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Recently separated from his nagging, ill-tempered wife of thirteen years, millionaire businessman Mohan Kumar decides to reinvent his life. Convinced that 'lust is the true foundation of love', he embarks on an audacious plan: he will advertise for paid lady companions to share his bed and his life. Thus begins his journey of easy, unbridled sexuality in the company of som Recently separated from his nagging, ill-tempered wife of thirteen years, millionaire businessman Mohan Kumar decides to reinvent his life. Convinced that 'lust is the true foundation of love', he embarks on an audacious plan: he will advertise for paid lady companions to share his bed and his life. Thus begins his journey of easy, unbridled sexuality in the company of some remarkable women.There is Sarojini Bharadwai, the demure professor from small-town Haryana who surprises Mohan with her ardour and sexual energy; Molly Gomes, the free-spirited masseuse from Goa, mistress of the sensual impulse; and Susanthika Goonatilleke, the diminutive seductress from Sri Lanka. After each affair ends and before the next begins, Mohan finds solace in the practiced charms of his obliging maid, Dhanno, and in the memories of his first lovers: the American Jessica Browne, to whom he lost his virginity, and the Pakistani Yasmeen Wanchoo, who brought him the heady passion of an older woman. In The Company of Women, Khushwant Singh, India's most widely read author, has produced an uninhibited, erotic and endlessly entertaining celebration of love, sex and passion.


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Recently separated from his nagging, ill-tempered wife of thirteen years, millionaire businessman Mohan Kumar decides to reinvent his life. Convinced that 'lust is the true foundation of love', he embarks on an audacious plan: he will advertise for paid lady companions to share his bed and his life. Thus begins his journey of easy, unbridled sexuality in the company of som Recently separated from his nagging, ill-tempered wife of thirteen years, millionaire businessman Mohan Kumar decides to reinvent his life. Convinced that 'lust is the true foundation of love', he embarks on an audacious plan: he will advertise for paid lady companions to share his bed and his life. Thus begins his journey of easy, unbridled sexuality in the company of some remarkable women.There is Sarojini Bharadwai, the demure professor from small-town Haryana who surprises Mohan with her ardour and sexual energy; Molly Gomes, the free-spirited masseuse from Goa, mistress of the sensual impulse; and Susanthika Goonatilleke, the diminutive seductress from Sri Lanka. After each affair ends and before the next begins, Mohan finds solace in the practiced charms of his obliging maid, Dhanno, and in the memories of his first lovers: the American Jessica Browne, to whom he lost his virginity, and the Pakistani Yasmeen Wanchoo, who brought him the heady passion of an older woman. In The Company of Women, Khushwant Singh, India's most widely read author, has produced an uninhibited, erotic and endlessly entertaining celebration of love, sex and passion.

30 review for The Company of Women

  1. 4 out of 5

    Vidhya Nair

    In many other reviews, this book is considered as 'erotica.' I disagree. I found this book a discourse on the perils of male loneliness, the need for connections & companionship. The book is also a reflection on how Indian society treats a divorced man & what women are capable of & desire behind closed doors. He develops each of his characters fully & makes you vested in each of their journeys. By the end of the novel, I felt that I understood Mohan Kumar, his desolation, how temporary pleasures In many other reviews, this book is considered as 'erotica.' I disagree. I found this book a discourse on the perils of male loneliness, the need for connections & companionship. The book is also a reflection on how Indian society treats a divorced man & what women are capable of & desire behind closed doors. He develops each of his characters fully & makes you vested in each of their journeys. By the end of the novel, I felt that I understood Mohan Kumar, his desolation, how temporary pleasures still didn't make him whole & what he had craved his whole life was not just carnal pleasure but for true love which eluded him.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Johnnie

    Khushwant Singh is rich and famous. I'm not sure why because this book was nothing more than a wet dream of an old man with a small penis. I lost count of the number of times he mentioned how big his dick is - and we all know what that means. It's like someone continually telling you that they have a "great sense of humour". I was given this book by a girl who told me "It is NOT an instruction manual". It definitely isn't, but it does, however, give an insight into Indian culture and particularly Khushwant Singh is rich and famous. I'm not sure why because this book was nothing more than a wet dream of an old man with a small penis. I lost count of the number of times he mentioned how big his dick is - and we all know what that means. It's like someone continually telling you that they have a "great sense of humour". I was given this book by a girl who told me "It is NOT an instruction manual". It definitely isn't, but it does, however, give an insight into Indian culture and particularly marriage and relationships. Just stop telling us how huge your cock is Mr. Singh. It's not.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Helly

    Spoilers Ahead . . . A man with immense sexuale urge gets married. Has affairs. Gets divorced. Boasts about the size of his...er.. Eventually gets an STD and commits suicide. Again, why did I read this?

