on November 30, 1999
This book is a beautiful photographic art book. The 150 or so photographs and paintings are generously reproduced with lots of space and, unlike many photographic books, with very descriptive captions. The story of the Sikh martial traditions is well written but rather brief - although the authors have clearly tried very hard to introduce lots of new material. The most striking part of the written text are the quotes taken from various non Sikhs over the last 500 years or so - commenting on the Sikh military traits.
This book is the product of a new generation of Sikh scholar - and a welcome addition. It should however not be targeted solely to the Asian community- which seems the case with this and many other South Asian books. I would also like to have seen something about the famous Sikh flyers of the RAF and IAF and also more about the role of the Sikh soldier in India's modern Army - the authors seem to brush by the important contribution of Sikhs in India's army too brusquely.
On the whole though - a wonderful piece of work.
on December 12, 2000
this book took my breath away and made me feel blessed that i am a sikh as well and that i belong to such a wonderful faith. the pictures of the book are rare and extremely well presented, with the design of the book adding on to it's high rating that i give it points which fall way above the options. a great book for coming generations to revere and find inspiration and sikh pride from. buy it for your kids or for your grandchildren. they are the inheritors of this great tradition that the sikhs are today.
on December 20, 2000
First of all I would say, God Bless S. Amandeep Singh Madra , who has done this great job for the coming sikh generation,the generation born in abroad and does not know about sikh's pride. Great God bless these two gentlemen for that they just clear the dust from the sikh braverly and showed the new generation by publishing this book, who ever forgott the sikhs culture and pride. I might order this book in large quantity to distribute in each gurudwara, this is Surinderpal Singh , USA
on March 2, 2000
I liked the coverage of the Sikh military tradition ,particularly under British rule. I thought an opportunity had been lost to explain the Genocide of Sikhs under Indian rule in the book. More than 250,000 Sikhs have been killed in India since 1984 ,when the Golden Temple was attacked by Indian troops.
Many of the Sikhs (men, woman,children) gave their lives for the Sikh nation,as happened has happened before in Sikh history
on December 22, 2006
Being a young adult that is learning about Sikhi i have to say this book gave me alot of inspiration. Right through from photo's in the 19th century it truly amazed me. Honestly, fantastic! Recommended to anyone and everyone. I have already shown it to a friend and even they said wow you have such a rich history. Only this book could have told me the past which has been forgotten, as pictures say a thousand words..
Hopefully there are more books like this by the author..