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Tea With A Bangkok Millionaire

He owned the thousand-bed, five-star hotel in Bangkok we were staying in. The rent for each room was sixty dollars a day and when you multiplied this by one thousand and then by thirty to get the monthly receipts and again by ten to convert into rupees the figure became mind-boggling. And this was not …

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SON OF THE SOIL WITH GOLDEN PEN

It is seldom that a volume of the complete works of a writer in any modern Indian language is brought out in his lifetime. With the publication of “Merian Sarian Kahanian” (Navyug Publishers, Rs 128), this rare tribute is paid to Kulwant Singh Virk, a leading short story writer in Punjabi. Virk has written 106 …

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Shocks In My Life

I was born in a village and schooled in the district town of Sheikhupura. This district was adjacent to Lahore, its boundaries touching the walls of this famous city about whose modernity even the French authors of “Freedom At Midnight” got much excited. They wrote several paragraphs describing it. But a new outlook in social …

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THE BULL BENEATH THE EARTH

Kulwant Singh Virk, who died in Canada on December 24 last year, is best known to his friends and admirers as a short story writer. Even his family members would not know that he was the first to plead the case of a Punjabi-speaking State within the Indian Union. That was in the mid-fifties. That …

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THE UNFORGETTABLE MR VIRK

Kulwant Singh Virk, who died recently, will long be remembered by literature buffs as a brilliant short-story writer. But to those who knew him and were touched by his gentle genius, as NIRUPAMA DUTT recounts, he was a precious friend and a tremendous source of encouragement. KULWANT SINGH VIRK was, to most of us, not …

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Selling Punjabi Stories

I no longer go hawking my stories. I used to do that some years ago with very good results. Once I sold an English translation of my story to a small magazine in far away Madras. They sent me five rupees for my pains. With that much money one could take a ride with one’s …

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Seeds of a thaw

For a long time now newspapers in our country and elsewhere have carried the good things said by President Zia in Delhi and Washington on Indo-Pakistan. relations. To let you into a diplomatic secret, it all began at Punjab Agricultural University. In China, an international thaw starts with the game of ping pong. In India …

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Sandhu’s Punjab

Sandhu’s Punjab is a small State of India covering only 1.6 per cent of its area. Its population according to 1981 Census was 1.63 crore. But these statistics do not give a correct idea of its importance to the country. Its crop yields are the highest in the country, which provide more than half the …

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Sacrifice For Men Of Faith

Guru Tegh Bahadur was beheaded in public in Chandani Chowk, Delhi, on 11th November, 1675, under orders of emperor Aurangzeb. Earlier three of his devoted followers Bhai Mati Das, Bhai Dyal Das and Bhai Sati Das had been done to death by cruel and torturous methods. A dictionary meaning of martyr is one who suffers greatly …

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Sacred Sikh Relics In England

On the conquest of the Punjab in1849 the British naturally did not know what they would find in the Lahore Toshekhanas. No doubt, they knew about the world famous diamond, KOH-I-NOOR being there and had included its transfer to the British Queen among the four terms of the treaty of surrender. But on an inspection …

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