these lovely stories from ‘Canadian’ Punjabi into English was a daunting
task requiring intimate knowledge of both languages. Ajmer Rode is a gifted
crafter of words. He has brilliantly captured the rich nuances and ambiguities
of the original.
Harpreet Sekha is a fiction and non-fiction Punjabi author based in Surrey,
BC, Canada, as he migrated to Canada with his parents in 1988. Harpreet’s
written work explores themes and experiences that resonate with South
Asian Canadians, such as gender inequality, social justice, and the migrant
experience. Harpreet’s body of work includes the non-fiction work, Taxinaama;
the novel, Hanerey Raah; and short story collections, Bi
Ji Muskra Paye, Baaran Boohey, and Prism. Of these works,
Baaran Boohey has been translated into Hindi, and Taxinaama
into English. Harpreet’s work has received academic recognition, as his
work has been the focus of many students’ M. Phil research. His work has
also been adapted for the stage by many celebrated theatre artists and
brought to film as well, in the form of a serial.