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ਚਿੱਠੀ-ਪੱਤਰ | ਭਾਦੋਂ 545  Newsletter | Sep 2013
"A people's relationship to their heritage is the same as the relationship of a child to its mother." - John Henrik Clarke

The past never dies. It, rather, lives with us in form of historic buildings, monuments, landscapes, museums, libraries and their contents that survive the cruel clutches of time. But the heritage is not just a matter of the physical remains of a glorious history. Our heritage defines us as individuals, communities and nations. And, the commemoration of a great heritage ought never to be limited to a day's celebrations. It demands from each of us to care for it as we would do for any prized possession.

In this Issue
The Digital Scorecard
Vignettes of Time
Rare Gems
Support PDL
Thank You
The Digital Scorecard
Documents digitized in Aug '13
This month, PDL digitized issues of the newspaper Khalsa Samachar ranging from those of 1932 to 1976. In addition, PDL also digitized some architectural maps of hydel projects in Panjab. pile of books
Total Pages   42,444
Books   148
Magazines   25
Photographs   90
Newspapers   650
Maps   366
Vignettes of Times - PDL's Digital Projection of Rare Documents
pile of books

Like climate, with its longer spells of calm broken by periodic cyclonic disruptions, history also passes through a labyrinthine maze of fertile and barren patches. Consecutive occurrence of turbulent incidences over a short period of a few months, years or decades often resulting in far-reaching consequences and altering a nation’s historical, constitutional and civilizational status is what makes a period fertile in the historical sense. Corresponding spell of a comparative passivity passes for a period of historical barrenness. Seen in this context, the first five decades of twentieth century in India’s history is one of the most fertile periods. It is crowded with the events of utmost political, historical and cultural significance.


Rare Gems
Rare Gems

Jalal ad-din Muhammad Rumi had said, "To find a pearl dive deep into the ocean don’t look in fountains. To find a pearl you must emerge from the water of life always thirsty."

It is very fundamental to be thirsty to be able to quench the thirst and the craving becomes inhabitant within only when one walks and works, and to find the rare gems stored in the heaps of information, it takes effort, time and most important of all, an interest in acquiring the knowledge. Sometimes, a little matchstick works like a catalyst to initialize a spark inside the reader and this little piece of writing attempts to do just that.


There are number of ways for you to support PDL. One of them is to adopt a book. We are looking for Digitization Sponsors.

While we make these five selected books available for adoption here, you may also choose to adopt from the complete list of books.

The Hindu View of Life Book $29 Adopt
Bhai Nand Lal Granthavali Book $54 Adopt
Gurbani Sangeet Book $82 Adopt
Anand Sikhiya Book $4 Adopt
Gyani Gyan Singh Book $29 Adopt

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  1. Spread awareness. Tell more people about us. Send the link to this newsletter, to our website, to our Facebook!
  2. Use the vast resources of PDL for an article, a research project or an academic paper you're writing, or just to satisfy your curiosity!
  3. Donate. This makes us believe that you are one with us in our efforts to preserve the heritage for generations to come. Donate generously.
  4. Submit documents for digitization. Enrich our collection and the world's understanding of the Panjab and her people. Submissions are returned after digitization.
Thank You
Without your contributions to PDL, this organization's progress would be virtually impossible!

PDL thank you all on achieving the support required for completion of the new building by mid-April this year. Without your support it would not have been possible for PDL to reach this milestone.

We'd like to thank our contributors:

  • Rs. 10,000                Kulvinder Singh, India
Every contribution, be it time, money, or a thoughtful comment on Facebook, makes a difference and is greatly appreciated! We'd especially like to extend our sincere gratitude to the volunteers who make PDL run so smoothly.

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