A novel about diseases affecting rural Punjab is published: The Tribune India


Tribune press service

Chandigarh, April 22

“The Cancer Train”, a novel by writer Nachhatar, was released today in Punjab Kala Bhavan in Sector 16.

The 168-page novel is about the train in which patients from Punjab travel from Bathinda to Bikaner for treatment in cancer hospitals.

The release of the book was attended by Narendra Kumar, President, Har-Anand Publications, and panelists Dr Japal Singh and Dr Praveen Sheron. The President of Punjab Sahit Academy, Dr. Sarabjit Kaur Sohal offered the vote of thanks. Dr. Rawail Singh moderated the program.

‘The Cancer Train’ touches on diseases affecting rural Punjab and it seems the solution to these crises is beyond the power of the current dispensation, the novelist said.

It sheds light on an acute ecological crisis in Punjab due to excessive use of pesticides which have contaminated soil, water and air.

A retired banker from Barnala, Nachhatar, is now based in Delhi.

He has published six collections of short stories and as many novels.

Her novel ‘Slow Down’ won the Sahitya Akademi Prize, based on the 2008 global financial disaster and its fallout in India.

The novel, originally written in Punjabi, was translated into English by Parvesh Sharma.

Irene B. Bowles