Monthly Archives: September 2013

Stuff You Didn’t Know About The Golden Temple

 (or maybe you did, idk. I don’t know you. I don’t know what you do or don’t know. But I mean there’s probably a fact or two in here you don’t know so I would  just stay on the safe side and read it ; )

So I started watching this documentary on Netflix called Himalaya where BBC’s Michael Palin goes all over South Asia saying wonderfully British and sometimes wonderfully corny things about all the places he visits.

It’s the greatest thing.

Anyways, at one point, he visits Harmandar Sahib, or the Golden Temple.

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This is the most well-known gurdwara, or place of worship, for Sikhs, but it’s also amazing from a secular viewpoint. And as I was watching the documentary, I realized I’ve never really told you guys why the Golden Temple is so great. Let me go ahead and…I’m going to…that’s what I’m going to do now…

*Ahem*

REASONS WHY HARMANDAR SAHIB IS DA BOMB (NOT LITERALLY OK LET’S JUST NOT EVEN GO THERE)

1) Everyone is welcome.

Sikhs, Hindus, Muslims, Christians, atheists, white people, black people, brown people, all the people! This might not sound so unique in 2013, but the kicker is that it’s been this way since its founding in 1604. Like a lot of places, India is a place where discrimination based on religion,etc. has been somewhat prominent in its history. But in 1604, the Golden temple was one of the only places to be blind to trivial bhaqwaas. (Yes, I changed my spelling of backwass to this classier looking version I saw Zayn Malik tweet, idk which one I like better yet.)

2) Free food for anyone who wants it.

Harmandar Sahib’s kitchen is run by volunteers–doctors work alongside rickshaw drivers to provide free meals to the tens of thousands of people who show up there everyday.

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If you want to see this in action:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/video/Kitchen-of-the-Golden-Temple.html#ooid=NkbWhkMjqqiVQdKhUlG3FjYYh2z70DTS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRwQ7n9431s

3) Including freaking Akbar. 

At one point, Mughal Emperor Akbar visited the gurdwara, and sat on the ground alongside all of the other visitors. 

4) Four doors. (I did not make this one #4 on purpose omg)

There are four doors into the Golden Temple, symbolizing that it is open to everyone in every direction. Including One Direction. 

“Thanks for looking out, Guru Ji mate!”

M why has One Direction been mentioned twice in your post about the Golden Temple. I’m just curious.

Voice of Reason don’t be so judgmental ok. This is a post about the Harmandar Sahib so why you gotta be like that?

BUT THAT’S WHAT I’M SAYI–

5) Solar energy

In a country not exactly known for its environmental awareness, Harmandar Sahib plans to switch to (if they haven’t already, I’m still trying to find out) solar-powered cooking facilities. 

6) Also, steel plates.

I just really have  thing for steel plates idk. Just something about them not going in a landfill really gets me going. But yeah, Harmandar Sahib has those 🙂

7) It’s beautiful, inside and out.

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8) It’s surrounded by the Amrit Sarovar (the water), which, paired with the white stone ground, gives the entire complex a peaceful, heaven on earth feeling (not that I’ve actually been there to really know but hey. I’ve heard ok??)

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…M?

…Um. M??

….HELLO?!?!?

Sorry! It’s just so beautiful that it hypnotizes me okay?

So yeah. That’s Harmandar Sahib. Writing this felt like describing some prized possession or something, that is so nice I can’t actually believe it’s mine. But the thing is, Harmandar Sahib isn’t only mine. It’s yours too.

As you guys know, I haven’t visited it yet. But from what I’ve heard, it’s an out of body experience. My grandma remembers visiting it, and tells me that she felt like she was actually in heaven when she saw it. I can’t wait for that feeling, and I can’t wait to tell you guys about it : ) If you’ve been to Harmandar Sahib, let me know what it was like! Same if you haven’t–I’d love to hear your thoughts as well!

