The Company of Women

Khushwant Singh

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The Company of Women

The Company of Women Meet Mohan Kumar He is academically brilliant and quite a catch Unfortunately though his insane sex drive is the plague of his life Of course Mohan would disagree but he enjoys every minute of sati

  • Title: The Company of Women
  • Author: Khushwant Singh
  • ISBN: 9780140290479
  • Page: 196
  • Format: Paperback
  • Meet Mohan Kumar He is academically brilliant and quite a catch Unfortunately though, his insane sex drive is the plague of his life Of course, Mohan would disagree, but he enjoys every minute of satiating his libido.The Company of Women is the story of a man s sexual exploits, and how it defines his life As a young academic, he is sent abroad to study, and thus beginsMeet Mohan Kumar He is academically brilliant and quite a catch Unfortunately though, his insane sex drive is the plague of his life Of course, Mohan would disagree, but he enjoys every minute of satiating his libido.The Company of Women is the story of a man s sexual exploits, and how it defines his life As a young academic, he is sent abroad to study, and thus begins his sexual experiments in the company of women After losing his virginity to the seductive Jessica Browne, there is no stopping Mohan His next tryst is with a Pakistani, Yasmeen Wanchoo, who teaches him the exhilaration of satisfying older women, who are known to be notorious for their heady lust for younger men.Coming back to India, he is forced to settle for a marriage and a woman he has absolutely no interest in She is perpetually cranky, and it seems like she was born with a long face Sure, the wife was ill tempered, but Mohan wasn t exactly a loyal husband From sexual relations with the maid Dhanno, to their baby s nurse, Mohan s carnal desires knows no bounds Very soon, their marriage disintegrates.Thus, having found his single status again, he must overcome his loneliness, and thus begins a string of affairs.While this story may seem like the racy tale of a young man who just couldn t keep his hormones at bay, it does have a twist in the plot Mohan s relationship with his father, and the change in his character after his death tweaks the image of the protagonist in the minds of the readers as an otherwise immoral man.Coupled with humour and a compelling narration, Khushwant Singh takes us on a journey of what it means to succumb to the desires of the flesh For anyone who is looking for some exceptional writing, without feeling offended at the sexual content, this book offers an interesting read.Published in the year 1999.

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    1. Vidhya Nair on said:

      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 tem [...]

    2. Johnnie on said:

      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 [...]

    3. Syl on said:

      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 [...]

    4. Megha on said:

      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, [...]

    5. Suchi Banerjee on said:

      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- [...]

    6. Aastha Sharma on said:

      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 [...]

    7. Saurabh Sharma on said:

      ‘The Company of Women’ was a fairly entertaining read and a really breezy one. Written in Khushwant Singh's simple, to the point and lucid style 'The Company of Women' despite lacking in serious content and despite for a greater part reading like erotica does manage to evoke some emotion, thought and contemplation. It does not match Singh's earlier much celebrated works like A ‘Train to Pakistan’ and ‘Delhi’ in either substance or scale but tells a tale that is much more intimate and [...]

    8. Ridhika Khanna on said:

      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 [...]

    9. Shantanu on said:

      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 [...]

    10. Puja on said:

      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. Sneh Pradhan on said:

      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 [...]

    12. Archana Amaragandhi on said:

      ‘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 [...]

    13. Book'd on said:

      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 onMohan [...]

    14. Twinkle on said:

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

    15. Mudit Malik on said:

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

    16. Shreya Vaid on said:

      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 application [...]

    17. Praveen Kumar on said:

      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 [...]

    18. Shenanigan on said:

      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 [...]

    19. Shruti on said:

      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 [...]

    20. Gautam Narang on said:

      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 [...]

    21. Raju k v n s on said:

      ClassicWhen 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

    22. Sunil Nair on said:

      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 [...]

    23. Kirti Tarang on said:

      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 [...]

    24. Riju Ganguly on said:

      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".

    25. Poonam Garvan on said:

      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.

    26. Sini on said:

      A wet dream of an old guy with a small dick. I mean, come on, it got both sad and hilarious at the same as in every repetitious sex scene each complemented on the size of the main character's penis, calling it names you hear used only in porn films!

    27. Samir Dhond on said:

      This book is just terrible. I just did not like his style of writing. Such a boring book. It has no substance at all. I wonder how someone just took it up for printing and publishing it. Avoid if you can!

    28. Gokul Sudhakaran on said:

      An Indian version of Charlie Sheen meets AIDS and dies

    29. Silvia Thomas on said:

      read one chapter and wanted to bury the book into the earth. HORRIBLE !

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