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Maharaja in Denims
The People's Maharaja
The People’s Maharaja
An authentic, definitive and no‐holds‐barred narrative – packed with fascinating incidents and anecdotes – that brings alive the life and times of one of the most prominent and striking individuals (a former royal) in the sphere of Punjab politics.
Beginning with a historical background of how the Patiala kingdom came to be established and ruled over the centuries, the author moves on to describe the early years of Amarinder Singh (a scion of that kingdom). He then portrays the Indo‒Pak war zone of 1965 (where the protagonist earned his spurs) and finally focuses on the combative arenas of Punjab politics, where numerous electoral and other battles have been (and continue to be) fought.
This informative work unravels the subterfuges of politicians and others (including religious leaders) in trying to ensure their dominance. The pages reveal behind‐the‐scenes intrigues, plots and counter‐plots even as Punjab was in the vice‐like grip of terrorism in the late twentieth century. Operation Bluestar (June 1984) and its consequences have been objectively recorded.
Besides tracing the career graph of Amarinder Singh, who reached his pinnacle when he became the chief minister of Punjab in February 2002, the author provides useful insights into crucial events that have made an immense impact on that state and the neighbouring areas over the past few decades. The text also throws light on Amarinder Singh’s five‐year tenure as chief minister (marked by both positive and negative aspects) and on the following period, when Parkash Singh Badal regained that post. The contents are rounded off with an update on the Punjab situation even as all the political parties in the state are gearing up for the rough and tumble of the forthcoming assembly elections in early 2017. Through this book, Khushwant Singh highlights those factors that set apart Amarinder Singh from his adversaries, besides taking an occasional peek into his private life and idiosyncrasies. Here’s a saga that records history in the making in Punjab.
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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.
Maharaja in Denims
Maharaja in Denims, a historical fiction, is an intriguing narrative of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, commonly known as the Lion of Punjab, through the eyes of a teenager named Hari, who believes he is a reincarnation of the maharaja.
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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).
Maharaja in Denims
Release Date: 2013
Maharaja in Denims, a historical fiction, is an intriguing narrative of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, commonly known as the Lion of Punjab, through the eyes of a teenager named Hari, who believes he is a reincarnation of the maharaja. When Suzanne, Hari’s girlfriend, attempts to decode Hari’s past life through the practice of regression, as she is shocked to discover that Hari has had more than one tumultuous past lives. This changes both their lives forever. High on emotion, drama, politics and sex, the novel provides an insight into the history of Punjab and the tragic after-effects of the assassination of the former prime minister of India, Indira Gandhi. Interwoven throughout the unfolding of Hari and Suzanne’s present-day story, are vignettes of Ranjit Singh’s life and loves, valor and conquests. There is an astonishing revelation at the end, which is set in the future and yet, has a deep historical resonance.