Caustic columnist, noted contemporary fiction writer, and a poet of repute, Khushwant Singh was a man of many talents. But for the common. Whether it was one-liners like these, or more elaborate jokes, anecdotes or riddles that would go on for several paragraphs, Khushwant Singh. Kakey da hotel is a very popular eating-place in Connaught Circus It started off as a humble Kakey da Dhaaba with stools and charpaees laid out on the.

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No full stops for this Sardar A salute to Khushwant Singh, still naughty in his nineties, for adding xingh our humour quotient. O ur well-loved Santa and Banta owe a lot to the bespectacled sardarji, with his untidy turban, sitting in a bulb and scrawling through sheets of paper every day: Khushwant Singh, of course.

He made the Santa-Banta jokes popular indeed by carrying them as a tailpiece in his weekly columns and then compiling them in best-selling books that adorn the kiosks at bus stands and railway stations. A couple of years back I was introduced to a visiting Gujarati, married to Punjabi, a lady who ran her own little Indian restaurant in Innsbruck as ‘a Punjabi poet’.

Continuing the conversation she said, “I know another Punjabi writer.

Then she skngh, “Oh! Not being a great fan or for that matter from the inner circle of Khushwant Singh, yet I was taken aback and almost offended on his behalf. Yes she said tapping me on my arm: She was not even listening to me for it was the joke part of Khushwant oeuvre that interested and suited her. She wished to know no more. Such is the charisma of Khushwant that he had something to offer every reader and they can take the pick and create their own image of the man who had humour flowing out with jo,es ink of his pen.

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Till date the most widely read columnist, his column is translated widely into different Indian languages.

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Many admire him, a lot more despise him and there are some who scorn at him. Yet everyone reads him and often with delight. He remains the most readable jokkes writers and his style is straightforward yet elegant. A reader of his from the s, when he published some of his brilliant translations of short stories of writers like Qurratulain Hyder, Amrita Pritam and Dalip Kaur Tiwana, khushawnt some fine Urdu poetry and also wrote funnily shocking pieces on the rosy backsides of monkeys.

The first meeting with him came when he was visiting Chandigarh when Mrs Gandhi was out of power.

In the world of jokes, Khushwant Singh is the only name that still sells

My colleague Kishwar Rosha now Desai and I were cub reporters and decided to visit him in the guest house where he khushwat staying even though our paper wanted not a word on this ‘Mrs. After the morning meeting, we reached the guesthouse and knocked at the door of his room.

He was relaxing for when he opened the door he was in a pair of shorts and no turban. Offering us chairs, he said, “I did not know that two young girls were visiting me or I would have been better dressed.

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Don’t worry”, Kishwar said, “We are quite used to it. Decades later, he had his punch at this comely writer when she was pondering whether to marry Lord Desai or not? Go ahead,” he is reported to have told her, “if nothing else, you will become a Lady. This is Khushwant for you: Witty, winsome and controversial.

He knew the pulse of popular readership and used the skill in his columns which had the ingredients that Somerset Maughm said were the essentials of good story writing: Religion, sex, mystery, high-rank, non-literary language and brevity. At 97, he continues to charm his readers and when time comes to bid adieu khsuhwant will be a formidable legacy of books.

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His prompt diagnosis is: The catch here is that the curves are not those of the road but of the female form.

The literary journey khushwaant the year-old writer has inspired the Khushwant Singh Litfest at Kasauli. It is indeed a very interesting brush with the pen by Chandigarh-based artist Satwant Singh who made some odd humorous nokes all in the honour of the bearded man in a bulb.

This portfolio of caricatures is the prized possession of prolific painter Satwant, who has shared a long relationship with this lucid pen starting a long time ago when he was but a schoolboy. I sent him a couple which were not very flattering but to give the old man his due, he could both make a joke and take a joke. The meeting led to more interaction and more drawings which came together in an exhibition in titled “Satwant on Khushwant”.

Khushwant came to open the show and his remark that stays or the memory along with the other things he said is: In a recent column in which he expressed a death wish he also added that nothing gave him greater joy to admire a pretty face, tickle a quick intellect and sngh a swig of leisurely whiskey in the evening! What does Satwant plan to do with these drawings which are his prized possession?

So some more to record the years that followed,” says the artist for whom it is a labour of love.