  4. 4 out of 5

    Em*bedded-in-books*

    Well, the company of women wasn't that enjoyable. I read this book pushing aside all better reads just to satisfy my morbid curiosity. Story of Mohan , a recently separated man, with a more than healthy sexual drive who is in a constant quest to prey upon (wrong word, as the women too wee equally guilty here) different women. Part one is his escapades after separation, and part 2 in the form of his diary regarding his conquests starting at an early age. On the whole it was insipid. The women invol Well, the company of women wasn't that enjoyable. I read this book pushing aside all better reads just to satisfy my morbid curiosity. Story of Mohan , a recently separated man, with a more than healthy sexual drive who is in a constant quest to prey upon (wrong word, as the women too wee equally guilty here) different women. Part one is his escapades after separation, and part 2 in the form of his diary regarding his conquests starting at an early age. On the whole it was insipid. The women involved were psychological replicas (though physically came in all sizes and shapes, which our Mohan hasn't failed to describe with gusto) This book makes me pity humankind as it seems that all men and most women are basically polygamous and are just waiting for opportunities . Left a bad taste behind, that slightly nauseating feel that descends upon one who reads late into the night, that too mediocre stuff. The story had potentials, if his failing marriage would have been stressed upon, and the various escapades kept to a basic minimum.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Megha

    I wanted to read a Khushwant Singh book since a long time. Since Train to Pakistan seemed quite heavy, I decided to start with what I thought to be a light read; to get to know his style. And well, I did not like this book at all. I knew the book was about a man's sexual escapades, or in his words- the company of women he had. But the way it is penned is not exactly what I had in my mind. The book goes on from his failed arranged marriage to his reminiscence of the various women he had sex with, I wanted to read a Khushwant Singh book since a long time. Since Train to Pakistan seemed quite heavy, I decided to start with what I thought to be a light read; to get to know his style. And well, I did not like this book at all. I knew the book was about a man's sexual escapades, or in his words- the company of women he had. But the way it is penned is not exactly what I had in my mind. The book goes on from his failed arranged marriage to his reminiscence of the various women he had sex with, when in the States. After his divorce, he seeks 'paid companionship' with women to get rid of his loneliness and his need for sex. No whoring or visiting escort services, because he believes in the woman belonging entirely to him for whatever time frame she is with him. This idea of live-in relations for short time periods leads him to have various sexual relations, the ones mentioned in the back cover of the book. Women from different walks of live, different classes; and he has a different type of relation with each one of them. One such encounter made him a defender of a neighbouring country with a supposed history of animosity. Lust, and not love proving to be a great healer, eh? For him, love is an elusive concept and means different things to different people. He believes that we are fooled into believing that the basis of a happy relationship is love, according to him, it is all about sex. Love cannot last long without love. Lust is timeless AND is the true foundation of love. Precisely because of this reason, when looking for a suitable life partner, he concentrates on how 'beddable' she is. So much for not objectifying women. This man is also very proud of the size his love organ.(He doesn't fail to remind us this bit because every time he is about to bed some woman, she comments on how remarkably big he is down there. Yes, we do get the point. Congratulations!) This may sound very wrong, but somewhere deep down I kind of feel he got the end he deserved. Also, I don't quite understand the purpose of this book. Was it an attempt to enlighten the people that lust is a stronger driving force than love? Or was it just another collection of ideas of multiple sexual partners by a rich old man? If it is the former, then maybe I am missing out something very profound, because it pretty much seems the latter to me. Even for an erotic genre, it doesn't prove to be a good book. The writing lacks passion and seduction, pretty much how it is generally from the man's point of view. But I do agree with a line from the author's note. The book should have been definitely titled 'The Fantasies of an Octogenarian'.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ridhika Khanna

