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Faisal M. Naim
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Bookmark A coffee table book on Punjab

Punjabi flavour (From left) Vijay Singhal, Dharmendra and Atul Bhardwaj
Punjabi flavour (From left) Vijay Singhal, Dharmendra and Atul Bhardwaj

“P unjab is unique. There is no other place like Punjab — a land where there are no famines, no beggars on the streets, where emotions are still valued,” said author and photographer Atul Bhardwaj at the launch of his latest coffee book “Sparkling Punjab”, co-authored with Vijay Singhal.

Vijay said they decided to come up with the book to present Punjab's exquisite culture in the right perspective.

“It is a soulful journey through every nook and corner of the land. The book explores different aspects such as social and economic conditions, religious beliefs, literature, music, and dances.” The introduction to the book is penned by poet and lyricist Gulzar, and the foreword is by veteran Bollywood actor Dharmendra.

Land of prosperity

Emerald green fields, robust rustic ways, warm hospitality, valour and sacrifice… — the land pulsating with prosperity has been brought to life with over 400 breath-taking pictures and a vibrant narrative.

The photographs compiled in the book have been taken by Atul himself. “It took over two years for me to cover the whole of Punjab and capture every aspect of it. From the village of Malwa to the urban Jalandhar; rural sports to wedding at the Golden Temple, I had to ensure that no facet of Punjab remained undiscovered.”

A few photographs related to Punjab's history have been procured from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

Deeply-connected

This (the book) is the first attempt to portray a complete picture of Punjab, the duo says. Atul points out that Punjab's people were deeply attached to each other.

Though a large population is settled in foreign countries, they still feel close to their homeland. “Even when they live in Canada or the U.K., they stay deeply rooted to their culture.”

Faisal M. Naim

It is a soulful journey through every nook and corner of the land. The book explores different aspects such as social and economic conditions, religious beliefs, literature, music, and dances

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