Have an amazing week guys! : )

-M

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PACKED DAY TODAY SO HERE IS THE GAME PLAN:

-Do all my SAT stuff and school stuff

-Finish writing post

-If post is crap, will edit and publish tomorrow

-If post is acceptable crap, will publish tonight

-TAKING SAT NEXT SATURDAY, SO HOPEFULLY POSTS WILL START BEING ON TIME AGAIN AFTER THAT

And yes. I know. I know the whale background is extremely irrelevant to this blog, but *cue song*

I DON’T CARE.

I LOVE IT.

I LOVE IT.

-M

P.S #hilary2016

New Comebacks We Have Gained From Miss America Being Brown

Staring Voice of Reason as Racist 1

“You smell like curry!”

You’re right…I hope it doesn’t get on my tiara.

“Are you the dot kind or the feather kind?”

I’m the sash kind. 

“Yo you Arabs should stop destroying everything in your path, ya dig?”

You’re right. Like the competition.

“Lol, you’re Indian?! Where’s your dot thing?”

Miss America asked to borrow it.

“Haha why do you all work in 7-11s??”

Because if we all did pageants, no one else would stand a chance.

“Lol, can you even tan??”

Yes. In the light reflecting off my saber.

SHE LITERALLY GOT A SABER.

Congrats Nina. Congrats on your saber : )

-M

P.S- Today I was walking past a group of people and one of them goes “B*tch, get out of my country!” It would have been really exciting because I could have been all, “Tell that to Miss America 2014”

but it turns out she wasn’t talking to me (or anybody–I think she was saying it to a phone screen with a picture of someone from Canada on it? Idk man…) 

Lol, maybe next time!

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POST DROPS TOMORROW BECAUSE HOMEWORK.

But if you’re in dire need of some brown entertainment, the online desi community has been ON POINT the past couple of weeks. 

Also good:

http://www.kaurista.com/2013/09/16/5-things-brown-girls-can-learn-from-miss-america/

I’LL SEE YOU TOMOROW. I APOLOGIZE WITH ALL MY DIL.

-M

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Happy Birthday, Guru Granth Sahib Ji!

Hey guys! 🙂 How y’all doing? How are we liking the whale background? I’m really feeling it, idk. 

This week, the Gurprub for the Guru Granth Sahib Ji is being celebrated. Basically what that means is Sikhs around the world are celebrating the officiation (not actually a word but it sounds nice so just roll with it pls) of our holy book. So to honor this, I thought I would share some of the coolest parts (in my opinion) of the Guru Granth Sahib Ji with you!

BUT before I do, I wanted to tell you guys about going to gurdwara last night because OMG. It was actually kind of magical. ( M I didn’t come here to hear about your weird life. I totally feel you. Feel free to skip this–the quotes from the Guru Granth Sahib Ji are in bold down below :). )

So for the past month or so, I’ve been taking this class that lasts from 2-5 or sometimes 2-6 on Saturdays and Sundays, so I haven’t been able to go to Gurdwara for a while. Which, I mean, I don’t go that regularly, so it wasn’t that big of a deal. But I was getting kind of…gurdwara sick? Gurdwara sick. I was getting a tad gurdwara sick. (Part of me wonders how much of this was just me missing the food there… ) But this past Saturday, the teacher of the class I’m taking just didn’t show up lol. (It was actually kind of scary. Pencils started flying…multiple selfies were taken…) So we all just left after an hour of waiting. My grandparents were  going to Gurdwara that night, so I was like yo. Take me wit chu. 

Before I left, I was on the phone with a friend of mine, and I was telling her I was pretty excited to go, because of how magical it would be at night. And as I started to describe this, I realized that it really was truly magical. Like magical at the Aladdin level.

Yeah. 

In my gurdwara, the entire upper floor is carpeted with blue carpet and there’s a huge chandelier in the middle, along with big windows along the walls, and string lights on the outside of the building. 

