He was truly the doyen of Indian journalism. The grand old man of the written word who had become increasingly isolated and lonely and welcoming of death, passed away on Thursday at the ripe old age of 99.
Actress Divya Dutta who played one of the leads in the screen adaptation of Khushwant Singh's Train To Pakistan, met the incorrigible Sardarji a few months ago.
She says, "I've the fondest memories of him! We shared a bond ever since Train To Pakistan. I visited him at his home in Delhi a few months back. We had a heart-to-heart chat. He was full of life. He gifted me a book with a lovely message. It would be my cherished gift for life."
Actor Rajit Kapur who starred in the screen adaptation of Train To Pakistan says, "If there was one Indian who really spoke his mind and who really had a way with words it was Khushwant Singh. He was a man of letters all the way."
Writer Prason Joshi says, "He lived like Khushwant Singh. Dominated our consciousness, lived without pretences and had this throbbing sense of life which was unmatchable. We will really miss him."
Author-columnist Farrukh Dhondy adds, "Very sorry to read of Khushwant's passing away. He was undoubtedly the father of Indian intellectual mischief. His sense of irreverence and humour brought a modern consciousness to an editorial generation characterized by a sobriety which often verged on an unwelcome solemness. RIP."