UKPHA is recognised as a leading heritage charity, interested in Punjab's arts, literature, history and traditions. The organisation's roots lie in the personal journeys of its founding members who set out to discover and make sense of their cultural inheritance.

The UKPHA Bookclub is back !

We’re delighted to announce the return of the UKPHA Bookclub from 15 February 5PM (UK) We will kick off the new season with Sathnam Sanghera, who will talk about his new book Empireland. You can read more about him and the first few talks below.



Lou Fenech

The Court of the Tenth Guru

June 21, 2021
Lou Fenech returns to the UKPHA Bookclub to present another captivating talk which will focus on Guru Gobind Singh’s Darbar (Divine Court). From a comparatively simple following which gathered around Guru Nanak to the celebrated Darbar of Guru Gobind Singh, Lou Fenech will illustrate the development of the Darbar. By focusing on the documentary evidence, such as the Zafar-Namah ('Epistle of Victory’), his talk will reconstruct the evolving nature of the Sikh Guru’s Darbar.

Anita Anand

Sophia Duleep Singh

July 19, 2021
Journalist and author Anita Anand will join the Bookclub to talk about her book ‘Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary’ – This book tells the remarkable story of Princess Sophia, daughter of Maharajah Duleep Singh and how she transcended her heritage to devote herself to battling injustice and inequality. Her causes were the struggle for Indian independence, the fate of the Lascars, the welfare of Indian soldiers in the First World War - and, most importantly, the fight for female suffrage.

Philip Deslippe

The Further Adventures of Bhaghat Singh Thind

July 26, 2021
The further adventures of Bhagat Singh Thind - the first turbaned soldier in the US army, campaigner against racist US immigration laws and erstwhile spiritual and philosophical teacher. Philip Deslippe returns to the UKPHA book club to discuss his latest research findings which shed even more light on the already colourful life of Thind.

Andrew Whitehead

The Lives of Freda Bedi

August 2, 2021
Historian, lecturer and journalist Andrew Whitehead will join the Bookclub to talk about the little-known story of Freda Bedi. Bedi was an English woman who made her life in India after marrying a Punjabi-Sikh student in Oxford in 1933. After marriage, Bedi regarded herself as Indian and lived in Lahore where she championed India’s national cause during the Second World War. She later became an active Kashmiri nationalist, a Tibetan Buddhist and towards the end of her life a Buddhist nun, but India would remain her home to the end.