Daulat Singh Panwar has led an interesting life –
from joining the Indian Navy, to becoming the first literate person in his
family and handling a job overseas in Middle East countries, from a shy
glossophobic, to a charismatic oilfields skills instructor, a manager and a consultant.
Daulat transcends child marriage, and later,
manages in getting his son married off in an intercaste marriage much against
his mother’s wishes. He has, in short, seen it all. He finds humour in despair.
In this delightful memoir, Daulat Singh writes in
a very tongue-in-cheek style, chronicling episodes from his life with fond
reminiscence and candour. This is a beautiful walk down the memory lane, down a
path that very few voices tell tales from.
Daulat Singh Panwar was
born in July 1948 to a poor peasant family with no literacy, in a remote and
backward village called Ranata, in Rajasthan, India. He used to walk barefoot
for a distance of 5 kilometres to a middle school to become the first literate
member of his family. He joined the Indian Navy and served for 15 years, where
he became a university graduate, before joining the Health, Safety and
Environment Department in the oilfields of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and
the Sultanate of Oman where he worked for over 25 years.
Due to the nature of his
job, Daulat Singh stayed away from his family and friends that made him realise
the value of his loved ones. His longing for them gave birth to a poet within
him. He took up writing and published two books of love and spiritual poems
from the United Kingdom and India respectively. He leads a happy retired life
and lives with his mother and wife in Ajmer, India. Daulat Singh regularly
contributes his poems to the International Society – of Poets (www.poetry.com)
for which he was awarded with several Editors' Choice Awards and International
Poet of Merit Awards.