Elisabeth J. Singh's biography on Bhagat Puran Singh and Pingalwara. The book relates his most unusual life story, and has also a focus on Mehtab Kaur, his extraordinary mother. Bhagat ji was her gift to the earth and to mankind.
Pingalwara is a home for the homeless, the sick and destitute, and they have at the moment around 1800 patients (or residents). The organization has been running for 7 decades, and enjoys sky high credibility and respect.
Gift to the Earth from the Moon was launched at Manawala, Amritsar (Punjab), on the 21st of February 2020.
Salt tax in India in the 19th century - and a monstrous hedge
Copyright: Elisabeth J. Singh
A thorny hedge, all of 2504 miles long allowed the British to extract high taxes on salt from the Indian population, in a way that made a few people filthy rich, while millions died from salt depletion.
A long forgotten story - but not quite.... Based, among others, on Roy
Moxham's book: The Great Hedge of India. The story leads up to Mahatma Gandhi's famous salt march to Dandi in 1930, and ends with the ghastly happenings shortly after, at Dharasana Salt Works.
Paper presented at Patiala University (Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law) and The Gandhian Institute, Panjab University, 24th and 25th February 2020.
Elisabeth was invited to Sangrur, Punjab, as guest speaker at Sangrur Literary and Heritage Festival on Nov. 25th and 26th.
Her new article on Maharajah Duleep Singh, the Anglo-Sikh Wars and the Annexation of Punjab was presented there: "The Maharajah, the Women and the Troublesome Stone". See (partial) reading and debate with historian and film maker Bobby Singh Bansal et al. on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time continue=157&v=mFyi8S-gluM.
Good Times Books, New Delhi, India, presents:
"Oh...India! Twelve stories" by Elisabeth J. Singh.
The 2. edition of "Oh...India!" was launched in Punjab in February/March 2016 in 3 very well attended events:
Amritsar: February 26th, Jalandhar: February 28th, and Chandigarh: March 2nd.
Extensive coverage in 16 newspapers, and a long interview on Radio Jalandhar London.
The twelve stories in this book draw heavily on Elisabeth Singh´s more than 40 years of experience with India and Indians, and are the result of several years of observation and reflection. The back cover says:
Here is a new voice offering fresh glimpses from an India of the 21st century. The 12 stories in "Oh...India!" are contemporary reports from a society vacillating between old and new times, and describe people and situations from new and unexpected angles. In an Indian context, Elisabeth Singh can be described as both an insider and an outsider; her marriage to an Indian ended after six years, but her love affair with India has gone on for more than forty. Her knowledge of Hindi and Indian history are door openers to strange and interesting events and happenings, and her curiosity to know more about whatever she butts into is seemingly endless. The stories are presented in a highly personal way, which will give the readers an added feeling of being close beside her. However, in this book, names, situations and places have been altered and rewritten, and "Oh...India! Twelve stories" must therefore be read as a work of fiction.
Ms. Tone Slenes, First Secretary at the Royal Norwegian Embassy, New Delhi, released Elisabeth J. Singh's book "Oh... India!" at Akshara Theatre, New Delhi, in February 2015. The book, published by Good Times Books, is a collection of stories, based on the personal experiences of the author and very well presented in a fiction form. The author and six professional theatre actors read out excerpts from the book to the well attended audience. Gopal Sharman, well known author, writer, theatre personality and owner of Akshara theatre, also spoke on the occasion.
"Oh... India!" can be ordered at the following link:
Hvis man synes det er en besnærende tanke å kunne oppleve flere århundrer parallelt, er India stedet. Her går den nye tid hånd i hånd med urgamle skikker og tradisjoner. Man ser sykkelrickshawgutten med mobiltelefon og oksen som trekker en kjerre med en bensintank. Den galopperende teknologiske utviklingen har på kort tid skapt en enorm middelklasse, 2-300 millioner mennesker, alt etter hvilke kriterier man legger til grunn. Samtidig står hundrevis av millioner Indere nærmest på stedet hvil rent økonomisk, til tross for at arbeidsinnsatsen er minst like lang og hard.
Det går ikke alltid knirkefritt når autoriteter brytes ned som følge av at de gamle ikke lenger vet "best". India holdes sammen av beinharde sosiale og religiøse strukturer; det er dette som gjør at "Hindustan Chalta hai" - Hindustan snurrer og går - og når sementen som holder det hele på plass forvitrer, - hva da?
Når det gjelder å fortelle om India, vet jeg aldri hvor jeg skal begynne. Jeg har derfor valgt å legge opp bøkene kronologisk. Kronologien må imidlertid tåle å bli utsatt for diverse sidesprang og digresjoner, for når jeg drar til India, har jeg ingen fastlagt rute; jeg tar dagen som den kommer, reiser hit eller dit etter innfallsmetoden, og får masse assosiasjoner underveis.
Bli med på tur i historiens Hindustan, til Dehli, Gwalior, Orcha, Khajuraho, Agra, Amritsar og Haridwar. Bøkene tar deg med til gamle byer, fort og templer, til bondebygda i Punjab og sist, men ikke minst, til Haridwar under Kumbh Mela-festivalen ved Ganges.
Bøkene gir også glimt inn i dagliglivet til en rekke mennesker, og inneholder et knippe fotografier av enkeltpersoner og steder.
India - igjen (2009) og Destinasjon Hindustan (2011) egner seg godt som reiseguider.