LAL SINGH (1889 – 1979)
Lal Singh (pen-name Kamla Akali), was the founder of the travelogue genre in Punjabi literature and an essayist of renown. His travelogue Mera Valayati Safar Nama (My Travel to England) has been acclaimed by the reading public. Sailani Des Bhagat, another travelogue, describes the return from Japan of two Indian patriots. As an essayist, Lal Singh wrote on topics close to life and people. His writings are significant in the context of the development of modern Punjabi prose. In Acaran (literally, Character) the essayist reflects upon how significant character formation is for a full and dignified life.
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