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The old man in the ac two-tier compartment, staring at the passing landscape, seemed uneasy about something, turned to his son sitting beside him and asked, "What is this?"

The son whispered, "It is a diaper."

The old man was hard on hearing, "What?" he asked again. He seemed irritated.

The son looked embarrassed. In a louder voice, he said, "Diaper."

The little boy sitting in the opposite seat was surprised, "He is wearing a diaper?"

His mother shushed him.

"Amma, only babies wear diapers, no? Why is he wearing it?"

His mother shushed him again, this time a bit more severely. The boy went quiet but continued staring at the old man.

The mother asked the old man's son, "Dementia or Alzheimer?"



Gurdial Singh, a Jnanpith award winner, was one of Punjab and India's great writers. His novels give us a great glimpse into Punjabi culture and its values. This article speaks about the major concerns of Gurdial Singh in his novels. It also discusses the craft of Gurdial Singh and acknowledges the enormous contributions made by translators like Prof. Rana Nayar, who ensured Gurdial Singh's works are read across India. 

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Rana Nayar

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