PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE ARE RELATED

By Promod Puri “The past is history, future is a mystery, but today is a gift……”, stay in the present and enjoy the moments. These are some of the many favored in-vogue quotes. The favorite quotations or advisories suggest our prospects belong to the moments we live in. We are told to live, feel, and … Continue reading PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE ARE RELATED

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Joys of Fiji Travels

The following travelogue was written back in 2010 when I visited Fiji, a cluster of islands in the South Pacific region. Besides, visiting some of the most famous tourist attractions, the article also briefly mentions about the people of Fiji, especially its vibrant Indian community.   By Promod Puri Our years of build-up excitement of Fiji … Continue reading Joys of Fiji Travels

British troops massacred Indians in Amritsar – and a century later, there’s been no official apology

Jallianwala Bagh, in Amritsar, India, where hundreds were killed on April 13, 1919, under British colonial rule. AP Photo/Prabhjot Gill Sumit Ganguly, Indiana UniversityThe Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby recently visited the site of a brutal massacre that happened in 1919 under the British colonial rule in India and offered his personal apologies. He expressed … Continue reading British troops massacred Indians in Amritsar – and a century later, there’s been no official apology

A Quick Glance At Hindu Holy Book BHAGAVAD GITA

Bhagavad Gita is a question-answer dialogue between Lord Krishna and Prince Arjun. It is a compilation of Lord Krishna's philosophical and practical teachings in response to Arjun's questioning the intricacies, the confusions and the challenges in an individual’s life. The entire episode is set in a war zone symbolizing that human life is a combat … Continue reading A Quick Glance At Hindu Holy Book BHAGAVAD GITA

EXCITING ELECTION STEAMING UP IN CANADA

As the starting gun was fired this week for October 21 election campaign, the ruling Liberal Party and the opposition Conservative Party are running almost neck-to-neck with 34 and 35 percent support respectively, according to the latest poll. Besides, this close-race pairing, another crucial dual emerging fast, is the 11 percent support for each of the New … Continue reading EXCITING ELECTION STEAMING UP IN CANADA

Why Sikhs wear a turban and what it means to practice the faith

People participate in a candlelight vigil near the White House to protest violence against Sikhs in 2012. AP Photo/Susan Walsh by Simran Jeet Singh, New York University An elderly Sikh gentleman in Northern California, 64-year-old Parmjit Singh, was recently stabbed to death while taking a walk in the evening. Authorities are still investigating the killer’s … Continue reading Why Sikhs wear a turban and what it means to practice the faith

India must stop deforesting its mountains to fight floods

Mountains above Munnar, a hill town in Kerala, India. Santhosh Varghese / shutterstock Gayathri D Naik, SOAS, University of LondonFloods are now an annual nightmare in many parts of southern and western India. Valleys in the states of Maharashtra, Karnataka and Kerala that weren’t considered flood-prone until recently are at risk. During floods and landslides … Continue reading India must stop deforesting its mountains to fight floods

Seeking Cause Or Causes Of 9/11s Worldwide

9/11 is the anniversary date of a major terrorist attack on the American soil September 11,2001. 9/11s have happened before and after. These are still occurring all over the globe. It befell on Vietnam, Iraq, and continues in Afghanistan and Syria. 9/11s erupts every now and then in Asia, Africa, and Europe. Call it the … Continue reading Seeking Cause Or Causes Of 9/11s Worldwide

Swing Like A Pendulum To Create Better World

People with free mindset attitude swing like a pendulum. Passing through the Centre, they move to the social or political ideologies of the Left or Right but not committed to either of them. The world will be a better place if more people join the pendulum instead of being fanatics of the Right or Left, … Continue reading Swing Like A Pendulum To Create Better World

Featuring Moon In The Hindi Filmi Songs

While space scientists can continue their exploration of the moon and establish more communication links with the cool-light planet, I along with most of us of the Indian heritage were told in very early childhood that the guy up there in the sky is a close relative from the mother side. He was referred to … Continue reading Featuring Moon In The Hindi Filmi Songs

FEELING BORED?

Boredom is a very commonly expressed feeling even in this age when we have 24-hour entertainment at our convenience. There is a stream of entertainment and information from our smartphones and social media in the company of self. But still, there are occasional experiences of boredom. Why do we feel bored? Generally, they say boredom … Continue reading FEELING BORED?

