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The Portrait of a Lady - Collected Stories
by Khushwant Singh      (Author ALERT)

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ProductID: 29432 - Paperback - 470 Pages (Year: 2007)
Penguin ~ ISBN: 9780143065876

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by Bapsi Sidhwa

The Evening Gone
by Suguna Iyer Description

Khushwant Singh first established his reputation as a writer through the short story. His stories—wry, poignant, erotic and, above all, human—bear testimony to Khushwant Singh’s remarkable range and his ability to create an unforgettable world.

Spanning over half a century, this volume contains all the short stories Khushwant Singh has ever written, including the delightfully tongue-in-cheek ‘The Maharani of Chootiapuram’, written in 2008.


‘A Khushwant Singh short story is not flamboyant but modest, restrained, well-crafted…Perhaps his greatest gift as a writer is a wonderful particularity of description.’
— London Magazine

‘Khushwant’s stories enthrall… [He has]an ability akin to that of Somerset Maugham…the ability to entertain intelligently.’
— India Today ‘His stories are better than [those of] any Indian writing in English—Times of India

‘His stories are better than [those of] any Indian writing in English.’
— Hindustan Times

‘The Collected Short Stories leaves the reader in a delightful, inebriated trance.’
— Sunday Chronicle

 Table of Contents


1. Posthumous
2. Karma
3. The Mark of Vishnu
4. The Butterfly
5. The Interview
6. The Portrait of a Lady
7. The Voice of God
8. A Punjab Pastorale
9. Kusum
10. The Riot
11. The Rape
12. The Memsahib of Mandla
13. The Great Difference
14. When Sikh Meets Sikh
15. Death Comes to Daulat Ram
16. The Insurance Agent
17. The Fawn
18. Man, How the Government of India Run!
19. The Man with clear Conscience
20. Black Jasmine
21. The Bottom-Pincher
22. A Bride for the Sahib
23. Maiden Voyage of the Jal Hindia
24. India is a Strange Country
25. Mr Kanjoos and the Great Miracle
26. Mr Singh and the Colour Bar
27. The Morning After the Night Before
28. A Love Affair in London
29. Rats and Cats in the House of Culture
30. The Red Tie
31. My Own my Native Land
32. The Convert
33. Paradise
34. Life’s Horoscope
35. Zora Singh
36. Wanted – A Son
37. The Mulberry Tree
38. The Maharani of Chootiapuram
Copyright Acknowledgements


 About the Author

Khushwant Singh was born in 1915 in Hadali, Punjab. He was educated at Government College, Lahore, and at King's College and the Inner Temple in London. He practiced at the Lahore High Court for several years before joining the Indian Ministry of External Affairs in 19477. He was sent on diplomatic postings to Canada and London and later went to Paris with UNESCO>

He began a distinguished career as a journalist with All India Radio in 1951. Since then he has been founder-editor of Yojna, editor of the Illustrated Weekly of India, editor of the National Herald, and the editor of The Hindustan Times. Today he is India's best known columnist and journalist.

Khushwant Singh has also had an extremely successful career as a writer. Among the works published are classic two-volume history of the Sikhs, several novels - including Train to Pakistan, which won the Grove Press Award for the best work of fiction in 1954, I Shall Not Hear the Nightingale and Delhi - and a number of translated works and non-fiction books on Delhi, nature, and current affairs. His latest novel, The Company of Women, has since been released.

Khushwant Singh was a Member of Parliament from 1980 to 1986. Among other honors he was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1974 by the President of India. He returned this decoration in 1984 in protest against the Union Government's siege of the Golden Temple, Amritsar.


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