Daaku: The Gangster’s Life picks up the story of Indo–Canadian gangster Ruby Pandher, the hero of Ranj Dhaliwal’s bestseller Daaku, as he recovers from a. Daaku: The Gangster’s Life picks up the story of Indo-Canadian gangster Ruby Pandher, the hero of Ranj Dhaliwal’s bestseller Daaku, as he recovers from a. The Daaku referred to in Ranj Dhaliwal’s book is Ruby Pandher, an Indo- Canadian gangster. We meet Ruby when he is 7 years old or.
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The story continued through a second book, titled Daaku: Dhaliwal is now writing the third part of the Daaku saga as well as a fourth book.
The success of Daaku pushed the articulate Dhaliwal, now 38, into the public spotlight, and he has been much in demand dhaliaal media, politicians and all kinds of stakeholders and groups for his views on gang-related issues in B. But the books merely rxnj to shine the public spotlight on a man who has been active on many fronts. Dhaliwal also takes dhzliwal keen interest in environmental and, by extension, aboriginal issues.
He counts many prominent First Nations personalities among his friends. Naturally, as our verbatim interview illustrates, he has a lot to say on a lot of things. You are vhaliwal in the process of writing Daaku 3, the third instalment in the Daaku saga. When do you think it will be out? People are still buying the two books. You have said your rqnj is completely a work of fiction. Yet, people who have read your books say it all sounds very authentic. Did you have any kind of actual involvement or acquaintances in the gangs world to be able to detail the whole inner lifestyle in the evolution of a gangster?
When I see Ruby the protagonist of DaakuI see a little bit of myself. I had close to 30 friends murdered in gangland warfare. I dabbled in that lifestyle a little bit, but around the age of 22, I had seen too many people dying, and I decided this is not for me.
When I first got together with these people, I was younger than them. Instead of just hanging out, we used to get into a lot of fights. I took it as a kind of general experience and turned it into a new story in my book. The story just keeps going. I dnaliwal no problem saying that I was in that lifestyle.
What made you withdraw from that lifestyle? Was it some kind of single life-changing incident, or was it a gradual disillusionment with what you were seeing happening? I think the gang lifestyle is all an illusion. In my work, I try to portray then as real people. Did you manage saaku retain those relationships?
Would you be able today to pick up the phone and talk to a number of your old colleagues? Yes, and I still do. Sometimes when I need some information, they have no problem doing that for me. And I left on a good note. So there are ways to get out of that lifestyle. Their word is all dhapiwal live on.
When I started writing, it was off and on. I just started the story. And then I took typing lessons. Then the story just flowed. Halfway through the book, I started thinking that this book could either be a textbook on how to become a gangster, or this could help deter youths from getting into that lifestyle.
Did you expect that to happen? Did you have a problem handling that? Or did you just take it in stride? After my first novel came out in Octoberthe media started calling me to comment on gang stuff. But when I started doing talks to various groups, I realized these kids have no clue.
The teachers have no clue. Dhaliwwl parents have no clue. A lot of time they radio have no clue either! So I decided to start talking about it. You had short hair, but you have now become a baptized Sikh. How did that come about?
I went through periods when I had a judaa hair tied up in a bun and others when I cut my hair. I was asking a lot of questions. She told me to go read the Guru Granth Sahib the Sikh scripture. After I started reading, I thought, wow, this stuff makes sense.
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And then I started reading the stories about our Gurus and Sikhi tanj how it all became. And I got further and further into it as I read more.
InI decided to take amrit become a baptized Sikh and did so. You dasku served as a vice-president of the Surrey Sikh Temple. We started talking to other people to put a slate together to contest the gurdwara elections. This was during the period when the tables-and-chairs incident of violence took place.
Your slate was the third slate — the youth slate — and you were actually outside that fight? We were outside of the two groups involved.
We won that election. It dragged on for a while, but the sangat gurdwara devoteesthe community were very strongly behind us. I sent my committee a resignation letter. The better man steps away sometimes. Eventually, a new election was held, and we won by a landslide.
There has been the local issue about whether people should sit on the floor or on tables and chairs when they take their langar meal served at the gurdwara. Where are you on this issue?
When you go ask for something, you go with open hands. He fills the cups. At the floor level, they can do that seva. I look at it as, what is the lowest point, the ddhaliwal of humility? And so sitting on the floor just makes sense to me in that light. Most places that have tables and chairs in the langar hall, people walk around in shoes where people are going to eat.
You should be able to walk around barefoot in the entire gurdwara. Do you believe everybody dhaliwao sit on arnj ground? Or do you believe in providing people the choice? But we also have a religious authority rnj a reason. The hukum has been looked at.
We are not supposed to go to a regular court over religious rulings. The Akal Takht is our court. So who am I to question that decision? Gurdwara management is an elected body. And whoever gets elected implements the rules.
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People elect parties based on their platforms. Whoever is elected gets to pass the laws that all Canadians must follow. Also, they gurdwara societies have annual general meetings where anybody can bring up an issue. And resolutions can be voted on at these meetings. Going back to the Daaku saga, it seems like the mids was the peak of South Asian gangsterism.
People were getting killed on a regular basis.
The s was actually the start. And then it peaked after that. But these danj are more insulated now. If somebody else wants to contest that, the challenge usually comes from within the same organization. The smart ones at the top have learned though that all these killings lead to police getting millions of dollars in funding and better tools to go after these guys. If you keep killing, the authorities crack down harder, the penalties get harsher. The police are getting more sophisticated. The gangsters are also getting more sophisticated.
Are you saying basically that the loose cannons have mutually eliminated each other? Whenever there is violence, it stems from a struggle for power and control.