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This volume spans the author's life and career and reminisces about the people he has met and fallen out with and the one he has befriended. This list includes politicians, industrials, civil servants, writers etc. This volume spans the author's life and career and reminisces about the people he has met and fallen out with and the one he has befriended. This list includes politicians, industrials, civil servants, writers etc.


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This volume spans the author's life and career and reminisces about the people he has met and fallen out with and the one he has befriended. This list includes politicians, industrials, civil servants, writers etc. This volume spans the author's life and career and reminisces about the people he has met and fallen out with and the one he has befriended. This list includes politicians, industrials, civil servants, writers etc.

30 review for Women and Men in My Life

  1. 5 out of 5

    Anjie

    Nothing interesting. The 'women' part was at least ok. The second part of 'men in his life' was boring and far too stretched. Nothing interesting. The 'women' part was at least ok. The second part of 'men in his life' was boring and far too stretched.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kartik

    A bunch of anecdotes, ranging from pretty much just name dropping, to interesting behind-the-scenes insights on some interesting people who've made names for themselves. The writing also ranges from bland and perfunctory, to witty and expressive (Funnily enough, though not surprising, the women's chapters are the best written and most descriptive! - Of course, I don't blame him). For a young person like me, it's a rare, innocent view into the lives of young, bored middle class people back then, A bunch of anecdotes, ranging from pretty much just name dropping, to interesting behind-the-scenes insights on some interesting people who've made names for themselves. The writing also ranges from bland and perfunctory, to witty and expressive (Funnily enough, though not surprising, the women's chapters are the best written and most descriptive! - Of course, I don't blame him). For a young person like me, it's a rare, innocent view into the lives of young, bored middle class people back then, (without getting into the whole socio-political zeitgeist of the independence era) something I could relate to and help me understand those times better.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Gurpreet Kaur

    a collection of short stories where Khushwant singh candidly discusses his relationship with some of the people who touched his life --- some stayed his friends and others refuse to see his face after this book!!!

  4. 5 out of 5

    DALIP

    In More Ways Than One, It Would Absolutely Be No Exaggeration To Bestow The Title Of “Grand Old Man Of Indian Journalism Upon Sardar Khushwant Singh As There Was Virtually Little That He Has Not Done In A Life Well Lived Before The Final Curtain Call At The Ripe Young Age Of 99. Reams And Reams Have Been Penned With Absolute Authority By Khushwant Singh On Virtually Any & Everything Under The Sun & Also The Moon Across A Distinguished Writing Career Spread Across 65 Years. This Particular Book Of In More Ways Than One, It Would Absolutely Be No Exaggeration To Bestow The Title Of “Grand Old Man Of Indian Journalism Upon Sardar Khushwant Singh As There Was Virtually Little That He Has Not Done In A Life Well Lived Before The Final Curtain Call At The Ripe Young Age Of 99. Reams And Reams Have Been Penned With Absolute Authority By Khushwant Singh On Virtually Any & Everything Under The Sun & Also The Moon Across A Distinguished Writing Career Spread Across 65 Years. This Particular Book Of His Was Penned At The Ripe Young Age Of 87. The First Edition Saw The Light Of The Day In 1995 And Subsequently Went Into It’s 10th Reprint Edition In 2007..All This Within His Lifetime Easily Making Khushwant Singh One Of The Most Read Authors Having 89 Books To His Credit Not To Mention His Tongue In Cheek Gossip Column “With Malice Towards One And All” That Was Translated & Syndicated Worldwide In His Lifetime. This Book Is Like A Treasure Trove As It’s Full Of Nostalgia For Me As Well As Several Generations Of Avid Readers Who Were Lucky To Grow Up When He Published His First Book In 1950 Even Though Most Of Us Instantly Connect With Him During His Tenure As Editor Of The Illustrated Weekly Of India, His Bestselling Novel ‘Train To Pakistan Being Brought Alive On The Silver Screen And Much Later His Syndicated Column That Were Eagerly Awaited Week After Week Down The Years. This Book Brings Back Nostalgia Gushing Like A Burst Dam As It Gives A Warm Feeling Of Once Again Walking Down Memory Lane Now That He Is No Longer Amidst Us But Nonetheless His Rich & Illustrious ✍️ings Keep Him Alive And Refreshed In Our Collective Memory. The First Part Of The Book Spread Across 122 Pages Is Exclusively Dedicated To The Dozen Women Who Made A Huge Difference In The Life & Times Of Sardar Khushwant Singh With Their Very Presence As Long As The Association Lasted Blowing Hot & Blowing Cold With Some For A Few Weeks, Some For A Few Months And Some Firmly Cemented Across Years And Others Even Across Decades Too. Prominently Featured Here Include Devyani Chaubal (Aka Devi), Sadia Dehlavi, Anees Jung, Dharma Kumar, Kamna Prasad, Amrita Shergill, Reeta Devi Varma And Interestingly Even A Nameless Beggar Maid Too. A Single Chapter Is Dedicated To Each Of The Dozen Women And The Nuggets Provided Are Truly Priceless Indeed. Some Of The Women Being Undisputed Celebrities From All Walks Of Life And Others Equally Celebrated By The Author. The Remaining 60 Odd Pages Spread Across 8 Chapters Is Dedicated To An Assortment Of Men In His Life That Are Evenly Spread Across The Spectrum Of His Landscape Which Give Meaningful Insights Into Lesser Known Facets Of These Eight Men Who Made His Life What It Was Eventually Meant To Be With Their Presence. Prominently Featured Are Chetan Anand, Inder Sain Johar (More Popularly Known As I.S. Johar (Not Distantly Nor Remotely Related To K.Jo.) Gopal Das Khosla, Balwant Gargi & A.G.Noorani Amongst Others. While The Reading Is Indeed Colorful, Almost Bordering On Risqué This Making It A Fascinating Read, My Only Grouse Is With Both The Publisher Harper Collins As Well As The India Today Group Who Actually Chickened Out When It Came To Incorporating Even A Single Celebrity Picture Of The 20 Women & Men In The Life Of Sardar Khushwant Singh That Would Have Made This An Ideal Coffee Table Book If It Had Been Properly Illustrated!!!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nawazish

