I want to wish you a joyful Gurpurab season and update you on our two projects listed on DVN, as well as other work being done to promote Ma-Boli Punjabi through Fascinating Folktales of Punjab.
Our second edition of books 1-3 completed this past spring. The books look fantastic and are slowly making in to the hands of children across the globe. The project, however, is still underfunded on DVN and if you have friends, or know of Gurmat Schools or Camps that teach Ma-Boli and would like to adopt a box or two for non-profit distribution, please share this link and ask them to donate here – http://bit.ly/FFofPunjab1
This summer, I took the opportunity to take my labor of love to the land that inspired it all. My six year old and I travelled to Punjab and spent 40 days in rural and urban Punjab, traveling from village to village and working with children at various schools, camps, orphanages, and homes; instilling the love of Punjabi literacy. It was an eye opening trip on many fronts. I was able to donate few boxes of books and place them in the hands of underprivileged children. The response to these books from all walks of lives was amazing. Children were hooked. The Tribune Chandigarh covered some of my experiences in an article here. Hope you will enjoy it.
One of my most memorable time was a story telling session at the orphanage of the Chief Khalsa Diwan Society in Amritsar. The children felt loved by a motherly figure reading in their own language to them. They told me that they have never been read to like this before. Their hugs and enthusiasm to hold and read the books confirmed to me the value of this work and the need to take it to Punjab.
Our books 9,10, and 11 are coming rather slowly. The project is now estimated to be completed by Gurpurab of 2018. English translations, illustrations, and graphic design remain. Again, we are very short of funds here as well so if you can help, please contribute at: http://bit.ly/FFofPunjab2
I am working on a new and very exciting projects this year that you will hear about shortly. Please like us on Facebook at to hear more about it and to check out our pictures from our Storytelling and Book Signing Sessions.
Lastly, Thank you so much for your ongoing support. This work would not be possible if not for your generous contributions. Please keep it going. Please keep reading to your children in Punjabi and make story times a regular family time activity.
Guru Ang Sang,