THAT SILENCE IS NEWS TOO:

The unrest and protests in the Kashmir Valley over the abrogation of Article 370 have made it insignificant the overwhelming silence and calm in Ladakh, Kargil, Jammu, Kishtwar, Doda, Rajouri, Poonch, Udhampur and other regions of the vast state of Jammu and Kashmir. The tranquil scene in these regions has a message in it. However, … Continue reading THAT SILENCE IS NEWS TOO:

FREEDOM TO MOVE IN OUR OWN “GLOBAL VILLIAGE “

Centuries ago, people used to migrate from one place to another for reasons which were natural calamities, local violence, or community upheavals. Or just seeking better pastures. But there were no borders. It was freedom of unrestricted movement. Now, in the present age peoples also want to migrate for the same reasons as well as … Continue reading FREEDOM TO MOVE IN OUR OWN “GLOBAL VILLIAGE “

NDP LEADER JAGMEET SINGH’S IMAGE BEYOND POLITICS

By Promod Puri The man is more than his round turban and drawn beard. He is also the most well-dressed politician among his peers in the Canadian parliament. Federal New Democratic Party leader Jagmeet Singh is an identity reflecting the spirit and reality of the contemporary Canadian society. In the multi-religious, multi-language, and multi-cultural environment … Continue reading NDP LEADER JAGMEET SINGH’S IMAGE BEYOND POLITICS

Inhumanity Sweeping The World

“Inhumanity, it seems, is contagious. In Italy, babies and children have been repeatedly kept at sea for days by a government that fears—hates, even—migrants, no matter their age. In Turkey, authorities are cracking down on the Syrian refugees that Europe didn’t want. Globally, more people have been forcibly displaced from their homes in the past … Continue reading Inhumanity Sweeping The World

WHO KNOWS

Human beings are "the most beautiful, intelligent and favorite creation of God." Perhaps cats, dogs, donkeys, etc., and that bird in the sky think the same. Who knows! And for that matter plants and flowers have the same pride. Who knows! Perhaps, He knows, maybe not. -Promod Puri

Two Overly Used Popular Sayings:

1. “Be Positive.” What is wrong being negative? Rather Keep the balance, and be rational. 2. “Forget the past…..”      How that is possible? With experiences of the past, and dreams of the future, live the present.

ORIGIN OF RELIGION

Essentially, religion is a code of conduct for a civil society. It all started from here. With society’s progression, the code of conduct also evolved resulting in its expansion and formalization. As civilization started taking roots management of the society began. Origin of religion can be traced as part of human evolution. Ancient religious orders … Continue reading ORIGIN OF RELIGION

“Please Remove Your Shoes”: Is It Custom, Hygiene Or Both

By Promod Puri The sign on the front door read, “please remove your shoes.” It was not a Hindu temple, Gurdwara or a mosque, where such is the custom or a religious edict. But the newly-build home of a friend who had a house-warming party a few years ago. When we arrived, there already was … Continue reading “Please Remove Your Shoes”: Is It Custom, Hygiene Or Both

HINDU WORSHIPPING

Besides the devotional practices at dedicated places like temples, home or public shrines, a striking and environmental sensitive and gratifying feature of Hindu worshipping practices and reverence is the deification of natural landmarks like rivers, lakes, and mountains. There is divinity in all elements of nature as well as in plants and animals. The belief … Continue reading HINDU WORSHIPPING

Hinduism is being steered toward the Right where its intellectuality can be impacted.

Stairs Excercise Controls Blood Sugar And For Healthy Heart

By Promod Puri The fun in life includes some simple recreational activities in our daily life. And the one I like the most is just a few steps away as part of my every day up-and-down commute. These are the stairs leading up to our apartment. Over the years I have done this personal "Grouse … Continue reading Stairs Excercise Controls Blood Sugar And For Healthy Heart

Passion For Buying New Clothing, But How Much We Need

By Promod Puri I confess a feeling of guilt erupted within me after buying a pair of pant the other day. This despite the fact, in my otherwise sparse closet, there are enough pants to last till next five to six years or more. But I purchased it anyway with disregard to my needs. Adding … Continue reading Passion For Buying New Clothing, But How Much We Need

Will Removal Of Article 370 Solve Kashmir Problem?

