REVIEW – Surrey604 Magazine

Raj Arneja’s new book evokes powerful emotions of becoming a mother

Raj Arneja’s joy to motherhood is her most fulfilling life experience. Her journey is filled with emotions and strife, after traveling thousands of miles from Canada to India which led her to a happiness beyond her own expectations.

Raj, the Director of Corporate Engagement and Philanthropy at Nanak Foods, recently announced the launch of her extremely personal and thought-provoking book, Love at First Sight – A Mother’s Journey to Adoption, which chronicles her journey to adopting her two beautiful children Kabir and Kirti. The book promises to inspire you to never give up hope, no matter what life throws at you.

In her book, Raj describes the challenges she faced in the 1990’s while trying to adopt her now grown up children. The stigma surrounding adoption in the South Asian community  gave Raj a reason to pen her story, share her experiences and inspire people to take a chance on life and parenthood.

“Like most people, I have faced many challenges in life. Not being able to conceive was heartbreaking at first and I longed to feel the love and joy of a baby. While I felt the sadness, I was also not ready to give up,” says Raj. “I knew I would love and experience it all through adoption. With a strong will and stronger love for children, I adopted my two kids. Every day since then has been a blessing. It has been the best decision of my life.”

Raj has always believed that giving birth to a child is not the only thing that makes a woman a mother. It is the unconditional love you have for your child that makes you one. Love at First Sight – A Mother’s Journey to Adoption will inspire young mothers and aspiring parents exploring the option to adopt a child.

Raj loves her children more than anyone in the world and she hopes that her book will inspire more people to adopt, or diminish the stigma surrounding adoption. People who have read Raj’s book have found it to be of wise council.

“I hope my chosen path and my struggles can help someone find their way to undying love, just as I have with my children,” she says.

Testimonials

Rajiee M Shinde, CEO, ShowBox Channel of IN10 Media Pvt Ltd. A Dada Saheb Phalke Film Foundation award winner was enamored by her story. Rajiee says, “With powerful words, and wonderfully exhibited emotions, Raj gives you an insight into how her struggles and accomplishments shape her as a mother. Her journey to date is evidence of what a complete and beautiful human being she is – a remarkable example for society!”

Dr. Bal Pawa, Co-Founder Westcoast Women’s Clinic, Author of The Mind-Body Cure and TedX Speaker, found the book ‘compelling’. “This book highlights the power of love: unconditional, expansive, and infinite. Raj’s incredible perseverance and unwavering faith in a higher purpose fuel her maternal instinct to never give up.

Heart-wrenching emotions are illustrated in the trials and tribulations of IVF treatments, cultural expectations, and navigating unknown waters of overseas adoptions. I especially loved her explanation of adoption to her child, “you came from my heart.” This unforgettable reframing of biology should certainly inspire more couples to adopt.”

“A remarkable story of perseverance, love and family. Raj’s life story is an inspiration. Her journey to motherhood reminds us all of the power of intention and manifesting the life we wish to have. This book is a must read for anyone looking for an uplifting and refreshing take on finding purpose and meaning through all of life’s adventures and challenges.” – Bal Brach, CBC Journalist, Documentary Filmmaker, Reporter CBC Vancouver

The book is available on Amazon:

Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/Love-First-Sight-Mothers-Adoption/dp/1999254104
Others: https://www.amazon.com/Love-First-Sight-Mothers-Adoption/dp/1999254104

About Raj Arneja

Born into an immigrant family and raised in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada, Raj’s childhood memories are full of colourful stories of supporting family and friends as they settled into their new country and adjusted to new customs and traditions. Raj works hard at building relationships within the community through her work at Nanak Foods.

She directs the company’s philanthropic initiatives, including strategy, programming, and partnership development, and the day-to-day operation of all corporate contributions. Raj also sits on various boards, where she adds value through her skills and experience. She is a well-known entity in the South Asian community in the Vancouver area.

Raj enjoys supporting various charitable, non-profit community organizations, including the Seva Thrift Society, VISAFF, and two girls’ orphanages in Punjab. Raj strongly feels that humanity has no borders and we should reach out and help wherever we are able to, regardless of race, gender or nationality. Raj lives in Surrey, British Columbia, with her husband and 2 children. She is an avid traveler and has travelled to over 60 countries, many times with her children and to some as a volunteer.

