Khushwant Singh – “Burial at Sea” – Published by Penguin

“An Idea of Three” is a picture shot at the corner of Prayag ghat along the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras).

It was selected to make the cover of “Burial at Sea” a novel by Khushwant Singh, published by Penguin Books India.

 

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Khushwant Singh (Punjabi: ਖ਼ੁਸ਼ਵੰਤ ਸਿੰਘ ; born 2 February 1915) is a prominent Indian novelist and journalist.
Singh’s weekly column, “With Malice towards One and All”, carried by several Indian newspapers, is among the most widely-read columns in the country.
An important Indo-Anglian novelist, Singh is best known for his trenchant secularism, his humor, and an abiding love of poetry.
His comparisons of social and behavioral characteristics of Westerners and Indians are laced with acid wit.
He served as editor of several well-known literary and news magazines, as well as two major broadsheet newspapers, through the 1970s and 1980s.
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In this, his fifth novel, one of Indias most widely read authors returns to territories he knows best: twentieth-century Indian history, bogus religion, and sexuality.

After Nehru, Victor Jai Bhagwan is Mahatma Gandhis favourite Indiana brilliant young man with the temperament of a leader and fiercely committed to his country.
Though Victor adores and respects Gandhi, he disagrees with the Mahatmas vision for the future of India.
He returns from university in England determined to bring the benefits of modern industry to the subcontinent and within a few years of Indias independence, becomes the countrys biggest tycoon.
But this is not the only ideal of Gandhis that he defies: facing a midlife crisis, he falls passionately in love with a tantric god-woman (who keeps a tiger as her pet and has a dubious past).
She introduces him to the pleasures of unbridled sexuality, but also becomes the reason for his downfall.

Comic, tender and erotic by turns, Burial at Sea is vintage Khushwant Singh.

[Khushwant Singh] is a literary version of Osho Rajneesh . . . [the] rumbustious, Rabelaisian black sheep of the flock (Times of India)


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