We are big fans of writings of a great writer — Rev. Khuswant Singhji. ( i hate when we stop writing ji with names of great personalities).
My elder son enjoyed Singh’s works while in college. Younger son prefers Khushwantnama to his Chemistry lessons.
I do enjoy his all writings. I greatly admire his honesty! May he live long and healthy life!
Yesterday my mom handed over Khushwantnama (The lessons of my life by Khuswant Singh) to me with a folded page and narrated to me the Punjabi translation of a paragraph from the same book…..can i reproduce it here?
“At school, i was hopeless at all subjects. And although i was very keen on sports, I wasn’t any good at games either. The only bright point was a comment from my English teacher in my report card. Miss Budden, who had come from England to teach in Modern School for two years, wrote that i had the possibility of making it as a writer. Even then, i was a good storyteller, the family jester, narrating events with a punchline in a way that none of my brothers could. The comment from Miss Budden more than amused my father, who had already decided that i was going to be lawyer because i was such a chatterbox.”
(from Chapter: What it takes to be a writer… in Khushwantnama).
My mom is a very good writer. She rightly trusts that writing is a good therapy and a great outlet. My maternal grandfather, a teacher by profession, was a ghost-writer – he never got into any limelight. My father was an outstanding letter writer (urdu and english) — he used to write long, straight-from-heart type of letters with handwriting which i envy till date.
My elder son has been writing letters on various subjects –God bless him, he has trained himself to speak his mind to a piece of paper and i get so very charged by his writings. That’s personal!…….i often tell him that whenever i feel low, i just take out some of his letter written (to himself) to recharge myself!
Edited (one day later!)…. [ I have realised my mistake..in writing it is okay if i find uncomfortable to write names of ‘biggies’ without ‘ji’….but while talking at home we all refer to him as Khuswant Singh…so, that’s real me!]