17 January, 2021

Spring Of The Patriarch

Don't be fooled by this image of repose. At 92, India's grand old sardar is not retiring yet.

T.Narayan
Spring Of The Patriarch
outlookindia.com
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"It's my harvest year," says Khushwant of the Padma Vibhushan and other awards or recognitions he has got this year.
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Which other writer would walk into the butcher's and expect to be told, "We read you every week, in the Urdu papers"?
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The golden Padma Vibhushan has fast been tucked out of sight. On display is a solid silver loon, given to him by Canadian Punjabis.
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Khushwant Singh begins his day by chanting Om. "It's not prayer," he says. "It's really to get my bowels and bladder to work."
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He knows how to reach his reader: inform, amuse and provoke. "Indians are easy to shock. They are hidebound in religion."
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His visitors include politicians, pundits, publishers and, lately, sightseers. "After Qutub Minar, Jantar Mantar, they want to see me."
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Recently, a disciple of Dalai Lama tied a red thread on his wrist, "for peaceful death". "Wish it was for immortality," guffawed Singh.

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