By Promod Puri Some action is better than no action. But this action is a big one, shaking the very status of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The dillydallying over the Kashmir problem for over 70 years got some kick from the government of India with the announcement that Article 370 is removed from … Continue reading Will Removal Of Article 370 Solve Kashmir Problem?

REMEMBERING MUSIC DIRECTOR KHAYYAM

by Promod Puri   In my warm tribute to accomplished Indian music director Mohammed Zahur Khayyam Hashmi, popularly known as Khayyam, who died in Mumbai August 20, here is one of my most favorite songs composed by him. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXdJJvpgTvw It is sung by versatile singer Asha Bhonsle who won several awards for her classical presentation … Continue reading REMEMBERING MUSIC DIRECTOR KHAYYAM

ALASKA: A REAL ESTATE BARGAIN AND ITS ENVIRONMENTAL FUTURE

By Promod Puri In today's real estate many homes and even apartments in the world's big cities, including Vancouver, are priced over five million dollars. Now moving backward over a century ago, the US bought Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million in 1867. Still a bargain at $125 million in today's dollars for 370 million … Continue reading ALASKA: A REAL ESTATE BARGAIN AND ITS ENVIRONMENTAL FUTURE

Concept Of Rita In Hinduism

The word Rita is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘rta.’ In contemporary Hindi, the vocalic ‘r’ of Sanskrit is changed into ‘ri.’ Hence the word Rita, which has been a popular female name in India. Rita is a concept according to the Vedas, the ancient sacred scriptures of Hinduism. It is a physical order of … Continue reading Concept Of Rita In Hinduism

Article 370: Its Future In J & K, And For Rest Of India

by Promod Puri The revocation of Article 370, which covered the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir by giving it significant autonomy, has been received with protests from the Kashmir region while both Jammu and Ladakh are quieter over the issue. Did not Jammu and Ladakh savor the special status too? Of course, they did. … Continue reading Article 370: Its Future In J & K, And For Rest Of India

Separation Of Jammu from Kashmir Will Prune Kashmir Problem

Apple and oranges don’t mix. They grow in separate regions and in separate climates. They have separate shapes and separate tastes. Jammu grows oranges, sweet and juicy. Kashmir grows apples, luscious and crispy. Put them together in a box. And market it as a product of Kashmir. That is simply deceptive labeling. It should be … Continue reading Separation Of Jammu from Kashmir Will Prune Kashmir Problem

J & K NEEDS SPLITS AT PRE-DOGRA RULE STATUS

Historically the present geopolitical formation of the state of Jammu and Kashmir happened in the middle of the 19th century. Sikh ruler, Maharaja Ranjit Singh annexed the territories of Jammu region in 1819, and then sold it to his Dogra commander Gulab Singh in 1820, and crowned him the King. In 1834 Gulab Singh annexed … Continue reading J & K NEEDS SPLITS AT PRE-DOGRA RULE STATUS

DO WE NEED ARMIES

Armies are meant to defend leaders who create wars to engage the armies and arouse nationalism and patriotism by generating hysteria to justify their leaderships. Except to help people in natural disasters, do we need armies and spend millions, billions and trillions of dollars in the name of “defense”, from whom? Except for the defense … Continue reading DO WE NEED ARMIES

No-more Interest!

Some news from South of the border do not interest me anymore: 1.Trump rhetorics (senseless) 2. Gun violence (American culture) 3. US-China trade talks (drag-on) 4. The US-Iran verbal war (stale) 5. Mueller report (waste material for archives) 6. The Trump wall (Humpty Dumpty) -Promod Puri

Will Removal Of Article 370 Solve Kashmir Problem?

By Promod Puri Some action is better than no action. But this action is a big one, shaking the very status of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The dillydallying over the Kashmir problem for over 70 years got some kick from the government of India with the announcement that Article 370 is removed from … Continue reading Will Removal Of Article 370 Solve Kashmir Problem?