    I read a few reviews of this book and I understand that I might be among a handful of people who liked this book. I particularly liked the bold writing style of Mr. Singh. He is a no nonsense kind of an author. I liked every bit of this book. Apart from being a memoir of a womanizer, this book has showed the true face of Indian society. Especially on marriage. Unfortunately, in India, matches are based on factors which should be secondary. It is quite often that the girl and the girl's family lo I read a few reviews of this book and I understand that I might be among a handful of people who liked this book. I particularly liked the bold writing style of Mr. Singh. He is a no nonsense kind of an author. I liked every bit of this book. Apart from being a memoir of a womanizer, this book has showed the true face of Indian society. Especially on marriage. Unfortunately, in India, matches are based on factors which should be secondary. It is quite often that the girl and the girl's family look out for a guy who has a good price tag with him and is from the same caste and community, will gather a lot of praise on alliance rather than his qualities and way of life. Same goes with the boys. As mentioned in the book, guys usually fall for girl's beauty and on their being virgins and "beddable". That's all. If for some reason a marriage falls out, the society doesn't let you live in peace. It is difficult to have relations even with willing partners. Indians don't believe in privacy and that has been perfectly shown in the book. Mr. Singh has also expressed his views on useless customs in the society which I enjoyed a lot. It is a story of a womanizer, a guy who studied in USA and had many women in the course. He came back to India after acquiring his degree and married a girl who his father had chosen. Of course it was more of a business alliance than a matrimonial one. The marriage fell out and hence his affairs started. He never cared much about his children until old age struck him. The story is quite simple and there is really nothing much to it. It is the writing style and the author's boldness to show the face of the true Indian society that I liked.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Suchi Banerjee

    this book was one exciting adventure for sure!!! its strange and rather sad how a failed marriage can lead to such emptiness!!! so much so that a person is driven to going to such great lengths simply to fill up the void!!! this book simply reiterates my belief that materialistic considerations for marriage is an invariable recipe for disaster!!! mohan kumar wasn't exactly the sort to cheat unless pushed to it! sonu's character -my dear friends.......or should i say, fellow members of the fairer this book was one exciting adventure for sure!!! its strange and rather sad how a failed marriage can lead to such emptiness!!! so much so that a person is driven to going to such great lengths simply to fill up the void!!! this book simply reiterates my belief that materialistic considerations for marriage is an invariable recipe for disaster!!! mohan kumar wasn't exactly the sort to cheat unless pushed to it! sonu's character -my dear friends.......or should i say, fellow members of the fairer sex- should tell you all that you must not be like if you want to make a relationship work. a woman like her will drive any decent man to drinking! the female characters were quite well explored by the author. they were all in a class of their own. no one resembled the other in any any possible way for sure. be it the independent jessica, the assertive yasmeen,the sweet natured and talkative mary joseph, the sedate and scholarly sarojini, the worldly wise molly, the classy charmer susanthika or even the naughty subaltern dhanno,they were all unique and quirky.....like nobody else!!! so, keep aside your moral parameters of judgement and plunge into the book to go on a wild ride of raw sexuality!!! its certainly not a noteworthy piece of literature but a fun-read by all means.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Aastha Sharma

    So it happened, I only bought the book as I am a Khushwant Singh fan of 10 years (in my life of a little more than 2 decades.)The storyline was gripping and the book was readable enough, but it was just not one of those that leave you thinking about the plot for long after you have finished it or for that matter even when you're reading it. It is a book to be read without much thought. I won't go to say anything against the author, as everybody knows he is bold and cares little for the judgement So it happened, I only bought the book as I am a Khushwant Singh fan of 10 years (in my life of a little more than 2 decades.)The storyline was gripping and the book was readable enough, but it was just not one of those that leave you thinking about the plot for long after you have finished it or for that matter even when you're reading it. It is a book to be read without much thought. I won't go to say anything against the author, as everybody knows he is bold and cares little for the judgement of others. He already writes in the beginning of the book that the book can be alternatively titled as "Fantasies of an Octogenarian." On the surface, the book is about a man who cares for nothing but sex but on a deeper level, he is also a man who just did not find long lasting love; perhaps because he was too late in realizing that he needed it. He lived and died alone, never seeming to mind that a lot. I wonder if his wife was a different woman, the story would have ended thus.Overall, I found it sad and depressing to imagine a man with so little in life to live and die for.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sneh Pradhan

    Khushwant Singh is one of my favourite authors ........ However , the candidness , disarming honesty and effortless humor of his , of which I am a fan , I found faded here . The erotica , which should have been the highpoint here , leaves you high and dried up ( pun intended ) after the sexual tension which one anticipates purely on the promise of Singh's writing . The erotic scenes are blatantly repetitive and very few and far in between . Singh bores you with insipid details of his household l Khushwant Singh is one of my favourite authors ........ However , the candidness , disarming honesty and effortless humor of his , of which I am a fan , I found faded here . The erotica , which should have been the highpoint here , leaves you high and dried up ( pun intended ) after the sexual tension which one anticipates purely on the promise of Singh's writing . The erotic scenes are blatantly repetitive and very few and far in between . Singh bores you with insipid details of his household life and mundane , practical descriptions of each of his mistresses and girlfriends , which I doubt even a seasoned gossip will resort to !! If you go hungering for erotica , this is not even decent ( or , indecent ) to start with ! If you go expecting an average novel of Singh's cadre , you won't be rewarded on that front too !! There is nothing this novel whips up except its tantalizing illusion of a name . The cliche stands firmly, don't judge a book by its cover .

