The "Pakhyaan Chritter" (Instructions With Regards To Deceptive Characters) is a translation of an anthology of traditional Indian tales penned in 1698 by the tenth Sikh Guru Gobind Singh. The aim of the text was to teach his Singh Khalsa warriors how to be courageous men of worth and good character; sagacious cunning warriors who are not deceived in life and do not fall into the many pitfalls of life.
The compilation is considered controversial within the mainstream Sikh world due to the very erotic nature of many of its tales.
Throughout the 18th century and the time of the Sikh kingdoms in the 19th century this entertaining avant-garde work served as both a stress reliever for battle hardy warriors, as well as a manual for state craft.
The series is published across 8 volumes, fully illustrated in the style of the times.
Nidar Singh Nihang is the sole-surviving master and ninth teacher (Gurdev) of a classical school of learning established in 1661, called the Baba Darbara Singh Shastar Vidya Akhara. This institution is the last of its kind teaching and preserving the ancient Indian battlefield combat art of Sanatan Shastar Vidiya.