MINDSET IS NOT A SETTLED BUT FLEXIBLE ATTITUDE

By Promod Puri Distorted, false, or unrealistic information twist our thinking. As of result, our perceptions are flawed. Endeavoring for the true nature of things helps brain circuits to function naturally in the evolution of a sound and conscientious or attentive mind. Human brains are built for sophisticated and complex activity. It is in this … Continue reading MINDSET IS NOT A SETTLED BUT FLEXIBLE ATTITUDE

TOGETHER:

In the company of two An ambiance of Warm serenity. Joys and thrills In its rains and shines, Hikes and walks. Afternoon coffee at McDonald, And across the street Sharing a bowl of congee. Blissful, simple pleasures In rapt passions of Charms and cheers. In this concert Life is a celebration, Together. Promod & Rita … Continue reading TOGETHER:

Satnam Waheguru: Both A Prayer And Mantra

By Promod Puri “Satnam Waheguru,” two simple words of profound spiritual significance. A companion in solitude, Satnam Waheguru, where the universal truth of His wonders is accepted with utmost reverence. And that adoration becomes a prayer, Satnam Waheguru, Satnam Waheguru…. ‘Sat’ stands for Truth, ‘Nam’ identifies that Truth. ‘Wahe’ is a feel of ‘wow’ moment, … Continue reading Satnam Waheguru: Both A Prayer And Mantra

INDIA TODAY

While the Lathi-raj, enforced by the police and goons, is in full swing, the BJP bhagats are kept ignorant and brainwashed that everything is normal, India is progressing, and going to the moon. For most of the Hindu population, especially in urban middle or upper-middle-class, there is insensitivity towards the seriousness of the new anti-minority … Continue reading INDIA TODAY

Radical Changes In India’s Secularism Thru New Citizenship Act

Protests have engulfed Assam since the National Register of Citizens was published in August 2019. They have intensified since the Citizenship Amendment Act was passed by the parliament. Central security forces, pictured here, have been sent in to repress the spontaneous protests by different citizens groups. (Arunabh Saikia), Author provided Sara Shneiderman, University of British … Continue reading Radical Changes In India’s Secularism Thru New Citizenship Act

A HAPPY AND PEACEFUL 2020

In the spirit of exchanging New Year greetings, we wish peace and happiness for all humanity. Human beings, animals, plants, mountains, rivers, seas and everything visible and non-visible in this shared universe are all inter-connected and inter-dependent to each other. We seek peace and peaceful existence for all. Peace in all the cosmic environments influences … Continue reading A HAPPY AND PEACEFUL 2020

My 2020 Vision:

A peaceful world No poverty Respect for human rights Welcome refugees. -Promod Puri

Besides Vancouver’s Alluring Image It’s Also A City of Homelessness

By Promod Puri “Canada is the best country in the world.” Alongside Vancouver prides itself with 1st, 2nd, or 3rd standing as the “most liveable place.” But underneath all these rewarding certifications, there are visible sites that take away some appeal from Vancouver’s alluring image. The fast-developing metro, with its massive and lavish highrises, is … Continue reading Besides Vancouver’s Alluring Image It’s Also A City of Homelessness

Political Anarchism Brewing In India

When political opposition becomes ineffective, or it is almost non-existence, political anarchism takes place led by leaderless young revolutionaries against the governing party and its leadership. This is precisely the situation in India where the Congress Party and other major opposition groups, including the Left fronts, are hardly visible on the street to oppose the … Continue reading Political Anarchism Brewing In India

India’s New Citizenship Act Discriminatory Towards Muslims

by Promod Puri There have been some severe and quick fundamental transformations taking place in India to reweave the social and secular fabric of the nation. In this operation, the country’s citizenship act has been stoked to allow only non-Muslims, migrants from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Pakistan for permanent residency. This is where the problem erupted … Continue reading India’s New Citizenship Act Discriminatory Towards Muslims

Getting Rid of Clogging Identities

By Promod Puri Nationality, caste, color, creed, ritual-based religion: do we still have to wear these badges? When these identities become obsolete, dead, and gone? Nations across the globe have become or becoming cosmopolitan in both the physical and virtual worlds. Political boundaries are only relevant to the administrative and bureaucratic functioning of governments. But … Continue reading Getting Rid of Clogging Identities

WHO KNOWS!