Link to the online version: Love at First Sight: A Mother’s Journey to Adoption | Surrey604 Magazine

REVIEW – Drishti Magazine

Raj Arneja’s new book evokes powerful emotions of becoming a mother

Raj Arneja’s joy to motherhood is her most fulfilling life experience.  Her journey is filled with emotions and strife, after traveling thousands of miles from Canada to India which led her to a happiness beyond her own expectations.

Raj, the Director of Corporate Engagement and Philanthropy at Nanak Foods, recently announced the launch of her extremely personal and thought-provoking book, Love at First Sight – A Mother’s Journey to Adoption, which chronicles her journey to adopting her two beautiful children Kabir and Kirti. The book promises to inspire you to never give up hope, no matter what life throws at you.

In her book, Raj describes the challenges she faced in the 1990’s while trying to adopt her now grown up children. The stigma surrounding adoption in the South Asian community  gave Raj a reason to pen her story, share her experiences and inspire people to take a chance on life and parenthood.

“Like most people, I have faced many challenges in life. Not being able to conceive was heartbreaking at first and I longed to feel the love and joy of a baby. While I felt the sadness, I was also not ready to give up,” says Raj. “I knew I would love and experience it all through adoption. With a strong will and stronger love for children, I adopted my two kids. Every day since then has been a blessing. It has been the best decision of my life.”

Raj has always believed that giving birth to a child is not the only thing that makes a woman a mother. It is the unconditional love you have for your child that makes you one. Love at First Sight – A Mother’s Journey to Adoption will inspire young mothers and aspiring parents exploring the option to adopt a child.

Raj loves her children more than anyone in the world and she hopes that her book will inspire more people to adopt, or diminish the stigma surrounding adoption. People who have read Raj’s book have found it to be of wise council.

“I hope my chosen path and my struggles can help someone find their way to undying love, just as I have with my children,” she says.

Testimonials

Rajiee M Shinde, CEO, ShowBox Channel of IN10 Media Pvt Ltd. A Dada Saheb Phalke Film Foundation award winner was enamored by her story. Rajiee says, “With powerful words, and wonderfully exhibited emotions, Raj gives you an insight into how her struggles and accomplishments shape her as a mother. Her journey to date is evidence of what a complete and beautiful human being she is – a remarkable example for society!”

Dr. Bal Pawa, Co-Founder Westcoast Women’s Clinic, Author of The Mind-Body Cure and TedX Speaker, found the book ‘compelling’. “This book highlights the power of love: unconditional, expansive, and infinite. Raj’s incredible perseverance and unwavering faith in a higher purpose fuel her maternal instinct to never give up. Heart-wrenching emotions are illustrated in the trials and tribulations of IVF treatments, cultural expectations, and navigating unknown waters of overseas adoptions. I especially loved her explanation of adoption to her child, “you came from my heart.” This unforgettable reframing of biology should certainly inspire more couples to adopt.”

The book is available on Amazon:

Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/Love-First-Sight-Mothers-Adoption/dp/1999254104

Others: https://www.amazon.com/Love-First-Sight-Mothers-Adoption/dp/1999254104

About Raj Arneja

Born into an immigrant family and raised in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada, Raj’s childhood memories are full of colourful stories of supporting family and friends as they settled into their new country and adjusted to new customs and traditions. Raj works hard at building relationships within the community through her work at Nanak Foods. She directs the company’s philanthropic initiatives, including strategy, programming, and partnership development, and the day-to-day operation of all corporate contributions. Raj also sits on various boards, where she adds value through her skills and experience. She is a well-known entity in the South Asian community in the Vancouver area.

Raj enjoys supporting various charitable, non-profit community organizations, including the Seva Thrift Society, VISAFF, and two girls’ orphanages in Punjab. Raj strongly feels that humanity has no borders and we should reach out and help wherever we are able to, regardless of race, gender or nationality.

Raj lives in Surrey, British Columbia, with her husband and 2 children.  She is an avid traveler and has travelled to over 60 countries, many times with her children and to some as a volunteer.

Link to the online version: Love at first sight: A Mother’s Journey to Adoption – Drishti Magazine

REVIEW – Desi Buzz Canada

LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT: Nanak Foods’ Raj Arneja Releases Book On Being An Adoptive Mother

Raj Arneja, the Director of Corporate Engagement and Philanthropy at Nanak Foods, chronicles her journey to adopting her two beautiful children Kabir and Kirti. The book promises to inspire readers to never give up hope, no matter what life throws at you.

