Khushwant Singh Best Indian Short Stories: Volume 1

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The bestseller Khushwant Singh Selects Best Indian Short Stories - Volume I, offering the finest stories by India's master storytellers... The Indian short story is extraordinary in its ability to stick to the traditional rules of the craft and still demonstrate remarkable originality. It revolves around a limited number of characters, confines itself in time and space, and has a well-plotted narrative that drives its central theme. Within the traditional framework, however, creativity flowers, and what emerges is a story that is marked with freshness and imagination. This volume is chock-full with such stories, written by authors well known in their regional languages as well as those who made names for themselves in English literary circles. Carefully selected by Khushwant Singh, India's literary giant, these pieces represent the best of Indian writing from around the country. Contributors include - M.J. Akbar, Mulk Raj Anand, Kabir Bedi, Rajinder Singh Bedi, Margaret Bhatty, Ruskin Bond, Krishan Chander, Suresh Chopra, Ismat Chugtai, Kamala Das, Manoj Das, Anita Desai, Shashi Deshpande, K.S. Duggal, Wendy Fernandes, Colleen Gantzer, Hugh Gantzer, Balwant Gargi, Qurratulain Hyder, Abdul Jabbar and Amrita Pritam.
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Instead of entering into a pointless debate on whether or not God exists, it is more important to bear in mind that belief in the existence of God has little bearing on making a person a good or a bad citizen. One can be a saintly person without believing in God and a detestable villain believing in Him. In my personalized religion, there is NO GOD! Khushwant Singh, over the decades, has built up a reputation for coming up with something new and controversial in each book, and he does not disappoint his readers this time too. He begins with a chapter on the ‘need for a new religion – without God’, in which he questions the relevance of God. He then moves on to describe how religion has proved to be more harmful than beneficial and, in the process, debunks astrologers and the breed of so-called ‘godmen’. However, he is not dismissive of religion. Through his lucid writing, he brings out the beauty and significance of holy books such as the Bhagvad Gita, the Quran and the Granth Sahib. He provides relevant extracts to highlight the poetry and the music in such books. The author next tries to dispel the prejudices held by many non-Muslims against their Muslim compatriots by giving down-to-earth examples. He also emphasizes the importance of the Ramzaan fast. Khushwant Singh’s description of the life and times of Guru Nanak and Guru Gobind Singh and his in-depth analysis of the Granth Sahib throw new light on a particularly troubled period in India’s history. The chapter devoted to the interaction of the author (a confirmed agnostic) with the Dalai Lama (probably the world’s most renowned spiritual leader) makes for fascinating reading. Here’s one book containing a wealth of knowledge and information that you would want to read or consult again and again.
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Harper Collins
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Published on
Jun 6, 2012
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Pages
272
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ISBN
9789350292938
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Language
English
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Fiction / General
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