  10. 5 out of 5

    Puja

    I'm experiencing ambivalency. Well, yes it's erotic. And it tackles the muddiness of the concept of love and lust, and of sex as a basic instinct. I'm experiencing ambivalency. Well, yes it's erotic. And it tackles the muddiness of the concept of love and lust, and of sex as a basic instinct.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Archana Amaragandhi

    ‘The Company of Women’ – Not exactly a title that we expect from an eighty five year old author, Khushwant Singh. It piqued my curiosity to read the amorous creativity of an old man or at least that’s the excuse I gave myself for picking up this book from my shelf. The narration was simple and lucid, detailing the sex life of the protagonist without describing it, passing sarcastic snide here and there clearly establishing that it far from porn. Though I had my smiles at his very subtle referenc ‘The Company of Women’ – Not exactly a title that we expect from an eighty five year old author, Khushwant Singh. It piqued my curiosity to read the amorous creativity of an old man or at least that’s the excuse I gave myself for picking up this book from my shelf. The narration was simple and lucid, detailing the sex life of the protagonist without describing it, passing sarcastic snide here and there clearly establishing that it far from porn. Though I had my smiles at his very subtle references, I was neither on the same page with the author, nor was I left far behind. For an Indian conservative mind, this book is blasphemy. For the westernized liberals, it is another possibility. For the middle (wo)men like me, this story is controversy. Maybe that is what I should admit that I liked it.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Shantanu

    Despite the author's disclaimer that this is nothing but the fantasies of an octogenarian, this book is definitely not worth our time. Each chapter(or woman) goes through the same set of events(which includes an appreciation of the protagonist's enormous manhood), which gets depressingly boring after the tenth page. Kushwant Singh calls this book a set of his senile fantasies and they are exactly what he says they are. There's nothing here, neither the eroticism of his other encounters nor any w Despite the author's disclaimer that this is nothing but the fantasies of an octogenarian, this book is definitely not worth our time. Each chapter(or woman) goes through the same set of events(which includes an appreciation of the protagonist's enormous manhood), which gets depressingly boring after the tenth page. Kushwant Singh calls this book a set of his senile fantasies and they are exactly what he says they are. There's nothing here, neither the eroticism of his other encounters nor any world view or scathing commentary. Just a humdrum account of infidelity that reaches Ekta Kapoor levels of idiocy. Do not read(unless you have a challenge to cope up with and someone lent you his book).

  13. 5 out of 5

    Shweta Panda

    I have mixed feelings regarding this book. When I read it for the first time, I couldn't complete it. I felt bad as I was so young and just couldn't allow myself to read such a book with so much of adult materials. It was awkward and vulgar for me at that time. After I grew up, I read it again with the eyes of an adult. It is thought to be an erotic story but I felt as if it is not all about intimacy and sexual relationships. It is much more than that. It is dark and complex. It shows the psycho I have mixed feelings regarding this book. When I read it for the first time, I couldn't complete it. I felt bad as I was so young and just couldn't allow myself to read such a book with so much of adult materials. It was awkward and vulgar for me at that time. After I grew up, I read it again with the eyes of an adult. It is thought to be an erotic story but I felt as if it is not all about intimacy and sexual relationships. It is much more than that. It is dark and complex. It shows the psychology of a single man yearning for love which he never gets. Many instances proves that he was a simple ordinary man apart from all those things like the way he expresses his happiness while urinating in the garden and other things. He just had too much of sexual urge which wasn't healthy after all. It is also a critique of the institution of marriage in our Indian society. The way marriages are finalized is gruesome and debatable. It has also been shown how we can never live a perfectly private life. People never leave us in peace even when our partner is a willing one. What I didn't like at all is the fact that, when Mohan gets married, he never tries to love his wife. He doesn't even gives her a chance and hates her from the first day of their marriage. Never being able to get out of his past, his lustful nature gives in and he once again falls into the trap of his carnal desires. Full review at https://flyleaflifestyle.blogspot.com... . Book blog https://flyleaflifestyle.blogspot.com/

  14. 4 out of 5

    Twinkle Sibomana

    The company of women As always Kushwant singh’s prose brilliant, entraining and enlightening. The Company of Women The company of women As always Kushwant singh’s prose brilliant, entraining and enlightening. The Company of Women

  15. 5 out of 5

    Saaida

    Just like always, ended up hating men.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Praveen Kumar

