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Khushwant Singh on Mending Souls and more

Khushwant Singh has the misfortune of being named after the legendary Indian author Khushwant Singh! He opens up about his latest book and the stress of being called an imposter.

books Updated: Aug 28, 2010 14:33 IST
Sonakshi Babbar
Sonakshi Babbar
Hindustan Times

Khushwant Singh has been dealing with everyone taking a dig at his name and accusing him of being an impostor and riding on the fame of his namesake. But the young writer is taking it all in his stride.

He humbly says, "I am honoured to be named after him (Khushwant Singh). When my first book came out, there was a lot of shor-sharaba in the media about my name, but it's just a name, India will never get another Khushwant Singh."

He clarifies that he has no intention of riding on the fame of the great author, "I respect him and my books have my picture and age clearly written to avoid and confusion. I don't know why he is miffed at me!"

His latest book, Mending Souls is an enlightening biography of Ratanjit Singh Sondhe, an entrepreneur, speaker, and eminent radio and television personality, internationally popular as Mr. Stress free.

Talking about the book Singh says, "Ratanjit has converted Gurunanak's Ek Onkara - the philosophy of oneness into a business model, similar to MBA, and implemented it at various stages of his life and created a huge business empire. Ratanjit elucidates the philosophy of oneness - the 25 habits through which one can achieve self-integration and social integration."

Not just a biography, the book also tackles some hard-hitting issues face by the Sikh community. "Mending Souls tackles initial struggles, the struggle of a community with a beard and turban. It also explores the issue sof sikhs diaspora in the post 9/11 scenario."

Opening up about the inspiration for his book he says, "Ratanjit Singh is different from other motivational speakers. Other speakers don't have a model to back, they will only have a strategy but this man put his thought into practice and created a business model - he is a living example of his philosophy. He might not be a popular figure, but if he is living with a fresh thought why not capture it and bring the idea to people."

Though his last book Sikhs Unlimited too explored the success of the Sikh community living abroad, he still doesn't believe that he is a spokesman for the Sikh community. "I keep getting these tags by the media as I move forward on my journey through the Sikh Diaspora. I don't know who I am, I just write about people."

After wiring a travelogue and a biography, the writer is now trying his hands at fiction, "My next book is a fiction which revolves around Ranjit Singh."

First Published: Aug 28, 2010 14:01 IST