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India: An Introduction
Khushwant Singh India: An Introduction : Khushwant Singh : Vision Books : Book (ISBN: 8170943876)
Pages: 216
Price: Rs. 250
Format: Paperback
ISBN13/10: 9788170943877 / 8170943876
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India: An Introduction is a highly readable and rewarding initiation into a complex, ancient civilization, by one of India's most widely-read writers and journalists.

Khushwant Singh tells the story of the land and its people from the earliest time to the present day. In broad, vivid sweeps he encapsulates the saga of the upheavals of a sub-continent over five millennia, and how their interplay over the centuries has moulded the India of today. More, Khushwant Singh offers perceptive insights into everything Indian that may catch one's eye or arouse curiosity: its ethnic diversity, religions, customs, philosophy, art and culture, political currents, and the galaxy of men and women who have helped shape its intricately inlaid mosaic. He is also an enlightening guide to much else: India's extensive and varied architectural splendours, its art and classical literature.

Khushwant Singh's own fascination with the subject is contagious, showing through on every page, and in every sidelight that he recounts. India: An Introduction holds strong appeal for just about anyone. who has more than a passing interest in the country, Indians as well as those who are drawn to it from farther afield. And for a traveller, it is that rare companion: erudite, intelligent, lively.

Khushwant Singh

Khushwant Singh is one of India's most widely-read writers and journalists, admired and lambasted in equal measure because of his often irreverent and controversial views. Even his staunchest critics, however, agree that he is never less than eminently readable. Born in 1915, Khushwant Singh made his literary reputation with his very first novel, Train to Pakistan, which was followed by several volumes of short stories and books on contemporary affairs, including Indira Gandhi Returns and Tragedy of Punjab (co-authored with Kuldip Nayar). More recently he has published six joke books, both runaway bestsellers, and his latest novel, Delhi. His two-volume History of the Sikhs, generally considered a most authoritative work, established his scholarly credentials. His career as a top-flight journalist began in 1969 as Editor of The Illustrated Weekly of India, followed by stints as Editor, New Delhi magazine and The Hindustan Times. Now as a syndicated columnist, his readership is larger than ever before.

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