Ludhiana: The translation of Jaswant Zafar’s select poems in English ‘The other shore of words’ was released by Padma Shri Surjit Patar and Amarjit Singh Grewal. The book comprising 75 poems have translations by Punjab Sahit Ratan and Sahitya Academy awardee Prof Niranjan Tasneem, scholar of English, Principal Gurshminder Jagpal and Jasdeep Singh a software engineer. Prof Niranjan Tasneem in his inaugural address said that Jaswant Zafar’s poetry endeared itself to the reader due to its profundity of thoughts and simplicity of expression.
He further stated that it was this quality that drew him into translating Zafar. Gurshminder Jagpal spoke on the relevance of translation in the present day world and opined that efforts such as these shall enable Punjabi poetry reach international readership. He also advocated the need to make available good bi-lingual books easily accessible to students in universities, colleges and schools.
Jasdeep was quite elated with his maiden attempt and expressed his desire to stay committed to translating more Punjabi projects. Noted thinker Amarjit Singh Grewal felt that with such endeavours of translators Punjabi shall get much deserved recognition. Dr Surjit from Punjabi University Patiala said that translation makes the readers across the globe relish diverse cultural and linguistic flavours. Padma Shri Dr Surjit Patar in his valedictory address said that such bi-lingual projects bridge the cultural gaps making us understand and appreciate others better. He also felt that such efforts keep Indians settled abroad closer to their roots.
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