New Delhi, Mar 20 IBNS | 9 months ago

Noted columnist and author Khushwant Singh died at his residence here on Thursday. He was 99.

His last rites will be held at the Lodhi Crematorium in New Delhi at 4 pm.

An Indo-Anglian novelist, Singh was best known for his trenchant secularism, his humor, and an abiding love of poetry.

His comparisons of social and behavioral characteristics of Westerners and Indians are laced with acid wit.

He served as the editor of several literary and news magazines, as well as two broadsheet newspapers, through the 1970s and 1980s.

He was the recipient of Padma Vibhushan, the second-highest civilian award in India.

His last book The Good, The Bad and The Ridiculous was published in October 2013, following which he retired from writing.

(Posted on 21-03-2014)

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