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T. Sher Singh is the Editor of sikhchic.com, an online daily magazine on the art and culture of the Sikh diaspora.

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It Hasn't Been a Good Day: William Dalrymple, Bosnia, Punjab, Zimbabwe and ... Robin Williams

(2) Comments | Posted August 13, 2014 | 9:03 AM

It hasn't been a good day.

I started it off feeling sullen and grumpy. It's ended with leaving me grumpier.

I began the day, in the early hours, by finishing a book I've been reading these last few days: William Dalrymple's "City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi".

An immensely...

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Them Truck Drivers

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 4:20 PM



Ontario, Canada

Sometimes when I'm not feeling like a longer walk to the coffee shop at the far end of our village, I venture into the one around the corner.

It's a different crowd that frequents this café. I, and many like me, like coming here because of its better...

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Here Was a Man! When Comes Such Another?

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2013 | 1:24 PM

NELSON MANDELA 1918 - 2013


There's a tradition in Punjab, the land of the Sikhs -- now lost in the diaspora -- around death and funerals.

When a person who has lived a long and fulfilled life dies, leaving behind several generations of flourishing descendants, the funeral turns...

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Understanding Nanak

(5) Comments | Posted November 16, 2013 | 12:52 PM

I have found from experience that we as human beings have a tough time in following simple instructions. The simpler they are, the more difficult it gets.

We can decipher the most complex of codes, and find our way through the most convoluted arguments, but given a straight-forward message, we...

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Sticks, Stones ... & Words

(8) Comments | Posted October 16, 2013 | 3:19 PM

Sticks and stones, I can handle.

My faith requires me NOT to turn the other cheek. I'm no fighter but I can promise a good fight in a fair exchange when taken on by a boor.

I can handle words too. Call me whatever you like, even try to insult...

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The Turning of The Leaves:
Happy Thanksgiving, Canada

(6) Comments | Posted October 13, 2013 | 12:13 AM

It was mere small talk, as I waited in line for my obligatory coffee of the morning.

"I love this time of the year," I overheard a woman gush to her companion, "the change of seasons is so glorious!"

"Yes, me too!" responded the other. "And I just can't wait...

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Thanksgiving

(3) Comments | Posted October 9, 2013 | 6:29 PM

The area I live in here in Ontario, Canada, has gradually and progressively become the heartland of the Mennonite Christians, not unlike, for example, a similar area around Amish settlements in Pennsylvania south of the border.

Simply passing through this area to cottage country, for example, the countryside looks no...

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Government Shutdown? Let Your Hair Down

(0) Comments | Posted October 4, 2013 | 11:53 AM

The shutdown of the U.S. government this week is sending shockwaves around the world.

Everyone is in a tizzy.

Some for good reason because it means there'll be no paycheck next week or for an uncertain while. Others are suffering vicariously because they worry what it'll do to the Monopoly...

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Quebec's Charter of No Values Jeopardizes Only the Christian Cross

(12) Comments | Posted September 19, 2013 | 12:46 PM

When one who is strong and mighty
Attacks another of equal strength,
There is no issue.
But, when a lion pounces
On a defenceless herd?
Why, O why?
It warrants an answer
! [Nanak]

Your head's held high,
As you ride a tall steed,

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A Country Called Canada

(25) Comments | Posted July 1, 2013 | 2:14 PM

Close to the end of the 1960s, my parents had started to think it was time to move again.

Having lost their home and their homeland -- Punjab -- to the great man-made tragedy of the Partition in 1947, and having fled to and settled down in a distant and...

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Hi-Tech Unites the World's Sikhs in Daily Communion

(1) Comments | Posted June 25, 2013 | 6:55 PM

My dear friend, Inni Kaur, lost her mother to an illness two summers ago. Twenty-one months later, she still feels as if it was yesterday.

"I miss her terribly," she says. "The intense pain has now become a dull ache. My mornings are the hardest. She lived in New...

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The Moth and the Flame

(18) Comments | Posted June 15, 2013 | 8:28 PM

On Sunday, June 16, Sikhdom celebrates the extraordinary man who gave Sikhism two of its greatest gifts: its Scripture, known as the Guru Granth, and its famous shrine, the Golden Temple.

He was in the prime of his life, a mere 39 years old, when his spiritual activities were deemed...

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The Immigrant

(8) Comments | Posted June 11, 2013 | 4:17 PM

This week, as we Sikhs around the world commemorate the latest holocaust suffered by our people -- the events unleashed in June 1984 by the army assault on the Sikh Holiest of Holies, The Golden Temple of Amritsar, as ordered by Indira Gandhi -- my thoughts go to a news-story...

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Who Owns God?

(72) Comments | Posted May 30, 2013 | 1:51 PM

Several years ago, I came across an odd story from the East Coast of Canada.

A minister in a parish in Nova Scotia belonging to the United Church Christian denomination had complained that some lackey in the government had asked her to refrain from reading from the New Testament during...

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Looking Into the Jaws of Death Valley

(2) Comments | Posted May 22, 2013 | 4:00 PM

Awash in the glare of the sun, we cross the Nevada-California border and head toward the Funeral Mountains. Once through this mini-range we enter what is correspondingly named the Death Valley.

We first do the two-hour drive through the valley, from one end to the other, in a single stretch.

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My Mother ... and Motherhood

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2013 | 8:13 AM

bibi - derived from habibi - darling - in Arabic. Root: hubb - love

biji - abbreviated from bibi ji

It was about 11.30 pm on October 7, 1992 when my phone rang. It was my mother.

I knew instantly that it was over.

She struggled to keep her voice...

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An Eye for an Eye

(1) Comments | Posted May 6, 2013 | 11:09 AM

As human beings, there are a number of nifty areas we have developed as evidence that we are different from the other species in the animal kingdom.

One of them is that we are good at crafting homilies and whirling them around as if they are rosary beads and by...

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Bravo! Boston

(1) Comments | Posted April 25, 2013 | 4:31 PM

The applause was instant. Spontaneous. Sincere. Heartfelt.

Ordinary citizens of a beleaguered city spilled out into streets last night and hailed a procession of an odd mix of vehicles of every shape, size and color heading home -- a sight they welcomed but rather not see again in their neighborhood....

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The War on the Innocents

(1) Comments | Posted April 17, 2013 | 1:58 PM

We stagger once again from the killing of innocents.

On Monday, April 15, we saw the murder and maiming of participants and bystanders at the Boston Marathon.

The sheer senselessness of it has turned our lives upside down. The brutality. The meaninglessness. The callousness. The horror.

The how and the...

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The Truth About J.K. Rowling's 'The Casual Vacancy'

(1) Comments | Posted October 11, 2012 | 4:24 PM

I recall when I was studying for my Master's -- eons ago! -- and was working on my thesis on Shakespeare, that we often moaned over the shallowness of the technique used by a scholar who was widely touted for her book, "Shakespeare's Imagery."

Caroline Spurgeon had gone through every...

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