Of Sacred and Secular Desire: An Anthology of Lyrical by Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh

By Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh

The fertile land of the 5 rivers (punj+ab in Persian) has over and over stirred the mind's eye of its peoples. Its tale is the tale of invasion. In 326 ??e Alexander the nice marched throughout the Hindu Kush, conquered the verdant plains now divided among India and Pakistan, and stamped Greek cultural and linguistic impact at the quarter. Over the centuries the entice of the Punjab attracted additional waves of outsiders: Scythians, Sassanians, Huns, Afghans, Turks, Mughals and - towards our personal instances - the British. Many pitiless battles have been fought. yet even as, as varied ethnic and spiritual teams got here jointly and melded, the collective psyche of the Punjab used to be colored via vivid new styles, new worldviews and new languages. Punjabi poetry is the dynamic results of those cross-cultural encounters. In her wealthy and numerous anthology, Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh makes a big contribution to interfaith discussion and comparative literary reviews. overlaying the whole spectrum of writers, from the inventive styles of the 1st Punjabi poet (Sheikh Farid, 1175-1265) to feminist writer Amrita Pritam (1919-2005), the quantity serves as an awesome creation to the 3 faiths of Sikhism, Islam and Hinduism. no matter if targeting Sikh specialists, Sufi saints, or Hindu holy males, it boldly illuminates the area’s targeted personality, linguistic rhythms and celebrations, and should have powerful attract undergraduate scholars of faith, literature and South Asian stories, in addition to common readers.

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