Creative tones
Surinder Singh Tej

Nadi Nu Vehna Paya  
by Amarjit Ghumman
Lokgeet Parkashan, Chandigarh
Pages 96. Rs 120.

Amarjit Ghumman had already made a name as a poetess of substance with her first collection Dupehar da Janam in 1994. After a hiatus of some 12 years, she has made a comeback with another volume Nadi Nu Vehna Pya. This volume consists of a single poem of epic proportions. This, in itself, is a bold attempt to portray a woman’s feelings and frustrations, sentiments and sensibilities, baggage and banalaties, and also spiritual growth and gains. In all the nine parts of the poem, the interplay of words and feelings is magical and illuminating. However, the volume is strictly for those who understand and imbibe the melancholic tone and tenor of hyper-intensive poetry.

Tey Hina Chali Gayee

by Dr. Sharanjit Kaur
Tarlochan Publishers, Chandigarh
Pages 120. Rs 120.

Dr. Sharanjit Kaur has made a name for herself in contemporary Punjabi literature as a noted short story writer and reviewer. She posesses a knack for tackling topical issues with surety and sensitivity. The feminist streak remains, but the slotting is avoided. Instead, pragmatism holds the reins despite the protagonists beings females and proud ones too. This is especially true in stories such as Tey Hina Chali Gayee, Kashni Phullan Wali and Main Hun Marna Nahi Chahundi from the volume under review.

This volume is a collection of eight short stories. At least six of these hold attention. Her language has Pothohari tinge and timbre. She has not tried to curb this which in itself is laudable, for any attempt otherwise could have compromised her creativity and spontaniety. On the whole, a creditable collection.

Oh Chhoh

by Prem Singh Barnalvi
Lokgeet Parkashan, Chandigarh
Pages 96. Rs 100.

Prem Singh Barnalvi is a prolific writer whose short stories and mini stories often appear in literary magazines and literary pages of newspapers. Being bilingual adds to his prolificity. Most of his writings are in Hindi, although he has not done badly in Punjabi too. Television has been his calling and his long and continuous association with Doordarshan, gets reflected in his writings too— these often get didactic.

Oh Chhoh is a collection of 11short stories. Most of these deal with the dynamics of human relations. Stories, such as Ik Vaada, Tamanna, Oh Chhoh and Babe di Wapsi are not only full of humanism but also are taut and tangy in treatment. But the same cannot be said about some other stories, such as Ajaib Kad Ayega, Mera Mahabharat etc. In sum, the volume is a mixed bag.

Jiwani Professor K.N. Pathak

by Subhash Bhaskar
Lokgeet Parkashan, Chandigarh
Pages 84. Rs 100.

Professor K.N. Pathak is a well-known personality of the region. Till recently, he was the Vice Chancellor of Panjab University. Better known for his teaching and scientific skills, he proved many a detractor wrong by his administrative abilities as Vice-Chancellor. His life story has an inspirational value considering the fact the poverty and penury was all he inherited from his parents and struggles he had to undergo in order to educate himself. However, Bhaskar has made the whole biography so idolatory that it borders on sychophancy. This makes the whole exercise unpalatable.