vaari ik sardar si… Koi vaddi gal nahin… Hun assaan saare Bante haan… The sardar joke has an unmatched originality, verve and versatility, not to mention a wild balle-balle undercurrent. Capturing all the affection and abandon that accompanies its best renditions, funny but not tawdry, an ode not a slur, this eclectic collection introduces readers to a hitherto unexplored dimension of sardar humour.
Through the rustic foibles of Banta and his friends, we are gently reminded that the joke really is on us and all our pretensions. And if the American baseball star Yogi Berra can be hailed as a philosopher and his sayings celebrated as Yogi-isms, should our own Banta Singh’s glories be kept from their due? Hence Bantaism. Oye just enjway!
Bhai Niranjan Singh 'Amrikawale'