Pargat Singh Satoj
Since the publication of his first short story in 2002 in a newspaper, Satoj has authored numerous works of poetry and fiction. Tera Pind, a collection of poems, was released in 2008. His first novel, Bhagoo was well received by readers in 2009. In 2012 the novel Teevian received critical national acclaim. His short story collection Ghalt Malt Zindgi (2014) drew considerable attention as many of these stories have been translated and published in Hindi, Urdu and Rajasthani.
Pargat Singh is the recipient of several literary awards at local and state level in Punjab. His creative talent was recognized nationally by the Bhartiya Sahitya Akademi (National Academy of Letters) awarding him with the prestigious ‘Young Writer Award in 2012 for his novel, Teevian. Pargat Singh’s deep rooted understanding of the rural socio-economic, cultural and historical life of the peasant and lower middle classes coupled with his adept use of language are evident in all his writing. Pargat Singh holds a double Master’s Degree in Punjabi and History. He currently teaches in the primary school in his ancestral home village, Satoj in the Sangrur district of Punjab, India