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    overview - Delhi - A Novel

    Delhi: A Novel (published 1990) is a historical novel by Indian writer Khushwant Singh.The book moves backwards and forwards in time through the history of Delhi. It has as its backdrop the story of a journalist fallen on bad times (possibly an autobiographical figure) and his relationship with a hijra (eunuch) named Bhagmati.The novel ends with the terrorized narrator watching his Sikh neighbours mercilessly burnt alive by people angered due to the killing of Indira Gandhi by her Sikh guards.

    About the Author:

    Khushwant Singh is India's best-known writer and columnist. He has been founder editor of Yojana, and editor of the Illustrated Weekly of India, the National Herald and the Hindustan Times. He is also the author of several books which include the novels Train to Pakistan, I Shall Not Hear the Nightingale, Delhi, The Company of Women and Burial at Sea; the classic two-volume A History of the Sikhs; and a number of translations and non-fiction books on Sikh religion and culture, Delhi, nature, current affairs and Urdu poetry. His autobiography, Truth, Love and a Little Malice, was published in 2002. Khushwant Singh was a Member of Parliament from 1980 to 1986. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1974, but returned the decoration in 1984 in protest against the storming of the Golden Temple by the Indian Army. In 2007, he was awarded the Padma Vibhushan.

    Book Plot

    This vast, erotic, irreverent magnum opus on the city of Delhi starts with the narrator, suggestively Khushwant Singh himself, just returning from England after ‘having his fill of whoring in foreign lands’, a bawdy, aging reprobate who loves the city of Delhi, as much as he loves the ugly but energetic hermaphrodite whore Bhagmati, whom he literally picks up from a deserted road on a hot Delhi summer noon. Having no place to go after completing her jail sentence in the dreaded Tihar Jail (probably for selling sex), she begs to be taken under his wing. The kind sardar obliges, and thus begins a wonderful relationship of ups and downs in the narrator’s life. Bhagmati, neither male nor female but possessive of great exotic sex appeal, vitalizes his life amidst the majestic remains of Delhi in its heyday, and even saves the narrator's life from the mad mobs of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.Displaying his trademark gift of literal humour and a professional historian’s control over narration, the writer takes turn, chapter by chapter.

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    Product Code17957733
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    Publisher : Penguin Books
    Cover : Paperback
    No. Of Pages : 400
    Date of Publication : 2000-02-05
    Language : English
    ISBN 13 : 9780140126198
    ISBN 10 : 0140126198
    Dimension : 7.83 x 5.08 x 1.06 inches
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      Rated 9 Sep 2012

      Awesome work by Khuswant Singh

      Khuswant singh has made live the saltnat period and the mughal period in this book in his own way.......

      Hats off to him.
      A must read Book

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