Karnail Singh Somal

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Karnail Singh Somal (Punjabi ਕਰਨੈਲ ਸਿੰਘ ਸੋਮਲ ) is a well known Punjabi prose-writer.

Dr. Karnail Singh Somal
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Karnail Singh Somal
Born (1940-09-28)28 September 1940
Village Kalaur , District Fatehgarh Sahib (erstwhile in Distt. Patiala), Punjab
Pen name Karnail Singh
Occupation Author, poet, Educationist, Researcher
Language Punjabi
Nationality Indian
Period 1975–present
Genre Prose, Children's stories and poems
Subject Life, philosophy, Education, Social Issues
Notable works Bhai Ditt Singh Giani-Jeevan, Rachna Te Shaksiat (2003)


He was born in village Kalour, District Fatehgarh Sahib (erstwhile in Distt. Patiala), Punjab, on 28 September 1940, as per school record. However, as per his mother, he was born in the early morning of Maghi, first day of the month of Magh. His father's name is Prem Singh and mother's name is Surjeet Kaur.


He got his early education in his village Govt. Lower Middle school and National Middle school. He matriculated from Govt. High School Bassi Pathana in 1958. As he could not continue his education further, he got a petty job. However, his yearning for education led him to pursue his studies privately. He did his M.A. in Punjabi(standing third in the university) and M.A. in Hindi. Later on he got his PhD from Punjab University. The topic of his thesis was "A Study of Free Verse in Punjabi (up to 1950)".


As he had done O.T. and BEd, so he started working as a school teacher. Thereafter, he joined Punjab School Education Board as Language Expert. About two years later he was selected as Assistant Director in Punjabi Teaching And Research Section of the Board. There his main contribution was in writing and editing Punjabi text-books. He retired from that post in September 1998.

Personal life[edit]

He married Salinder Kaur in 1966. They are blessed with two daughters- Manpreet Kaur (1969) and Jagpreet Kaur(1973).


He has been writing for leading Punjabi newspapers for more than 35 years. He wrote literary essays, contributed to various Punjabi newspapers and journals. He wrote stories and poems for children. He did research work on Bhai Ditt Singh Giani.

Prose books[edit]

No. Title in Punjabi Title in English Meaning Year
1. ਜ਼ਿੰਦਗੀ ਉਤਸਵ ਹੈ Zindagi Utsav Hai Life is a Celebration 1998
2. ਜੀਵਨ ਜੁਗਤਾਂ ਦੀ ਤਲਾਸ਼ Jeevan Jugtan Di Talash Search for Life Strategies 2001
3. ਜਿਉਣਾ ਆਪਣੀ ਮੌਜ ਵਿਚ Jiuna Apni Mauj Vich Living in One's own Joy 2004
4. ਨਿੱਤ ਚੜਦੈ ਨਵੇਂ ਸਾਲ ਦਾ ਸੂਰਜ Nitt Chardhai Naven Saal Da Sooraj Every Day is a New Year's Day 2004
5. ਫੁਰਸਤ ਦੇ ਪਲ Fursat De Pal Leisure Moments 2007
6. ਕਲਾਮਈ ਜੀਵਨ ਦੀ ਤਾਂਘ Kalamaee Jiwan Di Taangh Longing for An Artistic Life 2009
7. ਸਾਡੇ ਅੰਬਰਾਂ ਦੇ ਤਾਰੇ Saade Ambaraan De Taare Stars in the Sky of Our Life 2011


Since very young age, the author was inspired by Bhai Ditt Singh Giani, Singh Sabha fame scholar, who was also born in village Kalaur. After a lot of research, the author wrote a book on this legendary writer, speaker, reformer, journalist and editor. The name of the book is "ਭਾਈ ਦਿੱਤ ਸਿੰਘ ਗਿਆਨੀ – ਜੀਵਨ ਰਚਨਾ ਤੇ ਸ਼ਖਸੀਅਤ (Bhai Ditt Singh Giani-Jeevan, Rachna Te Shaksiat )" ( 2003). Its revised edition was Published by Singh Brothers Amritsar in 2005.

Children's literature[edit]

He writes for children regularly. He started writing for his grand-daughters living in Canada and used to email stories and poems to them. He has penned more than two dozen books. He writes for the magazines published by the Punjab School Education Board – ਪੰਖੜੀਆਂ, ਪਰਾਈਮਰੀ ਸਿਖਿਆ (Pankhrian, Primary Sikhia). Besides he wrote four books for school students, two grammar books and two essay books.

