Khushwant Singh, one of the pioneers of the Indian writing in English, feels writers today lack simplicity and the common man is turning his back to them.
"Today I feel sad to see that writers and authors fail to establish a relationship with the masses. Writings have become ambiguous with which common man fails to relate," said the grand old man of Indian letters.
He was addressing the gathering after being conferred the Punjab Rattan award by Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh here Thursday evening.
"I have never written in Punjabi and still I got this honour. I feel privileged," said Khushwant Singh, 91, at the glittering ceremony attended by who's who of the literary fraternity from India as well as from Pakistan and Bangladesh.
Minister of Panchayati Raj, Youth Affairs and Sports Mani Shankar Aiyar said: "I was a kid when I first read Khushwant Singh's Train to Pakistan, so I did not understand the depth of the book. I am re-reading it in order to understand the essence of each and every word.
"He truly understands the relationship between India and Pakistan. He is a master of secularism," Aiyar told IANS, referring to the masterpiece published 50 years ago.