Books

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On the Trails of Fire

Written by – Inderjit Singh Khamosh
Translated by – Narinder Jit Kaur
Published – 2014
Publication Bureau, Punjabi University Patiala

It’s a tale of alienation of man and his struggle for survival. The two major characters – Kultar Singh and Gurdev Kaur find themselves misfit in the society. Whereas Gurdev finds herself a misfit in her in-law’s family, and even in the house of her Bhabhi and step-mother; Kultar is a misfit everywhere he goes – his paternal village; his maternal village; and his Mama’s urbanite setting. Yet these characters create a world of their own where they support each other to lead a respectable cheerful life.


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Town and the Countryside

A Collection of Punjabi Short Stories
Written by – Sujan Singh
Translated by – Narinder Jit Kaur
Published – 2012
Sahitya Akademi

‘Town and the Countryside’ (Sheher te Gran) is Sujan Singh’s award winning book which contains 13 stories. As the title itself suggests, some of the stories are based in urban background whereas some of them have a rural set-up. This aspect of the book refers to the changing contemporary contexts of the post independence era. As Punjab witnessed great movement of people from the villages to the towns, these stories record the transition, which is not only the physical shift, but the transition that took place in the thinking, in their social and moral values and in the psyche of the people.

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Voices in the Back Courtyard

Written by – Various Women Writers
Translated by – Narinder Jit Kaur
Published – 2010
Rupa Publishers

Fifteen women writers come together, weaving a spectrum of varied hues, each turning a page out of the book of her life’s experience as a woman the result is a patchwork of beautiful narratives. Right from Amrita Pritam of the 1950s, to Veena of the 21st century, this book traces a sinuous path of struggle, emotional turmoil, unfulfilled dreams and social rejection, which these inspirational writers turn into a source of strength.

The stories are representatives of Punjab’s social milieu, its myopic attitude towards women, along with its revelry and celebration of life, which is a sustaining force for its people.

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Anndatta – The Hand that Feeds

Written by – Baldev Singh
Translated by – Narinder Jit Kaur
Published – 2010
Publication Bureau, Punjabi University Patiala

This novel is woven around the process of preaking down of the peasantry of Punjab with its roots in new emerging economic, social, cultural and psychological milieu. It is a tragic saga of three generations of shattered and devastated farming community of Punjab.

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Twilight, Mark of the Nose-Ring

Written by – Dalip Kaur Tiwana
Translated by – Narinder Jit Kaur, Jai Rattan
Published – 2009
National Book Trust

The social setting in both stories is small town Punjab but both the protagonists are ‘modern’ young women. Modern in the sense that they have a measure of economic freedom, which is a great beginning, yet they have not cannot withstand entirely the pressure brought to bear on them by the more conservative, patriarchal mores into which they are born. Twilight is an apt title for the first novella. ‘How fragile are the foundations of our relationships,’ Tiwana comments through her protagonist Harjit who is poised on the brink of a deep emotional relationship, mostly in her own mind, with a colleague, Amrik, at her workplace which triggers the collapse of her so far ‘ideal’ love marriage.

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Posted at May 19th, 2014.