So when my grandparents, me, and my friend who I was on the phone with (she actually asked to come along! Shout out to Swathilama! (Katey, I will definitely take you sometime too, if you still want to go!)) and I got to the gurdwara, there were 3 Ragis there. Ragis are like people who travel, usually from India, to do Kirtan, or prayer, for different congregations, instead of the normal Gyani ji, who usually does the kirtan. When I’ve seen Ragis in the past, they were usually dressed in white and navy blue or black. However, while the ones at gurdwara last night were wearing white kurtas, all three of them were also wearing these beautiful bright yellow paghs. And there was just something about that paired with the blue carpet (not to mention the blue ramala) that looked so amazing.

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my creeper pic…at least I censored faces ok?

AND THEN, when I went downstairs, I was super suprised: people were setting up steel plates, spoons, and cups. Ever since it’s founding, my gurdwara has used Styrofoam and plastic plates and utensils. EPA loved us for it. But I guess we’ve ditched that tradition, and I just haven’t been to gurdwara in THAT LONG lol that I didn’t even know it.  I was like “omg metal” and everyone else was like “chill out you’re so behind.” So, as corny as it sounds, seeing the shiny steel plates just added to the magic of the night. 

Okay, that’s the end of my awkardly personal rant. 

So below are some of my favorite quotes from the Sikh holy book. I promise I’m not trying to push my religion on you guys, lol. But I know that not a whole ton of people know about Sikhs, much less what we’re all about. So I thought I’d share a little bit of that. 

Enjoy!!

“Recognize the Lord’s Light (Spirit) within all, and do not consider social class or status; there are no classes or castes in the world hereafter.”

“Man is born from a woman; within woman, man is conceived; to a woman he is engaged and married. Man is friends with woman; through woman, the future generations exist. When his woman passes away, he seeks another woman; to a woman a man is bound. So why call her bad? From her, kings are born. From a woman, woman is born; without woman there would be no one at all.”

“While you are alive, conquer death, and you shall have no regrets in the end.”

“By falsehood and deception, none have found Him. Whatever you plant, you shall eat.”

“Without selfless service, no one ever receives the fruits of their rewards.”

“True wealth does not burn; it cannot be stolen by a thief.”

“As she has planted, so does she harvest; such is the field of karma.”

“For the sake of it, you journey to sacred shrines and holy rivers; but this priceless jewel is within your own heart.”

“Even Kings and emperors with heaps of wealth and vast dominion cannot compare with an ant filled with the love of God.” -Guru Nanak Dev Ji. 

“tru.”

Have a happy Gurpurab 🙂

-M

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101ST POST CELEBRATION that is actually probably just a dissapointment, but still!

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BECAUSE IT’S TIME FOR THE 1O1ST POST PARTAYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!

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101 POSTS. AGHHHH.

I wasn’t sure what to do for this post, and so it’s gone a lot of ways. But now I’m just realizing that I really just want to take this post to thank YOU. YOU SITTING RIGHT THERE.

…M is that really all you’re going to do for this post?

Um yes? Do you have a problem with that, Voice of Reason?

What , no! Of course not…it’s just that…

Yes??

Just that I thought you were going to “pull out all the stops” for this one, that’s all…

What? I never said I would–

ps

Oh yeah. That. Okay listen. I had something really cool planned out. I really did! It involved a white board, hint hint. But it just didn’t come together the way I wanted it too, and I didn’t have a whole ton of down time last week, and so I’m going to save it for a future post, okay? Is that okay with you, Voice of Reason?

I guess.

K good 🙂

Anyways, I really do want to say thank you to you, dear reader. For coming here, reading, leaving comments. You guys have made this so much fun.

Also, can we just talk about how much I’m learning by doing this blog situation? Because idk about you guys, but when I started the blog, I didn’t know…a lot.

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I am actually Halloween colors

But now it’s like

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Which I actually know nothing about,  but you get my point. 

A lot of the times I write an informational post about something, I actually don’t know a whole ton about that subject. But writing the post, I learn so much about whatever that thing is. Seriously. I feel like a worldly person now. Even though I am not. At all. I’ve only ever been to Canada, remember?

Nothing against Canada. Love you bby.

