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Sikhs Unlimited, is a unique book celebrating the success of Sikhs Abroad. In this book, author Khushwant Singh, travels from Delhi to USA via UK, meeting and profiling fourteen Sikh men and women of extraordinary mettle. Sikhs Unlimited is a must read.
Turbaned Tornado, is the biography of Fauja Singh, the world’s oldest marathon runner. Fauja Singh became the oldest marathon runner when he completed the Toronto Marathon in 2011. Turbaned Tornado captures Singh’s zest for life and his invincible spirit.
Mending Souls, is the riveting and insightful biography of Ratanjit Singh Sondhe. His versatility as a speaker, author, consultant, entrepreneur, radio and television personality speaks volumes about his persona. He has become renowned internationally as ‘Mr Stress Free’.
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Release Date: August 2007
Book Blurb: Sikhs Unlimited is a unique book , celebrating the success of Sikhs abroad.
Emigrating to the west from the beginning of the twentieth century, the enterprising Sikhs have carved out an exclusive place for themselves in the world, not only as a unique cultural identity, but also through their eminence in various spheres. Sikhs Unlimited showcases the inimitable successes of Sikhs in the UK and the US, and there could be no better time for this commemorative book, when the Sikh diaspora is set to complete a century of its existence in the west.
Through sheer hard work and sharp vision, Sikhs have been able to excel in a foreign and mostly hostile cultural environment. But their links with India have remained ever strong, as they proudly assert their traditional values in all aspects of life. Following the ‘Sikh trail’ that included dining, wining and living with the extraordinaire, the author gives a lively and explicit account of their professions and lives n this unusual book.
Fourteen of these successful Sikhs covered in the book include record holder marathon runner Fauja Singh, world-famous Bhangra pop musician Harcharanjit Singh alias Channi, filmmaker Gurinder Chadha, an outstanding chef, a stand-up comedian, a space tourism entrepreneur, a teenage girl in the US Army, and one of the founders of the BPO industry in India.
Stories of the journeys of Punjabis leaving their homeland and making it good in the world beyond are the stuff legends in Punjab are made of. Here we find a readable account of those who, given the opportunity, rose up to the challenges that came their way and did well. These vignettes whet your appetite about the chosen 14, and they leave you wanting for a bit more. – The Tribune
If you are looking for a “feel-good” book that is full of chatty enthusiasm and chardi kalaa, you will find Sikhs Unlimited to be a very enjoyable and satisfying read. – Sikhchic.com
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Release Date: July 2011 (Atlee Room, House of Lords, UK)
Book Blurb:Fauja Singh needs no introduction. There are few people in the world who haven’t heard of this extraordinary man who turned 100 in April 2011, but continues to knock down athletic records and presumptions about advanced age and physical fitness.
Everyone knows of Fauja Singh’s legendary prowess, his humility and simplicity, his witticisms, his generosity, his indifference to fame and publicity, his simple village and farming background hailing back to Punjab, his role as “poster-boy” for Adidas, his dapper appearances in the world’s capitals in smart suits, matching turbans, illustrated ties and, yes, high-priced running shoes …
Yet, beyond the hurried sound-bites and the highlights of his herculean story – which always gloss over the first nine decades of his life – little has been known about him until now.
Khushwant Singh’s “Turbaned Tornado” rectifies the error that has become the hallmark of modern journalism, with the first in-depth look at this real-life winged Mercury.
The 114-paged book is an easy read, neatly divided into almost two dozen chapters, each zeroing in on a different aspect of his life.
For somebody who could not walk till the age of five and had difficulty walking properly till the age of 15, to run a marathon at the ripe age of 99 was no mean achievement. The book Turbaned Tornado chronicles this great journey, which now has been a source of huge inspiration to people of all ages all over the globe. – The Tribune
This biography, written by my young friend Khushwant, chronicles perhaps only a part of Fauja Singh’s sporting brilliance. But it significantly constitutes the priceless impressions of a man who has witnessed an entire century, spanning two world wars, india’s struggle for independence and the often tumultuous blossoming and maturing of India democracy all the way up to this exciting new age of computers and information. – Amarinder Singh (Former Chief Minister, Punjab).
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Release Date: 2010
Book Blurb: The book, called ‘Mending Souls’, is a fascinating account of the life of Ratanjit Singh and how he used the principles of Sikhism, specially the teachings of Guru Nanak, to become a hugely successful entrepreneur in the U.S.
Mending Souls describes how the first Sikh Guru, Nanak’s message of Ik Oankar – All is One – not only showed Ratanjit Singh the path to spiritual enlightenment and improved his quality of life, but also helped him expand his business empire.
At the heart of Mending Souls, just as at the heart of Ratanjit Singh’s philosophy, lie twenty-five habits that he insists can “put your life on track”. The twenty-five are mentioned in detail in a separate chapter, which – according to the author Khushwant Singh – forms the core of the book.
According to Ratanjit Singh, “The foremost habit is to operate in absolute gratitude at all times.”
Often, he explains, we overlook the good things that are happening or exist in our lives, and instead choose to concentrate on the flaws. “Thereby we don’t appreciate the good things in our lives and consequently remain unhappy.”
In an increasingly material world, a book like Mending Souls soothes the mind and points the body towards which path to take, a path shown by none other than Guru Nanak himself. – Sikhchic.com
While Mending Souls may not be able to instantly do as its title suggests, it will certainly provide the reader with 25 different perspectives to view his or her life from. Perhaps you will be the change yourself. Or, at the very least, espouse one habit at a time, as the author suggests; himself currently on ‘Habit Number Six’: practicing excellence rather than perfection. – Cuttingloose.in