No. Title in Punjabi Title in English Meaning Year
1. ਹਿਰਨਾਂ ਦੀ ਡਾਰ Hirnaan di Daar Herd of Deer 2006
2. ਕੀੜੀ ਦਾ ਆਟਾ ਡੁਲ ਗਿਆ Kiri Da Aata Dull Gaya The Ant Spilled Her Flour 2006
3. ਜਦੋਂ ਦਾਦਾ ਜੀ ਭੂਤ ਬਣ ਗਏ Jadon Daada Ji Bhoot Ban Gaye When Grandfather Turned into a Ghost 2006
4. ਸੁਨਹਿਰੀ ਹਿਰਨ Sunehri Hiran The Golden Deer 2007
5. ਸ਼ੇਰ ਉਪਕਾਰ ਨਾ ਭੁਲਿਆ Sher upkaar na bhuleya The Lion didn't Forget The Favour 2007
6. ਲੇਲਾ ਨਾਨਕੇ ਗਿਆ Lela Naanke Gaya The Kid Goat Went To GrandParents 2007
7. ਅਕ੍ਲਮੰਦ ਲੰਗੂਰ Akalmand Langoor The Wise Monkey 2007
8. ਚੂਹੇ ਤੇ ਬਿੱਲੀ ਦੀ ਦੌੜ Choohe Te Billi Di Daur The Race between Mouse And Cat 2007
9. ਸੋਨੇ ਦਾ ਆਂਡਾ ਦੇਣ ਵਾਲੀ ਮੁਰਗੀ Sone da Aanda Den Vaali Murgi The Hen Who Laid Golden Eggs 2007
10. ਬਿੱਲੀ ਦੇ ਬ੍ਲੂੰਘੜੇ Billi De Balunghre The Cat's Kitten 2007
11. ਘੋੜੇ ਨੂੰ ਨਿਆਂ Ghore nu Nian Justice to the Horse 2007
12. ਵੇ ਤੋਤਿਆ ਮਨਮੋਤਿਆ Ve Toteya Manmoteya O Parrot!! 2007
13. ਸਿਆਣਾ ਕਬੂਤਰ Siana Kabootar The Wise Pigeon 2007
14. ਚਿੜੀ ਤੇ ਕਾਂ ਨੇ ਖਿਚੜੀ ਰਿੰਨੀ Chiri te Kaan ne Khichri Rinni The Sparrow and The Crow Cooked Rice 2007
15. ਕਿੰਨੀ ਸੋਹਣੀ ਵੇਖ ਸਵੇਰ Kinni Sohni Vekh Saver Look! How Beautiful Is The Morning 2007
16. ਵਾਹ ਬਈ ਕਮਾਲ Wah Bhai Kamaal Wow Incredible 2008
17. ਇਸ ਘੋੜੇ ਦੀਆਂ ਵਾਗਾਂ ਫੜੋ Is Ghore Diyaan Wagaan Faro Hold This Horse's Bridle 2008
18. ਸੋਹਣੇ ਸ਼ੌਕ ਦਾ ਮੁੱਲ ਕੋਈ ਨਾ Sohne Shauk da Mull Koi Na A Good Hobby Is Priceless 2008
19. ਸੁਣੋ ਕਹਾਣੀ (ਨਵੇਂ ਦਿਸਹਦੇ ) Suno Kahani Hear This Tale 2009
20. ਸਿਖ੍ਹੀ ਸੰਥਾਵਲੀ ਭਾਗ 1 Sikhi Santhavali Bhag 1 Vignettes of Sikh Faith Part 1 2009
21. ਸਿਖ੍ਹੀ ਸੰਥਾਵਲੀ ਭਾਗ 2 Sikhi Santhavali Bhag 2 Vignettes of Sikh Faith Part 2 2009
22. ਸਿਖ੍ਹੀ ਸੰਥਾਵਲੀ ਭਾਗ 3 Sikhi Santhavali Bhag 3 Vignettes of Sikh Faith Part 3 2009
23. ਸਿਖ੍ਹੀ ਸੰਥਾਵਲੀ ਭਾਗ 4 Sikhi Santhavali Bhag 4 Vignettes of Sikh Faith Part 4 2009

Works for students[edit]

No. Title in Punjabi Title in English Meaning Year
1 ਨਿਵੇਕਲੇ ਪੰਜਾਬੀ ਲੇਖ ਸੀਨੀਅਰ ਸ਼੍ਰੇਣੀਆਂ ਲਈ Nivekle Punjabi Lekh Senior Shreniyaan Layi Anew Punjabi Essays for Senior Classes 2005
2 ਨਿਵੇਕਲੇ ਪੰਜਾਬੀ ਲੇਖ ਐਲੀਮੇਨ੍ਟ੍ਰੀ ਸ਼੍ਰੇਣੀਆਂ ਲਈ Nivekle Punjabi Lekh Elementary Shreniyaan Layi Anew Punjabi Essays for Elementary Classes 2008
3 ਰੌਚਕ ਪੰਜਾਬੀ ਵਿਆਕਰਨ ਸੀਨੀਅਰ ਸ਼੍ਰੇਣੀਆਂ ਲਈ Rauchak Punjabi Viakaran Senior Shreniyaan Layi Interesting Punjabi Grammar For Senior Classes 2005
4 ਰੌਚਕ ਪੰਜਾਬੀ ਵਿਆਕਰਨ ਐਲੀਮੇਨ੍ਟ੍ਰੀ ਸ਼੍ਰੇਣੀਆਂ ਲਈ Rauchak Punjabi Viakaran Elementary Shreniyaan Layi Interesting Punjabi Grammar For Elementary Classes 2008


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