Sunday, 26 November 2017

Writing Biographies of Living Person is most challenging: Khushwant Singh

"I would love to write biography of Vijay Malaya and Parkash Singh Badal", says Khushwant. 

Biographer of Chief Minister of Punjab, Capt Amarinder Singh, Khushwant Singh responded to questions from the moderator Neel Kamal Puri and the audience who wanted to know more about various incidents and challenges that he faced as a biographer. 
People were calling me up and commenting on social media to desist from writing biography on Capt Amarinder Singh, who had lost elections in 2012.  Yet I went ahead because my subject never interfered with my research or narrative except for correcting facts or dates, and this became a wonderful experience, Khushwant added. 
The tipping point in researching him was the journal of governess, a German lady, who had made copious notes about prince's day to day life, which he stumbled upon that made writing about his childhood very gripping and interesting. 
There were numerous interviews, and even the letters his Doon School principal wrote to Captain's mother that completed the narrative of his childhood days. 
The biography was released just before the results of his elections this year, and would update in the next edition after his current tenure only on which I'm working, he said. 
Biographies unveil the most significant part of history and I would definitely like to write about Vijay Malaya or Parkash Singh Badal if given an opportunity, he added. 

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