Author Jarnail Singh Sekha Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

Uddari congratulates Jarnail Singh Sekha on winning the life-time achievement award in this year’s Harjit Kaur Sidhu Memorial Program at UBC.

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Jarnail Singh Sekha is a BC-based author and teacher who has been actively involved in community building efforts in both the areas of literature and education. Yet his most valuable contributions are his novels and other writings.

Sekha’s first book was a collection of short stories titled ‘Udaasay Bol’ that was published in India in 1992. Four years later, his first novel ‘Dunia Kaisi Hoi’ came out, and it became part of postgraduate curriculum at Gurunanak University; the book is now running its fourth edition. Since then he has published ‘Bhagorra’ in 2003, another novel that has enjoyed three editions so far, with a Hindi edition in 2004. Sekha’s other titles include ‘Apna Apna Surg’ (stories, 2003), ‘Dullay de Baar Tak’ (travelogue 2005. Urdu edition ‘Vancouver se Lyalpur’ in 2009), ‘Vigocha’ (novel, 2009, 2 editions. Hindi edition ‘Pighalti Yaadein’ in 2016), ‘Cheteyan de Chilman’ (memoir, 2013), ‘Be-Gaanay’ (novel, 2014).

Sekha has edited various Punjabi books, and most recently, he has script-converted and edited the Gurmukhi edition of Professor Ashiq Raheel’s novel ‘Navekla Sooraj’.

In India, Sekha worked as Punjabi language teacher where he took a leading role in encouraging school administrations and communities to build and/or to re-furbish existing school buildings. He was an active member of government teachers union, and served as its president. After retirement, Sekha became a member of the local panchayat, and helped establish a veterinary hospital, a grain market and other public facilities. He also added a three-roomed section, called the Sajjan Block, in a school to commemorate his grandfather.

He is a founding member of Likhari Sabha Mogha, and has worked with Kaindri Lekhak Sabha and Punjabi Sahit Academy Ludhiyana, in India. In Vancouver, he is with Punjabi Lekhak Manch where he has served in various positions of responsibility. Sekha is also a founder and director of BC Punjabi Cultural Foundation that began in 2003 to present in BC a yearly Punjabi book festival in partnership with Chetna Parkashan.

Jarnail Singh is now working on another novel, and on the second part of his memoir.

Contact Jarnail Singh Sekha
 jsekha@hotmail.com

Harjit Kaur Sidhu Memorial Program 2016, The Eighth Annual Celebration of Punjabi Presented by the Department of Asian Studies, UBC. UBC Asian Centre, 1871 West Mall. March 16-17, 2016.

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Congratulations Zubair Ahmad and Surjeet Kalsey!

Two Punjabi writers, long time Uddari supporters, and my dear friends Zubair Ahmad and Surjeet Kalsey are now being recognized for their valuable contributions to Punjabi language, culture and literature.

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Zubair Ahmad has just received Masud Khaddarposh Trust award for his collection of short fiction ‘Kabootar, Baneray tay GalyaaN’. He is an enchanting poet turned fiction writer, and does very well with both. He has served Punjabi language and literature as an author, publisher, bookseller, community organizer, linguist, translator and teacher. Here’s his fb page:
facebook.com/zubair.ahmad

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Surjeet Kalsey has been selected for Writer’s Lifetime Achievement Award by Harjit Kaur Sidhu Memorial Program of University of British Columbia’s Asian Studies Department. Surjeet is a poet, playwright, fiction writer, editor, translator, community organizer and a women’s rights activist. She also runs a successful blog:
surjeetkalsey.wordpress.com

I am so lucky because both also have made contributions to my novel Skeena. Zubair worked with me as an editor for over six months to produce a publishable manuscript of the Punjabi (Shahmukhi) edition of the novel in 2006 in Lahore; and, Surjeet took over the responsibility of editing the Gurumukhi edition of Skeena in 2011 in Vancouver. Grateful to both for their knowledge, skills, time and caring.

While Zubair has already received his award in Lahore last week (April 19th), the ceremony for Surjeet will take place at 7:00 PM this Thursday May 1 at Center Stage in New Surrey Hall (13450 -104 Avenue, Surrey, BC).
See you there.

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