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Portrait of a Serial Killer: Uncollected Writings

 
Khushwant Singh (Author) Mala Dayal (Editor)
Synopsis

A chilling account of the serial killer Raman Raghav rubs shoulders with an extraordinary portrait of Jawaharlal Nehru followed by an exuberant encounter with Dev Anand, as well as nearly twenty other profiles of saints, charlatans, writers, singers, politicians and other arresting characters. Another section of the book contains vivid sketches of various parts of the country an unspoilt tribal village in Bihar, the fire of a gulmohar forest in Bokaro, the strange goings-on in the expat community in Darjeeling, a small community in the hinterland that is terrorized by a sudden invasion of snakes, and a bittersweet paean to Delhi, among others. There are also essays that provide insights into familiar characteristics of India obnoxious VIPs, violence against women, corruption, amiable lunatics, idiot lawyers, stud bulls, Indian men and much else besides. Elegiac, witty and compelling, this is a book that will delight Khushwant Singh s numerous fans as well as anyone with an interest in contemporary India.

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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 Portrait of a Serial Killer: Uncollected Writings
Format Hardcover
Date published: 29.09.2015
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher Aleph Book Company
Language: English
isbn 9789382277767
length xiii+231p., 23cm.