In this exceptional, epic, multi-generational novel from
award-winning Sikh author Sohan Koonar, the lives of
three characters in India intertwine from the advent of the
Second World War to the beginning of modern time.
Paper Lions traces the effects of war, independence,
partition, and the younger generation on the ancient
traditions and ways of life. Colourful, tragic, and
absolutely riveting, Paper Lions brings historical India to
itself in the lives of its characters.
Koonar writes, “None of the characters are from personal
experience, however, the cultural/traditions/beliefs are
from having lived them. I was born into a Jat household,
never let caste be my guide, and I am ashamed of the way
women continue to be treated. Thankfully India is slowly
changing. Though I have not been back for about five
years. I will spend a lot more time in the Punjab to finish
the next two books in the Lions trilogy, the second of
which will bring the story to Canada. and the mass
migration of Sikh refugees fleeing persecution.”
“I want to give young Sikhs and Canadians a window into the Sikh faith and history. The facts of history do not lie, the atrocities committed on all sides during partition were real and horrific. I leave it to the reader to decide redemption for my characters living in extraordinary circumstances.” – Sohan Koonar
Sohan S Koonar has lived on four continents: Asia, Africa, Europe and North America. A
physiotherapist by training, a founder of a multi-clinic company, and an inventor with
international patents, Sohan’s first love, writing, won him the Judges’ Choice Award in the
Toronto Star Short Story Contest, and the first Burlington Library Literary Excellence Award.
His previous novel, Karam’s Kismet drew mentions in 16 major dailies in the USA when it was published, and Netflix is presently reading the Paper Lions manuscript. www.sohankoonar.com
Paper Lions by Sohan Koonar/Paperback/978-1-988449-77-7/5.75″ x 8.75″/408 pg./$23.95
Published in Canada by Mawenzi House and available on-line and in all good bookstores.