in Hudali school, The Express Tribune, Pakistan

Khushwant Singh Death Anniversary भारत के प्रसिद्ध पत्रकार, लेखक, उपन्यासकार और इतिहासकार खुशवंत सिंह की पुण्यतिथि पर जानें इनका जीवन परिचय

Reader Contributions


A GIANT LIVES ON - A Tribute to Khushwant Singh

I was once upon a merry time,
In lovely ancient cottage quaint,

Amidst tall prickly verdant pine,
Dwelt a dishevelled gentle giant.

From mount of books his stately home,
He gazed on vales and hills without:

For years he toiled, this dear old gnome,
Till long last his lights faded out.
His distant disciples galore,
Who himself never might have never seen:

Every year a vast tribe growing more,
Meets here as pilgrims to his shady shrine.
Leaders of many a hue came first;

Poets, soldiers, from abroad and close to home:
Friends and foes too on the scene soon burst,
Free thinkers in the giant’s radiance shone.

Together all do take a vow
The giant’s spirit to follow right,
Countenance no unfairness now
Or hence, along his path so bright.


~by Rajan Kashyap  | Kasauli, October 2023

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