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The Company of Women

3.19  ·  Rating Details ·  2,457 Ratings  ·  163 Reviews
Meet Mohan Kumar. He is academically brilliant and quite a catch. Unfortunately though, his insane sex drive is the plague of his life. Of course, Mohan would disagree, but he enjoys every minute of satiating his libido.The Company of Women is the story of a man's sexual exploits, and how it defines his life. As a young academic, he is sent abroad to study, and thus begins ...more
Paperback, 232 pages
Published October 14th 2000 by Penguin Books India (first published 1999)
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Vidhya Nair
Jan 09, 2015 Vidhya Nair rated it liked it
In many other reviews, this book is considered as 'erotica.' I disagree. I found this book a discourse on the perils of male loneliness, the need for connections & companionship. The book is also a reflection on how Indian society treats a divorced man & what women are capable of & desire behind closed doors. He develops each of his characters fully & makes you vested in each of their journeys. By the end of the novel, I felt that I understood Mohan Kumar, his desolation, how tem ...more
Aug 28, 2011 Johnnie rated it it was ok
Khushwant Singh is rich and famous. I'm not sure why because this book was nothing more than a wet dream of an old man with a small penis.

I lost count of the number of times he mentioned how big his dick is - and we all know what that means. It's like someone continually telling you that they have a "great sense of humour".

I was given this book by a girl who told me "It is NOT an instruction manual". It definitely isn't, but it does, however, give an insight into Indian culture and particularly
May 23, 2016 Em rated it it was ok
Well, the company of women wasn't that enjoyable.
I read this book pushing aside all better reads just to satisfy my morbid curiosity.
Story of Mohan , a recently separated man, with a more than healthy sexual drive who is in a constant quest to prey upon (wrong word, as the women too wee equally guilty here) different women.
Part one is his escapades after separation, and part 2 in the form of his diary regarding his conquests starting at an early age.
On the whole it was insipid. The women invol
Jul 12, 2014 Megha rated it did not like it
Shelves: bloopers
I wanted to read a Khushwant Singh book since a long time. Since Train to Pakistan seemed quite heavy, I decided to start with what I thought to be a light read; to get to know his style. And well, I did not like this book at all.

I knew the book was about a man's sexual escapades, or in his words- the company of women he had. But the way it is penned is not exactly what I had in my mind. The book goes on from his failed arranged marriage to his reminiscence of the various women he had sex with,
Aastha Sharma
Mar 15, 2013 Aastha Sharma rated it it was ok
So it happened, I only bought the book as I am a Khushwant Singh fan of 10 years (in my life of a little more than 2 decades.)The storyline was gripping and the book was readable enough, but it was just not one of those that leave you thinking about the plot for long after you have finished it or for that matter even when you're reading it. It is a book to be read without much thought. I won't go to say anything against the author, as everybody knows he is bold and cares little for the judgement ...more
Ridhika Khanna
Mar 22, 2016 Ridhika Khanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read a few reviews of this book and I understand that I might be among a handful of people who liked this book. I particularly liked the bold writing style of Mr. Singh. He is a no nonsense kind of an author. I liked every bit of this book.
Apart from being a memoir of a womanizer, this book has showed the true face of Indian society. Especially on marriage. Unfortunately, in India, matches are based on factors which should be secondary. It is quite often that the girl and the girl's family lo
Suchi Banerjee
Oct 22, 2013 Suchi Banerjee rated it liked it
this book was one exciting adventure for sure!!! its strange and rather sad how a failed marriage can lead to such emptiness!!! so much so that a person is driven to going to such great lengths simply to fill up the void!!! this book simply reiterates my belief that materialistic considerations for marriage is an invariable recipe for disaster!!! mohan kumar wasn't exactly the sort to cheat unless pushed to it! sonu's character -my dear friends.......or should i say, fellow members of the fairer ...more
Aug 19, 2012 Shantanu rated it did not like it
Despite the author's disclaimer that this is nothing but the fantasies of an octogenarian, this book is definitely not worth our time. Each chapter(or woman) goes through the same set of events(which includes an appreciation of the protagonist's enormous manhood), which gets depressingly boring after the tenth page.

