In this eclectic and deeply personal collection, India’s grand old man of letters brings together precepts, prayers and practical advice by prophets, poets and philosophers, and his favourite passages from the seminal texts of the world’s major faiths. The Bible and the Granth Sahib speak to us from these pages, as do the Quran and the Vedas. The songs of mystics and saints like Kabir, Rumi and Teresa of Ávila mix with the verse of poets like Ghalib, Tagore and Keats. In the final section, Khushwant Singh shares some of his own life codes and those of the rebels and mavericks he most admires.
Full of spirit, wit and good sense—and as free of humbug as the man himself—this is a book of inspiration, comfort and entertainment for every discerning reader.
Interesting Facts :
Collected over the course of lifetime, this book offers words and ideas that have influenced Khushwant Singh, arguably India’s greatest living writer.
Derived from a variety of sources, this selection is secular, diverse and inspiring.
An exquisite cover and the beautiful quotes make this book an ideal gift for all seasons.
A deeply personal introduction by Khushwant Singh, where the grand old man of Indian letters talks about his upbringing, and the forces that shaped his beliefs and faith.
‘[The Freethinker’s Prayer Book] is a beautiful collection of quotations that needs to be kept by the bedside, readily available to those who wish to reach out to read, feel and understand profound thoughts, most elegantly expressed.’—The Tribune
‘…India best known author, columnist and journalist’s latest offering…is heartwarming to read.’—The Financial Express
About the Author :
Born in Punjab’s Hadali village (now in Pakistan) in 1915 KHUSHWANT SINGH has acquired an iconic stature: he is, arguably, India’s best-known and most widely read author, columnist and journalist. He was foundereditor of Yojana, and editor of The Illustrated Weekly of India, National Herald and the Hindustan Times. His first book, The Mark of Vishnu and Other Stories, was published in 1950, and he has published several acclaimed and bestselling books of fiction and non-fiction in the six decades since. The best known among these are the novels Train to Pakistan, I Shall Not Hear the Nightingale and Delhi; his autobiography, Truth, Love and a Little Malice; and the two-volume A History of the Sikhs. He has also translated the work of major Urdu and Punjabi poets, novelists and short-story writers.
Khushwant Singh was member of the Rajya Sabha from 1980 to 1986. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1974; he returned the award in 1984 to protest the siege of the Golden Temple by the Indian army. In 2007, he was awarded India’s second highest civilian honour, the Padma Vibhushan.
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