Nachhattar Singh Brar
Nachhattar Singh Brar was born and raised in a hard-working farming family in Janare, a village built upon an ancient mound of ruins in the Moga District of Punjab, India. After completing high school, he joined the Indian Air Force. While in service he successfully earned a Master’s Degree in Punjabi and a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering. After eighteen years with the Indian Air Force, he joined the Punjab Technical Education Department as an instructor.
Upon arriving in Canada in 1996 he settled in the growing suburb of Surrey, British Columbia. He started to work as a supervisor in a security company and became a keen observer of life and work in his adopted country. At the age of sixty-two he penned his inaugural novel, Kaehri Rutae Ay (Which Season (we) Arrived). Later he wrote a defining account in Punjabi of life in the air force, Jadan Nate Fighter Dian (Memories of An Air Fighter). Another novel Chithian Di Sajha (Sentence of Letters) was well received by the literary and Punjabi community with its heart tugging story line. Nachhattar Singh figuratively returned to his roots by writing a booklet on the history of his home village Janare. His third novel Aalanae Di Odan (Nest’s Flight) is a touching story on the vissitudes of immigrant life in Canada.