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The Portrait of a Lady

The Portrait of a Lady

Khushwant Singh
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‘A Khushwant Singh short story is not flamboyant but modest, restrained, well-crafted…Perhaps his greatest gift as a writer is a wonderful particularity of description’—London Magazine Khushwant Singh first established his reputation as a writer through the short story. His stories—wry, poignant, erotic and, above all, human—bear testimony to Khushwant Singh’s remarkable range and his ability to create an unforgettable PBI – World. Spanning over half a century, this volume contains all the short stories Khushwant Singh has ever written, including the delightfully tongue-in-cheek ‘The Maharani of Chootiapuram’, written in 2008. ‘Khushwant’s stories enthrall…[He has]an ability akin to that of Somerset Maugham…the ability to entertain intelligently’—PBI – India Today ‘His stories are better than [those of] any PBI – Indian writing in English—Times of PBI – India ‘The Collected Short Stories leaves the reader in a delightful, inebriated trance’—Sunday Chronicle ‘He is not an ordinary short story writer…[Collected Stories] is delightful reading’—Hindustan Times

Imprint: Penguin

Published: Feb/2009

ISBN: 9780143065876

Length : 484 Pages

MRP : ₹399

The Portrait of a Lady

Khushwant Singh

‘A Khushwant Singh short story is not flamboyant but modest, restrained, well-crafted…Perhaps his greatest gift as a writer is a wonderful particularity of description’—London Magazine Khushwant Singh first established his reputation as a writer through the short story. His stories—wry, poignant, erotic and, above all, human—bear testimony to Khushwant Singh’s remarkable range and his ability to create an unforgettable PBI – World. Spanning over half a century, this volume contains all the short stories Khushwant Singh has ever written, including the delightfully tongue-in-cheek ‘The Maharani of Chootiapuram’, written in 2008. ‘Khushwant’s stories enthrall…[He has]an ability akin to that of Somerset Maugham…the ability to entertain intelligently’—PBI – India Today ‘His stories are better than [those of] any PBI – Indian writing in English—Times of PBI – India ‘The Collected Short Stories leaves the reader in a delightful, inebriated trance’—Sunday Chronicle ‘He is not an ordinary short story writer…[Collected Stories] is delightful reading’—Hindustan Times

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Khushwant Singh

Khushwant Singh was India’s best-known writer and columnist. He was the founder-editor of Yojana and editor of the Illustrated Weekly of India, the National Herald and Hindustan Times. He is the author of classics such as Train to Pakistan, I Shall Not Hear the Nightingale and Delhi. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1974 but returned the decoration in 1984 in protest against the storming of the Golden Temple in Amritsar by the Indian Army. In 2007, he was awarded the Padma Vibhushan. Among the other awards he has received are the Punjab Ratan, the Sulabh International award for the most honest Indian of the year, and honorary doctorates from several universities. He passed away in 2014 at the age of ninety-nine.

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