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Kasauli residents mourn Khushwant Singh's death

punjab Updated: Mar 21, 2014 11:59 IST
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Old-timers in the cantonment town of Kasauli had never thought they would ever be able to meet one of their best friends, eminent novelist and journalist Khushwant Singh, when the news of his sudden demise hit the town on Thursday.


Last year on October 21, the hill town had organised a three-day Khushwant Singh literary festival. Residents remembered the time when he had last visited the town, which he considered his second home, in 2006.

His last published book, The Good And The Bad, jointly authored with Huma Qureshi,' was released by former BBC India head Mark Tully and Raj Mohan Gandhi, the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi. It was his book Train to Pakistan that brought wider fame to Khushwant Singh.

"We have never thought that our beloved neighbour will bid us goodbye so suddenly", remarked Kasauli Beopar Mandal president Devender Gupta.

Echoing a similar sentiment, vice-president of the Kasauli Cantonment Board Manmohan Kanwar said: "Our town has lost one of our best and dearest residents who gave it a new identity with his writing."

Up until 2006 the eminent novelist and satirist regularly visited his bungalow in Kasauli, popularly known as 'Raj Villa,' in summer.


Solan, Kasauli, had never thought they would ever be able to meet one of their best friends, eminent novelist and journalist Khushwant Singh, when the news of his sudden demise hit the town on Thursday.


Last year on October 21, the hill town had organised a three-day Khushwant Singh literary festival. Residents remembered the time when he had last visited the town, which he considered his second home, in 2006.