    This book is the sexual fantasies of an octogenarian. The book starts with the divorce of Mohan Kumar, a father of two,a millionaire in his early forties,with his wife. Since he was very active in his sex life, he could control his urge for the bodily needs. He advertised in the dailies for a suitable companion to live with him with no strings attached. He started living with many women in his house, for short span of time, with each woman. He somewhat started to like each person who he had starte This book is the sexual fantasies of an octogenarian. The book starts with the divorce of Mohan Kumar, a father of two,a millionaire in his early forties,with his wife. Since he was very active in his sex life, he could control his urge for the bodily needs. He advertised in the dailies for a suitable companion to live with him with no strings attached. He started living with many women in his house, for short span of time, with each woman. He somewhat started to like each person who he had started to live with. But after some time they could not continue their life because of one or more reasons and the woman had to leave him. He lived with more than five or six women. All were from different backgrounds and no one is related to any other. At the end of each saga, he was very much involved with woman as he asked them to write him after their departure. But no one had written to him and he would start the next affair afterwards. He lost his mother at his very early age and loved his,conservative Hindu, father very much.He had studied in Princeton, USA. There in Princeton, he had innumerable sexual affairs with all kinds of women. One of them was Yasmeen, a Muslim from Pakistan(Azad Kashmir). They would argue on religions and our general attitudes towards each other country's people. The author was very crisp in his telling of religious concepts and their implications. He returned to India hoping for a very good career ahead. His father married him off to a wealthy man's daughter in the Delhi Elite circle. He started his career in some export business and his business started flourishing within some months. He became one of the youngest millionaires in Delhi. But his family life started crumbling. His wife always loathing him and his father. This made his father to leave their house and went to Haridwar (near Ganges) where he lived his rest of the life. Mohan would see his father once in every month on a full moon day. They would go to the 'Har Ki Pari' ghat to see the small floating puja lights in the ganges in the fading twilight. This would always give him some peace and solace. People started to gossip about him as a womanizer.He doesn't care for people bitching about him behind his back. He was enjoying his life as he likes. The same sexual affairs which gave him pleasure, gave him the incurable HIV virus. He was dejected once he knew about that. After fighting the disease for 2 years, he took the easiest route, suicide (may be the most philosophical route,as said by Camus) to his death. The author was very clear in his writing as Mohan was very clear in his sexual needs.He didn't commit any rape or molest any woman. May be the society which he had lived would spoke him of as womanizer but he didn't care for those things. He lived his life as he likes. But at the end he had gone with no one at his death bed. Price of being a social outcast in the society.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Book'd Hitu

    My first Khushwant Singh book. 3.5 Stars !!! I heard a lot about this author and lastly decided to give one of his books a try. As it is said, majority of his works revolves around sex & controversy. So yes, this book do involves loads of it. This is a story of a rich and handsome Indian guy named Mohan Kumar who owns a male organ big enough to surprize all his female partners. Which make them saying “you have the biggest, I have ever seen", "I had the greatest sex of my life" and so on...... Mohan My first Khushwant Singh book. 3.5 Stars !!! I heard a lot about this author and lastly decided to give one of his books a try. As it is said, majority of his works revolves around sex & controversy. So yes, this book do involves loads of it. This is a story of a rich and handsome Indian guy named Mohan Kumar who owns a male organ big enough to surprize all his female partners. Which make them saying “you have the biggest, I have ever seen", "I had the greatest sex of my life" and so on...... Mohan Kumar is a son of a middle class father. His adventures start at the foreign university with a black girl, few more during study period. Then he gets back to India and gets married to an Indian virgin and ill-tempered girl, become father of two children and finally gets separated as they failed to carry on with their marriage. Sex seems a goal of his life, he went for a newspaper advertisement for accompanying women partners who can stay with him for a specific period and he can have all fun without any complaints. The story goes ahead with his encounters with different women from Goa, Sri Lanka, prostitutes, his house maid and many others. Khuswant's writing style can hold your interest in the book right from the beginning till end. There is no place to boredom in this book. I was little surprised when Mohan Kumar get rid of his children so easily along with his wife and there was no single occasion where he mentions them until the last chapter. I feel he was living for hook ups with women and he simply didn't get time to remember his children between series of sexual encounters. I feel that Khushwant has fetched a few controversial sentences in this book which the situations don’t demand but they were deliberately stated, which can stirr the strings of emotions of community readers. However, in overall the book was a easy breaezy and thoroughly enjoyable read. Recommended to all who want to read a light erotica with a little story telling around.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Shruti

