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Sakoon Singh is the author of “In the Land of the Lovers.” (Rupa; 2020)

An alumnus of Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and Panjab University, Chandigarh, Sakoon Singh, teaches Literature and Culture Studies at Chandigarh. A recipient of the Fulbright Fellowship at the University of Texas at Austin, she has published her academic writings extensively, including contribution to Cultural Studies in India by Routledge (2015). She has served on the editorial team of prestigious journals, Dialog and E3W Review of Books. She has written pieces, articles and op-eds on literature, art, culture and aesthetics for The Tribune, Hindustan Times, DNA and The Quint. She is currently also Associate Fellow at IIAS, Shimla.

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Pushpinder Syal, PhD from Lancaster University U.K., is Professor and Chairperson (Retd), Department of English and Cultural Studies, Panjab University Chandigarh where she has been teaching since 1978.

She was also Director at the Lucknow Campus of the English and Foreign Language University in 2010-11. She has worked and guided extensive research in the field of stylistics, language teaching and literature and has several publications in these areas, chiefly Structure and Style in Commonwealth Literature (Vikas, 1994), An Introduction to Linguistics,Grammar and Semantics,(Prentice Hall, 1997) and was guest editor of Language and Language Teaching-13, and contributor to journals of language and linguistics. She is a recipient of Commonwealth Academic Staff Scholarship, Charles Wallace Fellowship and Australia India Council Award, and presented papers in national and international conferences. In literature, she has taught and researched in African, Australian and Indian writing. She has been associated with several projects with the British Council, CBSC, NCERT, IGNOU etc. being deeply involved in teacher education and evaluation, and her current interests have expanded to translation, Sikh studies and literature in Punjabi. She lives in Chandigarh and does organic farming and voluntary service for animals.

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A Journey of Love and Loss: In the Land of the Lovers

On 28th Nov 2.00 p.m. - 2.40 p.m

In the land of the lovers – a Punjab kissa is a book that tells a story of the ethos of Punjab. The interesting tag line – A Punjab Kissa is based on the genre of storytelling known as the kissa. The other genres are katha, daastaan etc. This book is the debut book of the writer Sakoon Singh and has already made ripples in the literary world. The author wants to bring to the reader the reality of the land of the five rivers. Punjab has its own history, traditions and culture and this book will help the readers experience that in their minds. To add to this the book is also inspired by the genre of kissa which is an Indian genre of storytelling.

This book promises more excellent writing from Sakoon Singh and most of her readers are looking forward to her next book. Just like Laila Majnoo the story of lovers Sassi Punnu is famous in this land and many romantic books have been written inspired by them.