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5 most famous books of Khushwant Singh
Delhi- A Novel is no exception. Published in , it was written in Urdu which was translated to English in by Irfan Ahmed Khan. Written in first person, the protagonist talks about Delhi with the same amount of passion as he talks about his lifelong companion Baghmati, a eunuch. The book has various story lines set in different time periods, with its share of war, destruction, love, hate, lust, passion and loyalty regarding the city Delhi and her people. The book covers more than 6 centuries of events and happenings in the city of Delhi.
Jump to navigation. The book is quintessential Khushwant.
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Khushwant Singh, a noted writer and journalist, died on March 20, , due to cardiac arrest leaving behind a legacy of wonderful books for literature fanatics. Apart from being an Indian author, lawyer, diplomat, and journalist, Khushwant was a Member of Parliament in the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Parliament of India. Born in Hadali, Punjab, Singh worked as the editor of several literary and news magazines and contributed in maintaining peaceful relations between India and Pakistan. He was also bestowed with the Padma Bhushan in which he returned in in protest against the operation Blue Star. Later, in , he was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, which is the second-highest civilian award in India. This maverick writer is best known for his trenchant secularism, sarcasm, and humour. Being an ardent lover of poetry, he wrote an epitaph for himself before his death.
The book moves backwards and forwards in time through the history of Delhi. It has as its backdrop the story of a journalist fallen on bad times possibly an autobiographical figure and his relationship with a hijra eunuch named Bhagmati. Having no place to go after completing her jail sentence in the dreaded Tihar Jail probably for selling sex , she begs to be taken under his wing. Bhagmati, neither male nor female but possessive of great exotic sex appeal, vitalizes his life amidst the majestic remains of Delhi in its heyday, and even saves the narrator's life from the mad mobs of the anti-Sikh riots. All the while the narrator travels through times Delhi has seen, telling us in a most interesting manner, as the first person, all that Delhi has been to Nadir Shah , Taimur and Aurangzeb etc.