THE GENIUS OF MY BROTHER – BALRAJ PURI

My eldest brother, late Balraj Puri, who died in 2014 at the age of 86, was a social and political activist all his life. In his activism he was a journalist, contributing writer to various newspapers and magazines and author of several books. He was a human rights crusader, organizer of many peace rallies and … Continue reading THE GENIUS OF MY BROTHER – BALRAJ PURI

Rise Of People’s Party Would Help Liberals

By Promod Puri The best thing which can happen to the Liberal Party in the October election would be the rise of Maxime Bernier People’s Party. According to the latest poll, the People’s Party has three percent support across Canada. And if the party gathers momentum, the kicked-out leader from the Conservative Party would significantly … Continue reading Rise Of People’s Party Would Help Liberals

In Business World Right Is Moving towards Left

“A new kind of capitalism seems to be emerging, one in which companies value communities, the environment, and workers just as much as profits,” according to Prof. Elizabeth Schmidt of the University of Massachusetts writing in The Conversation. Till now, it has been “shareholder capitalism,” where the only reason to run an enterprise to seek … Continue reading In Business World Right Is Moving towards Left

WATERMELON, THE DELIGHT OF SUMMER

In the abundant rally of summer fruits, watermelon is the heavyweight champion. The green globe occupies its own majestic space in separate and more significant bins apart from the rest of the babies in comparison. Its real value lies in the sweet and ninety percent watery pulp. It is the delight of summer and pride … Continue reading WATERMELON, THE DELIGHT OF SUMMER

Trip To The Moon: A short story

Moving forward a few decades from now, two friends took their first journey to the moon. Upon landing on their dream destination, they had their first encounter with a local. “Welcome to the Moon, where are you guys from.” “I’m from America, and this friend of mine is from Mexico.” “Oh! Never heard about these … Continue reading Trip To The Moon: A short story

Don’t Believe “Because It Is Said”

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9.5% Chance Of Human Extinction in 2100:

It’s not just hydrogen bombs pushing us closer to oblivion, it’s climate change and the threat of ecological collapse. Researchers now estimate the likelihood of human extinction by 2100 at 9.5%. 2050: Estimated year civilization could collapse due to climate change, according to an Australian think tank. What To Do: For humans to fully address … Continue reading 9.5% Chance Of Human Extinction in 2100:

Unlike Humans, Gods Don’t Die, Otherwise, Who Will Manage Or Mismanage The Affairs Of This Universe And Beyond.

How People Cleaned Teeth In Olden Days

People worked for healthy teeth long before nylon brushes hit the market. Mila Davidovic/Shutterstock.com Jane Cotter, Texas A&M University Dental hygiene has come a long way since the days of wine-soaked toothpicks and the urine mouthwash once thought to disinfect mouths and whiten teeth. Some of the earliest tooth-cleaning artifacts archaeologists have found are ancient … Continue reading How People Cleaned Teeth In Olden Days

Some Island Countries Are On The Verge Of Drowning

An atoll in the Republic of Kiribati, an island nation in the South Pacific that’s in danger of disappearing due to climate change. (Shutterstock) Sarah M. Munoz, Université de Montréal Global climate change is endangering small island countries, many of them developing nations, potentially harming their ability to function as independent states. As international environmental … Continue reading Some Island Countries Are On The Verge Of Drowning

ROADBLOCKS AND DEAD ENDS TO FREE THINKING

Marxism, theism, atheism, religious doctrines, and most other disciplines when offered as a prescription or in formulated models to establish political, religious and political structures or systems, then these very ideologies lose their basic messages and instead become roadblocks or dead ends to free thinking. -Promod Puri

SIMPLE LIVING: THE ULTIMATE JOY OF LIFE

(This article is an approach to get into the praxis of simple living and to realize its efficacy. The article does not make a list of things as what to do or what not to do, rather it is left to the reader to work out his or her own simple living lifestyle and make … Continue reading SIMPLE LIVING: THE ULTIMATE JOY OF LIFE

Trudeau’s Advice To Muslim Canadians Can Be Tried In India Too

By Promod Puri It was quite a politically mature and bold statement from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of the Liberal Party urging Muslim Canadians that they should join the Opposition Conservative Party, volunteer themselves, donates to the party, and help its candidates in the upcoming federal election. In a statesman-like spirited message, Trudeau made his … Continue reading Trudeau’s Advice To Muslim Canadians Can Be Tried In India Too

