(Collection of 4 novels: Train to Pakistan, I Shall Not Hear the Nightingale, Delhi & Burial at Sea)
When it is a Khushwant Singh book, I just read. Not because of the gossipy nature of the grand old man's writing, but because he is the grand old man of Indian literature. Now of course, he is the late grand old man, which only adds to be appeal.
However it is his interspersing of his affair with an eunuch, Bhagmati with the history of Delhi that brings his irreverence to the fore, and perhaps serves as an allegorical reference to Delhi's emasculation at the hands of various invaders and tyrants over the years.
He dedicates an entire chapter to the last issue in Delhi. Going back to the first issue, it seems that Singh liked his women with ample tops and voluminous posteriors. And believe me, the description of both the issues is a lot more colourful in Singh's writing!
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