Bulleh Shah(volume two)
Ghaffaar is a Lahore-based businessman who has been a patron of the arts and literature since the 1980s. He has authored and compiled several books including the Masterworks of Punjaabi Sufi Poetry, a series of which his compendium of Bulleh Shah-made-easy is a part. He mentions at the outset that five to ten per cent of approximately 150 million Punjabis living around the world (roughly 90 million in Pakistan, 50 million or so in India, the rest in Europe and America) “may thirst for a return” to their cultural roots. Some of them, he writes in his preface to the series, “may veer towards the very rich tradition of poetry in Punjaabi, but do not find an entry point”. Then there are others who “may wish to reach the high quality verse” written in Punjabi, but are hampered by various limitations. The books in the series, he notes, “are designed to provide an entry point” to these two groups of people “into Punjaabi literature, history, culture, and tradition”.