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On Religion: Selected Writings

 
Khushwant Singh (Author) Humra Quraishi (Author)
Synopsis

I am inclined to conclude that we do not know whether or not God exists or ever did. I go one step further and hold that his existence or non-existence is of no consequence to human beings.

Khushwant Singh, one of India s most original thinkers on a wide range of subjects, remained keenly engaged, all his life, with the nature of belief and faith; with God; as well as the many foibles some significant, others laughable of organized religion. And after having intensely, extensively introspected on his own spiritual growth, Singh evolved a personal credo everyone would do well to bear in mind that each human being must work out their own religion as it best fits their lives.

On Religion brings together some of Singh s most evocative writings. Included in this anthology are his ruminations on agnosticism and how he arrived at it; explorations of the concepts of morality and reason; his unsparing skewering of the many customs and habits which masquerade as religion and faith; and recountings of the delightful encounters he had with the godwomen of his times.

Unabashed, free-ranging and delightfully iconoclastic, Khushwant Singh s On Religion is not to be missed.

Khushwant Singh is easily one of the bestselling writers of India. His work always finds readers.

This volume follows on earlier published works in the series, On Women and On Love and Sex and is the strong addition to it.

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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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Humra Quraishi

Delhi-based journalist, Humra Quraishi has been writing for two decades. She is a columnist with The Tribune. Her interviews and features have been published in The Times of India, Hindustan Times, The Pioneer, The Statesman and The Indian Express. The book-Views: Yours and Mine is a Collection of some of her writings which have been published in the national dailies in the last two decades. She has two other books to her credit. A collection of short stories-Bad Time Tales (Haranand)published in 2002. Kashmir-The Untold Story (Penguin) published in 2004.

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Bibliographic information

Title On Religion: Selected Writings
Format Softcover
Date published: 31.12.2014
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher Rupa & Co.
Language: English
isbn 9788129135025
length 206p., 20cm.