Ranitatt: A Punjabi book Review


Literature is our only treasure, which never fades away with time and whose value never depreciates. To read and to write as well as to absorb each word is a pleasure. These days youth is obsessed with English literature or foreign author as I was; but my thinking about Punjabi literature has totally been changed by reading this beautiful visual art by a young and blessed writer “Harman” who named it as “Ranitatt” ( ਰਾਣੀਤੱਤ ), which was awarded by “Sahitya Akademi Award 2017”.

This book is not just a book with tangling words, it forms a connection with nature, connects us to our ancestral roots. You can easily connect with all the things written and imagine everything with a new and much more beautiful perspective. It gives you a whole new perspective to experience our surroundings from wind to rocks, from trees to mountains. It introduces you to beautiful words, grace and deep thoughts which can easily force a wave throughout you.

As you read it page by page the more your inner voice pushes you, page by page the door of the heart opens up. It is like a journey you cry through it, you smile, you take a pause and just breathe away. How even a stone can melt your heart away is what Ranitatt (ਰਾਣੀਤੱਤ) is all about. Fluency in Punjabi will counts for brownie points as some words are difficult to understand.

Moreover, the book is of two parts. The first part is all about poetry which moves you “literally” and gives you a glimpse of how beauty can be seen or even can be felt. Later is  a novel part and clearly introduces you to a world of pure and undiluted beauty. So, it’s good for both kind of readers as one can find poetry as well as chapters in one book.

Rest the thing is as the writer says:

ਅਸਲੀ ਚੀਜ਼ ਤਾੰ ਇਹ ਪਤਾ ਕਰਨਾ ਹੈ ਕਿ ਭਲਾਂ ਧਰਤੀ ਅੰਬਰ ਨਾਲ ਕੀ ਗੱਲਾੰ ਕਰਦੀ ਹੈ (Finding out what the earth and the sky talk about, is the real thing to ponder about)

One should definitely go for this book without any doubts, if you are a bibliophile. If you ask me, I feel everyone should read this so that the seed of humanity and pious-ed perspective can be watered and bloomed into a tree.

Happy reading !

Book Rating: 4.6/5

About the Author:

Gurleen Kaur (PAU, Ludhiana)

Gurleen kaur is a student of biotechnology at Punjab Agricultural University. This young mind of 20 years old can frequently be found wandering with her pair of lens and a pen, which are her greatest assets. An appreciator and a lover of nature who craves for dog’s vibes plus enjoys being in a joint family. She has volunteered for a blood donation based NGO- KHOON. Now she is on a journey to collaborate her words with what she captures.


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