INDIAN MAID: But 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 INDIAN MAID: But She Was Not “Supposed” To Enter Kitchen

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“Essay” On Best Friend Revives School Days Memories

By Promod Puri In split second, rather much sooner, memories can take us to revisit some interesting spots in our lives. For me, one of such repeat visits is to the primary class where I graduated myself from grade 5th to grade 6th and started learning English from alphabets to making small sentences. Towards the … Continue reading “Essay” On Best Friend Revives School Days Memories

Past, Present And Future

By Promod Puri “The past is history, future is mystery, but today is a gift……”, stay in the present and enjoy the moments. These are some of the many favoured in-vogue quotes. The popular quotations or advisories suggest our prospects belong to the moments we live in. We are told to live, feel, and enjoy … Continue reading Past, Present And Future

Indian Girls Love For Light Skin

By Neha Mishra, Assistant Professor of Law, Reva University of Bangalore and Ronald Hall, Professor of Social Work, Michigan State University Bleached girls: India and its love for light skin In India, a light complexion is associated with power, status and beauty, fueling an innovative and growing market of skin-bleaching products. Adam Jones/Flickr, CC BY-SA … Continue reading Indian Girls Love For Light Skin

SEEKING WAY TO END TERRORISM

In recent weeks, there has been one major terrorist attack in Afghanistan where over 150 people died, and two such strikes in Britain killing innocent people. The terror surge is continuing, rather escalating over the years. The question is how far governments and security forces can go to protect their citizens. Every available procedures, technologies, … Continue reading SEEKING WAY TO END TERRORISM

THOUGHTS ON THOUGHT

CREATION, CULTIVATION, AND DEVELOPMENT OF THOUGHT By Promod Puri Simple Thought: Infuse purity and ethics in thoughts, base karmas on those thoughts, and enjoy the fruits of those karmas. Mahatma Gandhi says: thoughts become words, words become behavior, behavior becomes habits, habits become values, and values lead to destiny. In the creation of words, behavior, … Continue reading THOUGHTS ON THOUGHT

FAKE NEWS DAMAGES GROWTH OF KNOWLEDGE

  By Promod Puri Education does not stop after school, college, or university studies. Rather it continues. Pursuing knowledge in the fields already studied along with new interests of learning are part of lifelong schooling. As the formal education ends in early part of life, the journey to explore and gain knowledge goes on. At … Continue reading FAKE NEWS DAMAGES GROWTH OF KNOWLEDGE

TOLERANCE OR ACCEPTANCE

Jagessar Das M. D. President  Kabir Association of Canada People all over the world talk about tolerance, such as racial tolerance, religious tolerance or cultural tolerance, when they have to live in a society made up of people of different backgrounds. And this tolerance is often thought of as being a virtue. Let us try … Continue reading TOLERANCE OR ACCEPTANCE

Why it’s easier for India to get to Mars than to tackle its toilet challenge

By Shyami V. Ramani In 2013, India became the fourth country in the world (after Russia, the United States and the European Union) and the only emerging nation to launch a Mars probe into space. But it remains part of the group of 45 developing countries with less than 50% sanitation coverage, with many citizens … Continue reading Why it’s easier for India to get to Mars than to tackle its toilet challenge

WORDS OF WISDOM:

“In the United States, we know what happens when we start dividing ourselves along lines of race or religion or ethnicity. It’s dangerous,” he said. Not just for the minority groups that are subjected to that kind of discrimination or, in some cases in the past violence, but because we don’t then realize our potential … Continue reading WORDS OF WISDOM:

HAVE A GOOD TIME WITH STAIRS STEP BY STEP

By Promod Puri/Georgia Straight 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 everyday up and down commute. These are the stairs leading up to our apartment. Over the years I have done this … Continue reading HAVE A GOOD TIME WITH STAIRS STEP BY STEP

LIFE IS A GAME OF SOCCER

By Promod Puri All our thoughts and actions are influenced and regulated by the consciousness of the landscape of reality around us. In this landscape one makes a selection of his or her own space in life’s play field. And the game starts. It is a collective game, a team game. There is no absolute … Continue reading LIFE IS A GAME OF SOCCER

My Canada Day Salutation Goes:

