Thursday, August 31, 2006

Stupid Much?

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"The birth of Khalsa or Sikhism is deeply entwined with Punjabi poetry as almost all the Sikh Gurus were accomplished poets/musicians and created moving verses set to classical music, laying the foundation for new religious utterings combined with a quest for Punjabi identity. In a sense Guru Nanak was the first real 'Punjabi' who gave its (1) inhabitants a pride in reclaiming their separate identity."
(1) lol.

Written, I believe, by Mr. Harpaul Rana, Punjabi teacher at James Logan High School. If it is not written by him, he has made no attempt to edit or censor what he gives to his students in study materials. Which can be just as bad, because it could mean either that a) he doesn't care enough to differentiate between truth and commonly accepted fiction, or b) he agrees with what people mindlessly spit out, and what others even more mindlessly follow.

Nothing will come of complaining about it to him, and I will only receive sympathy without result from Mrs. Sarabjit Kaur Cheema Aunty Ji if I were to approach her (she organized the class at Logan).

So will I talk to her? Will I approach him and allow myself to become entangled in an argument with him in which there is no winning, not because he has better arguments, but simply because he is willing to waste unlimited time repeating one moronic argument and not take in a single word of the argument(s) the person he is speaking to is making? Will I waste my mindpower worrying about this, and breath by complaining to her or attempting to change him?

I realize that the only other option is to do nothing. What is better, to try and fail as you know is inevitable, or not try at all and feel useless? Should I sit by and save myself the trouble, letting myself think that the students aren't really paying much attention to the lesson anyway, and will not absorb any of it? Or should I remind myself that most of them already think this? Should I try my hardest and justify a failure with the words "At least I tried", and kill another bird with that stone by laying my guilty conscience to rest?

Yeah . . . school started =)

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fatehh

p.s. I'll get to comments soon - I'm acting my age as Iks Veerji has so many times admonished me to do, and being a picky, moody brat =D

Saturday, August 26, 2006

RKD - The Poster Has Arrived!

Check it out.

Zoom out a little lol

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Thursday, August 24, 2006

Kadh Nanak Aavai Vaari?

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

RKD Update

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New details as of earlier tonight:

Program will begin at 7:30 PM rather than 7:00 PM.

Tickets are also being made available for sale at Guruduara Sahib El Sobrante, and Sangram Palace in Union City, in addition to the two Guruduara Sahibs mentioned in the post below.

Tickets will also be sold at the door.

I think that's about it. Keep an eye out for updates in case I should unearth any new information. I think I'll be getting a hold of the poster/flyer sometime soon as well, we'll see.

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'Reet Khalse Di' - A Revolutionary Step in the World of Theatre

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Some of the youth of Guruduara Sahib Fremont have been working diligently for the past three months to piece together a play under the watchful eye and skilled hand of Ish Amitoj Kaur Ji. err.. rather than go on and make this post redundant, why don't you all have a look at their press release?

Fremont, CA - A group of 14 kids are busy with a theatre workshop that will materialize into a play. Theatre is the most powerful medium that finishes an unfinished form live in front of the audiences and these kids are making the most of this art. It is time that Sikhs start telling the world who they are and what could be a better way?

Media can be instrumental in monitoring the future of the Sikhs. It serves a multidimensional purpose. On one hand it informs the world about Sikhs and Sikh history, their traditions and lifestyle, and on the other hand it boosts up the psychology of the Sikh youth when they see themselves portrayed in the right context. Theatre is the least costly form of media, and to begin with, all you need is a concept, a performer and an audience. If taken in the right direction, it could have revolutionary effects.

The process of getting the kids to the level of professional performance is a tough one. But theatre games inspired from the works of Bertolt Brecht, Constantin Stanislavasky, Grotowski and Peter Brook, coupled with various psychological and physical exercises done over a period of time, could have a miraculous results.

The workshop began with brainstorming sessions about being a Sikh, how it is to be born a Sikh, given a chance what would be an option to being a Sikh, what were the difficulties/pleasures that one faced being brought up as a Sikh child, and the most important being the future of Sikhs. Surprisingly, the major response of the Gursikh kids was that they perceive there is a possibility that there would be no Sikhs 100 years from now. That is when the real process - the journey to understand Sikhs of the present and future – began, which resulted in a collage of various episodes intertwined into a play called ‘Reet Khalse Di’ (Tradition of Khalsa).

