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Khushwant Singh on Humour: Selected Writings

 
Khushwant Singh (Author) Mala Dayal (Editor)
Synopsis

Humour is something very subtle and therefore eludes precise definition…[it] is not hurtful. On the contrary, it is an antibiotic against hate. That’s as close as I can get to defining a sense of humour.

~Khushwant Singh

Khushwant Singh had the unusual ability to laugh at himself. He was known for a rather large repertoire of jokes—some that he had made up and others picked from friends and books. In fact, his columns invariably ended with a joke or two, often contributed by his readers. He was always the kind to notice the funny side of even serious subjects like death. This fine collection of his works is replete with his trademark with and humour.

Khushwant Singh on Humour is a must-read, an antidote to these stressful times.

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About the authors

Khushwant Singh

Khushwant Singh was born in 1915 in Hadali, Punjab. After university education in Lahore and London, he practiced at the Lahore High court before joining the Indian Ministry of External Affairs. He began a distinguished career as a journalist with all India Radio in 1951. Since then he has been founder-editor of Yojana, editor of the Illustrated Weekly of India and the Hindustan Times and chief editor of New Delhi. Today he is India’s best known columnist. Khushwant Singh has also had an extremely successful career as a writer. His published works include the classic two-volume A History of the Sikhs, the novels Train to Pakistan, Delhi and The Company of Women, his autobiography, Truth, Love and a Little Malice, and a number of translated works and non-fiction books on Delhi, nature, Sikh history and religion, and current affairs. Khushwant Singh was Member of Parliament from 1980 to 1986. Among other honours he was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1974 by the President of India (he returned the decoration in 1984 in protest against the Union Government’s siege of the Golden Temple, Amritsar).

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Mala Dayal

Mala Dayal graduated from Cambridge and has been involved with developing, selecting and editing material for children for the last thirty years. She has written and translated several books for children, including The Story of Guru Nanak (1969) which is still in print. She was the editor of the Nehru Bal Pustakalaya series and chief editor of the National Centre for Children’s Literature in the National Book Trust.

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Bibliographic information

Title Khushwant Singh on Humour: Selected Writings
Format Softcover
Date published: 31.12.2018
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789353040154
length 144p.