I've heard, you've heard: "Humans beings are the most Intelligent and favorite Creation of God.” Birds, cats, dogs, donkeys..... Probably think equal as well. Trees, plants, and flowers Likely hold the same pride too. Who knows! He Knows May be maybe not. Who knows! -by Promod Puri  

CONDEMNING THE SILENCE

Those in India and of Indian origin abroad, who are aware of the present tense situation in the country because of several controversial issues, are silent for being the supporters of  Modi regime, I can understand their muteness. But those, who are critical and are silent about the present state of affairs the nation is … Continue reading CONDEMNING THE SILENCE

BITTERNESS IS HEALTHY

It may sound sweet that our fruits and vegetables are getting sweeter. While the bitterness in some of the known bitter fruits and vegetables is becoming far less or almost non-existent. Examples are grapefruit, brussels sprouts and bitter-melon (karela). The natural chemicals involved in creating bitterness are called phytonutrients that are responsible for imparting health … Continue reading BITTERNESS IS HEALTHY

Understanding Satsang And Its Virtues

By Promod Puri In Hindu and Sikh religious activities, Satsang is a popular religious tradition. It is group participation that involves listening or reading of scriptures, discussion on spiritual and theological topics, and singing of hymns. Some activities also include brief sessions of meditation. Satsang can be a daily, weekly, or monthly get together. It … Continue reading Understanding Satsang And Its Virtues

Kudos to Gambia Seeking Justice For Myanmar Muslims

By Promod Puri Hats off to the Republic of The Gambia, one of the world’s smallest countries in West Africa, who launched proceedings against Myanmar before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for the latter’s crimes and genocide of its Muslim population. Most influential nations in the world who champion the cause of human rights, … Continue reading Kudos to Gambia Seeking Justice For Myanmar Muslims

Nationalism & Patriotism Are Threats To Global Peace And environment

By Promod Puri I have been an anti-national ever since I understood the nature of its allegiance to the country one belongs to. At the same time, I am not a patriot either with its blurred image as it is often a consequence of nationalism. Patriotism and nationalism have obscure borderline between them. It is … Continue reading Nationalism & Patriotism Are Threats To Global Peace And environment

Politics Of Left And Right Are Not The Solutions To Tackle Rape Problem

The four suspects in the Hyderabad rape case have been killed by the police. Most people, including the parents of the victim, applaud the police action. Justice has been delivered, and the case closed. But in the mindset of Left and Right ideological thinking, binaries are being created about the role of police in killing … Continue reading Politics Of Left And Right Are Not The Solutions To Tackle Rape Problem

Applaud Or Condemn The “Police Justice” In India?

The four suspects in the Hyderabad rape case have been killed by the police. Most people, including the parents of the victim, applaud the police action. Justice delivered. Quick, the case closed. In the Indian context, I would accept this kind of quick "street justice", where otherwise the judicious system and the bureaucracy run with … Continue reading Applaud Or Condemn The “Police Justice” In India?

Tackling Rape Problem By Going Beyond Candle-lit Vigils and Protests

By Promod Puri It’s a disgraceful societal evil that has not begun targeting in any realistic and practical way how to kill the rapist beast that lurks everywhere in India, ready to pounce on the female at any given opportunity! Priyanka Reddy, Asifa Banu, Jyoti Singh, and hundreds perhaps thousands more became victims or going … Continue reading Tackling Rape Problem By Going Beyond Candle-lit Vigils and Protests

My Curiosity For Banana Hanger And Other Interesting X-mas Gift Items

By Promod Puri Ever since it was first introduced in the kitchen accessories section of departmental stores I am still debating to buy it or not. Over the last 15 years or more, when the object of my curiosity was first displayed as an innovative and somewhat bizarre item, it has been a challenge to … Continue reading My Curiosity For Banana Hanger And Other Interesting X-mas Gift Items

Universal Appeal of Guru Nanak’s Aarti

By Promod Puri When Guru Nanak Dev, in his myriad spiritual experiences, saw the frame of cosmos beauty, he expressed his gratitude to the Almighty in creating such a splendor. The lines he wrote at that moment were his reverent commendation of Nature’s arrangements in the universality of its presentation. His few words of appreciation … Continue reading Universal Appeal of Guru Nanak’s Aarti

She Was Not “Supposed” To Enter Kitchen

By Promod Puri I don’t know if she belongs to the class of housemaid, aka “bai”. If so, then her status could be upgraded in India’s class and caste society. She had a regular assignment at our home around 11 every morning and finishing her limited but reserved task in 15 to 20 minutes. It … Continue reading She Was Not “Supposed” To Enter Kitchen

PERILS OF DEMOCRACY

In democratic-elect governments like India, Turkey,  the Philippines, and several African, Central, and South American nations, there is an emerging wave of fascism and despotism. Liberalism, meaning individual and minority rights, are fading in these countries led by demagogues invoking the sentiments of nationalism and patriotism. Greek philosopher Plato in 380 B.C., predicted the peril of … Continue reading PERILS OF DEMOCRACY

