Description

Jewels of the Qila

The Remarkable Story of an Indo-Canadian Family

Hugh J. M. Johnston

  • Published: 2012
  • Subject Listing: Canadian History, Ethnic Studies
  • Bibliographic information: 336 pp., 61 illus., 6 x 9 in.
  • Territorial rights: Usa Only
  • Distributed for: UBC Press
  • Contents

This is a story about a remarkable Sikh family and the communities they lived in and supported in both Canada and India. Kapoor Singh Siddoo arrived in British Columbia in 1912 and overcame racial prejudice and legal discrimination to transform himself from laborer to lumber baron. He and his wife, Besant Kaur, fostered in their daughters a vision of service and activism that they fulfilled by establishing a hospital in Punjab and introducing an Indian spiritual tradition to their new home in Canada. Hugh Johnston tells their story with warmth and perceptiveness, while telling a larger tale about the trials and tribulations faced by immigrant communities in Canada.
Hugh J.M. Johnston is a historian affiliated withSimon Fraser University. He is the author of two previous books onPunjabis in Canada, The Voyage of the Komagata Maru andThe Four Quarters of the Night: The Life Journey of an EmigrantSikh.

"A wonderful book! Johnston brings his many years of scholarship to bear on a very important family narrative and history, one that spans several continents, generations, and regions in Canada."
-Doris Jakobsh, Department of Religious Studies, University of Waterloo
Contents
Illustrations

Preface

Acknowledgments



1 Pioneers

2
Jagirdar Families

3 Emigrant
Jathas

4 Settling in
Canada

5 Trouble in
British Columbia

6 Refuge in
Ontario

7 The Lumber
Business

8 Women and
Children at Mayo Siding

9 Village Life
in Canada and India

10 Ending a Partnership:
Life in the City

11 Citizens without
Votes

12 A Real United Nations
in Practice

13 Lessons about India and
Spirituality

14 The Hospital at Aur

15 Finding a Teacher and
Losing a Father

16 Marriages and Losing a
Mother

17 Canada and India

18 The Span of a
Century



Notes

Index
Reviews