The Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies was pleased to host its annual Ehsaas South Asian Readers and Writers Festival on Thursday, November 21st. This year’s festival featured four writers: Raminder Sidhu, Hugh Johnston, Lieutenant Colonel Pritam Singh Jauhal and Ashok Bhargava. Raminder began the festival by reading from her debut novel Tears of Mehndi, and was followed by a reading from Jewels of the Qila by SFU Professor Emeritus Hugh Johnston.
The CICS was pleased to have Lieutenant Colonel Pritam Singh Jauhal attend and read from A Soldier Remembers, which is the first book published by the CICS and co-authored by its Coordinator, Sharanjit Kaur Sandhra. A Soldier Remembers is based on the memoirs of Lieutenant Colonel Pritam Singh Jauhal and chronicles the struggles and accomplishments of an immigrant Sikh-Canadian, and the lifelong service he has given to his community. The final reader of the evening was Ashok Bhargava, who moved the audience with a passionate reading from his poetry found in Lost in the Morning Calm.