    I have just one sentence for this book. "Shittily pathetic piece of a dysfunctional lingum (dick in other words)". What utter nonsense and such a waste of time. Khushwant Singh is renowned and respected. If for this, then I am glad to have not read his other works. Forget about the writing style which resembles that of any sixth grade student, trying to write a really classic piece of essay on a very complicated subject. I really cannot understand the hypocrite mind of Indian writers who want to I have just one sentence for this book. "Shittily pathetic piece of a dysfunctional lingum (dick in other words)". What utter nonsense and such a waste of time. Khushwant Singh is renowned and respected. If for this, then I am glad to have not read his other works. Forget about the writing style which resembles that of any sixth grade student, trying to write a really classic piece of essay on a very complicated subject. I really cannot understand the hypocrite mind of Indian writers who want to write on a bold and taboo subject but out of fear of rejection give it such a conventional ending. You cannot write an erotica while giving it an stupid end of getting inflicted with HIV. Did I just say erotica?? Oh yes! I read somewhere that it is an erotica, perhaps on the back of the cover. Believe me, I have read better erotic stories on websites written by unknown authors. The company of women failed dismally on that front too. Stale memories, stale imaginations and stale words. I skipped a lot of love making sessions just to progress through the story. Not so much of an erotica huh! Indian writers should stop writing about sex if they want to get approved by the society. If they will, at least a free-spirited man who wanted to live life on his own terms will not die of AIDS. At least it will not send a subtle message that living life on your own terms will have a dismal ending. Rather hypocritical for a culture that worships sex as divine union. Oh and by the way, I wish the writer stop flaunting the size of his ****, because nobody cares in real life. Really nobody cares.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Prabhjot Kaur

    This book takes on a bold premise and delivers it well in my opinion. It is an infamous book by the famous Khushwant Singh. Ordanarily, he gets a lot of applaud for his writing and his books but this took a lot of backlash and I can understand why but that doesn't mean I didn't like the book. This may be not the masterpiece from Khushwant Singh but it is still good. It talks about arranged-marriage, affairs, sex, divorce and complicated relationship between men and women. It also talks about find This book takes on a bold premise and delivers it well in my opinion. It is an infamous book by the famous Khushwant Singh. Ordanarily, he gets a lot of applaud for his writing and his books but this took a lot of backlash and I can understand why but that doesn't mean I didn't like the book. This may be not the masterpiece from Khushwant Singh but it is still good. It talks about arranged-marriage, affairs, sex, divorce and complicated relationship between men and women. It also talks about finding love but not realizing it sooner. It also has triggering themes such as STD, suicide and of course cheating so I understand it may not be for everyone but it isn't terrible. 3 stars

  20. 5 out of 5

    Riju Ganguly

    Although I HAVE read several books that can be classified as rather risque (from all angles), this so-called erotica, failed to thrill me (forget about titillation). It acts as a good book as long as you try to read it as a literary effort to describe (honestly) what goes inside the mind of a middle-aged, lonely, and abandoned man. No, I am not sympathising with the protagonist of this novel. But this book really didn't "work". Although I HAVE read several books that can be classified as rather risque (from all angles), this so-called erotica, failed to thrill me (forget about titillation). It acts as a good book as long as you try to read it as a literary effort to describe (honestly) what goes inside the mind of a middle-aged, lonely, and abandoned man. No, I am not sympathising with the protagonist of this novel. But this book really didn't "work".

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mehreen Shaikh

    Basically everything I hate in a man. I have so many issues with EVERYTHING in this book that it makes me question why Khushwant Singh is such a celebrated author. The last thing one needs to read is about a highly educated pervert talking about his ginormous penis. LIKE DUDE GET OVER YOURSELF!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mudit Malik

    Can't believe this piece of nonsense is written by Khushwant Singh.. Can't believe this piece of nonsense is written by Khushwant Singh..

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kuljinder Singh

    one of the most entertaining book I have read I am big fan of khuswant singh I have read almost his books