By DESIBUZZCanada Staff

SURREY  – Nanak Foods Proprietor Raj Arneja says her joy to motherhood is her most fulfilling life experience.  

Her journey, which she described in her just released book Love at first sight: A Mother’s Journey to Adoption, is filled with emotions and strife, after traveling thousands of miles from Canada to India which led her to happiness beyond her own expectations. 

Arneja, the Director of Corporate Engagement and Philanthropy at Nanak Foods, chronicles her journey to adopting her two beautiful children Kabir and Kirti. The book promises to inspire readers to never give up hope, no matter what life throws at you.

In her book, Arneja describes the challenges she faced in the 1990’s while trying to adopt her now grown up children. The stigma surrounding adoption in the South Asian community gave her a reason to pen her story, share her experiences and inspire people to take a chance on life and parenthood.

“Like most people, I have faced many challenges in life. Not being able to conceive was heartbreaking at first and I longed to feel the love and joy of a baby. While I felt the sadness, I was also not ready to give up,” says Arneja. “I knew I would love and experience it all through adoption. With a strong will and stronger love for children, I adopted my two kids. Every day since then has been a blessing. It has been the best decision of my life.”

Dr. Bal Pawa, Co-Founder Westcoast Women’s Clinic, Author of The Mind-Body Cure and TedX Speaker, says she found the book ‘compelling’. “This book highlights the power of love: unconditional, expansive, and infinite. Raj’s incredible perseverance and unwavering faith in a higher purpose fuel her maternal instinct to never give up. Heart-wrenching emotions are illustrated in the trials and tribulations of IVF treatments, cultural expectations, and navigating unknown waters of overseas adoptions. I especially loved her explanation of adoption to her child, “you came from my heart.” This unforgettable reframing of biology should certainly inspire more couples to adopt.”

Arneja has always believed that giving birth to a child is not the only thing that makes a woman a mother. It is the unconditional love you have for your child that makes you one. Love at First Sight – A Mother’s Journey to Adoption will inspire young mothers and aspiring parents exploring the option to adopt a child. 

Arneja loves her children more than anyone in the world and she hopes that her book will inspire more people to adopt, or diminish the stigma surrounding adoption. People who have read Raj’s book have found it to be of wise council. 

“I hope my chosen path and my struggles can help someone find their way to undying love, just as I have with my children,” she says.

About Raj Arneja

Born into an immigrant family and raised in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada, Raj’s childhood memories are full of colourful stories of supporting family and friends as they settled into their new country and adjusted to new customs and traditions. Raj works hard at building relationships within the community through her work at Nanak Foods. She directs the company’s philanthropic initiatives, including strategy, programming, and partnership development, and the day-to-day operation of all corporate contributions. Raj also sits on various boards, where she adds value through her skills and experience. She is a well-known entity in the South Asian community in the Vancouver area.

The book is available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.ca/Love-First-Sight-Mothers-Adoption/dp/1999254104

Link to the online version: LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT: Nanak Foods’ Raj Arneja Releases Book On Being An Adoptive Mother (desibuzzcanada.com)

REVIEW – The Link Paper

LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT: Nanak Foods Proprietor Releases Book On Being An Adoptive Mother

SURREY – Nanak Foods Proprietor Raj Arneja says her joy to motherhood is her most fulfilling life experience.

Her journey, which she described in her just released book Love at first sight: A Mother’s Journey to Adoption, is filled with emotions and strife, after traveling thousands of miles from Canada to India which led her to happiness beyond her own expectations.

Arneja, the Director of Corporate Engagement and Philanthropy at Nanak Foods, chronicles her journey to adopting her two beautiful children Kabir and Kirti. The book promises to inspire readers to never give up hope, no matter what life throws at you.

In her book, Arneja describes the challenges she faced in the 1990’s while trying to adopt her now grown up children. The stigma surrounding adoption in the South Asian community gave her a reason to pen her story, share her experiences and inspire people to take a chance on life and parenthood.

“Like most people, I have faced many challenges in life. Not being able to conceive was heartbreaking at first and I longed to feel the love and joy of a baby. While I felt the sadness, I was also not ready to give up,” says Arneja. “I knew I would love and experience it all through adoption. With a strong will and stronger love for children, I adopted my two kids. Every day since then has been a blessing. It has been the best decision of my life.”

