Archive for the ‘Punjab’ Category

Dear Friends,
pleased to share that ‘PANJAB: Journeys Through Fault Lines’ is having a good run. It is now long-listed for the Atta Galatta Bangalore Literature Festival Non-Fiction Book Prize.

More here …

Fingers and toes crossed! Pray, Buy!

Dear Friends,

gives me a lot of satisfaction that PANJAB: Journeys Through Fault Lines is long-listed for the Kamala Devi Chattopadhyay award for non-fiction books by the New India Foundation, Bengaluru.

See more here …

Fingers Crossed! Wish the book well!

Dear Friends,

even if they appeared briefly, the farmer, labour, arthiya, small shopkeeper protests against Farm Laws are fast moving out of the pages of newspapers and TV channels. Yet, memory cannot be erased.

Thank you to Down to Earth and Rajat Ghai for choosing to run this extract from PANJAB: Journeys Through Fault Lines which talks about similar protests in the greater PANJAB area more than a century ago – in the early 1900s.

The piece questions what we call the ‘Green Revolution’, portrays the rebellion spearheaded by Sardar Ajit Singh Sandhu and in the second half a sort of listicle on the laws enacted by one the greatest lawmakers – Sir Chottu Ram of the Unionist Party.

The real tragedy of Panjab is our governments since Independence – both state and Centre – have ignored what their predecessors had set up. Unless core issues are solved, protests will continue.


Please read more here …

Dear Friends,

On September 26, 5 pm to 7 pm IST, on invitation by Ishita Shah and her curatorial entrepreneurship ‘Curating for Culture – Constructing Personal Archives 2020′, I spoke on the Making of PANJAB.

The book PANJAB, its structure, its chapterisation, its voice and tone, all came from my journeys, the way the journeys were structured, the challenges I faced and Panjab’s hospitality. In this session we looked deeper into the process.

The talk is available here …

Dear Friends,

it was my pleasure yesterday to talk about one theme from my book PANJAB: Journeys Through Fault Lines with students and faculty of KREA University. Thank you Seema Dhody Natesan for the invitation.

Owing to the recent voting in Lok Sabha on the Farm Ordinances, the timing of the talk was perfect. Though I focused on the Ordinances only towards the end of my talk. My intention was to give the future generation a background to what ‘land’ means in an agrarian community like Panjab. A community that most urban folks left behind just a generation or two ago.

It was a meaningful conversation and I was impressed by the questions the students and faculty asked. More power to them!

Pictures: one of me on Seema’s computer and another of Seema on her computer.

Dear Friends,

I was honoured that on August 15, 8.30 pm IST, I was invited to a panel discussion with Harinder Singh and Tridivesh Singh Maini. This is upon invite from Sikhri – Sikh Research Institute – a premier Sikh organisation in the US.

73 years ago, two nation-states were carved by the British mapmaking: Hindustan and Pakistan. The historical Sikh Homeland in The Panjab was divided by the Radcliffe line. In now truncated Indian Panjab, a proportion of the Sikhs led many campaigns to fight for economic, political, state, human, and religious rights. What’s next to secure the Sikh aspirations and the Panjab’s autonomy?

Please listen to the conversation here …

Dear Friends,

Manjul Bajaj and my career have almost run parallel. My first book Sepia Leaves came out very close to her debut Come Before Evening Falls. We were both nominated for the Hindu Prize for Fiction in 2013, she for Another Man’s Wife and I for Roll of Honour.

Last year, when I went to my publisher’s office in August to finalise the cover page of PANJAB: Journeys Through fault Lines, I saw Manjul’s book In Search of Heer ready for publication.  In between, Manjul has been prolific and written children’s books too. It has taken me a few months to review In Search of Heer, but here it is.

Please read the review here …



PANJAB review in Hindi

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Dear Friends,

Last November when we launched PANJAB: Journeys Through Fault Lines at MAJHA HOUSE, Amritsar, Bibi Kiranjot Kaur and I were talking about the possibility of translation of the book into other languages. Bibi ji emphasised that the book must be translated into Hindi. She said, ‘A book’s job is to educate. I hope this book educates the Hindi press and intellectuals. They learn about us firsthand and learn to report without a pro-Centre bias.’

While the translation of the book is not yet available, still in talks, I am very happy to share with you the first Hindi review of the book by Chandan Pandey.

Please read here …


PANJAB on Instagram

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Until recently, I was not on Instagram. That is why my friend Amandeep Caur with whom I share my first name alerted me to this post on Instagram by Priyanka Chhabra. Happy to share!


Dear friends,

a few days back, I was very happy to meet a reading group in North America to discuss PANJAB: Journeys Through Fault Lines.

The group of Panjab scholars – majorly from Yale University and others – is engaging with the text and had many questions to ask. Our discussion lasted about 100 minutes.

Thank you Harjant Gill for the invitation, Mauricio Najarro for the photograph, Sasha Sabarwal for the meeting invite, Dipin Kaur for the heads up, Prof Inderjit Grewal for the session.

I enjoyed myself. The overwhelming sentiment was ‘the book is an important contribution to Panjab studies’.