Sufi poet and philosopher Bulleh Shah (1680-1757) says: “Parh parh alim fazil hoya, kadey apnay aap nun parhya he nai.” … More
The moment clock’s second hits midnight and the year 2022 departs, we step into welcoming 2023. Two images flash; one … More
Living in Canada for the past 45 years, my nostalgic window often opens to the blissful sounds of popular Hindi … More
I recovered and saved some money this month. Thanks to the hassle-free culture of buying and returning goods. It happens … More
Fifty years ago, after saying goodbye to India, I knocked on the door of Canada. The point of entry was … More
It all happened on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month,” 1918, when the First World … More
: The real estate salesperson showed his client a house that, according to the neighbours, had not been occupied for … More
I have strong feelings for pumpkins, mostly when left out in the chill of autumn nights during the Halloween season. … More
It is said, “Words are the tools of writing.” But not quite so! Instead, words are the bricks and mortars … More
Is Dalit a derogatory word to describe a class of people who do not belong to the four Brahminic castes? … More
With the English language, I always have an issue that relates to the spelling of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of words … More
Does humanity face a permanent extinction tomorrow, the day after tomorrow, a few years, or thousands, millions, or billions of … More
Being intellectual in India these days has an irony of pun in it. The ‘intellectuals’ rather be non-intellectuals to avoid … More
The ongoing tragedies in the world become banal within weeks or months. Example: the Russia-Ukraine war. These get pushed into … More
In my nostalgic wash, Lifebuoy was the soap suitable for the body and the hair. Cheap and best, the choices … More
Every Sunday, early in the morning, they used to shout from the street, “Parmodjee, Parmodjee,” but “Parmodjee” was always in … More
Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the former Supreme Leader of Iran, who announced a fatwa calling on all Muslims to murder Rushdie … More
Humanization Of Countries, Viruses And Everything Else By Promod Puri Do we have to blame a nation or nations for their … More
By Promod Puri. Distorted, false, or unrealistic information twist our thinking. As of result, our perceptions are flawed. Endeavouring for … More
Besides memories, words also connect us to nostalgic moments that we embrace once in a while. Paisa is one word … More
By Promod Puri Yes, the Kohinoor, tons of gold and jewellery got plundered by the Empire. Besides, according to one … More
MUSIC INSPIRES LEARNING PUNJABI: When a superstar of Punjabi music performs in Vancouver, it is more than an event of … More
With my fondness and taste for Punjabi songs, I belong to the era when Prakash Kaur, Surinder Kaur, and Asha … More
My creative senses sometimes spill over to culinary passion. The new creation offers an evolution in the popular Indian yogurt-based … More
Poet Sahir Ludhianvi says, “Aasman pe hai khuda aur zameen pe hum, the God is up there in the sky, … More
This year, two groups of astronomers plan to send messages containing information about humans and the location of Earth toward … More
How do we use time from the morning when we get up till bedtime? The question is simple in its … More
That is a big puzzle that confronts us once in a while. The question does not relate to our standing … More
Of course, we already have April Fool’s Day on the first day of the month. But let us give the … More
Let him overpower and occupy Ukraine, amass more to his vast kingdom, and paint how he paints his ‘red’ sprawling … More
In this article, I’m not going into the genesis of the Russia-Ukraine war. Neither do I debate if ‘de-Nazification’ in … More
There is always an end to the beginning. A start stops at someplace. That is the phenomenon of events in … More
Muslim students and teachers forced to remove their burqas and hijabs in Karnataka and other BJP-ruled states led to considerable … More
What is walking meditation? Brooke Schedneck, Rhodes College For Thich Nhat Hanh, the late Vietnamese monk who popularized mindfulness in the … More
I belong to the generation that grew up listening to Lata Mangeshkar without missing any single day. All India Radio, … More
Today’s world is in turmoil, violent, disturbed, depressing and daunting. Although we can say, it is an era of peace … More
She is a symbol of Mother India, fighting for the poor, fighting for the Dalits, fighting for justice, fighting for … More
From the village Ghagwal, near the town of Samba, about 40 km from Jammu, Allarakha Qureshi got his hands on … More
It all happened on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month,” of 1918 when the First … More
Fanatic Hindu, fanatic Muslim, fanatic Sikh, fanatic Christian, Jew, or Buddhist! These are the labels we often hear or assign … More
There it is in the back of my bedside drawer. Have I abandoned it? Not honestly. I’m keeping it but … More
Growing up in India, the most nutritious food item loaded with protein besides vitamin A and other healthy stuff was … More
THE SPIRIT OF JAMMU IN REVOLUTIONARY MARTYR UDHAM SINGH: I belong to Jammu, the city in the state of Jammu … More
In my school days, as the bell rang, all the kids assembled for the morning prayer, which was relatively secular. … More
-by Promod Puri An episode happened when late Dev Anand, one of the most prominent and talented Bollywood stars of … More
