Mahinder Kaur Doman Manhas is the editor and publisher of Zhindagee: Voices of Canadian Indian First Daughters (2010), an anthology of self-written stories by some of the very first South Asian Indian females born in Canada, from 1920 to 1950. Their parents were pioneers from Punjab India. The mother of each of these women was affected by the Exclusion of South Asian females, even though they were British subjects, from entering Canada until after 1920.

"The content is the first of its kind," says Mahinder. "these women have never been acknowledged in any type of history (nor were their mothers). I have retained the cultural content and included a Punjabi-English glossary. The photographs are rare and never been published anywhere.

"My hope is that others will publish more stories of women from that time span. My raison d'etre to compile this book was that if all first-born (in Canada) Indian women were removed to another planet, there would be their footsteps on Earth to mark their passage!"

Mahinder Kaur Doman's anthology Zhindagee received the 2013 Shakti Award in the Business & Entrepreneurship category.

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