We Indians

We Indians Details

TitleWe Indians
Author
ReleaseJun 1st, 1989
PublisherOrient Paperbacks
ISBN-139788122200157
Rating
GenreCultural, India, Asian Literature, Indian Literature, Nonfiction, Humor

We Indians Review

  • Rajat Ubhaykar
    January 1, 1970
    Fails to probe the essence of what makes Indians behave in the curious way they do. I would recommend Pavan K Varma's incisive and extremely well-written two-part series Being Indian and Becoming Indian instead.
  • Shivam Kalra
    January 1, 1970
    Quite Carlineseque, but polite. It was almost like reading my own thoughts on most of India-related things. Didn't learn much new except for some facts to back my opinions on this country. Don't know whether or not I'll remember them when I need to, though.
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  • Vikram Prasad
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsKhushwant Singh at his usual witty best..taking on the conventional notions in Indian society...though some seem a bit dated coz of date when book was published but still most of them hold true in the current day...With a keen eye makes observations on some of societal traditions and mindset of people which influences the way behave and live...Fun read
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  • Sneha
    January 1, 1970
    an interesting thumbnail sketch of cultural background, mores and proclivities. after 15 years since publication it's a bit dated, though.
  • Read.Dream.Repeat.Blogger
    January 1, 1970
    We Indians.Khushwant Singh.Orient Paperbacks, Bombay.Non-fiction. 1982. First edition. Pp-151.Before I start talking about the book, I want to tell you that this one here is a pre-loved 1982 edition. 1982! Ikr!About the book now, Khuswant Singh talks about any and every topic in this book here. We Indians is about the most vast and choicest of topics picked up and opinionated upon.From the history of how the division of Indians into Muslims and Non Muslims became so profound to how "Gandhism was We Indians.Khushwant Singh.Orient Paperbacks, Bombay.Non-fiction. 1982. First edition. Pp-151.Before I start talking about the book, I want to tell you that this one here is a pre-loved 1982 edition. 1982! Ikr!About the book now, Khuswant Singh talks about any and every topic in this book here. We Indians is about the most vast and choicest of topics picked up and opinionated upon.From the history of how the division of Indians into Muslims and Non Muslims became so profound to how "Gandhism was as dead as Gandhi", to how religion is the opium of the masses, to morality and the women of India, right up to sex and corruption and all the other vices, this book talks about it all.And these are just some of the highlights (or should I say, delights) of the book.This book is all about the hypocrisies of our country in talking about religion, in taking care (or not) of it's women and in taking pseudo pride in their morality talks.Facade has had us going for years, and it will keep us going, in the years to come. Ignorance is a bliss after all, and to cover that up with a(n) (attractive) mask is like the सोने पर सुहागा we Indians live off.Khushwant Singh has very knowingly (yet very smartly) talked about people-who-cannot-not-be-named. Readers aware of the entire context must have enjoyed the narration, more than I did. I still did, though. I'm smart enough not to underestimate Mr Singh's wit.Khushwant Singh was definitely sorry not sorry, and I admire him for that and everything else! His ever charming ways to bring out the social realities and their true natures, are more than commendable....My most favourite dialogue from the book? "An Indian's favourite topic of conversation is himself and how about everyone of us seems to find it necessary to inflate ourselves with self-inflated gas." ...How I liked the book? I LOVED it just as much as I love the man who wrote it.This book, however, has something more than what Khuswant Singh is usually know for. It has emotions. In the years I had grown up reading his articles, all I had admired was his hand at humour. Today, I take pride in his words too. The thing I love about this man is his zeal to question everything and not merely accept it's existence as sold by the masses.This book is not just a value addition to my shelf, but my heart and intellect too.While reading, there were things that took me back to the time the book was written. Once in a while it hit me that it's the India of 80s that Singh talks about and not the India of today. But to know who we are today, isn't it important to about how we got where we are? I think it is. And this book does just that!And what's most amusing is that some of the issues talked about in the book are still as fresh and relevant as they were in the 80s. Something (or people) never change, I guess?Apart from the intend of the book, let me take a moment to appreciate the caricatures at the beginning of the chapter and on the cover, and the couplets quoted from all over the world- that adds on to the content....Khushwant Singh had died this month 4 years ago and I'm glad I decided to revisit him through his words.I'm good.Sometimes I just wonder what it would be like to know this man personally! Straight up from the heart, with traces of wit and satire he's ever famous for, We Indians is an enjoyable read for every Indian out there.This book is proof again of how Khushwant Singh has never backed out from discussing sensitive topics. A 5 on 5 it is!Also available on Amazon, Instagram, Wordpress, Facebook, and Twitter.#bookstagramindia #bookstagram #bookreview #khushwantsingh #weindians #delhibookstafam 14 down @htbrunch #htbrunchbookchallenge #BrunchBookChallenge
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  • Mukul Bhatnagar
    January 1, 1970
