As a retired senior civil servant of Punjab, DS Jaspal has held several important administrative positions in Government.

His coffee-table book, TRYST WITH TREES – Punjab’s Sacred Heritage is a pictorial documentation of 58 sacred and historical Sikh shrines in India and Pakistan named after 19 species of trees, example, Gurudwara Tahli Sahib; Gurudwara Nim Sahib, Patiala; Gurudwara Ber Sahib, Sialkot; Gurudwara Amb Sahib, Mohali; Gurudwara Ritha Sahib; Gurudwara Lahura Sahib, Ghavindi, Lahore etc.

The book includes photographs of the shrines, with the tree in the foreground, accompanied by a description of the botanical features of the tree with its health status as well as the relationship between the species and the historical and religious background of the shrine.

D S Jaspal

Jaspal, who has held exhibitions in New York, Washington, Oslo, Delhi and Lahore travelled extensively in India and Pakistan over a period of three years to compile the material for his book. All photographs in the book have been taken by Jaspal personally.

Although love and respect for nature and environment are common to every religious, faith, the naming of sacred shrines after trees is unique to the Sikh religion.

The book was released in New York in October 2010 by Mrs Preneet Kaur, India’s former Minister of State for External Affairs. An exhibition of photographs from the book was also held in New York.

Exhibitions of images from the book Tryst with Trees have also been held in Nankana Sahib, Lahore, New Delhi and Chandigarh. Details about the book as well as video clips and photographs about the exhibitions in New York can be seen on the website:

A pioneer in museology, Mr Jaspal is currently working on two unique projects – the MUSEUM OF TREES ( in Chandigarh, which is dedicated to the conservation of sacred trees. This project is supported by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India and the Botanical Survey of India. A strong votary of Indo-Pak peace, Mr Jaspal is also establishing the MUSEUM OF PEACE (, a memorial to the partition of India, located on the Amritsar-Attari/Wagah road, less than two kms from the Indo-Pak border.

A keen media analyst, Mr Jaspal is author of MEDIA TERRORISM (, a meticulous and scholarly analysis of media reporting on the Punjab violence. Based on a wealth of archival records, news agency dispatches and press clippings, MEDIA TERRORISM is a path-breaking contribution to the scientific study of media reporting by attempting to define quantifiable parameters for evaluating degree of bias and deviation from truth in media reporting on terrorism.

Mr Jaspal is President of the Society for Information and Media Studies (SIMS) and also the Chandigarh Nature & Health Society (CNHS).

He resides in Chandigarh with his family.

He can be contacted at :

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