Town and the Country Side- A Collection of Punjabi Short Stories
|SAHITYA AKADEMI, DELHI
These stories record the transition that took place in the social and moral values and in the psyche of the people. Variety of issues such as human survival and rehabilitation, women education, communal harmony, human relationships, feudalism and a new awakening among people to fight it, explicitly reveal Sujan Singh's philosophy of life, his humanitarianism and progressive outlook.
When I, and others of my generation, started writing, Punjabi literature was still in its inception and its treasure was very scanty. The historians and critics of literature of other languages used to taunt Punjabi people. We took their taunts as a challenge. A number of my co-litterateurs could write very comfortably in English, Urdu and Hindi, which is evident from their hold over these languages today. But they preferred Punjabi for their literary pursuits. Why? Perhaps I shall not be able to tell, but I will always be indebted to them for that.
I have my own reasons for writing in Punjabi. I started my education from Kolkata. My late father, who was uneducated himself, wanted me to start my education in Punjabi; but during those days, there was no provision for teaching of Punjabi in Kolkata. He assigned this duty to a senior Raagi Karam Singh associated with Badi Sikh Sangat. He taught me Punjabi for two years. In the first one and a half year, I learnt to read Bal Updesh' and the text books for first, second and third class, published by Gulab Singh & Sons. These books contained a number of story-based chapters which I enjoyed the most. In the next one year, I learnt to recite Panj Granthi' i.c. a breviary of the Sikhs containing five long hymns, though I was not much interested in that because I could not understand its meanings.
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