Amardeep Singh a professional based out of Singapore has published a unique coffee table book with beautiful photographs of the lost Sikh heritage and the vestiges of the Sikh kingdom which is fast disappearing in Pakistan.
A deep-rooted desire to connect with the land of his ancestors propelled him, to visit Pakistan and delve into the vestiges of our community, which was impelled to move eastwards owing to the partition of the Indian sub-continent in 1947. The journey was undertaken across West Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Pakistan Administered Kashmir.
In the book "LOST HERITAGE - The Sikh Legacy in Pakistan", S. Amardeep Singh has chronicled insight into the glorious era by exploring the relinquished heritage spanning between the 15th and 21st centuries. The narrative, written in a lucid style, in over 504 pages is interspersed with 507 photographs of historic monuments, forts, battlegrounds, commercial and residential establishments and places of prayer that bear mute witness to the heart-wrenching partition. This illustrative exploration of arts, architecture, culture and history, discerns the erstwhile secularity of the region.
Prof. Ishtiaq Ahmed of Stockholm University states, “S. Amardeep Singh’s labor of love, Lost Heritage: The Sikh Legacy in Pakistan, resuscitates in a prose that speaks directly to the heart and pictures which uniquely capture the distinctive Sikh contribution to the spiritual, social, cultural and architectural history of present-day Pakistan, over which a curtain was drawn when India and the Punjab were partitioned in 1947.”
Two years later Amardeep Singh has published his second book in 2017. This sequel which is entitled "THE QUEST CONTINUES: LOST HERITAGE The Sikh Legacy in Pakistan". This further explores the remnants of the Sikh legacy in 90 additional cities and villages in Pakistan.
President, Yale-NUS College Prof Tan Tai Yong states, “Through his on-going quest, Amardeep has produced yet another evocative volume that brings to life the forgotten legacy.”
These books are aimed at providing a strong impetus to those in search of their roots and for those interested in the bygone era. S. Amardeep Singh must be highly commended for his effort in bringing out these books.