10 Volume Sikh Bed Time Stories Series by Santokh Singh Jagdev: Review

Sikh Gurus, Warriors, Martyrs, and Saints

The illustrated 10 volume Sikh Bed Time Stories series by Santokh Singh Jagdev will serve your home library for decades. Every parent knows how children love to put off bedtime by having storybooks read to them. Lull your little ones to sleep while they listen to you read inspirational stories about the Sikh gurus, warriors, martyrs, and saints. The pen and ink illustrated stories are written in Punjabi script and translated into the English language in a somewhat informative style. Your inquisitive older children will want to read stories for themselves. Grandparents will want to read to grandchildren. Scholarly minded adults may find this must have collection an interesting educational resource for researching historical events.

Description:

The Bed Time Stories series is a hardcover collection of 10 volumes featuring stories of Sikh history:

  • Written in Punjabi language by Santokh Singh Jagdev
  • Translated into English KP Singh Brar
  • Illustrated by S. Sukhwant Singh and Kashmira Singh
  • Typed by author's daughter Rajmeet Kaur
  • Assisted by S, Pritam Singh of Navyug Press, New Delhi
  • Published by Sikh Missionary Resource Centre
  • Printed by Printwell Amritsar
  • Distributed by Singh Brothers
  • Copyright © S.S. Jagdev

The sequencing of books does not follow historic chronological order, rather events unfold in what seems the order of importance, or perhaps inspiration, to the author.  

01
of 10

Bed Time Stories - 1: Guru Gobind Singh Ji

Bed Time Stories Volume 1 by Santokh Singh Jagdev
Bed Time Stories Volume 1 by Santokh Singh Jagdev. Photo © [S Khalsa]

This illustrated collection of 20 anecdotes in two languages is an overview chronicling the life of Guru Gobind Singh Ji. Endearing stories of early childhood, inspirational tales of the young Guru, unfold into a gripping narrative of the sacrifices of tenth master.

02
of 10

Bed Time Stories - 2: Guru Nanak Dev Ji

Bed Time Stories Volume 2 by Santokh Singh Jagdev
Bed Time Stories Volume 2 by Santokh Singh Jagdev. Photo © [S Khalsa]

Illustrations accompany 25 stories told in two languages about the dawning light of truth. The boy Nanak astounds his family neighbors and teachers with his inherent divine knowledge. Guru Nanak Dev Ji and Mardana spread enlightenment across the land awakening hearts as they journey together on a series of mission tours.

03
of 10

Bed Time Stories - 3: Guru Arjan Dev Ji

Bed Time Stories Volume 3 by Santokh Singh Jagdev
Bed Time Stories Volume 3 by Santokh Singh Jagdev. Photo © [S Khalsa]

A collection of 21 Punjabi and English narratives explores the life of Guru Arjan Dev ji, Stories offer insights into the jealousies and political factors which lead up to the fifth guru's martyrdom.

04
of 10

Bed Time Stories - 4: Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji

Bed Time Stories Volume 4 by Santokh Singh Jagdev
Bed Time Stories Volume 4 by Santokh Singh Jagdev. Photo © [S Khalsa]

Stirring illustrations depict 21 adventurous events in the life of Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji. Punjabi and English tales of valor in battle, reclusive meditation and missionary tours, culminate in a stand against oppression and tyranny which require the ultimate sacrifice and martyrdom of the ninth guru.

05
of 10

Bed Time Stories - 5: Guru Angad Dev, Guru Amar Das, Guru Ram Dass Ji

Bed Time Stories Volume 5 by Santokh Singh Jagdev
Bed Time Stories Volume 5 by Santokh Singh Jagdev.

Drawings detail the peaceful reigns of the second, third and fourth Sikh gurus. This collection of 21 bilingual stories highlights the major contributions of Guru Angad Dev Ji, Guru Amar Das Ji, and Guru Ram Dass Ji to the budding Sikhism faith.

06
of 10

Bed Time Stories - 6: Guru Hargobind, Guru Har Rai, Guru Har Krishan

Bed Time Stories Volume 6 by Santokh Singh Jagdev
Bed Time Stories Volume 6 by Santokh Singh Jagdev. Photo © [S Khalsa]

Vivid sketches portray the establishment of the spiritual and secular rule during a martial era of sixth, seventh, and eighth Sikh gurus. These 21 tales depict the contributions of Guru Hargobind Ji, Guru Har Rai Ji, Guru Har Krishan Ji to the growing fold of Sikhism.

07
of 10

Bed Time Stories - 7: Sikh Martrys

Bed Time Stories Volume 7 by Santokh Singh Jagdev
Bed Time Stories Volume 7 by Santokh Singh Jagdev. Photo © [S Khalsa]

Transfixing illustrations bear testimony to illustrious Sikh martyrs of stalwart faith in these 20 inspirational stories told in two languages. This book covers three distinct time periods of martyrdom in Sikhism, the Gurus era, Khalsa Raj era and British Raj era.

08
of 10

Bed Time Stories - 8: Khalsa Raj

Bed Time Stories Volume 8 by Santokh Singh Jagdev
Bed Time Stories Volume 8 by Santokh Singh Jagdev. Photo © [S Khalsa]

Rousing tales of the valorous warriors of the Khalsa Raj resound in 22 splendorous accounts delivered in both Punjabi and English languages. Banda Singh Bahadur carves out a kingdom which stands until the death of Maharaja Ranjit Singh last of the Sikh rulers.

09
of 10

Bed Time Stories - 9: Sikh Warriors

Bed Time Stories Volume 9 by Santokh Singh Jagdev
Bed Time Stories Volume 9 by Santokh Singh Jagdev. Photo © [S Khalsa]

The determination of Sikh warriors is depicted in 22 rigorous tales chronicling a destiny undaunted by hardship. Soldiers of the Khalsa Army hold fast to hard won territories.

10
of 10

Bed Time Stories - 10: Honoured Saints

Bed Time Stories Volume by Santokh Singh Jagdev
Bed Time Stories Volume by Santokh Singh Jagdev. Photo © [S Khalsa]

This illustrated collection of 22 bilingual narratives honors 15 Saints, all authors whose writings are included in the holy scripture of Guru Granth Sahib. Brief biographies highlight their impassioned lives of devotion.