It’s a record of sorts—at 96, the unstoppable Khushwant Singh is putting the finishing touches to his latest novel, Sunset Club. The record-holder, of course, is Nirad C. Chaudhuri, who published his Three Horsemen of the New Apocalypse in 1997, when he was nearly 100. But unlike Niradbabu’s last book, a meditation on the decline of western civilisation, Khushwant has decided to stick to what he does best: a light-hearted story about a group of aged cronies and their preoccupations, including their sex lives/ fantasies. It is slated to be out in December 2010 or early 2011. All Khushwant will say is that the book’s so different from anything else that no one can accuse him of plagiarism!
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