Ludhiana, October 28, 2013: A poetry book titled “Mann Tandoor,” written by Gurbhajan Singh Gill, former Senior Editor (Punjabi), Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), was released here by Dr S.S. Johl, Chancellor, Central University of Punjab, Bathinda.
On this occasion, Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, PAU Vice-Chancellor; and Dr N.S. Malhi, Vice-Chancellor, Guru Kashi University (GKU), Talwandi Sabo, Bathinda were also present.
Currently, Gill is serving as Director (Planning and Development), GKU.
Congratulating the poet, Dr Johl said that this poetry book covers all facets of life and will have a deep effect and impact on the readers. “During 40 years of his tenure as a poet, Gill has identified and studied the social problems closely,” he observed. In his book, the poet has called upon the directionless youth to come forward and make key contribution to the society, he added.
In his remarks, Dr Dhillon highlighted that poetry has its own value and is a gift to the society. He said, “I am happy that Gill is continuing to serve the society by penning down his thoughts.”
Dr Dhillon also expressed concern over the influence of westernisation on the Indian society and emphasised on reading books which are man’s best companion.
Dr Malhi praised Gill for possessing vast knowledge on diverse topics and for his presence of mind. His poetry encompasses the tradition and heritage of the past and the present, and the development of man in future, he said.
Dr Malhi exhorted him to keep contributing regularly to the society through his strong pen.
Earlier, Dr Ravinder Kaur Dhaliwal, Additional Director Communication, welcomed the dignitaries and the participants.
Prof Ravinder Bhattal highlighted few lines of Gill’s poetry and added that the book speaks volumes of hope, aspiration, frustration, strength, wait, etc. “Gill’s “shahiri” unites everyone,” he stated.
Dr J.S. Dhiman, Additional Director of Research (Natural Resource and Plant Health Management) said that the book sheds light on globalisation, gap between rich and poor, prevailing caste system, female foeticide, hypocrisy, significance of cultural heritage of Punjab, etc.
Gill thanked all the dignitaries and read few of his latest poems.
Dr Jaswinder S. Bhalla, Professor of Extension Education, proposed the vote of thanks. Among others present on this occasion included senior officials of PAU and people from different walks of life. www.cityairnews.com
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