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The stories in this book are set in 18th Century Punjab - "The Land Of The Five Rivers". They are about ordinary Sikh women living in extraordinary times. About people like you and me who struggled for survival.
This book is suitable for all ages, races, colours, nationalities and religions. It would be ideal for school children to give them a unique insight into the life of Sikh Warriors.
Although this book will probably not take more than about an hour to read it has taken over four years to complete. The inspiration came from a Punjabi book by Karam Singh called "Ardashak Singhnian". It is full of stories of brave Sikh women from the last three centuries. I was so inspired to read of brave sikh women that I immediately re-wrote the stories in a modern inspiring and dramatic way - the way I would have wanted to read them. I had to add some fictional characters and create some new scenes to bring out the character of the hero.
I wrote the "Fighting Spirit" poem when I read about the way small groups of Sikh soldiers would outwit a whole army of enemy soldiers in order to save the kidnapped women. The Sikhs were the "Robin Hoods" of their day - the ones innocent villagers would look to for support.
I have taught children and teenagers for over a decade and know how difficult it is to find resources that they find interesting. So I wrote this book in simple English aimed at children to young teenagers. However, I have found University students, parents and non-Sikhs all reading this book with fascination.
I know you will enjoy it to, so "If you like it tell your friends, If you don't then tell me!"
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I started writing poetry when I was a teenager and progressed to short stories a few years ago when I did an evening course. The teacher was real inspiration to me, she read my Sikh stories and said even though she was Irish she could relate to them because they were stories of struggle. They were human stories full of emotion. The innocent were fighting back against the odds to overthrow the tyrant.
Originally I sent the stories out on the internet, but soon realised that they needed powerful illustrations to totally absorb the reader into the world of an 18th Century Sikh Warrior Princess. That's when I saw some fantastic posters by Harjit Singh Khera of Warrior Saints. I commissioned him and he has produced some truly original and fantastic artwork. He is truly talented. I also met Taranjit Singh - a very talented young website designer who will one day make a state of the art Sikh animation... The three of us together have strived to make the best book, illustrations and website we could to inspire the youth of the world.Review:
Few books are available in English about Sikh women of the past. This is moving, inspirational and absolutely fantastic. -- Susan Kaur, Opthalmic Optician
I love the book. The first story just got me so boosted!!! Keep going! -- Sodhi Singh, Sikh Camps Organiser
The poem was a really good way to tell a story, my mates said they especially found that cool. -- Manbir Kaur, Student
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