The play is being directed by Ish Amitoj Kaur, the director of the film ‘Kambdi Kalaai’. Ish is doing a talent hunt for her new film and sees quite a few promising Gursikh actors in the present cast. One can see an obvious change in the personalities of these kids who have undergone strenuous training sessions in the past four weeks. These kids have the best of Sikh Values imbued in them .For Ish, these kids are very different from the kids she has worked with in the past - their values are deep-rooted and their love for their religion and community is real and not just superficial. They are the real future of Sikhi. It was touching to see the wealth of Sikh values in the kids when one day they were playing a game and were discussing what topics to take up and Punit Kaur came up with the idea of ‘Shastar’ and Gurmehar Singh said ‘Kirtaniye’ instead of pondering over a bunch of Bollywood flicks. The tireless efforts of the kids, their parents, and the Gurudwara, which provided the venue for the rehearsal, coupled with the professional direction has made this play a real success.

When it came to selecting the location for the performance of the play, Theresa McEwen, Principal of Tennyson High School, Hayward, was contacted. She had visited the summer camp at Fremont Gurdwara thrice this summer. It was then that we came to know that Theresa had agreed to have a Punjabi language course in the curriculum of her school, but they did not have enough kids signed up to implement the classes yet . Language is a very important aspect of every community. Lately we can see that kids, and even parents don’t converse in Punjabi anymore. Punjabi is a Sikh’s mother tongue and if that is what the Sikh is not in touch with, what will connect him/her to the ‘Shabad Guru’?

September 2nd is a good opportunity for the Sikh community to come together and watch the play ‘Reet Khalse Di’ at 7 p.m. at Tennyson High School, Hayward and support the cause of Sikhi and the Punjabi language. We have seen packed houses of ‘Bollywood Films’ and ‘pop-singer’s night’. Here is a chance to join hands with our own community to walk shoulder to shoulder with our inspired youth which is moving towards a brighter future. The tickets of the show are available at San Jose and Fremont Gurudwaras for $5 each (it’s priced at $5 just to make sure you value what you watch).

Come out and support these young Khalsas-in-training! They need the encouragement. I started out in the workshop, so I know what kind of hard work they put in, and how big a deal this is for each of them. Speaking as a kid and a Sikh, I know what it feels like to watch the adults around us do things that they tell us not to. I know how it feels to not have a voice. I know how it is to feel like a failure, to have disappointment seep through every bone of my body, to lose faith in people {and sadly enough, the Panth}. I know how it is to feel useless and unhelpful.

Please don't let them feel the same way.

The press release is also posted here, here, and here.

mm.. I've said too much =). bhullchukmaaf Jeeo

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

YO - anonymouses!

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

Thanks for all your warnings and advice, but I regret to inform you that your words go to waste. If you did indeed know me the way you claim you do, those things wouldn't be coming out of your mouth.

But what do I know.. I'm a paapi wannabe Gursikh =)

You are absolutely right: Guru Ji does know what's inside of me, He's looking down on me and watching His Hukam carried out,

and He's smiling.

Because of this, I am not regretful of anything. For the longest time I wanted to fight back and argue against everything you said, and attempt to disprove you, but through a few of His chosen servants, Guru Ji showed me that it is useless. When you do not speak the truth, I have nothing to fear.

The words Angad Singh Ji so kindly passed on to me =) {paraphrased}: When one is poked by a splinter, one needs a needle to take it out. But keep in mind - the needle is sharper than the splinter.

thank You =)

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsaaaa Waaaheguru Ji Ki Fatehhh !!

Tuesday, August 15, 2006


yayay !!


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Monday, August 14, 2006

Technical Difficulties

*insert ss Veerji's 'static' picture of a carpet(?)*

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In complaining to someone about the formatting of my blog posts, I was informed that they appeared fine in their browser - Mozilla Firefox.

Could the next few people who pop by please do me the favor of leaving a comment that tells me if the blog posts look okay - specifically, if the paragraph breaks are visible or not, are there random symbols or not, etc., you know, anything that seems weird - and what browser they're using?

I'd greatly appreciate it =)

over'n out

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fatehh!