'Voices from Punjab': Celebrating women's contribution to British culture

Wednesday 04th December 2019 07:18 EST
(L-R) Seema Malhotra, Aastha Kapoor Singhania, Dr. Kamel Hothi, Rita Chowdhury, Baroness Sandip Verma, Lady Mohini Kent Noon, Raj Nayyar, Mandeep Rai, Santosh Goyal and Anita Goyal   

A new book chronicling the journeys of 15 Punjabi women with their roots embedded in India and now settled in the UK was launched on Monday, 2nd December. The book launch was organised by the Hemraj Goyal Foundation and attended by eminent women like MP Seema Malothra, Baroness Sandip Verma, Dr Kamel Hothi OBE, Lady Kishwar Desai, Lady Mohini Kent Noon among others. 

Authored by Anita Goyal alongwith co-author Aastha K Singhania, 'Voices from Punjab' features inspiring anecdotes from women of all ages, spanning across the decades of 1920s to 1980s. The book explores unique and profound insights into shared experiences that have persisted across generations in the South Asian culture, from family dynamics to gender inequality and racial discrimination. Voices from Punjab also explores the lives of everyday women who have made great sacrifices to bestow a wealth of opportunity upon future generations. Each and every story illuminates the immeasurable contribution Punjabi women have made to British society. 

The evening celebrated a Punjabi folk dance performed by the JJD group and was proceeded by the panel discussion chaired by the presenter Suzi Mann.

Whilst Anita is the CEO of Hemraj Goyal Foundation and a philanthropist, Aastha is an aspiring journalist and presenter. Anita and Aastha spoke about how the idea of the book came about and how they have been juggling different roles that they play in their lives. The evening also witnessed a special book signing session wherein 100 percent of the proceeds from the book are being donated for a women’s livelihood project in Punjab, India. The book is available at www.hgf.org.uk or Amazon UK, Waterstones, WHSmiths and Troubador online. 

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