Punjabi writer Nirmal Singh Nimma’s latest Punjabi novel ‘Hind Pak Border Nama’ that unfolds his real love story was released at Punjabi Bhawan in Ludhiana on Saturday.
It took the writer about five years to write this 300-page book on his love story, which has its roots in Pakistan and dates back to early 80s.
Talking to Hindustan Times after book release function, Nimma, who originally hails from Gurdaspur district, said, “When I approached various publishers, none of them showed enthusiasm to publish it, as they thought that my story might put them behind bars.”
“I am however, thankful to Manjit Singh, a publisher from Rajpura, who understood the value of my experience and published it,” he said.
“Coming to the novel’s cynosure, it presents that while I was doing my MPhil in Punjabi, I was fascinated with Pakistani literature, which motivated me to visit Pakistan. So, I visited Pakistan many times. But, rather than taking a visa, I crossed the border several times on my own. During one such visit to Sailkot town of Pakistan, I fell in love with a young Pakistani girl Seema and also brought her to India once. I showed her Golden Temple in Amritsar, Taj Mahal in Agra and Red Fort in Delhi. This love made me cross the border several times without any visa to meet her,” he shares who went on add with a smile that once he was also caught in Pakistan but her love who was quiet rich bribed the officers there who let me come back to India.
Later he added, “I never thought I will write it as I had illegally crossed the border but I am thankful to noted writer Gurbhajan Bhullar who inspired to write this experience and I must say that love knows no boundaries including religion.”
Besides, this he has written several other books on different subjects including poetry books and is of the strong view that very few writers write the truth.