    Khushwant Singh, being author-lawyer-journalist has a wider, multi-faceted perpective than anyone else. He has been written off as filthy, but atleast is honest, straight forward.This book reveals that he's social reformer, journalist, lawyer and a reporter all combined into one. He has criticized the press in India for being biased- 'Often our press chooses to castigate people they dont like and very often media indulges in defaming public figures without verifying facts.'He has criticized abou Khushwant Singh, being author-lawyer-journalist has a wider, multi-faceted perpective than anyone else. He has been written off as filthy, but atleast is honest, straight forward.This book reveals that he's social reformer, journalist, lawyer and a reporter all combined into one. He has criticized the press in India for being biased- 'Often our press chooses to castigate people they dont like and very often media indulges in defaming public figures without verifying facts.'He has criticized about India's administrative system:"They expend more of their energies on combating breaches of prohibition laws, distillation of liquor and the like which are of lesser consequence, rather than stamping out crimes of greater social consequence such as crimes against persons and property" . He has blasted the top administrative elite for their VIP culture, casting couch and inefficiency.Though, in a chapter he appears to be an apologist for the Raj, but has honest and indepth analysis of India's foreign affairs, society, polity and religion.
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  • Parth
    January 1, 1970
    Indians are good at many things. And self-loathing is one of them. This book provides wonderfully honest opinions on variety of issues but you can never miss that slight tinge of self-loathing. It is a light read and “tries” to provides a self-introspection window to Indians. One should keep in mind that it is written for Indians. If someone from outside tries to read it, he/she will end the book with heavy prejudices for either the author or the country. Or may be both.I enjoyed reading the boo Indians are good at many things. And self-loathing is one of them. This book provides wonderfully honest opinions on variety of issues but you can never miss that slight tinge of self-loathing. It is a light read and “tries” to provides a self-introspection window to Indians. One should keep in mind that it is written for Indians. If someone from outside tries to read it, he/she will end the book with heavy prejudices for either the author or the country. Or may be both.I enjoyed reading the book but personally I found writings of Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan on India more articulated and researched than this specific book. Having said that, there are certain passages in this book which only a care-free author like Mr. Singh only could have couraged to pen down.So all in all, a good read but don’t raise your hopes way to much.
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  • Harmanjit Bansal
    January 1, 1970
    I really like the book. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone concerned about the society.Even though people claim that he does not add anything new to the table. It is important that everything is compiled in one coherent way.I like the bold way that he talks about the issue that plague that Indian society. I believe that those issues are going to be worst ones in coming years (mostly I refer to the issues with the attitude of the people).
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  • Samarth Shah
    January 1, 1970
    I was hoping to learn more(new perspective) about Indian and how we conduct ourselves. Except one or two things, it was a good validation of my understanding of our country and was a quick read. For people outside India who picked this to learn more about Indian people, please don’t form opinions based on this book. Having said that, this will definitely act as a good conversation starter.
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  • Priya
    January 1, 1970
    This is the book version of a live-action remake of a popular old Disney movie. It's an attempt to make some money out of an existing popularity! Why? Because you can. There's really no point to this but the few half-hearted laughs it brings. Not much to learn. Pick this up only if you like Singh's writing. In fact, not even then. I wonder how much I spent on it, wish I hadn't.
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  • Siddhant Jha
    January 1, 1970
    Written in a very bold manner, told his perspective in a witty way too. Some topics tell about some harsh truth which even today people lack the vision to understand it, let alone accept it.
  • Nithya
    January 1, 1970
    Learned so much about "Indian" .
  • Shalini Meher
    January 1, 1970
    An insight for Indian.
  • Samuel Kumar
    January 1, 1970
    Its a good book read to understand the challenges as Indians that we need to scale considering the history , the present and our aspirations
  • Deepak Sengar
    January 1, 1970
    Really thought-provoking critique on us Indians and our peculiar habits in the usual nonchalant way of the author
  • Nikita Sachdeva
    January 1, 1970
    A decent read !
  • Anshika
    January 1, 1970
    I had a bad headache after finishing this book. Not a must read but go for it if you wanna take a chance.
  • Gajanan Vardhan
    January 1, 1970
    A decent read, some parts are really good, and some are just okay. Being an Indian, one would surely relate this to their life, and Khushwant Singh has described Indian history in his own unique way. So, it's a decent read, if you would like to just sit back and enjoy the facts of India, and also revise it's profound history.
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  • Sneha
    January 1, 1970
    Light readin - must read
  • Megha Parmar
    January 1, 1970
    Very informative and insightful book.
  • Kamlesh Gandhi
    January 1, 1970
    Over rated by an egoistic writer All he can do is crib about the people of this country and yet lived off the lard of the land
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