    Courageous, this book is. With Khushwant Singh's simple yet flawless writing style, this book takes you down to his memory lane; to the women and men he met in his life and how their relationship took shape and how they parted ways or remained friends to this day. You may not find anything special in the theme or in the story in fact, but his way of writing keeps you interested in his memoirs. It must have taken immense courage to put forward 'behind-the-scenes' of his life and that too in the m Courageous, this book is. With Khushwant Singh's simple yet flawless writing style, this book takes you down to his memory lane; to the women and men he met in his life and how their relationship took shape and how they parted ways or remained friends to this day. You may not find anything special in the theme or in the story in fact, but his way of writing keeps you interested in his memoirs. It must have taken immense courage to put forward 'behind-the-scenes' of his life and that too in the most honest way possible. And as he himself said in the start, while some of the people he wrote about were happy with what was written about them, at the same time, this book cost him some people in his life.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Abhijit Mahida

    The book is not a novel or a work of fiction but is just a remembrance of the people that he met and who made a mark on his life but in the classic no-hands-barred Khsuhwant Singh style. It is also semi-autobiographical in nature where he talks about where he was in life when he met a person and how did their relationship evolve with time. It can be a good in-flight read where the book might not have any consequence for you and you don't even have to do any critical-thinking but it leaves you with The book is not a novel or a work of fiction but is just a remembrance of the people that he met and who made a mark on his life but in the classic no-hands-barred Khsuhwant Singh style. It is also semi-autobiographical in nature where he talks about where he was in life when he met a person and how did their relationship evolve with time. It can be a good in-flight read where the book might not have any consequence for you and you don't even have to do any critical-thinking but it leaves you with a light smile as you remember the people that left a mark on your life.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Srivatsan Thiruvengadam

    One of those books I picked up just because there was nothing else to read, I absolutely loved it! Khushwant Singh is a pretty new author to me and I judged him of him being a calm Sardar with more experience as a writer than me as a human...Oh Boy! I was wrong in every way. His mastery with words is clearly seen in his descriptions of his awkward relationships with married women and the book flows like a river in a countryside! I genuinely enjoyed the women part more and to be honest,writers had w One of those books I picked up just because there was nothing else to read, I absolutely loved it! Khushwant Singh is a pretty new author to me and I judged him of him being a calm Sardar with more experience as a writer than me as a human...Oh Boy! I was wrong in every way. His mastery with words is clearly seen in his descriptions of his awkward relationships with married women and the book flows like a river in a countryside! I genuinely enjoyed the women part more and to be honest,writers had way too much fun in the 50's!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Nalini

