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Khuswant Singh, the name itself does not need any introduction in the literary world.  Khuswant Singh is best known for his incisive 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. At the age of 97, this book is his latest offering.

SUMMARY:  Khushwant Singh has a well-deserved reputation of stating his mind, and he has done so even in the introduction of this book.  In these pages, you find gems from the Guru Granth Sahib, the Bible, the Upanishads, the Vedas, the Bhagvad Gita, the Talmud, Tao, and the Ching.  In this assorted and deeply personal collection, India's grand old man of letters brings together precepts, prayers and practical advice by prophets, poets and philosophers, and his favourite passages from the seminal texts of the worlds major faiths.  The Bible and the Granth Sahib speak to us from these pages, as do the Quran and the Vedas.  The songs of mystics and saints like Kabir, Rumi and Teresa of vila mix with the verse of poets like Ghalib, Tagore, and Keats.  In the final section, Khushwant Singh shares some of his own life codes and those of the rebels and mavericks he most admires.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  He was born in Punjab, Hadali village (now in Pakistan) in 1915.  Khushwant Singh has acquired an iconic stature.  He is arguably India's best-known and most widely read author, columnist, and journalist.  He was founder editor of Yojana, editor of The Illustrated Weekly of India, National Herald, and the Hindustan Times.  His first book, The Mark of Vishnu and Other Stories was published in 1950.  He has published several acclaimed and best selling books of fiction and non-fiction in the six decades since.  The best known among these are the novels are Train to Pakistan, I Shall Not Hear the Nightingale and Delhi, his autobiography, Truth, Love and a Little Malice; and the two volume A History of the Sikhs.  He has also translated the work of major Urdu and Punjabi poets, novelists and short-story writers. Khushwant Singh was member of the Rajya Sabha from 1980 to 1986.  He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1974.  He returned the award in 1984 to protest the siege of the Golden Temple by the Indian army.  In 2007, he was awarded India's second highest civilian honour, the Padma Vibhushan.

MY TAKE:  It is full of spirit, wit and good sense and as free of humbug as the man himself.  This is a book of inspiration, comfort, and entertainment for every discerning reader.  This well-produced book is a beautiful collection of quotations that needs to be kept by the bedside, readily available to those who wish to reach out to read, feel and understand profound thoughts, most elegantly expressed.



BOOK:       The Freethinker's Prayer Book

AUTHOR:  Khushwant Singh

PUBLISHER:  Aleph Publishers

Number of Pages: 208

Language:   English

Price:  Rs. 495


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