Garland Around My Neck is the riveting story of a rare humanist whose passionate concerns gave dignity and hope to thousands of men and women.
In the annals of twentieth-century Punjab (or the whole of India for that matter), there are few who embodied the range, resoluteness and rigorous self-discipline in life as Puran Singh Ji (1904--92) did.
A barefoot colossus who strode the country—or at least 88 years of it –he left a legacy of concern and compassion for not only India’s neglected social strata, but also for the environment: from the vanishing tree cover to the increasingly polluted air and water, and for animals on whom he lavished the same love.
This remarkable man’s incredible journey through life is movingly portrayed and the gripping narrative is given a wholly new dimension by a unique collection of photographs.
This book covers the life of Bhagat Puran Singh Ji whose life of selfless service is an example to the world. For many years, he physically carried Piara (an incontinent and mentally disadvantaged person) on his back while he carried out the great sewa for the sick and handicapped. In paying tribute to this, the book has been named "Garland Around My Neck".
Bhagat Puran Singh Ji and Piara - the Garland Around His Neck
Bhagat Puran Singh Ji and Piara - many years later