Sarbdeep Kaur (Parmar) Johal came to Canada as a young teenager at the age of 14. Canada at the time did not seem like the country she wanted to reside in. Many factors included such as friends, culture and the dreams left behind of a budding dreamer, who always wanted to be an educator from as long as she remembered.
As time progressed, so did her thoughts, she made new friends, grew to love the new country as her own and became a meaningful part of the growing multicultural society.
As a result, the country gave her profound friendships from people around the world, as well as fulfilled her dreams with an education which provided her with many opportunities. Teaching has been an integral part of her as long as she remembers. Teaching and helping students gives Sarbdeep the reflective perspective on her life as well as of others around her.
While teaching students about their expected outcomes during the school year, Sarbdeep also reflects on her own life and surroundings. Growing up with five older siblings and seeing their families grow in Canada has been a true blessing.
However, one question always pondered in her mind as how to keep one’s language alive and have it not become part of a “melting pot” in the land of opportunities. One way of keeping Punjabi alive in her household was to speak the language with the little ones at home. However, the next question was, “what about the written aspect of a language?”
When Sarbdeep was on a maternity leave last year, the question of keeping the language alive kept her concerned. Being a new parent to a beautiful daughter, she felt the urge to create something for the younger generations to come. The books available out in the market were not targeted towards the young learners as well as they were outdated.
Sarbdeep’s daughter, Baani Kaur is one of the reasons apart from her nieces, nephews and the students she taught at school who motivated her take the step in creating B.B. Series.
B.B. Series has two books published by Tellwell. First book is called, “Let’s Learn Gurmukhi Through Animals” focuses on the Alphabets and the animal names. The second book, “Baani da Pari’vaar” is centered around the family and relationships. Both of these books are written in Punjabi/phonetics/English.
The grandparents can easily read these since they are in Punjabi. If you cannot read Punjabi, you can still read the script due to the phonetics and understand the context because of detailed translations. Both of these books are written using lots of details as well as keeping the new curriculum in mind.
The paperback books are available online at Amazon, chapters as well as barnes and nobles.