1. To all the volunteers who strive for dedication and devotion preparing the divine langar and washing dishes in Gurdwaras and Mandirs for the devotees and visitors, as well as for sharing the meals among hungry and homeless people irrespective of their faiths. 2. To those poor and destitute trash collectors who carry shopping carts … Continue reading My Canada Day Salutation Goes:

MAHATMA GANDHI’S PERSONAL PREFERANCES

By Promod Puri While Mahatama Gandhi’s nonviolence activism got him international fame and many followers, an important part of his personal life and preferences has been revealed in a very unknown small book by Mr Kris Tangri. Kris Tangri in his ’90s lives a retired life in Victoria, Canada, after a very successful academic career … Continue reading MAHATMA GANDHI’S PERSONAL PREFERANCES

Uncles and Aunties

It is smart, respectable and even practical. Uncles and aunties designations have become popular among younger generation of South Asians to address their parents’ friends or older contacts. Instead of calling them by their first or last names, with prefix Mr. or Mrs., the unrelated nephews and nieces develop a kinship with the choice of … Continue reading Uncles and Aunties

Time To Replace Cricket With Football

Cricket has been a national obsession in most of the developing an d Third World countries. It is about time that the game should be dropped from the status of being the most publicized event. Rather football, aka soccer, must be promoted as the most favorite sport. Despite generating millions of fans in countries like … Continue reading Time To Replace Cricket With Football

Bliss of Chajju Ka Chobara

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 elder to me … Continue reading Bliss of Chajju Ka Chobara

Agree to disagree

By Promod Puri “Agree to disagree” is a declaration of face saving justification. It happens when two or more parties or individuals after an argumentative discussion fail to agree. And in all civility, the agreement results in agree-to-disagree compromise. With that declaration egos remain intact, but time wasted. Nothing is lost, nothing is gained either. … Continue reading Agree to disagree

Trump Has Great Plan For America

(Wamiq Misbahi in NY Times)Trump is a man with a vision for America, not a specific vision, a great vision…the best vision…Trump has a plan to make this country great again….What plan??….a great plan…a plan that will work because it’s the best plan…..Why???… because Trump knows good people…which people???….the best people….people that are not stupid … Continue reading Trump Has Great Plan For America

Grouse Grind Meditation

Grouse Grind Meditation/ as posted in Tripadvisor Climbing the 2.9 km steep Grouse Grind mountainous hike in North Vancouver, BC, beside a strenuous workout on ” Mother Nature’s Stairmaster”, is also a sort of kinetic meditation of about 90 minutes. The focus has to be on the uneven steps and the rough ground underneath leading … Continue reading Grouse Grind Meditation

LIVING IN THE PRESENT

By Promod Puri This brief article is inspired by widely acclaimed Vancouver-based spiritual writer Eckhart Tolle’s “Power of Now”. It is not an attempt to give a motivational advice. But coming up with an idea, in line with the basic theme of the “Power of Now” in realizing, accepting, capturing and enjoying every moment happening … Continue reading LIVING IN THE PRESENT

THE OLYMPIC SHOW

A multi-million-dollar sports carnival of athletic strength and spectacle by physically super human beings has started in Rio De Janeiro amidst the sharp realities of poverty, Zika threat, foul waters and the on-going political instability in Brazil. The show must continue every four years to thrill the interested watchers worldwide if one does not switch … Continue reading THE OLYMPIC SHOW

Sports Is Show Business

The basic reason to involve oneself in sports is to seek and maintain healthy body. Recreation comes next. But in the contemporary society social, cultural, competitive, big business and even political aspects dominate the field of sports. Olympics, world cricket and world soccer events are the prime examples of this phenomenon. Mass participation in sports, … Continue reading Sports Is Show Business

Bitterness Is Healthy

It does sound sweet that our fruits and vegetables are getting sweeter. The bitterness in some of the known bitter fruits and vegetables is 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 which are responsible for imparting health benefits in … Continue reading Bitterness Is Healthy

Hinduism and Vegetarian Diet

By Arran Stephens The overwhelming majority of the world’s Hindus live in India, which has the largest vegetarian population on earth, numbering many millions. Within the Indian subcontinent, the spectrum of religious thought ranges from strict monotheism to a sweeping panoply of gods, goddesses and animist dieties. Vegetarianism is practiced and scripturally supported by the … Continue reading Hinduism and Vegetarian Diet