Une Lumière Voyageuse: Légendes d’un Fakir Indien
Découvrez les légendes associées aux périples extraordinaires d’un voyageur indien, et redevenez l’enfant qui est en vous en contant ces histoires à vos propres enfants. Écrits au XVIe siècle, les récits de Nānak Dev suivent la tradition ancestrale du monde, qui consiste à raconter des récits mythologiques et héroïques.  Accompagnez Baba Nanak – un fakir indien du XVe siècle qui a voyagé pendant vingt-quatre ans dans des contrées étranges – dans son périple à travers l’Arabie, le Tibet, l’Afghanistan ou encore le Sri Lanka. Il a rencontré des démons, des magiciens, des rois cannibales, des reines magiciennes, des voleurs et des malfaiteurs de toutes sortes. Le véritable héros est son drôle de compagnon, Mardana, qui s’attire toujours des ennuis. Baba Nanak le sauve avec des moyens captivants, fascinants, miraculeux et magiques. Pour les parents, ces contes, riches en enseignements moraux et en anecdotes humoristiques extraordinaires, sont parfaits pour être racontés au moment du coucher.

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Travelling Light Legends of an Indian Fakir
Go along with Baba Nanak, an Indian fakir of the fifteenth century, who travelled through strange lands extending from Arabia to Tibet and Afghanistan to Sri Lanka for twenty-four years. He encountered demons, magicians, cannibal-kings, magician-queens, thieves, and malefactors of all kinds and taught them how to live correctly. The real hero is his companion Mardana, who is funny and entertaining and always finds his way into trouble. Baba Nanak rescues him with captivating, fascinating, miraculous and magical ways. For parents, these tales, rich in moral teachings and extraordinary humorous anecdotes, are perfect for narrating at bedtime.

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Les Chants de Nanak Dev, le premier Sikh

Recueil de Pensées Socio-philosophiques, Laïques et Parfois Impies du Prophète-Voyageur au XVème Siècle.

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Songs of Nanak Dev

Who was Nanak?

Very few know Nanak Dev, the reformer, legendary traveller and outstanding poet. Nanak Dev was born on 13 April 1469, although his birth anniversary is celebrated in November, in a small village called Talvandi near the big city of Lahore in India. In those times Pakistan did not exist.

Nanak Dev and stories of his travels

Nanak Dev is better known through stories in the four Janamsakhis (life stories) that were written over a hundred years after his death. With his companions, Bala a Hindu or Mardana a Moslem or both, Nanak Dev travelled for twenty-four years in India, Arabia, Iraq, Persia, Afghanistan, Tibet, and Sri Lanka, No other prophet is known to have travelled as much. (See Map). These stories helped the historians to trace the routes Nanak Dev followed, the places he visited and verify the dates.

According to these stories Nanak performed numerous miracles. But they are not true because he was fiercely against the practice of miracles and magic. Moreover the stories contain too many chronological inconsistencies, miraculous events often coming close to magic and incredibility ransacking Nanak’s thinking amply expressed in his own poems. Nanak Dev was a very great and brave person having undertaken such long perilous journeys full of dangers. He met many people of all sorts, good and bad. To guide people in the right direction he often set up a funny situation. To associate such a great person to out-of-the ordinary acts is not exceptional.

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Twisted Turban, a multi-stringed novel, based on author’s own life centres on a heart-rending story of hardship and unfulfilled romantic love in a caste-based society. Full of humour and keen observation, it provides an unparalleled insight into the lives of Sikhs in India and the Asian diaspora across Africa, Europe and America. At the same time he deals with problems of today’s society never ceasing to wonder at the cynical and often gullible cultural and religious assumptions.

Naginder Sehmi, a Kenyan-Swiss, now lives in Geneva, Switzerland having served in a specialised agency of the United Nations for 27 years in the field of water resources. He started as a teacher in Kenya and became a hydrologist in the Ministry Water in 1965. As an intellectual and an academic, he has has spent much of his life exploring and challenging the borders between eastern and western cultures and the frontiers between science and spirituality.

Published by Mereo, Memoirs Publishing, Cirencester, UK, December 2013

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Fate of Indra: A Thought-Provoking Journey of a Kenyan Indian

Using his own Sikh model of traditions and beliefs, the author puts forth intelligent and often critical conversations hinged on an entangled love story that spans decades.
This is a recast shorter version of his first book just published in India. It’s available also as

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Quel avenir pour ce secteur?

L’Association du quartier des Eidguenots
Septembre 2000

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Préparé par : Naginder S. SEHMI -1999

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