Tribune News Service
Jalandhar, November 30
A Mohali-based couple, including retired IAS officer of Punjab cadre Satinder Pal Singh (SP Singh for short) and his wife and retired professor Indu Bala Singh, have jotted their memories related to their stay in the holy town of Sultanpur Lodhi in the book “Tryst with Sultanpur Lodhi”. The couple is set to come up with the release of their book on coming Sunday at Sultanpur Lodhi.
SP Singh says he was posted as SDM in Sultanpur Lodhi in the turbulent days of Punjab from 1983-85. He says the idea behind writing a book came from his wife, who has been into making documentaries. He said that he and his wife feel that their stay in the pious place made them more devotional, good fearing and better persons.
He goes on to tell that there are two sections in the book, one penned by him and the other by his wife. “My wife served at SD College in the town during our 2.5 years of stay here. The only place for us to spend our weekends and free time was to visit the gurdwaras in the town. We spend a good time at all the gurdwaras knowing their historical importance and seeing various relics associated with the guru. Since those were also the days or terrorism, it was not safe to venture out much with families after darkness”.
Born in 1950, SP Singh tells that he first came and stayed in the town in 1958. “I have faint memories of those days. My father was posted here and we used to roam around the town in baghis. There used to be no electricity at that time. My childhood memories too are a part of a chapter of the book.” The book partly also includes the history of various gurdwaras that the couple had gathered.
SP Singh tells that the book has some contribution by his two daughters as well, “The cover page of the book has an illustration readied by our younger daughter Sara Pearl Kazi, who is an artist settled in London, and a foreword by our elder daughter Shireen Saluja.”
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