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Khushwant Singh Literary Festival

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The “Khushwant Singh Literary Festival” (KSLF) will pop-up in London for the first time this year. Named after one of India’s most loved and controversial writers, it began six years ago in the tiny Himalayan cantonment town of Kasauli, where Khushwant Singh did much of his writing. But he spent his formative years at King’s College, London University, where he did his bar-at-law.

Later, after Indian independence, he was posted as a diplomat in London at the Indian High Commission. Those were the heady Nehru and Mountbatten years. He imbibed British values and regarded England as his second home. The KSLF reflects some of Khushwant Singh’s eclectic passions, ranging from promoting closer Indo-Pakistan ties, education for the girl child, concern for preserving the environment, and his love for Urdu poetry.

The KSLF celebrates the power of ideas to change our world for the better. It is a non-profit venture, proceeds from the Festival being donated to help educate the girl child and preserve the ecology of Kasauli.

The theme of the first edition of KSLF in London is “The IndoAnglian”, showcasing the confluences of Eastern culture and Western nuances.

The afternoon opens with "KS: Not a Nice Man to Know", a brief and humorous introduction to the inspiration behind the festival.


We then move on to the Britiish Orientalists who rediscovered India's classical heritage. Including the Sanchi Stupas, Ajanta Caves, deciphered much of the Brahmi script, the Thomas and William Daniells, William Hodge and Emily Eden engravings. ​And Sir William Jones, the brilliant polymath who unlocked India's Hindu and Buddhist past.

The 100th year of the women's suffragette movement in UK will be commemorated.

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