The ‘Red Maize’ – a story of resilience of silent sufferers of conflict in Jammu and Kashmir – made waves upon its launch in 2015 and went on to win the Tata Literature Live first book award.
Author, a gentleman literary cop Danesh Rana, always wanted to have a Punjabi version. Thanks to Khalid Hussain, a Punjabi writer uniquely respected on both sides of Indo-Pak divide in Punjab and Jammu & Kashmir, the Punjabi version of Red Maize is out. The English original was published by Harper Collins while the Punjabi edition has come from Chaitanya Prakashan, Ludhiana.
Director General of Police Dilbag Singh on Wednesday released Punjabi translation of “Red Maize” at PHQ in presence of ADGPs A. K. Choudhary, S. J. M. Gillani, A.G. Mir, IGP (Hqrs.) PHQ Garib Dass, eminent Punjabi literary figure and retired bureaucrat Khalid Hussain, SO to IGP Armed Jammu Shri Sanjay Kotwal and AIG (Welfare/Comm.) PHQ Manoj Pandit.
The book “Red Maize” was published in 2015 by Harper Collins India and was awarded Tata Literature Live First Book award in Fiction at a ceremony held in Mumbai. This ceremony was attended by literary stalwarts from around the world.
The Punjabi translation has been done by Dr. Randeer Kour, Assistant Prof. Punjabi Literature. The Punjabi translation has been published by Chaitanya Prakashan Ludhiana.
This book is a tale of resilience of the silent sufferers of the conflict and the valour of those who stood up to the onslaught of guns and terror. The author Shri Danesh Rana has expressed thanks to uniformed personnel who sacrificed their lives, fighting bravely against militants with special thanks to SPOs who defended their land and people against all odds and often emerged victorious. He has expressed gratitude to Shri Khalid Hussain the driving force, flag bearer, the cheer leader and the champion behind the translation. Shri Rana has also expressed his thanks to Mr. Manmohan, prolific writer in Punjabi and a senior IPS officer for his unflinching support & encouragement, Swami Antar Neerav, a Punjabi poet of great repute and Dr. Kamaldeep.