Out of my 3 siblings, i was the only one born in Punjab. I feel happy that i came to lfe on Punjabi soil and my roots are Punjabi.
Yet i have alasy believed in the beauty of diversity. perhaps a lot of my belief is due to my childhood. For i grew up in Bamrauli, CATC , Allahabad where there were people from not only various stated of India, but other religions like Christianity, Islam and Sikhism.
Mum tells me i was born in nani's house in Phagwara. There was a room, which my Granny referred to as Kothri. I was born in this kothri at 20 minutes past midnight.
Now, Phagwara is on my wish list and i want t set foot on Panjab again. Hope that happens soon.
Her is a lovely song by Punjabi Sufi poet Bulle Shah, sung by the immensely talented and legendary Gurdas Mann.