The Greatest Punjabi Stories Ever Told
- Author: Renuka Singh
- Publisher: Aleph
- ISBN: 9789393852847
The Greatest Punjabi Stories Ever Told features some of the best short fiction to emerge from Punjab over the last century. Covering four generations of Punjabi writers, the anthology includes celebrated storytellers such as Gurbaksh Singh, Balwant Gargi, Sant Singh Sekhon, and Amrita Pritam as well as accomplished contemporary writers like Ajmer Sidhu, Sarghi, and Jatinder Singh Hans.
The themes covered in these stories are diverse and wide-ranging. Ajeet Cour’s ‘Green Sparrows’ and Ram Sarup Ankhi’s ‘That Woman!’ plunge into the breakdown of family relationships. Kartar Singh Duggal’s ‘Majha Is Not Dead’, Sukhwant Kaur Mann’s ‘The Survivors’, and Gulzar Singh Sandhu’s ‘Hopes Shattered’ probe urban and rural lives in the region. Mohinder Singh Sarna’s ‘Savage Harvest’, Sujaan Singh’s ‘Sunrise at Last’, and Gurdev Singh Rupana’s ‘The Wind’ explore the Partition and its violent aftermath—events that shaped modern Punjab. Stories such as Nanak Singh’s ‘Bowl of Milk’, Gurbachan Singh Bhullar’s ‘I Am Not Ghaznavi’, Bachint Kaur’s ‘Eradicator of Suffering’, and Sukirat’s ‘Home’ probe the human psyche in times of crisis. Patriotism, martyrdom, and state repression are also explored: Gurmukh Singh Musafir’s ‘Daughter of the Rebel’ is the story of an ailing girl who fights for the freedom of the country in her own way; Kulwant Singh Virk’s ‘The Proverbial Bullock’ shows how martyrdom is always around the corner for our soldiers; and Kesra Ram’s ‘Whither My Native Land’ brings to the fore the brutality encountered by migrant workers during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Taken together, the thirty stories in this anthology capture the essence of Punjabiyat—what it means to be Punjabi—and present a unique portrait of the land and its people