Canada Needs To Help Millions Of Displaced Inside Their Own Countries

Megan Bradley, McGill UniversityRecord-breaking years for refugee flows have become the norm. UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency, just released its annual tally of displacement worldwide. Once again the numbers rose, with 70.8 million people displaced by conflict and violence — more than at any point since the Second World War.In media coverage on refugees, … Continue reading Canada Needs To Help Millions Of Displaced Inside Their Own Countries

TRUDEAU URGEs MUSLIMS TO JOIN CONSERVATIVE PARTY:

In a statesman-like speech at an Eid dinner in Toronto June 21, Liberal Party leader, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urged Canadian Muslims to join the Conservative Party, help the Conservative Candidates, volunteer and donate to the party for the upcoming federal election. In his spirited speech, attended by the mostly Muslims audience, Trudeau said: “I … Continue reading TRUDEAU URGEs MUSLIMS TO JOIN CONSERVATIVE PARTY:

POORS DON’T DO MEDITATION & YOGA

Yoga and meditation are mostly practiced by the middle/upper class. The impoverished and deprived members of society in the daily grind cannot spare their frail health and meager income to indulge in these physical and tranquil activities.

Paldi: South-Asian Canadian Heritage Village

By Promod Puri Paldi, named after a small town in Hoshiarpur District of Punjab, is located about seven miles south-west of Duncan, off the road to Lake Cowichan on Vancouver Island in BC. The village of Paldi was established in 1917 by an enterprising Punjabi by the name of Mayo Singh, who came to Canada … Continue reading Paldi: South-Asian Canadian Heritage Village

MY BOOK ON HINDUISM

From rituals to murti-puja, mantra and metaphysics, karma and moksha, to meditation and yoga, and all its recreational aspects like music, dance, and drama, Hinduism is a disciplinary as well as a comprehensive experience of spiritual development in the liberal and progressive regime. Moving beyond its rituals, customs, and traditions, this study on Hinduism explores … Continue reading MY BOOK ON HINDUISM

A Rationalist’s Open window

I'm Not A Leftist, Rightist or Centerist, But A Rationalist, Open To All Of Them. -Promod Puri

Rabba Hun Kee Kariye: A Powerful Documentary On ’47 Genocide

Why? That is a big question mark Rabba Hun Kee Kariye does not answer. Nor does it intend to answer. But it does shake our morality when we are drawn on religious fronts of hate. Rabba Hun Kee Kariye is a documentary on bloody mayhem following the partition of India in 1947. “It constitutes a … Continue reading Rabba Hun Kee Kariye: A Powerful Documentary On ’47 Genocide

Seeking more knowledge about oneself is self-tracking.

What’s Hinduism

Ignoring its ritualistic aspects, Hinduism truly is a "union of reason & intuition."

Nature of Possibility

Today’s problem can be a solution to tomorrow’s problem. While today’s solution can generate a problem for tomorrow. It is the uncertain, but logical nature of possibility. -Promod Puri

NANAK DUKHIYA SABB SANSAR SO SUKHIYA JIS NAAM ADHAAR

NANAK DUKHIYA SABB SANSAR SO SUKHIYA JIS NAAM ADHAAR (Loosely translated: Nanak says life for everybody is suffering, blissful is the one who has based his/her life on Him) That is the universal truth. Agony, misery, pain, suffering, both physical and emotional, and in all degrees of intensity are the realities of life experienced by … Continue reading NANAK DUKHIYA SABB SANSAR SO SUKHIYA JIS NAAM ADHAAR

FLEXIBILITY IN BELIEF

One believes that his or her religion or faith is right. Or for that matter, an atheist believing the same. It is all a matter of one's vision of belief. And this is where some flexibility is needed for evolution in perception, so the belief does not become permanently fixed. -Promod Puri

A 9-point Agenda For PM Modi To save India’s Democracy

1. Restore confidence in the judiciary 2. Restore confidence in the Election Commission 3. Restore the independence of media 4. Restore the independence of the Reserve Bank of India 5. Restore the supremacy of the country’s constitution 6. Restore the credibility of the department of statistics 7. Control fanatic bhagats lynching and terrorizing minorities, killing … Continue reading A 9-point Agenda For PM Modi To save India’s Democracy

The Historical Building At Main And 6th In Vancouver

By Promod Puri The grey stucco building at the south-east corner of Main Street and 6th Avenue in Vancouver was once a hub of the Indo-Canadian community in the early ‘70s and part of ‘80s. It was the Indo-Canadian media center along with small businesses owned by the community members having their offices in the … Continue reading The Historical Building At Main And 6th In Vancouver

