- Paperback: 244 pages
- Publisher: UBS Publishers Distributors; 1 edition (1 June 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 8174762108
- ISBN-13: 978-8174762108
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.9 x 22.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,23,121 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Love Stories from Punjab: "Sohni-Mihiwal", "Herr-Ranjha", "Sassi-Punna", "Mirza-Sahibahn" Paperback – Jun 1998
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But it is quite unsettling that in this book (to appeal to Anglicized young Punjabis) the women would give themselves to someone they barely met .... that is not love, that is mere animal instinct.
Please ... the Mahiwal already had 4 wives and loved Sohni's pottery, and hence was obsessed (not loved) Sohni. And Sohni sneaks out of her home to tell Mahiwal his presence is creating viscous rumors, yet the girl sleeps with him!
If Mahiwal loved Sohni, he could have set up shop for Sohni's family to create fine pottery for him in his hometown. Instead Sohni and her family are defamed and business suffers!
There are so many other parts of book that made me do double-take.
In Sassi Pannu, Pannu is a womanizer and yet he falls in love with Sassi because Sassi is obsessed with his painting? That makes no sense. So how is Sassi different from all women who are treated like objects by Pannu?
I guess people have a right to tell folk stories the way they want, but it just rubbed me the wrong way.
However, I did feel transported to another time and place of Traditional Punjabi culture .... culture of love, beauty, and bravery .... despite the book's shortcomings.