At 96, Khushwant Singh pens new book

New Delhi: Ninety six, and still going strong.

Writer-columnist Khushwant Singh has brought to life the stories of three old friends - Pandit Preetam Sharma, Nawab Barkatullah, Sardar Boota Singh - in his new book, ‘The Sunset Club’ that will be released here Nov 30 by Gurcharan Kaur, wife of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

The 96-year-old writer, one of India`s most loved storytellers, is the author of classics like ‘Train to Pakistan’, ‘I Shall Not Hear the Nightingale’, ‘Delhi, The Company of Women’ and ‘Burial at Sea’.

His non-fiction include a classic two-volume ‘A History of the Sikhs’; a number of translations and works on Sikh religion and culture, Delhi, nature, current affairs and Urdu poetry.

His autobiography, ‘Truth, Love and a Little Malice’, was published in 2002.

’The Sunset Club’ is the writer`s second venture this year. A volume, "Absolute Khushwant: The Low-Down on Life, Death and Most Things In-Between" came out early this year.

"The Sunset Club" takes a look at old age fantasies and nostalgia as the three friends of more than 40 years sit together on a bench in Lodhi Gardens to exchange news and views of the events of the day. It talks of everything from love, lust, sex and scandal.