Letters To The Editor, 20th July, 2017

Man for all seasons Ranbeer Singh Manak, Suva Joginder Singh Kanwal, a wonderful man who contributed immensely towards education and society in general has unfortunately passed on. His legacy and
20 Jul 2017 10:27
Letters To The Editor, 20th July, 2017
A collection of Mr Kanwal's work

Man for all seasons

Ranbeer Singh Manak, Suva

Joginder Singh Kanwal, a wonderful man who contributed immensely towards education and society in general has unfortunately passed on. His legacy and teachings will no doubt continue to live on and enrich the lives of many.

For those who knew or met him, the late Mr Kanwal was a great leader, who always followed his principles and loved everyone as his own.

A true Sikh, who never was too quick to judge and had a sense of optimism and creativity which reflected in his work and books he authoured.

A great teacher, one who always remained noble, patient and loved simple things in life. A selfless being, who possessed a wonderful sense of humour and was always ready to assist all that came to him. A gentle soul who no doubt is now smiling from above.

Thank you for all your advice and stories. Your generous deeds will continue to positively impact so many lives in years to come…Till we meet again…so long JSK!

Demise of a legend

Kirti Patel, Lautoka

I am very saddened by the loss of the great man and the legend, Mr Jaswant Singh Kanwal, also known as Jogindar Singh Kanwal.

He was a great man with infinite knowledge and was a good human being. I came to know him through his wonderful pieces of writings and was touched to be in contact with him. I still remember he misunderstood my email for Mr Kirit Patel in Motibhai Group of Companies and replied to my email with certain information regarding verification of publication. We both then had a laugh and came closer in terms of interactions. He became a good friend and mentor.

I was greeted with good hospitality at his home and had the pleasure to meet his wonderful, beautiful, and talented wife, Mrs Amarjeet Kaur, who has also written many beautiful pieces that can keep one wondering. She wrote good poems as well, together with Mr Singh’s (The Morning – Savera; Dharti meri maata; The New Migrant; A Love Story: 1920 and A Hundred Years of Hindi in Fiji). Something that was common with us both were the words that touched the heart and soul in those ecstatic writings. He knew the power of the pen, he knew how to express the emotions and how to detail the sufferings and pain of others that one can feel while actually reading. He always acknowledged me for my letter writings, one in particular was about Daylight Saving. He always inspired me to keep writing and telling me to write a book one day. I always used to joke with him in reply saying “One day before I die”, and he used to say, if God permits I will get to see it. He always used to say to achieve something, we have to start from somewhere and this is something he always used to say to everyone he knew and motivated. We once in a while used to talk on the phone, expressing our views and opinions. I always was getting positive vibes while talking to him.

Mr Jaswant Singh Kanwal was a novelist, short story and an essay writer of the Punjabi language. He was born in the village of Dhudike, Moga District, Punjab, India. As a young teenager he left school and went to Malaya. He was awarded the Punjabi Sahit Shiromani Award in the year 2007.

He has published several books. His novels usually have a rustic feel and depict the rural life of Punjab very vividly. He has left behind learnings and many of his most popular novels champion the cause of socially relevant issues like social and gender equality. He is also known to take tough political stands in his newspaper essays. Later on he became a supporter of Khalistan movement. (Wikipedia).

My condolences are with his family. My dear friend will be missed by many. Though indeed when it comes to true friendship, age is not a barrier. May you rest in peace my friend and may God give lots of courage to the family to recover soon. He will be looked after well by the angels.

Three sides to a story

Wise Muavono, Lautoka

It is a known fact that when relationships hit murky waters, either partner often blames the other.

In the end, one will be the villain and the other the innocent victim. What many forget is that there is always three sides to every story. Your side, my side and the truth.

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