Top positive review
4 November 2018
I had never read Khushwant Singh in his lifetime of 99 years but was curious to read his books since his death recently. Turned out I had a number of his books at home. I picked this autobiography that he wrote in 2002. It is an engaging book, written in an honest style that traces his birth in pre-independence India, his privileged upbringing as a Delhi builder's son, his deep curiosity for the opposite sex, the many people he encountered in his long life ( he remembers anecdotal stories in great detail), his career in govt, how he turned to become a writer & his tryst with the Gandhis & his views on life, dying, being agonistic yet identifying with his Sikh culture, his thoughts on who his parents were, his relationship with his wife ( despite their differences, they kept their marriage right to the end). His life was rich in encounters & experiences, he highlights his own flaws, miscalculations. I found the experience of his book humbling & his candour refreshing.