About two years ago I wrote about a collection of poems of Smita Agarwal of Allahabad. I was charmed by her style of writing poetry. It was irreverent, humourous and full of sarcasm. Khushwant Singh writes.
For quite some time I wondered about two words which appear in our theology but have no equivalents in any other language. What do ‘Aum’ and ‘Swaha’ mean? Khushwant Singh writes.
Although Anna Hazare is well-known in Maharashtra, I had not heard of him till early this year. Now I hear it all the time. Khushwant Singh writes.
A birthday is the most suitable day of the year for people to draw up a balance sheet of what they hoped to achieve during the past year and what they actually did. What is true of the people is equally true of nations. Khushwant Singh
I had no intention of writing about my father in my own columns. I do so because he has been maligned and implicated in the death sentence passed on Bhagat Singh and Dutt for killing two police officers in Lahore. I repeat, he had nothing to do with these killings.
I am tempted to say that what I know about Tamil Nadu could be written behind a postage stamp. The saying has become a cliché, meaning I know very little. Khushwant Singh
Cabinet minister Ghulam Nabi Azad need not apologise to anyone for having described homosexuality as unnatural. There are millions of others who share his opinion, writes Khushwant Singh
It would not be an exaggeration to say that most of New Delhi was built by a coterie of sardar contractors of whom five did the lion's share of building. In Sikh circles they were known as Panj Pyare - the five beloved after the first five followers of the last Sikh Guru Gobind Singh. Khushwant Singh writes.
I have two nationalities, Indian and Pakistani. But I am finding it more and more difficult to understand what is going on in Pakistan. Every other day there are bomb blasts in and around Peshawar taking heavy toll of human lives — Muslims killing Muslims. Khushwant Singh
Maqbool Fida Husain and I were of the same age - both of us were born in 1915. I got to know him during my stint in Bombay. Khushwant Singh
Ever since we came into our inheritance in 1947, men and women of religion have tried to influence public opinion and the government. Our first Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru was an agnostic. Khushwant Singh writes.
I am most eager to know how the Pakistani media and the aam Pakistani are reacting to the confessions being made by Headley and Rana before a judge in Chicago. Khushwant Singh writes.
Professor RC Sobti, Vice Chancellor of Panjab University and Registrar AK Bhandari came all the way from Chandigarh to confer an honourary doctorate on me. Khushwant Singh
The killing of Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad Cantonment did not bring a single tear in my eyes. In the last nine years, his al-Qaeda wreaked havoc in many countries including America, England, Spain, Sudan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Indonesia. Khushwant Singh
Of the scores of Muslims I befriended in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, there was not one whose womenfolk wore burqas to cover their faces. Now I hear from Pakistanis who come to see me that more women are seen in burqa than 10 years ago. Khushwant Singh writes.