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Khushwant Singh Age, Death Cause, Wife, Children, Family, Biography & More

Khushwant Singh

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Bio/Wiki
Real NameKhushal Singh
NicknameShalee
Profession(s)Author, Lawyer, Journalist, Diplomat, Politician
Famous ForHis Sharp Writings laced with Humour, Sarcasm, Wit, and Honesty
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 170 cm
in meters- 1.70 m
in feet inches- 5’ 7”
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourBlack
Personal Life
Date of Birth15 August 1915
Birthplace
Hadali, Khushab District, Punjab (now in Pakistan)
Date of Death
20 March 2014
DeathplaceNew Delhi, India
Age (at the time of death)98 Years
Death Cause Cardiac Arrest
Zodiac sign/Sun signLeo
SignatureKhushwant Singh Signature
Nationality Indian
HometownHadali, Khushab District, Punjab, Pakistan
SchoolModern School, New Delhi
College(s)Government College of Lahore
St. Stephen’s College, Delhi
King’s College, London
Educational QualificationNot Known
Religion Agnostic
Political InclinationIndian National Congress
Address"Sujan Singh Park", near Khan Market, New Delhi
Awards, Honours, Achievements • Rockefeller Grant (1966)
• Padma Bhushan (1974)
• Honest Man of the Year in 2000
Khushwant Singh Honest Man of the Year
• Punjab Rattan Award (2006)
• Padma Vibhushan (2007)
Khushwant Singh Padma Vibhusan in 2007
• "Honest Man of the Year Award" by Sulabh International Social Service
Organization in July 2000
• Sahitya academy Fellowship Award by Sahitya Akademi of India in 2010
• All-India Minorities Forum Annual Fellowship Award by Uttar Pradesh Chief
Minister Akhilesh Yadav 2012
• Order of Khalsa (Nishaan-e-Khalsa)
• Lifetime Achievement Award of Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai Litfest
in 2013
• Fellowship of King's College London in 2014
Khushwant Singh Fellowship of King's College London
Girls, Affairs, and More
Marital StatusMarried
Marriage Year1939
Family
WifeKawal Malik
Khushwant Singh with His Wife Kawal Malik
ChildrenSon- Rahul Singh
Daughter- Mala
Khushwant Singh Children
ParentsFather- Sobha Singh (a prominent builder in Lutyens' Delhi)
Mother- Veeran Bai
SiblingsBrother(s)- Bhagwant Singh, Daljit Singh (Indian Politician), Major Gurbakhsh Singh
Sister- Mohinder Kaur
Favourite Things
Favourite Indian PoetNissim Ezekiel
Favourite PoemThe Waste Land by T. S. Eliot
Favourite Drink Premium Scotch
Money Factor
Net Worth (approx.)₹17 Crores

Khushwant Singh

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Some Lesser Known Facts About Khushwant Singh

  • Did Khushwant Singh drink alcohol?: Yes Khushwant Singh Drinking
  • Did Khushwant Singh smoke?: No
  • Khushwant Singh is a renowned name in the literary world. His name comes in the list of top finest columnists and writers of India.
  • After completing his studies, he began his career as a law practitioner in 1938 in High Court, Lahore.
  • He published his first story “The Mark of Vishnu” in 1948. Khushwant Singh The Mark of Vishnu
  • In 1947, he joined the Indian Ministry of External Affairs and worked as a diplomat for few years.
  • He left his IFS (Indian Foreign Services) job in 1951 and started working as a journalist with All India Radio.
  • In 1954, he joined the Department of Mass Communications of UNESCO in Paris and served there for approximately two years.
  • Later, Khushwant Singh became the editor and founder of an Indian journal “Yojana”. He was also the editor of the Illustrated Weekly of India, the Hindustan Times, and the National Herald. Khushwant Singh as Editor
  • After quitting the editor job, he started focusing on his passion, i.e. writing. He wrote so many columns for newspapers, from which “With Malice towards One & All” is the most-liked column. The column is still famous for its dry humour and wit.
  • He was the man behind “Santa Singh and Banta Singh” jokes and became quite popular by these jokes.
  • He wrote almost 80 books including short stories and novels throughout his career including Train to Pakistan (1956), Delhi: A Novel (1990), The Company of Women (1999), Truth, Love and a Little Malice (2002), Gods and Godmen of India (2012), The Good, the Bad and the Ridiculous (2013), and more.
  • He was an agnostic and announced his belief to the world in 2011 by publishing the book “Agnostic Khushwant: There is no God”. Khushwant Singh Agnostic Khushwant: There is no God
  • The writer launched a book “Khushwantnama: The Lessons of My Life” on his 98th birthday. This book is all about his evergreen life. Khushwant Singh Khushwantnama: The Lessons of My Life
  • At the age of 98, he wrote a book “The Good, The Bad and The Ridiculous” with his co-writer Humra Qureshi; which became his last book.
  • He was given the name “il santo grande” means “the great saint” by the people of Combo Hill.
  • This delightful writer died on 20 March 2014 in Delhi. The death of this famous personality was mourned by the Prime Minister, Vice President, and President of India. Khushwant Singh Death
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