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M.D Dinesh Nair

Freshman - 1,505 Points (Thrissur/Vijayawada)

A Tribute To Kushwant Singh

Note: This is a tribute paid to the Indian writer, journalist and humourist Kushwanth Singh of A TRAIN TO PAKISTAN fame who died on March 20,2014 in New Delhi.


We those who have read and heard you often
We those who heard of you much oftener
And we who have written on you at times
Believe in unison that one more star has fallen dead
From the firmament of Venuses not many and
We Salute you dear Sardarji …….

You were the funniest Indian writer in English,
You were the happiest Indian journalist for long
And you were the most trenchant secularist ever.
We salute you dear blunt man with a sharp nib.
India can no more boast of your being around us
And she is deprived of a writer with true mettle.

Your jokes still make us go mad with loud laughter and
Your sharp wits make us sit and wonder.
We salute you dear Sardarji of all Sardarjiees.
No respecter of reputations nor a worshipper of the God of any mould
Nor a crusader of a community in vain
Sardarji, you were there the Sikh of all Sikhs ever.

A man in women`s company you were
A man in their minds causing no ripples yet
A man in men`s debates you were
But never in their disregards ever at all.
Dear KS, you are now gone for ever
Digging a deep vacuum in our Intellectual circles.

A TRAIN TO PAKISTAN you wrote on the heels of the India Partition,
A HISTORY OF THE SIKHS you wrote to tell how you differed from the HINDUS
And WHY I SUPPORTED THE EMERGENCY you wrote to repent later.
Dear KS, your train unto fame will never halt anywhere
We salute you for your being with us all these 99 years
And GOOD BYE dear Sardarji…..

Submitted: Thursday, March 20, 2014
Edited: Saturday, March 22, 2014

Topic of this poem: life

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

Kushwant Singh one of the finest journalists and one of the most prolific writers in the Post Independent India is no more. He died at the age of 99 on March 20,2014 of a cardiac arrest after suffering from no specific illness.He had a peg of Whiskey and break fast in the morning, read news papers and he died in peace according to his son Rahul who was near his death-bed.
Kushwant Singh was a pride of many in India and an envy of many abroad.

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  • Freshman - 2,381 Points Diane Hine (4/2/2014 6:28:00 AM)

    I just looked up one of his jokes (Santa on a plane) -very funny - thanks for bringing him to our attention. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 33,788 Points Aftab Alam Khursheed (3/23/2014 3:27:00 AM)

    A hearty tribute with chosen words that fitted well as far as KS is concerned e.g. firmament of Venuses /We salute you dear blunt man with a sharp nib. well composed, lovely symbols thank Nair Brother love you (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 413 Points Rajesh Thankappan (3/21/2014 12:12:00 PM)

    Kushwant Singh was a literary stalwart, excellent journalist, a man who could transport us to an unknown realm with his anecdotes. He was a lover of Urdu poem, whisky and last but not the least, woman. This poem is undoubtedly a great tribute to a great man. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 12,205 Points Valsa George (3/21/2014 8:16:00 AM)

    A great tribute to an icon in the world of letters....! How the Indian readers used to delight over his column 'With Malice Towards None' and many other writings! So humorous and unconventional, he jolted the Indian psyche with his liberal views on sex and morality.... A man who feasted on wine and women... yet was not disliked by any and lived life to the full, almost to the point of becoming a centinarian!

    As usual, you haven't failed to give a timely update of an event of national significance... the demise of a great Indian writer! (Report) Reply

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