Remembering Komagata Maru

Statement by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, May 23, 2019 “One hundred and five years ago the Komagata Maru steamship arrived in Vancouver’s Burrard Inlet. On board were 376 Sikhs, Muslims and Hindus of South Asian origin hoping to settle in Canada and build a better life for themselves and their families. “Few of them ever … Continue reading Remembering Komagata Maru

Q. Why Congress quiet over EVM? Answer: A lot of baggage in its closet. May face Modi’s rod

Pride in a democracy lies not being largest but in its creditable functioning.

Garbage Is An Escalating World Problem

by Promod Puri Countries worldwide seem to be facing an escalating problem as to where to dump their daily accumulation of non-composite garbage. Shiploads of containers carrying all kinds of waste from electronic to plastics and even household garbage are floating the world seas finding their final resting or burial place. After China changed its … Continue reading Garbage Is An Escalating World Problem

PM Modi Pursues Politics Of Hindu Nationalism- What Does That Mean

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is garlanded after winning the elections. AP Photo/Manish Swarup Sumit Ganguly, Indiana University Almost immediately after winning a second term in office on May 23, India’s Prime Minister Modi gave a speech making light of parties and individuals who had espoused secularism over the past five years. During the five … Continue reading PM Modi Pursues Politics Of Hindu Nationalism- What Does That Mean

BEAUTIFUL PUNJABI SONG

Kachi kali si nazuk dil mera ....koi sungh ke ainwen marhorh giya..jeeonda rave oh ji sadke ve jehrha laake mohabattan torh giya. This super hit Punjabi song from film Koday Shah (1953) has been one of my most favorites for a long time. The music by talented Sardul Kwatra is superb. I met Mr. Kwatra … Continue reading BEAUTIFUL PUNJABI SONG

WHEN I WORKED AT 7-ELEVEN STORE:

Recently I read an interesting article on 7-Eleven stores and their worldwide growth in 17 countries besides the ones in the USA where the company was founded in 1927. Around the world, 7-Eleven has 68,236 stores, and the largest presence is in Asia. The new owners are a Japanese holding company who bought 7-Eleven from … Continue reading WHEN I WORKED AT 7-ELEVEN STORE:

Sahir Ludhianvi’s Romantic Poetry…pyar par bas to nahin hai—

Sahir Ludhianvi in his romantic mood penned this beautiful composition adorned with equal passion by Talat Mehmood and Asha Bhonsle in the film Sone Ki Chidiyya (1958). Asha Bhonsle did not say a word in the Song, but Music director O.P. Nayyar used her voice as soft 'alaap' enhancing the feelings of the poet. Pyaar … Continue reading Sahir Ludhianvi’s Romantic Poetry…pyar par bas to nahin hai—

Monkey Show of Goswami

  The picture is deceiving, but this guy, with his glasses and intellectual look, was the most aggressive host I have ever seen on TV. The name I was told while watching the India election coverage with friends, is Arnab Goswami of Republic TV. I could digest the outpouring of results in favor of Modi … Continue reading Monkey Show of Goswami

”WIN GUARANTEED”: Worldwide Demand for India’s EVMs!😊😊

WAR BLAMES

Do we have to blame a nation or nations in their respective share of initiating a war rather than the individuals responsible for their calling to strike the fire? Historically, we blame the nations and forget the leaders or rulers in their war orders.

Sahir Ludhianvi in a different mood

Sahir Ludhianvi in his romantic mood penned this beautiful composition adorned with equal passion by Talat Mehmood and Asha Bhonsle in the film Sone Ki Chidiyya (1958). Asha Bhonsle did not say a word in the Song, but Music director O.P. Nayyar used her voice as soft 'alaap' enhancing the feelings of the poet. Pyaar … Continue reading Sahir Ludhianvi in a different mood

Intellectual humility helps to explore wrongs in mindset views.

