Khushwant Singh known as multifaceted man seen in India; who was a lawyer, a humorist, a writer, a politician and a man who loved to live the life to its fullest.
1) Khushwant Singh born in 1915 in Hadali District Khushab, Punjab now a part of Pakistan was a student at St. Stephen’s College, Delhi and King’s College London. He practiced law at the Lahore High Court for several years before joining the Indian Ministry of External Affairs in 1947.
2) In 1951 he joined All India Radio and later became the founder-editor of Yojana, an Indian journal. He was the editor of the Illustrated Weekly of India, the National Herald and the Hindustan Times.
3) He was awarded Padma Bhushan in 1974, which he returned during his protest against the use of Army forces into the Golden Temple.
4) He received India’s second highest civilian award Padma Vibhushan in 2007 for his endless contribution in the literature world. He had also been honoured with “Order of Khalsa” (Nishaan-e-Khalsa), the highest honour within the Sikhs community.
5) He confesses of his evil deeds like killing sparrows, pigeons in his earlier days in his book ‘Khushwantnama: The Lessons of My Life’ .
6) Khushwant Singh had published over 80 best-selling books and two weekly columns control in over 40 English publications.
7) Khushwant Singh is the original creator of Santa Singh and Banta Singh, the famous cartoons.
8) Khushwant Singh‘s love for alcohol is well known. He started drinking at the age of 25 and his favourite was Premium Scotch. To friends and fellow journalists, the lasting image of Khushwant Singh will be of him holding court with a glass of Scotch in one hand and a pen in the other.
9) Millions of his fans still remember his classics like Train to Pakistan, I Shall Not Hear the Nightingale and Delhi: A Novel.
10) Khushwant Singh was Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha, from 1980 to 1986.
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