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Indian author Khushwant Singh dies at 99

Published on Mar 20, 2014 8:13 PM
 
Khushwant Singh, one of India's best known writers who won fame for a searing book on partition of the subcontinent as well as his once-daring descriptions of sex, died Thursday, March 20, 2014, aged 99. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

NEW DELHI (AFP) - Khushwant Singh, one of India's best known writers who won fame for a searing book on partition of the subcontinent as well as his once-daring descriptions of sex, died Thursday aged 99.

Singh died at his Delhi residence, his son Rahul Singh said.

"He was having some breathing problems. He hadn't been too unwell in his last few days and had only stopped writing recently. He was still reading newspapers and books... was mentally alert, and led a full life," Rahul told NDTV.

The country's most prolific author, nicknamed King Leer for his legendary roving eye, was a household name who wrote more than 100 books and countless newspaper columns, including one called "With Malice Towards One And All".

 
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