  24. 4 out of 5

    Shreya Vaid

    I got my reading habits from my mother, she loved to read at a time in her life. But then her family became a priority and she moved over books. So when she saw a copy of The Company of Women by Khushwant Singh, she warned me that it’s not going to be a good read. And as always, ”greed to read” hampered my judgement. I ignored her warning and experience in judging a good book and started reading it. Recently divorced, Mohan Kumar puts up an advertisement in all India dailies for applications to s I got my reading habits from my mother, she loved to read at a time in her life. But then her family became a priority and she moved over books. So when she saw a copy of The Company of Women by Khushwant Singh, she warned me that it’s not going to be a good read. And as always, ”greed to read” hampered my judgement. I ignored her warning and experience in judging a good book and started reading it. Recently divorced, Mohan Kumar puts up an advertisement in all India dailies for applications to seek a live-in companion, for a mutually agreed time-duration. Also, relationship status should be no-strings-attached on both sides and Rs10,000 will be paid monthly for expenses. Sounds weird? Dejected and lonely, he only wants the company of women to make his leftover life work. He abides by one simple rule “Lust is the foundation of every relationship, not love”. As per him, at the end of the day all comes down to sexual satisfaction out of the relationship. And Mohan’s life is centered around this notion only. One by one application starts to pour in for Mohan’s partner position. First comes Saroj, an English professor from Rewari, in his life. And after that a long list of women. Mary from Kerala, the nurse of his wife and child, Molly, a masseuse from Goa, Sue, a Sri Lankan Diplomat. In the backdrop of the story, Mohan also mentions Jessica, a girl he dated in Princeton University and lost his virginity to her. Also, Dhanno, his Jamadaarni (Sweeper) who entertained him from time to time after divorce from his wife. Honestly, the book has totally disappointed me. I have read Train to Pakistan and Delhi from the same author, and when I read this book, I was surprised to see the fall in quality of storytelling and imagination. Even the sex scenes were barren and boring. Like a straight fuck for free honestly. The image of Mohan has been portrayed like a man who is only living to satisfy his libido and nothing else. Even EL James has done a better job than this! And I am not saying this because of my feminist hormones, I am saying this as a reader who was expecting a lot better stuff out of Khushwant Singh. The only good part of the book is when the author defines how marriage changes everything, not in just a girl’s life but a man’s life too. When Mohan got married, his wife mistreated his father, his in-laws disrespected him and his wife spent most of the time nagging him only. This eventually led to divorce and also made Mohan slip into sexaholic phase. But then the author has again mixed up a normal fight between husband and wife into sex-craving-maniac character. Also, the parts where Mohan mentions his father’s simplicity and their relationship might click with some readers. But apart from that, there is no special character that would register in your mind. The book could have been better with major story line editing and adding a little bit of human emotion rather than using barren sex scenes to objectify women. Khsuhwant Singh may be wanted to write a memoir but instead turned it into a painful saga of flings. And as Khushwant Singh said, an equally apt title for this book could be: ”The Fantasies of an Octogenarian”.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Shenanigan

    Khushwant Singh, one of India's most well-known and widely read authors, commenced writing The Company of Women when he was eighty-three and finished at age eighty-five. The octogenarian writer has declared “as a man gets older, his sex instincts travel from his middle to his head.” Khushwant Singh loves to shock. Oh boy! That’ll be an understatement of sorts. I remember reading a statement by Pritish Nandy – something to the effect – if he (KS) hadn’t spent more than half his time in partying a Khushwant Singh, one of India's most well-known and widely read authors, commenced writing The Company of Women when he was eighty-three and finished at age eighty-five. The octogenarian writer has declared “as a man gets older, his sex instincts travel from his middle to his head.” Khushwant Singh loves to shock. Oh boy! That’ll be an understatement of sorts. I remember reading a statement by Pritish Nandy – something to the effect – if he (KS) hadn’t spent more than half his time in partying and drinking scotch, then Khushwant would have been the most powerful voices in India, capable of transforming our society. I’ve just finished reading his The Company of Women. Whew! Those who have read this book (KS’ latest, if his autobiography is not taken into account) would understand why I am gasping for breath. And for those who are still to take a peep into Mohan Kumar’s extremely libidinous life, here’s a piece of advice – go for it only if you are not a prude. The novel deals with the sex life of a certain Mohan Kumar, a high profile businessman living in Delhi. Mohan moves from one relationship to another without as much even blinking an eyelid. His liaisons with various women are detailed accounts and the bedroom scenes are graphically portrayed. Mohan Kumar sleeps with anyone who’s remotely a woman. His libido says caste, creed, and race no bar, sex wanted baar baar. So, our protagonist sleeps with his washerwoman, his child’s nurse, a Goan masseur, a Pakistani politician … the list is endless. Yet, despite all its explicitness the novel, on hindsight, does not sizzle. It is cold, certainly not erotic. And that is the reason why The Company of Women leaves a bitter after taste. Eroticism is certainly not dependent on the graphic portrayal of sexuality. It is more in the mind. If one wants to read something that actually titillates you, then go for Madame Bovary. The Company of Women is soft porn. Nothing wrong with that except that it’s advertised as erotica which it is not. Khushwant Singh, to me, is the sultan of tom-tomming. He was a great journalist, a good enough author (I Shall No Longer Hear the Nightingale Sing, and Train to Pakistan), but I think he’s lost it. The Company of Women is nothing but the sexual fantasies of an octogenarian.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Gautam Narang

