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The Company of Women

3.12 of 5 stars 3.12  ·  rating details  ·  1,376 ratings  ·  102 reviews
Recently Separated From His Nagging, Ill-Tempered Wife Of Thirteen Years, Millionaire Businessman Mohan Kumar Decides To Reinvent His Life. Convinced That 'Lust Is The True Foundation Of Love', He Embarks On An Audacious Plan: He Will Advertise For Paid Lady Companions To Share His Bed And His Life. Thus Begins His Journey Of Easy, Unbridled Sexuality In The Company Of Som...more
Paperback, 232 pages
Published October 14th 2000 by Penguin Books India (first published 1999)
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Johnnie Sinclair
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...more
Aastha Sharma
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
Shantanu
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...more
Book'd
Dec 14, 2012 Book'd rated it 3 of 5 stars
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......

Mo...more
Suchi banerjee
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
Archana Amaragandhi
‘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
Gautam Narang
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
Puja
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.
Mudit Malik
Can't believe this piece of nonsense is written by Khushwant Singh..
Shenanigan
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...more
Sunil Nair
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...more
Avisek Bandyopadhyay
Khushwant Singh has been a debated and discussed author in India. So, I chanced upon a book while I had 6 hours to travel in a train. I picked this to read him. And well, also to be warm under my collar. But, after the first 30 pages..I saw the red point. Khushwant Singh is too shy to describe sex. There was no seduction. It was too easy for the protagonist who had a sorry name, Mohan SIngh. The sex was dull. I got bored of the same description that Mohan Singh has a penis bigger than negroes. I...more
Soumen Daschoudhury
Mar 30, 2014 Soumen Daschoudhury rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who need to read dirty stuff for an erection
Recommended to Soumen by: Thought Khuswant Singh, hence bought it
Shelves: 2014-reads
Read my complete review of the book on : http://mysundrywritings.blogspot.in/2...

The novel is the journey of Mohans' sexual escapades, the unending journey of his libido. What started as a incognizant push into the lusty fires during his college days in America, makes him succumb to his effusive libido post his separation with his wife as he advertises for women, not proposing for marriage but to accompany him for a short duration, to share his bed on a contractual basis. As the cliche goes ‘He...more
Megha
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,...more
Samir Dhond
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!
Vidhya Nair
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
Rachit Malik
You can campare this book to a B-GRADE Hindi Adult film, which has a weak story but lots sex & romance,
the book is entertaining in starting few pages, but becomes monotonous as story goes along, the main character of the story Mohan Kumar gets into a relationship with Women, Initially everything goes well in all the relationship but after some time he gets bore with every girl/Lady he is dating with & he looks for a change,
I would he given it not more than two stars but due to unexpect...more
Praveen Kumar
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...more
Naval
After separation from thirteen years of failed marriage, Mohan Singh, successful businessmen, initiated a “no string attached” mission for finding company of women.
He found ways to complete his sex life which he deserved from his wife. His notoriety spread with time as womanizer in his friend circle. With so many girls eyed on him to be part of a different world which Mohan had created for himself but it was dream for them with fear of social outcast. In social meetings, he was taunted as rebel...more
Niradhip
Khushwant Singh, one of the most prolific Indian authors started writing the book “The Company of Women” at the age of eighty-three and finished at age of eighty-five. The most incredible part is, by that age people generally lose all imagination skills, patient and hope but Mr. Singh stands tall. He gets rid of all the hindrances standing between him and his imagination. Writing an erotica is always a difficult task. They say you need to feel it and be part of the characters before you jot down...more
Anish Antony
Sep 23, 2013 Anish Antony rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those who likes to be erotic
Shelves: love-and-lust
My first book of Khushwant Singh. When my friend gave this book to me, he gave me a suggestion to throw away my morality and ethics.
The book is an EROTICA. I wondered how the author in his eighties accentuate sex with such intensity and vigor. The reading might stimulate your body. For some others the book might feel like a saga of Sex fantasies. Each chapter shows the libido of the protagonist Mohan Kumar, a Womanizer whose lust and relationship with Women. Each chapter ends with a coitus. The...more
Sneh Pradhan
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
Shazia
Read it as an erotica, then you're missing the point.

It's a simple book, showing layers of a man that pursues sex but is not the typical womanizer.

I'm only writing, since I think most people are more focused on a few detailed sexual encounters, which tends to outrage their conservative, middles class sensibilities.

Read outside of that, and you may actually be impressed with how layered the protagonist is, and how it's not ultimately sex that he is after. Also impressive is Kushwant Singh's abil...more
Rahul
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Harleen Vij
Loved the way the story was narrated but the end disappointed me. Would it have been any other author than Khushwant sir, this kind of end would have been accepted without qualms.
Sajneesh
A story of how a Indian studying abroad gets influenced by the western culture; how he develops a passion for lustful and carnal sex with varied women; and how the society treats him and his clandestine affairs. A story that speaks more of lust and less of love. It strengthened my believe that love or lust whatever it may be eventually dies out between two people. And one must explore other ways to find happiness. But the society and the concept of marriage restricts one's desires and way of lif...more
Avinash Kunchurkar
A straight forward and intense book on a person's sex life. Its beautifully written and well crafted
Jincy Varghese
Good book telling how a man goes around with different women.
Ayushi Nayak
Note to self: Will update review as soon as I find it in my PC.
Puneet Tomer
This was my first Mr. Khuswant book. As one of the most respected author of India i had a feeling that this book won't wash away the image of Mr. Author.

The story is readable but i would rather count it in erotica than in fiction. The authors i don't know how many times blabbered about his tool making a desperate attempt of being a MACHO MAN.

It made me wonder that "Do fantasies ever die ? "

I would recommend if you really want to take a break from classical books. its better to read rather than...more
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Khushwant Singh, (Punjabi: ਖ਼ੁਸ਼ਵੰਤ ਸਿੰਘ, Hindi: खुशवंत सिंह) born on 2 February 1915 in Hadali, British India, now a part of Punjab, Pakistan, is a prominent Indian novelist and journalist. Singh's weekly column, "With Malice towards One and All", carried by several Indian newspapers, is among the most widely-read columns in the country.

An important post-colonial novelist writing in English, Sing...more
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