From my first phone conversation with Gurmeet, I just knew she was going to be a wonderful person to work with during our photo session. Her beauty practically radiated through the phone and when we met she wore the most stunning dress the color of the sea with sparkling gold detail; perfect for photos on the beach. She even brought reading material for me to read as she changed into her next amazing look. The books she brought along were full of the most lovely illustrations and beautiful heartfelt stories written by no other than Gurmeet Kaur, herself! See, what she didn't mention in our phone conversation is that she writes children's books. As I sat and read, I imagined my 5 year old daughter tucked in her bed listening intently and taking in the vibrant colors in the illustrations. I couldn't help but feel compelled to share Gurmeet's work, her story, and of course some of my favorite images from our session together. Below, Gurmeet talks about what inspired her to become an author of children's books.
About the People
My name is Gurmeet Kaur and I am a mother of two. My quest for beautiful Punjabi language books for my children began many years ago when my first child was born. I searched for many years but did not find illustrated Punjabi folktales suitable for reading to young ones. So when my daughter turned one in 2012, I decided to create them myself. After a full year’s worth of work, my illustrator, Susanna Dong, and I brought to you the first three titles that delighted young, and old, and brought many generations closer together and to the magical land of Punjab.
Rest is history. We now have 8 books published and more are on the way.
To read more about Gurmeet and her work, please visit Folktales of Punjab