THE MODI WAVE CONTINUES

A  juggernaut of all the resources and forces, while crushing the opposition, pulled the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) under prime minister Narendra Modi’s command to another massive victory in the just concluded India election. An army of hard-core members of the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP), the leading partner in the alliance, disciplined media, unlimited … Continue reading THE MODI WAVE CONTINUES

WHY MODI AND HIS PARTY SHOULD NOT WIN AGAIN

By Promod Puri It is the institutional damage which is a primary cause of concern for the survival and functioning of democracy in India. The plummet of the Congress paved the way for the BJP to capture the power four years ago primarily by nurturing and exploiting its inherent strength in Hindu nationalism. It is under … Continue reading WHY MODI AND HIS PARTY SHOULD NOT WIN AGAIN

In Contemporary Meditation Mantra Can Be In Any Language

By Promod Puri One of the most ingrained and perhaps efficacious features of Hinduism is the mantra. A mantra inherently is the delivery of sacred word(s) or a sound with literal meaning or without meaning, but capable of inducing an environment of divinity. Despite their antiquated origin during Vedic period of Hindu history, mantras in verses … Continue reading In Contemporary Meditation Mantra Can Be In Any Language

Sikhism Dwells In Its Saint-soldier Philosophy

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Sikhism Dwells In Its Saint-soldier Philosophy

By Promod Puri Guru Nanak Dev and Guru Gobind Singh represent two distinct aspects of Sikhism. In the evolution of Sikhism, together these significant facets symbolize the Khalsa, a saint-soldier designation which is pure, clean, and free. The saint-soldier image of the Khalsa was initiated by Guru Nanak and got concluded by Guru Gobind Singh, according … Continue reading Sikhism Dwells In Its Saint-soldier Philosophy

Why India elections are more about Modi than anything else

Britta Ohm, Université de Berne India votes until May 19, and Western media and opinion seem to be slowly waking up to the dangers faced by what is often hailed as “the world’s largest democracy” to constitutional guarantees. Like in other cases of today’s right-wing and populist authoritarianisms around the world, these dangers are not completely … Continue reading Why India elections are more about Modi than anything else

CONCEPTION OF GOD IN HINDUISM

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Peepaewale Biscuits

Every time I notice these in the Indian grocery stores, even at the Walmart, my recurring memories fly me back to those teenage days in India. We did not call them as “Peepaewale” biscuits. These were just plain cookies custom-made from a local bakery shop. Also referred to as Punjabi biscuits, these non-smooth and little … Continue reading Peepaewale Biscuits

Hukam Razai Chalna, Nanak likhyea naal.

By Promod Puri For contemporary society as well as in the conduct of our personal lives, one of the most relevant messages of Guru Nanak Devji is: Hukam Razai Chalna, Nanak likhyea naal. In its simple interpretation, Nanak says, it is inevitably written that we conduct ourselves according to the will of God.  Hukam means order or … Continue reading Hukam Razai Chalna, Nanak likhyea naal.

Manusmriti And America’s Jim Crow Laws Against Blacks

by Promod Puri An objective parallel can be drawn between the racial caste system, known as Jim Crow in the history of the United States between 1877 to late 60s, and the inhumane treatment of low-caste Hindus triggered by the centuries-old caste culture of India. Jim Crow was a legitimized and even legalized anti-black racism … Continue reading Manusmriti And America’s Jim Crow Laws Against Blacks

2019 Poll: BJP Leads In Social Media Use

In India, WhatsApp is a weapon of antisocial hatred Smartphones are a conduit for misinformation about the Indian election. AP Photo/Manish Swarup Rohit Chopra, Santa Clara University A general election in India, the world’s most populous democracy, seems a theoretical impossibility. Collecting the votes of nearly a billion people across a staggeringly diverse subcontinent has … Continue reading 2019 Poll: BJP Leads In Social Media Use

Why I’m Not Buying Self Driving Car

By Promod Puri Ever since the car manufacturers introduced the Cruise Control feature, I have rarely used it. And I think many people like me seldom bothered about this extra driving maneuver. They might have their own reasons. But in my case, it is simple. My conscious mind does not feel relaxed in this mode. … Continue reading Why I’m Not Buying Self Driving Car

Earth Day Message

Work Less, Earn Less, Spend less, And Save The Earth. - by Promod Puri

Hindutva Clashes With Secular, Liberal And Democratic Spirit Of Hinduism

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Why giant statues of Hindu gods, leaders making Minorities nervous