Dr. Bal Pawa, Co-Founder Westcoast Women’s Clinic, Author of The Mind-Body Cure and TedX Speaker, says she found the book ‘compelling’. “This book highlights the power of love: unconditional, expansive, and infinite. Raj’s incredible perseverance and unwavering faith in a higher purpose fuel her maternal instinct to never give up. Heart-wrenching emotions are illustrated in the trials and tribulations of IVF treatments, cultural expectations, and navigating unknown waters of overseas adoptions. I especially loved her explanation of adoption to her child, “you came from my heart.” This unforgettable reframing of biology should certainly inspire more couples to adopt.”

Arneja has always believed that giving birth to a child is not the only thing that makes a woman a mother. It is the unconditional love you have for your child that makes you one. Love at First Sight – A Mother’s Journey to Adoption will inspire young mothers and aspiring parents exploring the option to adopt a child.

Arneja loves her children more than anyone in the world and she hopes that her book will inspire more people to adopt, or diminish the stigma surrounding adoption. People who have read Raj’s book have found it to be of wise council.

“I hope my chosen path and my struggles can help someone find their way to undying love, just as I have with my children,” she says.

About Raj Arneja

Born into an immigrant family and raised in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada, Raj’s childhood memories are full of colourful stories of supporting family and friends as they settled into their new country and adjusted to new customs and traditions. Raj works hard at building relationships within the community through her work at Nanak Foods. She directs the company’s philanthropic initiatives, including strategy, programming, and partnership development, and the day-to-day operation of all corporate contributions. Raj also sits on various boards, where she adds value through her skills and experience. She is a well-known entity in the South Asian community in the Vancouver area.

Link to the online version: LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT: Nanak Foods Proprietor Releases Book On Being An Adoptive Mother | Link Newspaper (thelinkpaper.ca)

REVIEW – Surrey Now Leader

Story of ‘A Mother’s Journey to Adoption’ told in book by first-time Surrey author

A Surrey mother’s story about adopting her two children in India is told in a new book.

First-time author Raj Arneja has self-published a memoir called “Love at First Sight: A Mother’s Journey to Adoption.”

She began writing it about two years ago, after years of telling the story to family members.

“My kids, they’d heard the story before, and they were the ones who kind of prompted me to tell the story to others, to get the book done,” Arneja said.

Now adults, Kabir and Kirti are the children of Arneja and her husband, Gurpreet, who live in the Ocean Park area.

The family operates Surrey-based Nanak Foods, and in 2016 Arneja helped open SEVA Thrift Store on Scott Road as a charitable enterprise.

The 230-page book, available on Amazon.com, chronicles the author’s 7,000-kilometre trip from Canada to India to adopt Kabir and Kirti in the 1990s.

It’s not a how-to book about adoption, it is a celebration of motherhood through adoption.

Arneja says she hopes to inspire other couples to adopt.

“The book goes into my history, because I’m born and raised here,” Arneja said. “So going to India, for me, was going to a foreign country, dealing with the bureaucracy there, looking for a child, going from hospital to hospital, all those things.

“While I was there I began to understand where my parents came from, their journey of coming from India to a new country here in Canada with no family,” she continued. “I had those same feelings in India, because the first time I went, I went without my husband because he couldn’t go at the time. This was in 1992, and there was no internet, no cellphones, it was just talking on the phone during calls that cost a lot of money. My husband didn’t even see his son until I came to Canada with him, so the book tells the story about all those experiences.”

Raised in New Westminster, Arneja opens the book with the story of her flight to Japan in 1980, at the age of 16. Scaling Mount Fuji was a life-changing moment for Arneja, who in life has been motivated by the phrase “Never give up.”

Years later, at age 24, her life looked complete.

“I loved my career, working in an office in downtown Vancouver overlooking the harbor,” Arneja writes. “I loved life with my husband, Gurpreet, to whom I had been married for two years already. We had bought a house; we had our loving families and a close group of friends nearby. We enjoyed our ability to freely travel and did so every chance we could. We took a remarkable trip to India together, where we traveled to destinations that were off the beaten path, from north to south and everywhere in between. I was ready for the next chapter of my life. I wanted to become a mom.”

While it seemed like every couple around them was able to conceive easily, for some reason Raj and Gurpreet could not.

As an alternative, they turned to adoption.

“I just wanted people to know about these experiences, to have others do what we did if they can’t conceive, because it is a good alternative,” the author says.

