LUDHIANA: Taking his enterprising spirit further, an industrialist from Ludhiana, Ranjodh Singh, has combined his hobbies of photography and writing to put together a book on the Sikh shrine Hemkund Sahib, which is nestled high in the Himalayas in Uttarakhand. Ranjodh, who is the managing director of GS Radiotors, has many books to his credit and is also the president of a private college.
Telling about his book “Sri Hemkunt Sahib-A Mystic Pilgrimage”, 47-year-old Ranjodh said the shrine, located in district Chamoli of Uttarakhand, was discovered in 1932. “Hemkund (snowbound lake) Sahib has its reference in Dasam Granth written by Guru Gobind Singh. Its aura and location has always amazed and intrigued pilgrims. My book is an endeavour to highlight the shrine. In the 124 pages of the book, I have given details about the tourist spots on way to the shrine along with the pictures clicked by me. I have also used pictures of the daunting 19-kilometre trek undertaken by the pilgrims to reach the shrine,” he explained.
Ranjodh said he has also given details about the history of the shrine, which is situated in the western Himalayas and is surrounded by a beautiful lake. “It is a great spiritual feeling to be at that shrine. My main purpose to come up with the book is to share and spread my spiritual experience through it,” he added.
Sharing his thoughts about the books, Professor Niranjan Tasleem, who is also a writer of English, said, “It is a trilingual coffee table book and is the author”s attempt to unravel the history, mythology and abundance of the shrine that is truly an extraordinary place of worship. Stunning photographs and beautiful illustrations provide a visual delight to the readers. An accompanying documentary film with multilingual commentary adds yet another dimension to this engaging book.”
Speaking of his passion for photography and writing, Ranjodh said, “I started writing when I was pursuing B. Tech (Mechanical Engineering) at Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College in the city. I used to contribute snippets to the college magazine and also got them published in newspapers. In 2006-07, I got my first book “Desk Book of Vision and Wisdom” published. I came up with another book “Japuji Sahib, Prayer of the Soul”, which was published in 2011.”
He informed that he also came up with another book “Nankana Sahib and Sikh Shrines in Pakistan”. The entrepreneur gives credit for the book to the God as he feels that he got inspiration for the same from the Almighty, and thanked his family members including wife Pinky Ryait, daughter Avneet and son Jaskaran for supporting him in his passion for writing books.