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Khushwant Singh Selects Best Indian Short Stories.

3.64  ·  Rating Details ·  124 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Khushwant Singh, the country's foremost literary figure, serves up another volume of the finest fiction from across India. 'A good read . . . engaging . . . The names live up to their reputation.' - India Today 'Tremendous richness of characters on display.' - Deccan Herald 'Offers much . . . to the discriminating reader.' - Deccan Chronicle 'An eminently readable book . . ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published November 24th 2015 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 2001)
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Khushwant Singh does a fine editorial job with selecting of some of the best short stories and the writers. On one side there are all time favourites like Ismat Chugtai, Mulk Raj Anand, Ruskin Bond, Amrita Pritam and Rajinder Singh Bedi. And on the other there are some fine discoveries (they were there but not known to me) like Qurratulain Haider, Krishan Chander, Suresh Chopra, Shashi Deshpande, Wendy Fernandes, Balwant Gargi and Abdul Jabbar. I liked particularly the stories by Qurratulain Hai ...more
Dec 31, 2008 Sarbjit rated it really liked it
An interesting collection of stories leading one to the ultimate truth:

Your dustbin is spying on you and its not because your mad or because you drink too much Jim Bean.
Sundarraj Kaushik
Dec 02, 2015 Sundarraj Kaushik rated it liked it
An eclectic collection of short stories from various parts of India. Some of them very good and some not so great.

The ones that appealed to me were as follows:

In "Confessions of a Dustbin" by Karunanidhi the author describes the life from the perspective of a dustbin into which people keep discarding unwanted stuff and it being cleared by the municipality truck. The author shows his atheism and his scoff for religion by speaking about the sexual escapades that the dustbin learns about the Indian
Indian Short Stories selected by Kushwant Singh [Vol 1], a collection of stories in the indian backdrop from some famous and some not so famous authors [surprisingly some famous names like Premchand didnt make it to the list].. the stories are short and as most of them are translated either from Hindi or Urdu, one can sense the lost in translation effect - the phrases that can be captured in one language cannot always make it to a different language without losing their beauty. I found most of ...more
Sep 26, 2014 Book'd rated it really liked it
Khushwant Singh is a master of vocabulary and this choicest collection of stories shows his taste for words and prose.

This book is a collection of short stories by Indian writers carefully chosen by Khushwant Singh. It includes two stries by Khushwant Singh also.

Stories are quite entertaining and thought provoking. Some stories you would find pointless in beginning and sums up everything in the end nicely. Some stories end abruptly and leave you thinking.

Overall an enjoyable book and recommended
Fury Jain
Mar 04, 2016 Fury Jain rated it liked it
A pleasurable companion during my recent examinations. True to his word, Khushwant Singh's anthology is a kind of all-India curry cooked with spices gathered from different parts of the subcontinent. Apart from his own contributions, I especially loved the works of M. Karunanidhi and RK Laxman.
Shivang Sharma
May 14, 2016 Shivang Sharma rated it liked it
As diverse as it gets. Leave it when something turns up and go back to it when you wanna have a short snack of words without feeling interrupted.
Oct 13, 2014 Deepak rated it liked it
I wouldn't call it a really great collection but some of the stories are really worth reading.
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Mar 23, 2016 Jafar rated it really liked it
I'd have given this one five stars but some of the stories were just okay on the scale. The better ones weren't many and I wished to read more of them, or wished they would have been a little longer.

Pick this one up and enjoy. Recommended.
Jun 10, 2012 Anusha rated it liked it
A very nice, nostalgic collection of short stories. Enjoyed the read and going to go for part 2.
Nilofar N
Jul 16, 2012 Nilofar N rated it it was amazing
amrita pritam's 'the birth of a poem' left me inspired to write something creative.
Hema Rajashekar
Aug 13, 2013 Hema Rajashekar rated it it was ok
Very bad collection.
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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.

An important post-colonial novelist writing in English, Sing
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