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Remembering Nankana Sahib

My earliest memory of Nankana Sahib is that of beautiful, flowering plants. Gurudwara Janam Asthan, the birth place of Guru Nanak, had the most picturesque landscape I have seen around a gurudwara. This was in 1930, when I was sent to school. (There is no space for landscaping at Harmandar Sahib, Amritsar, and the effort …

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Punjabi Causerie

For the first time (in history), Punjabi writers have been invited by the Government to a meeting where their own problems will be discussed along with the problems of the language. Arranged by the Language Department of the State Government, it is being held at Patiala on the 7th and 8th of March. The letter …

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Pulling the Rug

A few years ago, farm scientists in India came up with the discovery that ploughing a field would not give better crop. It was the other factors like fertility, water and seed which mattered and it did not make a difference whether you ploughed much or not at all. The farmer could save himself the …

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Potatoes! Potatoes!

Way back in the thirties, I was visiting the parents of my brother’s wife in their village in the district of Lahore. Although a mere boy, I deserved a good, tasty meal as the brother of their son-in-law. So the lady of the house took a measure of wheat grain to the village shop and …

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Punjabi – A Forsaken Language

To think of Punjabi is to be reminded of a tremendous brain drain. Since the beginning of this century it has been, constantly, losing talent to other languages namely Hindi, Urdu and English. Yashpal, Krishan Chander, Rajinder Singh Bedi, Mulk Raj Anand and Khushwant Singh who lend lustre to other languages, are all Punjabis; and …

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A Permanent Address

After a few other enquiries the landlord had provisionally agreed to rent the house to me. “May I know your father’s name?” he finally asked. He wanted this piece of information for filling in the contract form.  I gave him my father’s name. He then asked for my ‘permanent address’.This was a tough one. If …

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