This week I had a visit from Rakshpal Singh Sangha, who had made the long journey from India to deliver a number of translations of Shakespeare’s works for his friend Professor Jagdish Chander Joshi. On behalf of Professor Joshi, Rakshpal presented our library with Hindi translations of ‘The Merchant of Venice’, ‘Julius Caesar’, and ‘As You Like It’, and a new Punjabi translation of Shakespeare’s Sonnets. These handsome volumes will now be added to our library archive along with other Shakespearian translations we have received from around the world.
With thousands of people gathering together to take part in Shakespeare’s Birthday Celebrations this weekend, I thought it fitting that Rakshpal read from his friend’s book about Shakespeare’s life, times, and legacy. The text here is in Punjabi, and tells of Shakespeare’s early life, ending with his move to London. Enjoy.