Khushwant Singh Litfest Begins in Kasauli

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One of the best-attended literature festivals in the country, Khushwant Singh Literary Festival (KS Litfest), is held in Kasauli Club, Himachal Pradesh from October 14-16. Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, will set the event in motion.


The theme for fifth edition of the KS Litfest is ‘Breaking Barriers’, based on the bold writing, unorthodox views and writing style of Khushwant Singh.



Shyam Benegal, Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Kanhaiya Kumar, Salman Khurshid, Omar Abdullah, Abhinav Bindra, Madhu Kishwar, Bedi Brothers, Pavan Varma, Suhel Seth, Mani Shankar Aiyar and Steven Alter


Kasauli was where Khushwant did much of his writing and the environs of the Kasauli hills reflect in his works. A trail attributed to Khushwant Singh will also be inaugurated. Named Khushwant Singh Trail, it is a 9-kilometre trail which starts from Kasauli Bazaar and descends down to the plains of Kalka town. It is this distance that Khushwant Singh used to tread often on foot.


Besides, the inaugural ceremony will be followed by prize distribution of ‘Joy of Learning’ competition, organised by the KS Litfest every year. Over 200 schools from the region, take part in the competition. First started in 2012, KS Litfest is the only litfest named after an individual and also the only one held in Himachal Pradesh.



About Khushwant Singh

Khushwant Singh, one of the best -known Indian writers of all times, was born in 1915 in Hadali (now in Pakistan). He was educated at the Government College, Lahore and at King’s College, Cambridge University, and the Inner Temple in London. He practiced law at the Lahore High Court for several years before joining the Indian Ministry of External Affairs in 1947. He began a distinguished career as a journalist with the All India Radio in 1951. Since then he has been founder-editor of Yojana (1951-1953), editor of the Illustrated weekly of India (1979-1980), chief editor of New Delhi (1979-1980), and editor of the Hindustan times (1980-1983). His Saturday column “With Malice Towards One and All” in the Hindustan times is by far one of the most popular columns of the day.




Khushwant Singh quotes


“Not forever does the bulbul sing

In balmy shades of bowers,

Not forever lasts the spring

Nor ever blossom the flowers.

Not forever reigneth joy,

Sets the sun on days of bliss,

Friendships not forever last,

They know not life, who know not this.”

― Khushwant Singh, Train to Pakistan


“When the world is itself draped in the mantle of night, the mirror of the mind is like the sky in which thoughts twinkle like stars.”

― Khushwant Singh, Delhi


“Freedom is for the educated people who fought for it. We were slaves of the English, now we will be slaves of the educated Indians—or the Pakistanis.”

― Khushwant Singh, Train to Pakistan


“Morality is a matter of money. Poor people cannot afford to have morals. So they have religion.”

― Khushwant Singh


“The last to learn of gossip are the parties concerned”

― Khushwant Singh, Train to Pakistan

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