Don Cherry’s Colorful Costumes Have Stains Of Racism Too

By Promod Puri This Cherry never blossomed to the changing realities of diverse and culturally rich Canadian society. Don Cherry’s colorful (in costume only) long career as hockey commentator ended abruptly with a blot on his iconic stature. At the fag end of his life, after more than three decades on the air, his stylish … Continue reading Don Cherry’s Colorful Costumes Have Stains Of Racism Too

WHAT NEXT AFTER BABRI MASJID-RAM JANMABHOOMI VERDICT

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What Next After Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi Verdict

Neither Hinduism is enriched, nor Islam is poor with the Supreme Court verdict over Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi case. Though the fundamentals of religions are often buried in the foundations of temples and mosques, in their spirituality, none of them reside in the bricks and plaster monuments. The 16the century Babri Masjid in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, … Continue reading What Next After Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi Verdict

Stairs Excercise Controls Blood Sugar And For Healthy Heart

(This is an update to the article written a few years ago) 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 … Continue reading Stairs Excercise Controls Blood Sugar And For Healthy Heart

“Demon King” Ravan Enjoys Respect And Honor Too

By Promod Puri Ram and Ravan are the most known mythical rivals in the Hindu scriptural narratives. Ram is addressed as Lord by his being an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, “the preserver” in the Trinity divination. The rest two are Brahma, “the Creator,” and Mahesh, “the Destroyer.” Contrary to Ram, the status of Ravan is given … Continue reading “Demon King” Ravan Enjoys Respect And Honor Too

Hinduism is being steered toward Hindutva where its intellectuality can be corrupted.

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Canada Can Resume Its Global Image With NDP-backed Liberal Minority Govt.

By Promod Puri Irrespective of the party’s reduced numbers from 39 to 24, Jagmeet Singh’s led New Democratic Party is going to have more clout in the governing politics and policies of Canada. Justin Trudeau’s Liberals won 157 seats compared to 177 in the 2015 election. Short of 170-mark, the ruling party needs NDP’s backing … Continue reading Canada Can Resume Its Global Image With NDP-backed Liberal Minority Govt.

Going To A Movie Theatre In The Turmoils of Jammu And Kashmir

 By Promod Puri It was the early ‘50s, and I still remember going to the Hari Theatre in Jammu. There we were four or five us excited to see the Dilip Kumar starring blockbuster Aan. The songs of the film still reverberate in my nostalgic moods. Dilip Kumar, teasing actress Nadira and rocking with “maan … Continue reading Going To A Movie Theatre In The Turmoils of Jammu And Kashmir

Jagmeet Singh Plugs Fortune Of Sheer As PM

Promod Puri “We’re not going to support a Conservative government; we’re going to fight a Conservative government; we’re going to fight it all the way. We’re ready to do whatever it takes.” With that straightforward and definitive statement, New Democratic Party leader Jagmeet Singh has plugged the fortune of Conservative Party leader becoming the next … Continue reading Jagmeet Singh Plugs Fortune Of Sheer As PM

“20-20-20” FORMULA FOR RELAXING EYES:

Computer screen and our eyes don’t see eye to eye with each other. But we can’t avoid their working relationship. We know, prolong staring rather than looking at the screen is damaging to our eyes. Staring means reduced or no blinking of eyes, while looking involves frequent blinking. The ideal is 12 blinks per minute … Continue reading “20-20-20” FORMULA FOR RELAXING EYES:

NDP May Not Win Enough Seats To Support Minority Govt.

It is going to be a minority rule in Canada as neither the Liberal Party nor the Conservative Party is going to get the winning number of 170 seats as per all the poll indications. Meanwhile, the trajectory of New Democratic Party leader Jagmeet Singh in recent weeks as the most favorable leader by most … Continue reading NDP May Not Win Enough Seats To Support Minority Govt.

