|Author Khushwant Singh: things worth reading
Writer Khushwant Singh, a force in India's literary world for more than 60 years, has died at his New Delhi home, his daughter said. He was 99.
His novel Train to Pakistan, drew him many admirers. Among his works were Women and Men in My Life, as well as Truth, Love and a Little Malice, an autobiography.
In the prologue to the work, he said he was "fast running out of writer's ink,'' and that his memory was fading.
He said he wanted to write things worth reading, so he would be remembered.
He dedicated the book to his daughter Mala Dalal, who he said "bullied me into writing it.''
“He was fine and passed away peacefully at home on Thursday,’’ his daughter Mala Singh said.
Singh, a Sikh, came into prominence after India secured independence from Britain in 1947. He was a lawyer-turned-diplomat-turned-writer.
He was editor of several literary and news magazines, including the Illustrated Weekly of India as well as two newspapers, the Hindustan Times and the National Herald, through the 1970s and 1980s. He received the Padma Vibhushan, India's second-highest civilian award.
He is survived by his son, Rahul Singh, and his daughter. –AFP/The Standard