    Average anecdotes. Why Khushwant Singh bothered to write them is beyond me. It was as if the book tried to yell at me- Look! I'm interesting. The only "woman in Singh's life" I can recollect a decade after I read this book is Amrita Shergil. Sadly, her promiscuity is her only attribute I remember-which says something about the writing. But I could be wrong. Maybe I should have another go at the book. Then again it's not worth the effort. Average anecdotes. Why Khushwant Singh bothered to write them is beyond me. It was as if the book tried to yell at me- Look! I'm interesting. The only "woman in Singh's life" I can recollect a decade after I read this book is Amrita Shergil. Sadly, her promiscuity is her only attribute I remember-which says something about the writing. But I could be wrong. Maybe I should have another go at the book. Then again it's not worth the effort.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Robin Samuel

    I got to know many famous People of Yonder years specially Many Women who should be famous but are not. It was an interesting and fun read till the end, you will find various characters in this book and if you like Khushwant Singh's Writing style then you will be really spell bounded till the end, even though it's not a Story but I was never bored for once and loved this Book. I got to know many famous People of Yonder years specially Many Women who should be famous but are not. It was an interesting and fun read till the end, you will find various characters in this book and if you like Khushwant Singh's Writing style then you will be really spell bounded till the end, even though it's not a Story but I was never bored for once and loved this Book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Dr. Kashmira Gohil

    The author talked about 12 women & 8 men in his life in his typical, no-nonsense way in few pages for each. It's a small, simple, light read book. Everyone should write this sort of book in life once, published or not published, for the own self :) I have one. Three stars for this one. The author talked about 12 women & 8 men in his life in his typical, no-nonsense way in few pages for each. It's a small, simple, light read book. Everyone should write this sort of book in life once, published or not published, for the own self :) I have one. Three stars for this one.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Rahul Tushar

    It takes guts of steel to write a near autobiographical book of this genre. Only Khushwant Singh had it.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kaustubh

    This was one of my least favorite out of his other books.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Anjali

    Please dont waste your money !!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sam

    A typical Khuswant Singh read. The narrative is autobiographical and portraits his love and life.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rahul Dangi

    Those who don't know Khushwant singh may find it extremely boring but it's a nice small pocket book to know few cool personalities from the point of view of Khushwant singh Those who don't know Khushwant singh may find it extremely boring but it's a nice small pocket book to know few cool personalities from the point of view of Khushwant singh

  16. 5 out of 5

    Nikhil Gokarn

    Hated the author and the style of writing. Icky stuff really.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ayaz Kohli

    Please refer my reviews of Agnostic Khushwant. Same-to-same! Shame-to-shame!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sujata

