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Truth, Love and a Little Malice

Khushwant Singh

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Completed on 25 May 2022
ISBN : 9780143029571

Truth, Love And A Little Malice, the autobiography of the famous author and journalist Khushwant Singh, was published by Penguin India as new edition in 2003. He chronicles in this book some of the seminal historical and political events that have marked the Indian socio-political scene in his lifetime, i.e. since 1915. Crucial amongst these events are the Partition of India, the Emergency and Operation Blue Star, all of which have influenced and shaped the lives of Indians, and particularly that of Sikhs (the community that he belongs to), in very specific and tangible ways.However, what makes Singh’s autobiography unique is that he shared personal and professional equations with many eminent personalities throughout his life, which includes the leaders of the country. His insightful, witty, and irreverent recollection of several incidents in the lives of those personalities, as well as in his own, makes this book a read that is as voyeuristic and controversial as its author.Alongside the glamorous encounters and anecdotes are some of the most personal and unadulterated truths from Singh’s own life. Through this book, we discover about his somewhat rocky relationship with his wife, his first sexual encounter, the pitfalls and achievements in his professional career, and his overwhelming sense, at age 85, that death was just around the corner. 


Amazing book and highly recommended. The acclaimed author and journalist Khushwant Singh's autobiography, Truth, Love, and a Little Malice, was reissued by Penguin India in 2003. In this book, which was written during his lifetime, or starting in 1915, he recounts some of the significant historical and political occurrences that have shaped the Indian socio-political environment. Important among these events are the Partition of India, the Emergency, and Operation Blue Star, all of which have profoundly and concretely impacted the lives of Indians, especially Sikhs (the community to which he belongs).The fact that Singh interacted personally and professionally with so many notable people throughout his life, including the nation's leaders, is what distinguishes his autobiography from others.

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