Our Khushwant Singh was born 1972, is a novelist, biographer, travel writer and regular columnist on the Hindustan Times, and has also written for the Times of India, The Tribune, BBC Online and India Today.
We'll discuss Khushwant Singh's novel, 'Maharaja in Denim'. Later we may touch upon his other 2 books which are non-fiction. His first book is 'Sikhs Unlimited' in which he journeys from the UK to the US, interviewing fourteen Sikhs including the centenarian marathoner Fauja Singh, the guitarist "Hargo" (Hargobind Hari Singh), the Scottish chef Tony Singh, the filmmaker Gurindhar Chadda and contemporary British artists ‘The Singh Twins’. His second - 'Turbaned Tornado' was about Fauja Singh the 100+ year old marathon runner.
His third book and first novel is Maharaja in Denims. This historical fiction is an intriguing story of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, commonly known as the Lion of Punjab, through the eyes of a teenager named Hari, who believes he is a reincarnation of the maharaja. When Suzanne, Hari’s girlfriend, attempts to decode Hari’s past life through the practice of regression, as she is shocked to discover that Hari has had more than one tumultuous past lives. This changes both their lives forever. High on emotion, drama, politics and sex, the novel provides an insight into the history of Punjab and the tragic after-effects of the assassination of the former prime minister of India, Indira Gandhi. Interwoven throughout the unfolding of Hari and Suzanne’s present-day story, are vignettes of Ranjit Singh’s life and loves, valor and conquests. There is an astonishing revelation at the end, which is set in the future and yet, has a deep historical resonance.
His books are all available via Amazon:
'Maharaja in Denim' 184 pages, available within 24hrs, from £2.05 http://www.amazon.co.uk/Maharaja-Denims-Khushwant-Singh/dp/9381506434/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1402763198&sr=1-1-fkmr0&keywords=maharajah+in+denims+khushwant+singh
'Turbaned Tornado' 144 pages 5-7 weeks delivery, from £5.29 http://www.amazon.co.uk/Turbaned-Tornado-Oldest-Marathon-Runner/dp/8129118424/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1402763636&sr=1-1&keywords=turbaned+tornado
'Sikhs Unlimited' 224 pages, available within 24hrs, from £17.83 only in hardback, http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sikhs-Unlimited-Travelogue-Angeles-London/dp/8129112078/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1402847429&sr=1-1&keywords=sikhs+unlimited . If you go to Amazon India it is Rs 441, approximately £4.41 - but I have no idea how reliable that route is!
I'm not sure that you will find his books in a standard London high street book shop so you probably need to get on with ordering soonish!
Goodreads on "Maharaja" http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20748445-maharaja-in-denims
An interview with Singh: http://www.talkingcranes.com/blog/interview-khushwant-singh-author-maharaja-denims
Review for Maharaja from The South Asian Times: http://www.thesouthasiantimes.info/?param=news/32357/Art-Books