“It’s something new for me, and I feel like I’m exposing myself quite a bit out there, but I think it’s an important story to tell and for people to hear, especially for a young couple looking to adopt,” Arneja continued. “Sometimes people are told no, you shouldn’t, and that happens in South Asian community more often, that the family doesn’t want to adopt outside of bloodlines, but that’s one of the reasons I pushed to get this done, because it can be done. I hope I inspire other couples to do this.”

Link to the online version: Story of ‘A Mother’s Journey to Adoption’ told in book by first-time Surrey author – Surrey Now-Leader

REVIEW – South Asian Post

NANAK FOODS DIRECTOR SHARES HER ADOPTION STORY

Raj Arneja says adopting her two children, Kabir and Kirti, in the 1990s has been the best decision of her life, despite facing stigma surrounding adoption in the South Asian Community. She writes about her experiences of coming to Canada and her journey towards motherhood in her new book Love at First Sight – A Mother’s Journey to Adoption. Arneja is the Director of Corporate Engagement and Philanthropy at Nanak Foods.

“Like most people, I have faced many challenges in life. Not being able to conceive was heartbreaking at first and I longed to feel the love and joy of a baby. While I felt the sadness, I was also not ready to give up,” says Raj. “I knew I would love and experience it all through adoption. With a strong will and stronger love for children, I adopted my two kids. Every day since then has been a blessing.”

Arneja hopes that her book will inspire more people to adopt, or diminish the stigma surrounding adoption.

“I hope my chosen path and my struggles can help someone find their way to undying love, just as I have with my children,” she says.

“This book highlights the power of love: unconditional, expansive, and infinite. Raj’s incredible perseverance and unwavering faith in a higher purpose fuel her maternal instinct to never give up. Heart-wrenching emotions are illustrated in the trials and tribulations of IVF treatments, cultural expectations, and navigating unknown waters of overseas adoptions. I especially loved her explanation of adoption to her child, “you came from my heart.” This unforgettable reframing of biology should certainly inspire more couples to adopt, ” said Dr. Bal Pawa, Co-Founder Westcoast Women’s Clinic, Author of The Mind-Body Cure and TedX Speaker.

“Her journey to motherhood reminds us all of the power of intention and manifesting the life we wish to have. This book is a must read for anyone looking for an uplifting and refreshing take on finding purpose and meaning through all of life’s adventures and challenges,” said Bal Brach, Documentary Filmmaker.

Link to the online version: Nanak Foods director shares her adoption story | South Asian Post | Indo Canadian newspaper – Vancouver, Surrey, Calgary, Toronto, Brampton, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Montreal

REVIEW – PR Underground

First-time author Raj Arneja shares her journey to motherhood through adoption in her book – Love at First Sight: A Mother’s Journey to Adoption

Most women hope to become mothers someday but the journey to motherhood is not always the same for everyone. Some mothers have to wait much longer than others and some may not even get a chance to experience this joy. Such is the story of Raj Arneja, Director of Corporate Engagement and Philanthropy at Nanak Foods for whom motherhood was a dream until her children Kabir and Kirti walked into her life. Raj’s two children are adopted. While there was a lot of stigma surrounding adoption in the early 90’s, especially in the South Asian community, Raj broke the stereotypes and went ahead anyway. Her story is one of inspiration and love as she travelled thousands of miles from Canada to India for adoption which led her to a happiness beyond her own expectations.

Raj Arneja is a first-time author who recently announced the launch of her first book “Love at First Sight: A Mother’s Journey to Adoption,” which beautifully chronicles her journey to adoption and outlines experiences which were life-changing for her. She describes her path to finding her children as the most gratifying of all.

Raj has faced many obstacles in life but the toughest was not being able to have children. Nevertheless, her “Never Give Up” attitude brought her real happiness, in the form of her two children Kabir (27) and Kirti (23). Kabir is now a corporate lawyer while Kirti is a talented vocalist who has performed and toured with a Bollywood celebrity.

Being born and raised in the Canadian South Asian community where family, lineage and bloodline are a matter of pride and adoption is most often frowned upon, Raj has set a high benchmark by making unconventional choices. She has certainly brought about a change in mindsets about adoption in her community.

‘Love at First Sight: A Mother’s Journey to Adoption’ is not just for women, young or old, it is for everyone to understand how we can change multiple lives through adoption, how overcoming this stigma can be a big step towards becoming a progressive society in the most true sense.

