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ਚਿੱਠੀ-ਪੱਤਰ | ਸਾਵਨ 547  Newsletter | Jul 2015
"Because things are the way they are, things will not stay the way they are."
                                                                                                         - Betrolt Brecht

It is human tendency to take things for granted, and we usually take those things for granted which are instrumental in shaping our lives and which help us become what we are. For example, we have failed to appreciate nature and the natural resources that humans as a race have tremendously enjoyed and exploited. We have been witnessing the way human activities have led to global warming and a drastic change in the climatic cycle on the planet. Nature's wrath has also been witnessed during the last few years in an unprecedented way. Similarly, we cannot take our past for granted because it is our roots in the past on basis of which our present would shape our future. It is always advisable to learn from history so that the mistakes that we have done in past are not repeated.

In This Issue
Digital Scorecard
Birha Da Sultan - Shiv
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Digital Scorecard
During the months between April and June 2015, we have digitized photographs, books and magazines from the collections of Punjab State Archives Department, Punjab Vidhan Sabha and personal collection of Raja Budhishwar Pal of Kangra.

  Total Pages 406,099
  No. of Books 4072
  No. of Photographs 569
  No. of Magazines 63



News of the Month

(From Spokesman Weekly, 10 Oct 1951) image-1

Ad of the Month

(From The Sikh Review, Sep 1970) image-1


  Birha Da Sultan - Shiv
Shiv Kumar Batalvi (1937-1973), named Birha da Sultan by Amrita Pritam, was born to Krishan Gopal and Shanti Devi at Village Lohtian District Sialkot, (now in) Pakistan. After partition, he, along with his family, moved to Batala. He married Aruna and had two children, Meharban and Puja. He shifted to Chandigarh in 1968 and worked for a bank. His poetry is known for "its heightened passion, pathos and separation" (Wikipedia).

His works include Peedan Da Paraga (1960), Lajwanti (1961), Aate Dian Chirian (1962), Mainu Vida Karo (1963), Birha Tu Sultan (1964), Dardmandan Dian Aahin (1964), the feminist work Loona (1965), Main te Main (1970), Aarti (1971). Many of his works were published posthumously including Alvida (1974), Birhara (1975), Asaan Te Joban Rutte Marna (1976), Sagar Te Kaniyan (1982), Shiv Kumar - Sampooran Kaav-Sangreh (1983), Sareehn De Phull and Ghazlan Wali Dakhni (1981). He also translated Humayun Kabir's English work titled Indian Heritage into Punjabi titled Bharti Virsa.


This time, we have selected two books and three collections for adoptions. You may also choose to adopt from the complete list of books.

  600 Questions   Book   $33 Adopt
  Blue Star Ghalughara   Book   $57 Adopt
  Dr. Surinder Singh Collection   Manuscripts   $514 Adopt
  Dr. Gurdarshan Dhillon Collection   Books/Magazines   $4745 Adopt
  Baba Sarabjot Singh Bedi Collection   Manuscripts   $10349 Adopt

PDL is also offering an opportunity to adopt three complete collections of Dr. Surinder Singh, Dr. Gurdarshan Dhillon and Baba Sarabjot Singh Bedi. The collections, respectively, consist of 3 manuscripts, 203 books and magazines and 85 manuscripts. Your support by adopting these collections will help us digitize around 90,000 pages and keep these collections online for all times to come.


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