Jump to navigation. This is an odd and idiosyncratic selection of short stories. But it would be, wouldn't it, given its editor - Khushwant Singh. Kabir Bedi rubs shoulders with Rajinder Singh Bedi, Hugh and Coleen Gantzer contribute separate pieces rather than the usual joint effort, Ruskin Bond and Krishan Chander are allowed two stories each with one of Chander's stories said to be a translation from Hindi rather than Urdu and the other said not to be a translation at all , while Qurratulain Hyder is single-handedly responsible for four of the 26 stories - but that perhaps should be double - handedly, for she herself translates them all from Urdu.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Khushwant Singh, the country's foremost literary figure, serves up another volume of the finest fiction from across India. The names live up to their reputation. The range of geographical areas and social backgrounds that this selection represents are truly vast.
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Khushwant Singh does a fine editorial job with selecting of some of the best short stories and the writers. I liked particularly the stories by Qurratulain Hai Khushwant Singh does a fine editorial job with selecting of some of the best short stories and the writers.
I liked particularly the stories by Qurratulain Haider, they were as vintage and classic as their times. He is definitely going to my list of favourite short story writers. Read it and you will not regret it… View 2 comments. Dec 07, 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.
Aug 11, Rasika Kaware rated it really liked it. The art of short story writing is indeed an eloquent and yet an enigmatic one, is what is unfolded through this book. The stories find their way to your heart and stay with you for quite some time. The prequel and sequel interpretation of these stories can be distinct, by each person, is what makes it even more interesting. An absolute heart warming experience. Ever since I've picked up reading again, I find myself drawn to short stories for the snack-sized serving they offer in moments when you're not quite willing to commit to a seven course meal.
This book caught my attention at a book sale and I was taken by the cover and title. For a little over nine years, Khushwant Singh edited The Illustrated Weekly of India at which time it retained the top position in the country for the quality of short Ever since I've picked up reading again, I find myself drawn to short stories for the snack-sized serving they offer in moments when you're not quite willing to commit to a seven course meal.
For a little over nine years, Khushwant Singh edited The Illustrated Weekly of India at which time it retained the top position in the country for the quality of short stories and poems published in it.
It was a matter of prestige for young authors to have their work published in this weekly news-magazine. From his time there, he put together a delectable selection of short stories that have been published by Harper Collins India in two volumes. These stories represent literature from different parts of the subcontinent and are written by authors who have made names for themselves in English literary circles as well as those known for their writing in regional languages. With a strong central theme, and only a few characters, each of these stories carry the magic of an era long gone.
They traverse a world of emotions and leave you stunned at the end with the simplicity of the plot and the hard-hitting punch to the gut. Having read these, I'd say it is difficult to find such finesse in the craft of writing short stories today.
Dec 03, Vivek rated it really liked it. I liked the book for having introduced me to new set of Indian authors from across vernacular media.
Whilst some stories didn't register , a few added interesting perspectives that mainstream Indian English authors haven't touched upon. Khushwant Singh's lust is never too far behind when you wonder why some of the stories got picked.
Since it is a collection of short stories across varied themes, you are bound to find some to your interest. Nov 30, 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 An eclectic collection of short stories from various parts of India. The author shows his atheism and his scoff for religion by speaking about the sexual escapades that the dustbin learns about the Indian Gods from an old book about puranas that somebody has thrown into its belly.
In this story the author illustrates how a person running away from crime almost crashes into a tree because the papers that he had carelessly thrown in the back seat are stirred up by the air circulating through the car and covers his face preventing him from seeing where he is headed. He uses this trick later to get rid of the goon who has come after him for the spoils.
In "The Palace Orders" by Manohar Malgaonkar speaks about how two people exploit the similarity of a country bumpkin being similar to that of a royalty with a great influence in the country. They use the person to extort money from various people. In the end the country bumpkin tries to double cross them and tries to run away with the extorted money to satisfy his grandfather's dream of flying from his hometown to Delhi by airplane.
In "A Slice of the Melon" by Manohar Malgaonkar describes how unscrupulous persons skim the money that pours into the political party's coffers during the election time. A small time help who sees this happen sets up a front to try and skim some of this money and he almost succeeds. He describes how a person close to a "spiritual" guru milks his position to make money for himself while another person who is the right hand man of a famous actor does the same.
Both the stories of Sadat Hasan Manto, selected by Khuswant Singh have the element of sexuality in them and this is not surprising given the proclivity of Khushwant Singh for writing stories with at least a tinge sex in them.
Did not enjoy either of them, not because of the sex content, but because of the lack of depth. The author has three stories of his own all obviously reflecting his beliefs and topics close to his heart, that of Agnosticism, bottom pinching and Kama Sutra.
All in all OK read. 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]..
I found most of 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]..
I found most of the stories that I have read so far a bit abrupt without a clear message, also the earlier indian authors had a marked inclination towards sad endings You can leave it in the middle and come back [which wont be difficult as its definitely not a page turner] and continue again without the "interuppted" feel. Sep 11, 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 Khushwant Singh is a master of vocabulary and this choicest collection of stories shows his taste for words and prose. Overall an enjoyable book and recommended for those who want to have a quick and light read.
Feb 17, 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. Mar 04, 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.
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