The grand old man of Indian Literature….. Khushwant Singh died Thursday at 99 at his home in New Delhi, according to his son Rahul Singh who informed the media.
He was born in Hadali, a Muslim-majority village a few miles west of the river Jhelum. He was educated at the St. Stephen’s College in Delhi, Government College, Lahore and later at King’s College, London. He often used to reminisce about his pre-partition days in Lahore as been some of the best years of his life.
Singh achieved acclaim for writing classics like “Train to Pakistan”, “I Shall Not Hear the Nightingale” and “Delhi”. An avowed secularist, his infamous wit and irascible humour made him a living icon.
He was the founder-editor of Yogana while also having remained the editor of three famous Indian publications namelyThe Illustrated Weekly of India, The National Herald and The Hindustan Times.
Indeed, with him has ended an era. He will be cremated this afternoon.