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 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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Scan_20150121 (2)Contributor to the book
The Hydrology of Disastrous Floods in Asia – An Overview

Hydrology and Water Resources Department,

World Meteorological Organization, Geneva, Switzerland


THE HYDROLOGY of disastrous floods in the tropical cyclone and monsoon countries of Asia is changing rapidly, mainly as a consequence of the high rate of economic development accompanied by growing urbanization. It is becoming increasingly ‘intensified’ and ‘localized’ both in terms of cause and effect. For thousands of years the problem of flood disasters has been associated with the plains in the middle and lower reaches of the major rivers which now accommodate approximately half the population of the world. These people have known their rivers for centuries and have, in most cases, tamed them to an extent that the major rivers no longer appear to cause direct major disasters. Feelings of security from floods have increased population pressure beyond any expectations. This has led to the development of land and water resources beyond what is desirable, at the expense of shrinking forests, eroded pastures and polluted rivers and lakes. Traditionally, operational hydrological activities are geared to floods in large rivers, whereas the major flood disasters now occur in densely populated areas in small river catchments. A Persian proverb aptly describes the problem: ‘In the ants’ house the dew is a flood’.

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Avenue des Eidguenots et Chemin du Nant-Cayla
Quel avenir pour ce secteur?

L’Association du quartier des Eidguenots
Septembre 2000

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Préparé par : Naginder S. SEHMI -1999