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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Mereo Books (10 Jan. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861510241
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861510242
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,170,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Naginder Sehmi was born in Kenya in 1937. A Kenyan-Swiss now lives in Geneva Switzerland having served in a specialized agency of the United Nations for 27 years in the field of water resources. He started as a teacher in Kenya and became a hydrologist in the Ministry Water in 1965. At heart he remains an Indian and a Sikh who has spent much of his life exploring and challenging the borders between eastern and western cultures and the frontiers between science and spirituality.

His first book, Twisted Turban centers on a heart-rending story of hardship and unfulfilled romantic love in a caste-based society. Through true-life accounts, it provides an unparalleled insight into the lives of Sikhs in India and the Asian diaspora across Africa, Europe and America. Full of humour, insight and keen observation, the book is an account of a personal journey and at the same time a commentary on some of the problems of today's society. As an intellectual and an academic, the author has never ceased to wonder at the cynical and often gullible cultural and religious assumptions of society.

Susheel Ram, a lawyer in the UK remembered him after more than 57 years: "This breaking news has engendered a certain degree of euphoria and elation in my mind and heart. Glad I am to note Naginder's rise to the ranks of writers of distinction and the fact that he hails from our Eldoret and being my esteemed contemporary makes me feel proud of his latest achievement. Mind you this is not surprising as right from the earlier days at the Schools in Eldoret he trailed the blaze of successes. It seemed that Naginder was designed/destined for accomplishments, engineered for success and endowed with the seeds of greatness from the humble beginnings. I vividly recall my misspent youth with Mohinder(his younger brother) whereas Naginder had a strong will, a settled purpose an invincible determination which produced best of successes for him, a real treasury of inspiration.
Naginder by writing "Twisted Turban" has demonstrated that key to life is not accumulation but contribution, an invaluable one.
I can go on to sing praises of Naginder Sehmi but I have to fight the temptation and convey my personal heartiest congratulations to Naginder on getting a literary entry into the annals of scholars. A crowning glory in retirement in Switzerland."

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I have just finished reading this, and have thoroughly enjoyed the experience. After a tumulus journey from Eldoret to Tajpur, I focused on the main aim of the book, namely to discuss and understand spirituality. The author manages to provide a simple yet highly credible approach to maintaining a spiritual existence devoid of meaningless practices, mechanical procedures and divisive principals. The main message, that God is Love, Nature and Knowledge has resonated well with me. Many will think the authors view on holy scriptures as being close to blasphemous, but in truth the author has simply reminded us all that these scriptures have all the information we need to live a successful life, however it is for man to use this information and turn it to knowledge and then execution, rather than rely on mere repetition without understanding.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By andrea hummel on 16 Jan. 2014
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The book gives a deep insight into Sikh society, their caste system, their lives in the diaspora around the world.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By GS Mudhar on 1 Feb. 2014
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The discripition of the place and the country is well known to me as I lived there for 50+ years. He is a friend, but mixed up too many things.
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Walk The Talk 16 Jan. 2014
By Sunita Sehmi - Published on
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A wonderful and beautifully story written by Naginder Sehmi's . His tale of hope, longing and belonging leaves you aching for more.
Throughout the story we are drawn into a fascinating saga set against the vast, colorful background of the India, Switzerland and Africa.
A great narrative he has been brave enough to portray himself as authentically and as honestly as he could and that takes courage.

A must read for anyone who is interested in incredible personal journeys. I highly recommend it!

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Excellent book and very interesting real story 4 Feb. 2014
By Susanne Staub - Published on
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Extremely interesting to read how life was for a young Indian to grow up in Kenia, and real admiration to see what one can make of his life!
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An accomplished wise man in person 8 Jan. 2014
By Upi Struzak - Published on
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I have read the book. It is written for thinking people. Most readers are good thinkers. Surely they will like it.
Not only a spiritual Odyssey 19 Jun. 2014
By Hanspeter Heckendorn - Published on
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The biography starts in Eldore in the White Highlands of Kenya and ends in Geneva where the water flowing from the Mont-Blanc joins the river Rhone. It tells the life-long search of the author for true love and true wisdom. This journey through the life of an open-minded, intelligent and critical scientist and "homme de lettres" and his deep-felt personal Rousseau-like confessions can be highly recommended.
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Disappointing 4 Jan. 2014
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Knowing the author I expected the book to be more interesting. I find it rather shallow and lackluster. There is nothing in it which could be universally appealing.
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