Indulata Prasad, Arizona State UniversityStatues – big statues, the largest in the world – are being built all across India. Like many public monuments, they attempt to convey history in a concrete form. But India’s new statues convey something else, too: the power and vision of one dominant group – and the vulnerability of others.That’s … Continue reading Why giant statues of Hindu gods, leaders making Minorities nervous

GOD DOES NOT NEED “THANK YOU” ONLY:

Sometimes it is ok to complain (shikva) to God, Otherwise, it may be monotonous for Him/Her if loaded with "thank you" all the time. Oh aasman wale shikva hai zindagi ka/ film Anarkali. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItuzNnF9LoQ

In The Habit Of Postponing Things

By Promod Puri In my school days as the bell ring, all the kids assembled for the morning prayer which was quite secular in nature. I don’t remember the whole prayer which was in Hindi, but a couplet of that I can still recall. The words of advice in that morning ritual go like this: … Continue reading In The Habit Of Postponing Things

Redesigning Political & Economic Systems

An integrated approach is needed where modern sciences, ethics, and environmental updates can be part of both the political and economic systems

Promod Puri

Redesigning of our political and economic systems based on changing social needs as well as our ethical and environmental commitments will be more viable, responsive and revered than the outdated, impractical and utopian Socialist idealism, and greedy Capitalism. The contemporary world society seeks that the idiosyncrasy of the present sociopolitical Left and the Right cultures should be replaced by a new political and economic ideology. An integrated approach is needed where modern sciences, ethics, and environmental updates can be part of both the political and economic systems

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Atheism Part of Hinduism

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Coalition Politics In India More Than Fighting Election And Sharing Power

By Promod Puri Politics of coalition has been the norm in India for the last over two decades. So far, this has been essentially an alluring and opportunist wangling when political parties form coalitions with the sole intent of sharing power. United Fronts of Left and Right, Centre-left and Centre-right, or a mix of all … Continue reading Coalition Politics In India More Than Fighting Election And Sharing Power

Reform In World religions

An integrated approach is needed to reform most of the world religions in which all the sciences and disciplines like physics, chemistry, biology, psychology, sociology, philosophy, etc., etc. along with computer sciences help in the ethical and rational understanding of religious orders including their cleansing. This review is now due. -Promod Puri

Mueller Report Spares The Big One

By Promod Puri The Hindi phrase “khoda pahar nikla chuha (dug the mountain, got out a rat) or the English equivalent: much ado about nothing, is the essence of Robert Mueller’s partially-released report. However, in this case instead catch of one single big rat, the two-year-long digging did find lot more casualties, 34 of them … Continue reading Mueller Report Spares The Big One

Humor, Excercise And Intellect Part Of Khushwant Singh’s Colorful Life

By Promod Puri Perhaps the least revealed an aspect of Khushwant Singh's colorful and long active life, was the fact that he perfectly balanced his cogitative pursuits with an active physical lifestyle of exercise, sports, and walks. Unlike most of the known contemporary thinkers and writers, Khushwant Singh realized that both mental and physical activities … Continue reading Humor, Excercise And Intellect Part Of Khushwant Singh’s Colorful Life

HYMN OF CREATION (Nasadiya Sukta)

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PUNJABI HUMOR FOR ALL OCCASIONS

Punjabis have a great sense of humor. And the people from both sides of the border between India and Pakistan share this personality trait as the blood in their veins. Recently while watching a TV talk show from Lahore, on the serious issue of donkey meat being sold as goat or beef in the country, … Continue reading PUNJABI HUMOR FOR ALL OCCASIONS

BREXIT: STUPID MOVE PUTS UK IN LIMBO

It was the most stupid decision Britishers made in its recent history to leave the European Union, and in which many among the whiter than the white immigrants joining the xenophobic racists. The nation is now stuck in the limbo as it cannot go back, and it can't move forward. In the meantime, many multi-nationals … Continue reading BREXIT: STUPID MOVE PUTS UK IN LIMBO

David Sidoo, A Sacrificial Lamb

It is a case of compromising with ethics and risking his own reputation for the sake of securing a good future for his sons. This could be a sacrifice for the kids, but the laws are blind when decorated businessman and celebrated donor to the University of British Columbia, David Sidoo was arrested in the … Continue reading David Sidoo, A Sacrificial Lamb