Internationally renowned author and journalist Khushwant Singh died here Thursday, his family said. He was 99.
A Padma Vibhushan recipient, Khushwant Singh authored a dozen-odd books, including "Train to Pakistan" and "Delhi".
"He was alert mentally till the very end," his son, Rahul Singh, told a new channel.
"He passed away very peacefully, led a very full life," he added.
Rahul Singh said that his father had stopped writing a few weeks back, but read the newspapers every day.
Born in Hadali, now in Pakistan, he had, among others, served as the editor of The Illustrated Weekly of India and The Hindustan Times. He was also a member of parliament from 1980 to 1986.
At 95, he wrote the novel "The Sunset Club".
Still recall reading #KhushwantSingh article (when I was growing up) praising bandit queen PhoolanDevi's beauty after he saw her in person.— rama lakshmi (@RamaNewDelhi) March 20, 2014
He didn't make the century but here's to #khushwantsingh continuing to live a colourful and lively existence in the heavens above.— A.R. Quar (@ARQuar82) March 20, 2014
With a vocabulary as spellbound as it should be, a rare mixture of humour and dept, I was bound to love #KhushwantSingh. RIP. :(— suranjana (@SuranjanaR) March 20, 2014
R.I.P #KhushwantSingh: I grew up reading The Illustrated Weekly of India & enjoyed his books, both ribald & autobiographical. End of an era!— Baijayant Jay Panda (@Panda_Jay) March 20, 2014
#KhushwantSingh was the towering-most Indian writer in English with an effortless flair for the irreverent...— Vivek Atray (@vivekatray) March 20, 2014