This selection of Singh’s writings, On Love and Sex, comprises an extract from his autobiography, in which he describes how he lost his virginity; a rumination on sexuality in India, after having witnessed a newly-wed couple consummate their marriage on a moving train; and the poker-faced narration of an episode in a doctor’s clinic which leaves Singh feeling ‘buggered’. Also included are selections from his works of fiction: ‘A Mixed Marriage’, a moving account of a Hindu-Muslim union in Mughal times; and ‘The Rooftop Massage’, in which the masseuse Molly gives Mohan Kumar an experience which she recommends he never try to repeat.
Funny, instructive and titillating in equal measure, On Love and Sex is a celebration of two of the most enduring leitmotifs of Khushwant Singh’s oeuvre of work. This volume will delight Singh’s fans everywhere.
About the Author
Khushwant Singh was born in 1915 in the Hadali village of Punjab, which is now a part of Pakistan. He is one of the widely read and best known columnists and authors in India. He was the editor of the Illustrated Weekly of India, the Hindustan Times and National Herald and also the founder editor of Yogana. The Mark of Vishnu and Other Stories was his first book which was published in 1950. Over the past six decades, he has published several best-selling nonfiction and fiction books.