Kushwant Singh calls this book a set of his senile fantasies and they are exactly what he says they are. There's nothing here, neither the eroticism of his other encounters nor any w
Sneh Pradhan
Sep 16, 2013 Sneh Pradhan rated it did not like it
Khushwant Singh is one of my favourite authors ........ However , the candidness , disarming honesty and effortless humor of his , of which I am a fan , I found faded here . The erotica , which should have been the highpoint here , leaves you high and dried up ( pun intended ) after the sexual tension which one anticipates purely on the promise of Singh's writing . The erotic scenes are blatantly repetitive and very few and far in between . Singh bores you with insipid details of his household l ...more
Jul 18, 2013 Puja rated it it was ok
I'm experiencing ambivalency. Well, yes it's erotic. And it tackles the muddiness of the concept of love and lust, and of sex as a basic instinct.
Dec 14, 2012 Book'd rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Who prefer to read erotica
My first Khushwant Singh book. 3.5 Stars !!!

I heard a lot about this author and lastly decided to give one of his books a try.
As it is said, majority of his works revolves around sex & controversy. So yes, this book do involves loads of it.

This is a story of a rich and handsome Indian guy named Mohan Kumar who owns a male organ big enough to surprize all his female partners. Which make them saying “you have the biggest, I have ever seen", "I had the greatest sex of my life" and so on......

Archana Vijay
Nov 23, 2012 Archana Vijay rated it liked it
‘The Company of Women’ – Not exactly a title that we expect from an eighty five year old author, Khushwant Singh. It piqued my curiosity to read the amorous creativity of an old man or at least that’s the excuse I gave myself for picking up this book from my shelf. The narration was simple and lucid, detailing the sex life of the protagonist without describing it, passing sarcastic snide here and there clearly establishing that it far from porn. Though I had my smiles at his very subtle referenc ...more
Nov 29, 2014 Twinkle rated it liked it

The company of women
As always Kushwant singh’s prose brilliant, entraining and enlightening.
The Company of Women
Mudit Malik
Apr 26, 2013 Mudit Malik rated it did not like it
Can't believe this piece of nonsense is written by Khushwant Singh..
Shreya Vaid
Jul 25, 2015 Shreya Vaid rated it it was ok
I got my reading habits from my mother, she loved to read at a time in her life. But then her family became a priority and she moved over books. So when she saw a copy of The Company of Women by Khushwant Singh, she warned me that it’s not going to be a good read. And as always, ”greed to read” hampered my judgement. I ignored her warning and experience in judging a good book and started reading it.

Recently divorced, Mohan Kumar puts up an advertisement in all India dailies for applications to s
Praveen Kumar
Jan 09, 2014 Praveen Kumar rated it really liked it
This book is the sexual fantasies of an octogenarian.
The book starts with the divorce of Mohan Kumar, a father of two,a millionaire in his early forties,with his wife. Since he was very active in his sex life, he could control his urge for the bodily needs. He advertised in the dailies for a suitable companion to live with him with no strings attached.

He started living with many women in his house, for short span of time, with each woman. He somewhat started to like each person who he had starte
Oct 06, 2010 Shenanigan rated it really liked it
Shelves: erotica
Khushwant Singh, one of India's most well-known and widely read authors, commenced writing The Company of Women when he was eighty-three and finished at age eighty-five. The octogenarian writer has declared “as a man gets older, his sex instincts travel from his middle to his head.”

Khushwant Singh loves to shock. Oh boy! That’ll be an understatement of sorts. I remember reading a statement by Pritish Nandy – something to the effect – if he (KS) hadn’t spent more than half
his time in partying a
May 28, 2015 Shruti rated it did not like it
Shelves: crap
I have just one sentence for this book. "Shittily pathetic piece of a dysfunctional lingum (dick in other words)". What utter nonsense and such a waste of time. Khushwant Singh is renowned and respected. If for this, then I am glad to have not read his other works.

Forget about the writing style which resembles that of any sixth grade student, trying to write a really classic piece of essay on a very complicated subject. I really cannot understand the hypocrite mind of Indian writers who want to
Gautam Narang
Mar 25, 2014 Gautam Narang rated it really liked it
I stumbled upon this book when I was surfing through an online shopping website to order some books. I have always been a great fan of Late. Khushwant Singh and I write this review out of the respect I have for him. My first introduction with him happened when I was in my third grade and I bought a book on jokes written by him(unadulterated) and went ahead to gift it to my class teacher without reading it. I don't know whether she would remember me but I am sure I might have made an impression o ...more
Sunil Nair
Jun 27, 2013 Sunil Nair rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My second book after "Delhi" . Kushwant Singh says he wrote this book between his age of eighty three and eighty five. Octogenarian or not, the man has a superb penchant for erotica and a style of writing that is not only on the face, but makes the reader think.