Announcing the launch, Raj Arneja said, “A woman’s worth is constantly judged by her role as a mother or as a wife in society. The judgements that come with the pain of not being able to bear a child, makes the whole experience a lot more painful. People often forget that bearing a child does not make a woman a mother; it is her unconditional love for her children that makes her one. Not for anyone else, but I wanted to be a mother to discover my own self. My book is branched out of this very hope to bring about a much-needed change in perspective about adoption.”

In a modern society, where success often takes women on a path away from their families and intimate bonds, Raj Arneja found her truest comfort in coming home – to her children. She added, “I have loved my kids with all my flesh and blood and this book is taken from my journey of courage and resilience that blessed me with this beautiful experience – motherhood.”

Love at First Sight: A Mother’s Journey to Adoption is aimed at breaking the stigma around adoption and by sharing her journey, Raj hopes this will inspire others to take a chance on life and parenthood.

The book is now available on Amazon:

Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/Love-First-Sight-Mothers-Adoption/dp/1999254104
Others: https://www.amazon.com/Love-First-Sight-Mothers-Adoption/dp/1999254104

About Raj Arneja

Born into an immigrant family and raised in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada, Raj’s childhood memories are full of colourful stories of supporting family and friends as they settled into their new country and adjusted to new customs and traditions. Raj works hard at building relationships within the community through her work at Nanak Foods. She directs the company’s philanthropic initiatives, including strategy, programming, and partnership development, and the day-to-day operation of all corporate contributions. Raj also sits on various boards, where she adds value through her skills and experience. She is a well-known entity in the South Asian community in the Vancouver area. Raj enjoys supporting various charitable, non-profit community organizations, including the Seva Thrift Society, VISAFF, and two girls’ orphanages in Punjab. Raj strongly feels that humanity has no borders and we should reach out and help wherever we are able to, regardless of race, gender or nationality. Raj lives in Surrey, British Columbia, with her husband and 2 children. She is an avid traveler and has travelled to over 60 countries, many times with her children and to some as a volunteer.

Link to the online version: First-time author Raj Arneja shares her journey to motherhood through adoption in her book – Love at First Sight: A Mother’s Journey to Adoption – Press Release – Digital Journal

REVIEW – Voice Online

Two new books by Punjabi Canadian authors: Lost and Found, & Love at First Sight

BY HARMAN S. PANDHER

“I think the world needs more pyaar.” That’s a quote from Sam Thiara’s new book, “Lost and Found: Seeking the Past and Finding Myself.”

Pyaar, in case you don’t know, means love in Punjabi, Hindi and perhaps other languages of South Asian origin. And Sam couldn’t be more right about what the world’s lacking. But you know what else we could use more of? Books like his and storytellers like him.

“Lost and Found” is an engrossing tale of overcoming adversity, dogged determination, self-discovery, and cultural and spiritual awakening. It’s a real-life page-turner chronicling Sam’s longshot quest to try to find his ancestral village in India.

Along the way, he learns about himself, his family, his identity, and his place in the world; while we learn about the tremendous complexity and diversity of the immigrant (and ultimately human) experience. No spoilers here. You’ll have to buy the book to see if he reaches his destination. But, trust me, the journey is well worth it!

Speaking of journeys, another must-read, new book from another local, Canadian author is “Love at First Sight: A Mother’s Journey to Adoption” by Raj Arneja.

And just as destiny plays a role in both memoirs, I believe it also played a part in me getting my hands on both books within a couple weeks of each other. Wonderful in their own right, the two intertwined and intersectional stories complement each other beautifully. I say this because of how insightful both titles are about the history of the South Asian community in BC (though in different ways), and how revealing they are about certain aspects of Indian society and culture.

Like Sam, Raj was also missing a piece in her personal puzzle: children. While Sam went to India in search of his past, Raj was drawn there in search of a future – a future filled with the joys (and struggles) of becoming and being a mother. “Love at First Sight” is a true testament to perseverance, persistence, parenthood, and, yes, pyaar!

To close, I don’t just want to end by recommending that you add “Love at First Sight” and “Lost and Found” to your bookshelves at home (though I strongly do). They’re far more than entertaining, well-written, summer diversions. They also deserve to be introduced in schools to students by secondary and post-secondary teachers of South Asian, Punjabi, and Sikh settlement in Canada.

Indeed, two fascinating reads, two educational resources, and two inspiring authors. Let’s show them some love. Because the world needs more.

Link to the online version: Two new books by Punjabi Canadian authors: Lost and Found, & Love at First Sight | Indo-Canadian Voice (voiceonline.com)