Nobody who knows me will be surprised that the subject of my first author review for this column is none other than Khushwant Singh. I have professed a great admiration for him ever since I had the privilege of reading one of his books in my twenties. That book was A Bride for The Sahib and Other Stories, and it was an eye-opener; it made me realise that it was not only possible, but also essential, to lovingly and honestly portray social interactions and expectations from an Indian point of view. Until I read his book, it had been sorely missing from my lexicon; although I had read other Indian authors, nobody wrote with the disarming honesty that Singh wrote with.

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