Andrew Sheer A Leader Without Lifetime Experiences

Can a person get into politics straight after finishing school or college education? And sticks to that as a career. For most politicians, this is not the case. Before entering politics, they had careers in different vocations. This is called lifetime experiences in their professional fields. Moreover, this is of vital help in political pursuits … Continue reading Andrew Sheer A Leader Without Lifetime Experiences

Let Us Pray For Nation First

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ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGE: I’M THE CAUSE, I’M THE CURE

By Promod Puri I’m often bewildered if the flood of climate campaigns and protests worldwide is proceeding in the pertinent direction, hitting the key target causing the environmental damage. In fact, that overlooked and evading target is me, along with most of us. Seriously! I’m the one, despite being aware of the deteriorating environment, is … Continue reading ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGE: I’M THE CAUSE, I’M THE CURE

LIGHT ON TWEEZERS

by Promod Puri We are quite familiar with tweezers, the small nippers for plucking out unwanted hairs or extracting splinters. But when these little tools are made of light beams to hold very tiny objects in scientific and medical fields, the optical tweezers play quite a significant role as technical aids in the studies of … Continue reading LIGHT ON TWEEZERS

NO ARMIES, NO ENEMIES

“I belong to a small country that was not afraid to abolish its army in order to increase its strength. In my homeland, you will not find a single tank, a single artillery piece, a single warship or a single military helicopter. Today we threaten no one, neither our own people nor our neighbors. Such … Continue reading NO ARMIES, NO ENEMIES

JAGMEET SINGH AND CANADIAN CULTURE

An interesting interaction took place October 2 when a fellow Canadian in Quebec asked New Democratic Leader Jagmeet Singh to “cut off” his turban to look “like a Canadian.” In a poised and cool manner, which is the image he has created for himself, Jagmeet Singh responded: “I think Canadians look like all sorts of … Continue reading JAGMEET SINGH AND CANADIAN CULTURE

Red Thread Around Wrist

A NEW FAD OF HINDU IDENTIFICATION: Red thread around the wrist (right for men and left for women) is the new fad of Hindu ritualistic identification. Called Mauli or Kalva, it is tied by a priest or an elderly person after a ceremonial event. The wearer is supposed to keep the thread until it is … Continue reading Red Thread Around Wrist

MODI VS TRUMP

Three noticeable differences: 1. Whereas Trump has a stiff relationship with the media, Modi is steadily developing a controlling relationship with the media. 2. Trump is open and blunt, expresses his views the moment these come to his mind; Modi often plays the politics of silence. 3. Modi loves bear hugging, for Trump shaking hands … Continue reading MODI VS TRUMP

WRITING IS A CONSTRUCTION JOB

By Promod Puri “Words are the tools of writing.” But not quite so! Words, in fact, are the bricks and mortars we select and gather to build a structure. Its architecture and construction are based on our thoughts, opinions, and feelings, perceptions and impressions, or sharing of information, knowledge, and experiences. In our learning faculty, … Continue reading WRITING IS A CONSTRUCTION JOB

A BOX OF TOFFEES

I was 10-year-old when one day I severely broke my right arm. A local pehlwan, as the practice or custom was in those days, was called to fix the arm. His oil massage and turning and twisting the arm to align the broken bones was an extremely painful maneuver. After a few days, the rugged … Continue reading A BOX OF TOFFEES

Home Sweet Home: The bliss of “Chajju Ka Chobara”

by Promod Puri Back in 1972, when I immigrated to Canada and made my first home in Winnipeg, Manitoba, that I happened to know a very helpful and friendly person by the name of C. R. Bector. He was a distinguished professor of mathematics at the University of Manitoba. And out of respect, as being … Continue reading Home Sweet Home: The bliss of “Chajju Ka Chobara”

There Is Faith In Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau’s Ethnic Sentiments

His father, Pierre Trudeau, was an intellectual statesman. Justin Trudeau falls into that grade. The genes are there. He is a "thoughtful and intelligent guy", commented former Liberal leader Bob Rae. In his policies, we hope for better and more compassionate Canada. The clear majority gained by the Liberal Party under his leadership in the … Continue reading There Is Faith In Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau’s Ethnic Sentiments

ENVIRONMENTS AND 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 ENVIRONMENTS AND HINDU WORSHIPPING

WHAT CAUSES CLIMATE CHANGE

Carbon Dioxide is the gas which is blamed, and rightly so, for warming the earth atmosphere. In fact, its concentration in our atmosphere is only 0.041 percentage. Whereas, all the human activities contribute just about 32 percent of 0.041% of the total amount of carbon dioxide. But carbon dioxide has a very strong influence on … Continue reading WHAT CAUSES CLIMATE CHANGE

Contemporary Society Loaded With Choices

When trying to find a romantic match, we’re often overwhelmed with options. Reddit/WittyRepost Thomas Saltsman, University at Buffalo, The State University of New YorkLog onto Netflix, and you’ll be presented with a menu of nearly 6,000 titles. Create an OkCupid account, and you’ll have the chance to connect with 5 million other active users. Search … Continue reading Contemporary Society Loaded With Choices

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

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