    Khushwant Singh may his soul rest in peace. In the time which has elapsed his soul must have found a body. We will know when the writer in the person starts to erupt out of its being. Khushwant Singh’s memoir Women and Men in My Life is divided into two parts, women he knew or wanted to know (I have a good reason for saying that) in the first part and men he knew in the second part. Twelve women and eight men, in fact.These are sort of character sketches not critical portraits but nevertheless sh Khushwant Singh may his soul rest in peace. In the time which has elapsed his soul must have found a body. We will know when the writer in the person starts to erupt out of its being. Khushwant Singh’s memoir Women and Men in My Life is divided into two parts, women he knew or wanted to know (I have a good reason for saying that) in the first part and men he knew in the second part. Twelve women and eight men, in fact.These are sort of character sketches not critical portraits but nevertheless sharp, witty and provocative reading material. If you like to gossip behind people’s backs that is. He loved women with beauty and personality and was bowled over by women who had both. He was drawn to different women, like moth to flame to seek out their stories. He wanted to be captivated and captivate them, spend time with them to understand where they came from, how it shaped their personality and made them who they are. Women he wrote about varied from Amrita Shergill (the only name I was familiar with) to the beggar maid who he didn’t know, to people who formed a part of his social circle. The men he wrote about, in far less detail I might add, included Chetan Anand and Inder Sain Johar among others. Khushwant Singh appeared to be an incorrigible gossip, taking great pleasure in exposing others and loved a scandal. What I liked about him ,was that he was a great sport when the joke was on him and thought nothing of saying what he felt, even if it was downright offensive. He lived life on his own terms and was completely unapologetic about his choices. But how his wife and family put up with it, is what I would like to know. Sometimes it is hard to believe that it is about real people he’s met during his lifetime. Too saucy for it to be believable and sarcastic to the point of being caustic. While reading this book the omnipresent question in my head manifested even more strongly- how much liberty can a writer take? And how many friends walked out of his life in a huff or threatened to kill him, after the book got released? I can never do what he did, writing an expose on people he knew personally and some he called friends. I read the book in between hospital visits so I can’t be a fair judge of the writing but addictive it definitely was. When I was in the hospital. It promptly lost its charm when I came home. Only to be picked up again when I needed to be distracted. This is a book from my grandpa’s library but thank goodness he hasn’t read it. He got it as a gift with a magazine subscription. I recently found out that nine sketches were missing from the book when I saw a much fatter book sitting on a shelf in a book store. Honestly you can never trust the freebies that come with a subscription. Nonfiction which reads like fiction, blurring boundaries. A book which can teach you how to draw different characters while keeping you entertained, with many cringe worthy and is he for real moments, is how I will remember the book. https://eternaloxymoron.wordpress.com/

  19. 4 out of 5

    Gaurav Suryavanshi

    well written, as usual.. the affinity towards his mates had a great impact on him according to his writing.. however it's never exiting to know about other people you don't know or have heard of unless it's erotic and comic.. unlike his other books( eroticism being the main weapon and tool for attraction) this book though being good verbally and with description may not be that alluring than his other books.. P.S : erotic writing suits Khushwant Singh more well written, as usual.. the affinity towards his mates had a great impact on him according to his writing.. however it's never exiting to know about other people you don't know or have heard of unless it's erotic and comic.. unlike his other books( eroticism being the main weapon and tool for attraction) this book though being good verbally and with description may not be that alluring than his other books.. P.S : erotic writing suits Khushwant Singh more

  20. 5 out of 5

    Vinesh Koka

    Khushwant's writing style is hilarious, and that's what makes this book delightful to read. A lot has not been written otherwise, about most people in this book, so Khushwant's description of their personalities and character traits is likely to be what readers perceive of those individuals (who knows how truthful he is being!) Khushwant's writing style is hilarious, and that's what makes this book delightful to read. A lot has not been written otherwise, about most people in this book, so Khushwant's description of their personalities and character traits is likely to be what readers perceive of those individuals (who knows how truthful he is being!)

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ravi Chandra

    I like the book and I love the real spunk of Khushwant, he says everything honestly and he uncovered all the things so clearly that you craved like anything to finish his whole book in a moment.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Afsar Ali

    The authors tells the truth about those people he met sometime in his life.Some of them stopped talking to him beacuse of showing the true colors of them .

  23. 5 out of 5

    Rohit Kaushal

    Its how he has lived his Life. Hmm.. quite colourful, i must say

  24. 5 out of 5

    Saransh Mehta

    A very good account of the people that have come into the life of 'witty' Khushwant Singh. A very good account of the people that have come into the life of 'witty' Khushwant Singh.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Vasu Gopal

    Some hidden stories well versed in text.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Amrit

    typical khushwant Singh.style. honest, straight forward ,witty, writing as usual. one of my fav writers. his writings never fell short to deliver

  27. 4 out of 5

    Pallabi Priyaadarshini

    A good read. However one part of the book seems more interesting than the other, probably Mr. Singh's greater affection for women shows up in this book as well. A good read. However one part of the book seems more interesting than the other, probably Mr. Singh's greater affection for women shows up in this book as well.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sourav

    Very easy on the eyes. This book is a great starter for people who want to learn writing biographies. Witty and sharp.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Anmol Ankita

    Beautifully written, the same saucy and simplistic approach by dearest Khushwant Singh sir. His straight descriptions are no wonder his originality and yet it never ceases to amaze me!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Pankaj Nayak

    I would say , it is an OK book . some of the stories are interesting and thought provoking but other are just normal.

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