The theme of this book club is Sikhism.

This book club is aimed mainly for individuals who have a passion for reading and who are keen to also catch up with their reading on ‘Sikh books’. Though one need not be a Sikh to join the book club, one must know that the books we choose to read will be on the theme of Sikhism.

By Sikh books, we mean books on different aspects of Sikhism written from historical, political, social, cultural, theological or philosophical perspectives. We will read books from different genres such as  academic, novel, memoir, collection of essays, fiction, etc., and books will be chosen to cover a wide range of topics with all participants having a say in the selection of books. Where possible, each book may also have accompanying readings such as biography of the author, or critiques of the book in case of a controversial book. (read more on topics of books …)

Our goal is to read one book each month, and then get together once a month to discuss the book and gain a deeper understanding of that book. As a group, we will decide the location and time of meetings. We will take turns hosting the discussions each month. In case someone cannot host the discussion at his or her place, we will get together in a cafe or library. We intend to keep it a small group so as to have a meaningful discussion where all can participate.

We believe this book club will:

  • give us a structure to aid our reading (at the end of year, we will have read and discussed at least twelve books)
  • bring us in touch with other avid readers in Sikh community
  • broaden our understanding of Sikh community and religion
  • through our discussions, give us different perspectives on the same book
  • help us explore and discuss difficult topics in a friendly environment
  • provide us with information (titles, summaries, reviews) about the Sikh books out there

By joining the book club, you will be committing to reading the monthly book, attending the monthly meeting and participating in the discussion of the book.


5 Responses to “About”

  1. Jodha November 10, 2008 at 11:54 am #

    We also have an ongoing book club. Feel free to join and best wishes to yours in Massachusettes.

    In Chardikala,

    Intro – http://thelangarhall.com/archives/720
    Part 1 – http://thelangarhall.com/archives/978
    Part 2 – http://thelangarhall.com/archives/1037

  2. Sarbjeet November 11, 2008 at 12:31 pm #

    Thanks for the information. We have added links to your book club on our resources page and will be following the discussions on your blog. We’d be interested to know the list of books that you intend to read and discuss in your book club. May be we can coordinate to discuss a couple of books in synch.

    Best wishes

  3. Jodha November 11, 2008 at 1:37 pm #

    Dear Sarbjeet,

    I don’t think we have a formal list yet. This is sort of our first experiment and we’ll see how it goes. However, let’s stay in touch and see how it works.


  4. Pavan sher singh kalsia February 20, 2010 at 10:31 pm #

    Kindly let me know if you have any such workshops in New Delhi India?. Thanks. Regards

  5. Sarbjeet February 21, 2010 at 10:34 am #

    Pavan Sher Singhji,
    We are a group of people based in Massachusetts who get together to discuss readings on different aspects of Sikhi. We do not have workshops in New Delhi but would you be interested in starting a similar book club in New Delhi? If yes, we will be happy to share our resources and experiences with you.
    Also, keep an eye on the website http://www.sikhbookclub.org As per my understanding, a group of Sikhs in Canada are working on this project to provide resources and collaboration to Sikhs who are running book clubs or are interested in starting one.
    Gur Fateh.

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