    I stumbled upon this book when I was surfing through an online shopping website to order some books. I have always been a great fan of Late. Khushwant Singh and I write this review out of the respect I have for him. My first introduction with him happened when I was in my third grade and I bought a book on jokes written by him(unadulterated) and went ahead to gift it to my class teacher without reading it. I don't know whether she would remember me but I am sure I might have made an impression o I stumbled upon this book when I was surfing through an online shopping website to order some books. I have always been a great fan of Late. Khushwant Singh and I write this review out of the respect I have for him. My first introduction with him happened when I was in my third grade and I bought a book on jokes written by him(unadulterated) and went ahead to gift it to my class teacher without reading it. I don't know whether she would remember me but I am sure I might have made an impression on her with this act. This book is indeed an adventurous ride as you read along. You are constantly reminded of how big tool Mohan Kumar has and the promiscuous personality he has. The book celebrates the universal and the external story of a man's relationship with women: of Love, Sex and Passion. The author presents it in a very unusual and original style, for someone who has lived in Delhi for his entire life would know, which is erotic and enormously enchanting and engrossing. The end is sure tragic but somehow I was expecting it as I was halfway done with the book. The book can be efficiently be termed as "The Fantasies of an Old Man" who in his later years, is finding solace through his writing. Its a sure read from my side, for someone who is ready to shed his moral restriction and willing to appreciate a good story with a good sense of humor.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Raju k v n s

    Classic When you start admiring Mr Kumar for his romantic adventure, you start sympathizing him at end. Kushwanth Singh brilliantly narrated the story with two different point of views..

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sunil Nair

    My second book after "Delhi" . Kushwant Singh says he wrote this book between his age of eighty three and eighty five. Octogenarian or not, the man has a superb penchant for erotica and a style of writing that is not only on the face, but makes the reader think. The story of Mohan might seem adulterous and Quite a few might dismiss his writing as pure erotica, but beyond the erotica,is a story which questions the basis of a human beings societal existence- the eternal conflict between lust and lo My second book after "Delhi" . Kushwant Singh says he wrote this book between his age of eighty three and eighty five. Octogenarian or not, the man has a superb penchant for erotica and a style of writing that is not only on the face, but makes the reader think. The story of Mohan might seem adulterous and Quite a few might dismiss his writing as pure erotica, but beyond the erotica,is a story which questions the basis of a human beings societal existence- the eternal conflict between lust and love, which of the two is more pure and True? What I like about Kushwant Singh's writing is, he doesn't complete the story with a judgement. It is a matter of fact script and it is left upon the reader to perceive the story as per their understanding of right of wrong. I feel its a wonderful expression of creative freedom and independence of thought. Erotica or not, the unconventional life of Mohan might lead many to not put the book down , just to figure out how the story ends.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kirti Tarang

    All icing no cake. You know a really, really, bad Salman Khan movie. You will enjoy it, because Salman Khan has that charm on screen to keep you engaged, but you'll come home thinking, "What the hell did I just see?" Well, this is the book version of that. Khushwant Singh wrote it at the age of 80. He was already a rich and celebrated writer. I assume he must have thought, "I can write anything, some one will publish it. Some one will read it." I assume so because he wrote in the Introduction that All icing no cake. You know a really, really, bad Salman Khan movie. You will enjoy it, because Salman Khan has that charm on screen to keep you engaged, but you'll come home thinking, "What the hell did I just see?" Well, this is the book version of that. Khushwant Singh wrote it at the age of 80. He was already a rich and celebrated writer. I assume he must have thought, "I can write anything, some one will publish it. Some one will read it." I assume so because he wrote in the Introduction that this ideally should've been titled 'Fantasies of an Octogenarian' I have no objection to his fantasies too. Who doesn't enjoy an erotica? But it's a bad erotica. Unlike 50 Shades Of Grey where I end of fanning myself (no pun intended, or maybe). Or, a Jackie Collins which leaves me turned on. Here, I just wait impatiently for him to finish.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Poonam Garvan

    The book is an absolute horror considering how well Khushwant Singh writes. The characters are weakly constructed and I seriously don't understand why it was called a "triumph". The Novel is full of cliches and there is not one sex encounter that would go without the woman praising the thing of this guy. The later half was tolerable enough to get me through it. The book is an absolute horror considering how well Khushwant Singh writes. The characters are weakly constructed and I seriously don't understand why it was called a "triumph". The Novel is full of cliches and there is not one sex encounter that would go without the woman praising the thing of this guy. The later half was tolerable enough to get me through it.

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