The story of Mohan might seem adulterous and Quite a few might dismiss his writing as pure erotica, but beyond the erotica,is a story which questions the basis of a human beings societal existence- the eternal conflict between lust and lo
Kirti Tarang
Aug 24, 2014 Kirti Tarang rated it it was ok
All icing no cake.
You know a really, really, bad Salman Khan movie. You will enjoy it, because Salman Khan has that charm on screen to keep you engaged, but you'll come home thinking, "What the hell did I just see?"
Well, this is the book version of that.
Khushwant Singh wrote it at the age of 80. He was already a rich and celebrated writer. I assume he must have thought, "I can write anything, some one will publish it. Some one will read it." I assume so because he wrote in the Introduction that
Poonam Garvan
Aug 21, 2015 Poonam Garvan rated it did not like it
The book is an absolute horror considering how well Khushwant Singh writes. The characters are weakly constructed and I seriously don't understand why it was called a "triumph". The Novel is full of cliches and there is not one sex encounter that would go without the woman praising the thing of this guy. The later half was tolerable enough to get me through it.
Samir Dhond
May 14, 2009 Samir Dhond rated it did not like it
This book is just terrible. I just did not like his style of writing. Such a boring book. It has no substance at all. I wonder how someone just took it up for printing and publishing it. Avoid if you can!
Gokul Sudhakaran
Nov 28, 2014 Gokul Sudhakaran rated it it was ok
An Indian version of Charlie Sheen meets AIDS and dies...
Silvia Thomas
Sep 26, 2014 Silvia Thomas rated it did not like it
read one chapter and wanted to bury the book into the earth. HORRIBLE !
Moon Talukdar
Oct 01, 2016 Moon Talukdar rated it really liked it
Heard a lot about great Khushwant Singh's writing skill, but never thought of reading him for the first time with a book 'company of women'! When I took the book in hand for the first time, I was a bit reluctant to start because of the name, but then the book was gifted by my good buddy Shaarif who process a great taste of reading. So finally I just finished the whole book in two sittings. Can't believe he wrote this book at the age of 84 and finished 86.
Anurag Ambuja
Sep 15, 2016 Anurag Ambuja rated it liked it
This book will be categorized as 'erotic' by most and Mo will be categorized as satyromaniac. But, all he wanted was happiness and joy without hurting anyone. NOT a masterpiece by Khushwant Singh but it gives deep insights into the Indian Society, and A man's endeavor for happiness in bodily satisfaction.
Soyab Makrani
Oct 18, 2016 Soyab Makrani rated it it was ok
Basic human nature
Arpit Jain
Apr 10, 2016 Arpit Jain rated it it was ok
Erotic tales of Mohan Kumar in Singh’s Exotic writing.

Note: Explicit language. I'm feeling ashamed for reading this book. Shemurrr...

I was VERY impressed with Khushwant Singh after reading Train to Pakistan. The book immediately went into my list of All-time-favourites. I Shall Not Hear the Nightingale by the same author, was also a great book. Khushwant uncle became one of my favourite Indian author, not just because of his writing but also for his bold personality and I-don't-give
Karan Gupta
Jan 24, 2015 Karan Gupta rated it did not like it
Shelves: pathetic, indian
I admit it. I had always been curious about what Khushwant Singh wrote like. He was openly lauded as the 'dirty old man' when I was growing up. But since I had never read any work of his apart from a small snippet (which turned out to be from this very book) in a magazine, I remained curious. So when I was browsing around for a new set of books, I suddenly recalled my curiosity. The result of which was this book which I chose since Khushwant Singh is known for his 'expertise' on the matter. It s ...more
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Khushwant Singh, (Punjabi: ਖੁਸਵੰਤ ਸਿੰਘ, Hindi: खुशवंत सिंह) born on 2 February 1915 in Hadali, British India, now a part of Punjab, Pakistan, was a prominent Indian novelist and journalist. Singh's weekly column, "With Malice towards One and All", carried by several Indian newspapers, was among the most widely-read columns in the country.

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