Born in Abbottabad , now in Pakistan, in an Ahluwalia family, he is acclaimed as one of the founders of modern Punjabi poetry. Though a born Sikh he became a Buddhist Bhikshu and a sanyasi under influence of Ukakura a Japanese Buddhist monk and Swami Ramtirath respectively before he finally got settled as a Sikh mystic when he came under influence of Bhai Vir Singh during a Sikh Educational Conference meeting at Sialkot in Four crucial events—his Japanese experience, his encounter with the American poet Walt Whitman, his discipleship of Svami Ram Tirath, and his meeting with the Sikh saint Bhai Vir Singh—were influential. As a student in Japan, he was impressed with the land and its people, and was greatly influenced by the romantic aestheticism of Okakura Kakuzo, Japanese artist and scholar.
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Professor Mohit Chakrabarti has made a commendable effort to trace out the philosophical background of the spinning-wheel and to highlight the various aspects of the spinning wheel from the Gandhian angle. The book is strengthened by seven chapters running into about pages, making a thin bound small volume dedicated two different Gandhian educational thinkers, Dr. It is obvious that the author of the book has not only sought blessings but has also borrowed their ideas to design this book. It is obviously based on the library research with the original writings of Mahatma Gandhi and on the secondary sources. Besides, a creative thinking of the author is also reflected through the figures and diagrams, highlighting the paramount important of the spinning-wheel which serves as a focal point of the child's growth and development of personality. To begin with, the author makes an attempt to spell out the aims and objectives of the spinning-wheel in the first chapters. As an inward sprit, the spinning-wheel, as Mahatma Gandhi introspects, epitomizes man as a divine being.
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Harkesh Singh Kehal, after his retirement from the Punjab Civil Service goes back to his village Sandaur in Sangrur district of Punjab to rediscover that vibrant pattern of life which he left behind a few decades before. The village has undergone a complete change almost beyond recognition, so Kehal has to reinvent it in his mind mainly depending on the reservoir of images tucked away in his subconscious. The result has not been disappointing at all as it blooms into half a dozen of books all demanding the attention of the reader interested in the folklore of Malwa. This book dilates on fifty eight symbols and artefacts of Punjabi folk life and culture with a pencil sketch of each item so that one could have a palpable image of the object on his mentle screen. The author writes about different kinds of wells, oxen, camels, thrashing frames, stacks of wheat and maize.
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