Meet the Author Event; Maharaja in Denims - by Khushwant Singh

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

'Turbaned Tornado' 144 pages 5-7 weeks delivery, from £5.29

'Sikhs Unlimited'  224 pages, available within 24hrs, from £17.83 only in hardback, . 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"

An interview with Singh:

Review for Maharaja from The South Asian Times:

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  • Khushwant S.

    I take this opportunity to thank all the members of the book club who were present at the event yesterday. I enjoyed the discussion thoroughly and also learnt a lot. Thank you for making me a part of this. Cheers

    July 20, 2014

  • Sheila C

    Hi All,
    wondered if you might fancy going on to Bali Bali, an Indonesian restaurant, after the book event? It's in Covent Garden, nearest tube Tottenham Court Road. Indonesian food is a bit like Malaysian/ Thai. This one has some good ratings and I loved it when I went a couple of years back. Priced moderately, tho' cheap for the West End; it's cosy, friendly and authentic, rather than smart and slick.
    Here's the website for the menu:
    Here's a review:
    We will need to book as it is crowded usually so please comment to say if you want to join us
    See you later!

    July 19, 2014

  • Khushwant S.

    Hi folks. I will be carrying a few copies of the book. If possible, do let me know who all are interested. It will make it easier for me. Thanks

    July 15, 2014

  • nimi

    Hello everyone, we just hosted a contest on our platform The Readers Cosmos about this book where we asked people what would they want to be in their past lives, that being the theme of the story and look at what an amazing response we got:

    July 5, 2014

  • Andrew

    Some link to the book on radio 4 tonight.

    July 4, 2014

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