2018 Dhahan Prize Finalist
Harpreet Sekha is a Canadian Punjabi author of fiction and non-fiction, who migrated to Canada with his parents in 1988. Sekha holds a diploma in Mechanical Engineering and is currently employed as a Computer Numerical Control Machinist. His written work explores themes and experiences that resonate with South Asian Canadians, such as inequality, social justice, and migrant experience. His writings include the non-fiction Taxinaama (2011) and short story collections Bi Ji Muskra Paye (2006) and BaaranBoohey (2013). Baaran Boohey was translated and published into Hindi as well. He completed an authorized translation of Hugh Johnston’s Jewels of the Qila, into Punjabi which was published as Qiley dey Moti in 2017. A number of his stories are included in anthologies being used as text books in School Boards and Universities in India. At Kurukshetra University, Taxinaama has been included in the Punjabi M.A. program, and his work was the focus of many students’ M. Phil research. Harpreet’s stories have also been adapted for stage performance by many celebrated theatre directors in India.