East of Indus: My Memories of Old Punjab

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Hemkunt Press, 2007 - Punjab (India) - 440 pages
This is a short description of the book by a librarian: "The author presents a scrupulous, unsparing look into the life and culture of his childhood village in Punjab, India, poised on the brink of the modern world in the first half of the twentieth century. The work is rich in ethnographic detail as it describes castes and superstitions, marriage customs, fairs and festivals, crops and animals, relationships between the different religions, including the painful events that occurred during the independence and partition of India to create the modern states of India and Pakistan. As Dr. Brard tells the story of his early life, his engaging straightforward style vividly evokes the faces of a people, their beliefs, antiquated technologies and social practices, as well as their history."
 

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The author's name is wrongly spelt , It should be Gurnam Singh SIidhu Brar and not Brard . It is the norm in Punjab, though Brard would be closer to Punjabi pronunciation. What is need of writing both Sidhu and Brar . These mean the same .
A few pages that I could access establish the writer's credentials as a good , entertaining and informative author. These anecdotes will keep alive the Punjabi folklore. Congratulations .
 

Contents

Introduction
5
A Brief History of Our Clan
7
Our Extended Family
16
My Grandparents Lost to Plague
22
My Precious Siblings
54
My Early Days
76
Our Environment in the Village
145
Reluctant Break from Village
158
Marriage Customs in Punjab
291
Death and Mourning Rituals
319
Festival of Teeyan Celebrating Rainy Season
324
Diversity of Dress Modes
327
Crime and Laws in Punjab
337
Living on a CuldeSac
349
Our Food in the Village
366
Leisure Activities and Pastimes
375

Religion in Our Society
180
A Dialogue About Spiritual Matters
205
Castes and Occupations
218
Sexual Mores and Taboos in Punjab
240
Punjabi and Sikh Names
262
Superstitions in Our Villages
265
Complexities in Relationships
276
Entertainment in Rural Areas
385
Festivals and Fairs
391
Animals In Punjab?
396
Vegetation Trees and Crops
417
Baat and Stories
424
Glossary of Punjabi Words Used
437
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