New Delhi, April 15: India’s ‘dirty old man’ Khushwant Singh has another winner up his sleeve. The 94-year-old author recently launched his latest book ‘Why I Supported the Emergency’ - a bold, thought-provoking and immensely interesting collection of essays and profiles.
The work includes pieces on Indira Gandhi’s government, the Nanavati Commission’s report on the 1984 riots, as well as captivating articles on the art of kissing and the importance of bathing!
Vinod Mehta, the editor-in-chief of Outlook magazine, who was ‘in conversation’ with the author during the book launch, said, “The best thing about the book is it’s written by Khushwant Singh.”
On the occasion of the launch of the book, the veteran writer had an interesting tête-à-tête with Spicezee.com’s Shivangi Singh.
Shivangi: You are 94 and still going strong. You do not seem to slow down with age. What are you writing next?
Khushwant Singh: (Smiles) I am writing rubbish as usual!
Shivangi: Would you like your books to be cinematically adapted? Which of your books would you say is best for being turned into a movie?
Khushwant Singh: Yes, I would like films to be made on my books. There has been a cinematic adaptation of ‘Train to Pakistan’. But I think my second book ‘I Shall Not Hear the Nightingale’ is best suited for a film. I wonder why filmmakers have not thought of making a film on it.
Shivangi: What’s great about ‘Why I Supported the Emergency’?
Khushwant Singh: I do not know what is great about what I write and why readers like what I write. I am surprised why people like my books and read it. I don’t know.
Shivangi: What’s your take on Jarnail Singh’s shoe-throwing incident at P Chidambaram’s press conference?
Khushwant Singh: It was up to the Election Commission to stop malpractices and to not let tainted people fight the election. But it took a ‘shoe-throwing’ incident to rouse the country.
Shivangi: LK Advani has been targeting Manmohan Singh and has been calling him a weak PM. What’s your take?
Khushwant Singh: I am greatly disappointed in LK Advani. He was an able man but after his Rath Yatra and Babri Masjid demolition, I can’t forgive him for sowing the seed of communalism in the country. Manmohan Singh is a clean admirable man, he will be underrated with Advani calling him names, but what he says is not true.