Anyways, yeah. I never would have thought this blog thing would end up meaning so much to me, much less end up being read by people. So basically, thanks bro.

In fact, can I just…let me…this goes out to you:

SO here’s to another 100 posts! Don’t be shy to comment and let me know what you want to see! I know this one was on the shorter/weirder side, but school has been kicking my butt the past few days. Things are looking a little calmer though, and so hopefully the blog will be back to normal this coming Sunday 🙂

See you then,

M

The Flying Sikh (Preceded by other ramblings.)

I have a bone to pick with you people.

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WHEN WE’RE YOU PLANNING ON TELLING ME THERE ARE 519 OF YOU?! I LITERALLY DID NOT EVEN KNOW WE WERE EVEN PAST 100. I JUST FOUND THIS OUT YESTERDAY. AKDFLJGEHWAKLSDJF.

Thanks tho 🙂 <3333

So okay. I had started writing today’s post, which was going to be a beginner’s guide to Bollywood. But then my mom asked what I was writing about, and I said Bollywood, and she was basically like “Again?”

Lol, so I’m guessing I might be writing about Bollywood a tad too frequently lately. Sorry about that! So then I was like, hmm, I haven’t done a serious post in a while, let’s do that! So I was going to do a post about cultural appropriation, but then I realized 1) I kind of already did once, and 2) I don’t really know enough about it/about how I feel about it to do a full post on it yet.

And so then I did this:

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And then I remembered this:

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Then I was like this:

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Then at some point I watched Jusreign’s new video:

Then I went on Tumblr, and as I was scrolling, I came across a picture of Milkha Singh.

And I was like yo.

I should blog about the Flying Sikh.

Because he’s awesome. He’s the only Indian male to ever win a Commonwealth gold medal. But he came from rough beginnings.

In 1935, a man named Milkha Singh was born in present day Pakistan. He had 15 siblings, and watched 8 of them die before he was 12 years old. In 1947, the Partition tore his family apart, like many other families. During the Partition, he actually witnessed his parents and 3 other siblings get killed. From that point on, Singh found himself living in a variety of places– his sister’s house, jail, and a refugee camp being a few. It wasn’t long before Singh resigned himself to simply living the rest of his life as a robber.

Buuuuut, as you can probably guess, it didn’t quite go that way…

Milkha Singh’s bro was like “Nahh son. Why don’t you join the army or some ish?” And Milkha Singh was like “eh…idk man,” and his bro was like “c’mon man,” and Milkha Singh was like “aight why not?”

That was basically the conversation, word for word.

So Milkha Singh was accepted into the army in 1951. He was stationed in the southern part of India, which is where this whole running business really took off for him. The army saw his gift for cross-country running, and selected him for special athletic training.

Eventually, Singh found himself competing in the Olympics ( 3 times), breaking records, and earning himself the nickname “The Flying Sikh.” Check out his skillz in action:

Sorry, that wasn’t a very long video, but dang! Look at him go!

Anyways, what I love about Milkha Singh is how he took his life from one place to a completely different one. In fact, you could say he…started from the bottom…

Please understand that I had to.

But it really does apply to him in away! He actually said something really interesting once, about his life before running:

“I came from a remote village, I didn’t know what running was, or the Olympics.”

I feel like this kind of sums up how much his life changed. He went from not knowing “what running was,” to running in the Olympics. That’s pretty amazing. And look! There’s even a movie about him!

I haven’t seen it yet, but I’ve heard really good things. And it’s really cool to know that this guy was a Sikh. Like way to represent.

Anyways, so yeah! Now you know about the only Indian male to win gold in the Commonwealth Games! I guess, if you’re ever in a rough spot, remember Milkha Singh. No matter where you are, you have the strength to turn it around.

For example, if you’re ending your blog post in a cheesy way. You can overcome that! Unfortunately, I apparently cannot.

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See you next week!

-M 🙂

P.S–Next week is my 100th post, so imma be pulling out all the stops. Be there or be square.

Also! I added a contact me page up there! You can email me questions, comments, concerns, how your week is going so far, anything you want.

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