In this exceptional, epic, multi-generational novel from award-winning Canadian/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 Lionsbrings 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 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.