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About the Author
Andrée Pouliot is a visual artist who has exhibited her paintings in Canada, the US, the UK and India. She is also the founder and creative director of Soma Blockprints, an Indian export company specializing in woodblock printed fabrics. She is passionate about India and has studied Indian classical dance, mythology, textile arts, miniature painting and Hinduism. She lived in Delhi for many years, and her association with the Sikh religion there gave her inspiration for the illustrations in this book. She lives in Ottawa, ON and Jaipur, India.
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Traveling on foot from Talwandi, Nanak and Mardana arrived in the small rural town of Saidpur. There they came upon Lalo, a low-caste carpenter, sitting in the courtyard of his mud house making wooden pegs. When Lalo saw the two holy men, he hastily started washing a spot where they could rest and eat. Mardana didn’t understand why Nanak had chosen the poorest home in the entire town as opposed to one of the many prosperous homes that could have welcomed them. The food that came from Lalo’s kitchen disappointed Mardana even more thick ?at bread made of coarse grain and an unappetizing ball of boiled spinach slapped on a worn-out copper plate. Nanak ate heartily while Mardana nibbled gingerly at his food. Nanak accepted Lalo’s invitation to stay longer, and news spread in the town that a high-caste Hindu, traveling with a Muslim companion, was staying with a low-caste Hindu. People gossiped in hushed whispers and called Nanak a misguided man...