(Warning: 992 words to step on this reading. 5 to 8 mts. reading) What is ego? It is the nature … More
By Promod Puri I often feel perplexed if the worldwide surge in climate campaigns and protests is approaching the desired … More
It is disgraced and dreadful evil that is marking a permanent stain on India’s social fabric. The evil is the … More
Yesterday, it was Daughter’s Day, and now it’s Son’s Day. Tomorrow will be another ‘Day,’ a particular ‘Day’ dedicated to … More
By Promod Puri The other day for a nostalgic childhood recreation, I bought a medium-size kite from Amazon. The order … More
Paldi, named after a small town in Hoshiarpur District of Punjab, is located about seven miles southwest of Duncan, off … More
9/11 is the anniversary date of a significant terrorist attack on American soil on September 11, 2001. 9/11s have happened … More
Things get created; things get destroyed. In other words, what seems to be created is a step towards its destruction, … More
They are the perfect landing pads for birds to take a break from their flying activities or relieve themselves. That … More
by Promod Puri I am not enthusiastic to celebrate Canada Day this year, but I am not in favour of … More
There is an argument with a stereotyped conception that ethnic communities create ghetto formations and bring along old baggage while … More
I heard our neighbours south of the border are now going to public places and leaving their masks at home. … More
Hosting summer or winter Olympics is not worth the trouble or the cost and the risks involved for a hosting … More
He could never go back to his place of birth, the home of his childhood and youth years in the … More
There has been a remarkable shift from the traditional reading channels. Reading printed books or magazines can be a nostalgic pleasure. Most of the information, knowledge, or wisdom we receive on a day-to-day basis is through the internet.
About April 1, he remarks, “this is the day upon which we are reminded of what we are on the other three hundred and sixty-four.” Another quote from him, “Ah, well, I am a great and sublime fool. But then I am God’s fool, and all His work must be contemplated with respect.”
Albert Einstein asserts: “before God, we are all equally wise, and equally foolish.”
Women grow as much as 80% of India’s food – but its new farm laws overlook their struggles Bansari Kamdar, … More
Lisa Hajjar, University of California Santa Barbara “The Mauritanian,” directed by Kevin Macdonald, is the first feature film to dramatize … More
Anthropogenic changes cover human activities related to biophysical environments, natural resources, global warming, environmental degradation, ocean acidification and ecological collapse.
Does consciousness or ‘Atma’ die too after bodily death? Or it survives to re-enter a new body. A Los Vegas … More
History tells us there have been many wise people, especially saints with divine attribution, who did not go through a voluminous reading of books. But their minds did the reading.
Nathan Ahlgren, Clark University Editor’s note: Nathan Ahlgren is an assistant professor of biology at Clark University. In this interview, … More
As the year 2020 departs just at the moment clock hits midnight, we welcome the arrival of 2021. Two images … More
The toy of her joy disappeared from her tender arms somewhere at the hotel while on vacation with her family. … More
Corona invasion has disciplined our lives, from masking to six feet distancing and restricting travels, socials and shopping.
Joys, engagements and ease of life navigated new options. A circadian lifestyle is one where a daily routine is possible with the least of disturbances and distractions.
In simple words, poet Shailendra wrote great poetry with deepest thoughts, feelings, and emotions. His ‘shikva’ meaning complaint to God … More
I was sitting by myself in the neighbourhood community centre’s Sauna room when a man walked in. “Good morning, how … More
Conceived opinions and judgments influence our mindset viewpoint. And most of the time, our actions and reactions are based on retrieving the intellect from the installed position.
Maintenance, maintenance, and maintenance are the mantra that sustains us practically in most aspects of our lives. From personal health … More
I have strong feelings for pumpkin, mostly when left out in the chill of autumn nights during the Halloween season. … More
Enjoy Jalebi, the queen of Indian confection, straight or with milk, anytime, including midnight all alone and guilt-free craving for something sweet
The word ‘behaviour’ or ‘behavior’ behaves the same way no matter how one spells it.
Boredom is a very commonly expressed feeling even in this age when we have 24-hour entertainment at our convenience. There … More
September 5 is celebrated in India as Teachers’ Day synonymous with its second president, Dr. Sarvepilli Radhakrishnan, who also was … More
“conservation will succeed only if it can support the goal of a dignified life for all humans and nonhuman species.” … More
Uncles and aunty’s designations have become popular among the younger generation of South Asians to address their parents’ friends or … More
Handcrafted from a solid dry twig, with one end slightly chiselled and shaped like a nib. And the stem was smoothed to hold the Kalam.
For each word or few words to write, the Kalam received its ink while dipped into an inkpot. Together the pair was called “Kalam-dawaat,” that I used to carry with me to primary school. Often my school bag and my clothing got stains of the black ink.
Seeking the meaning and purpose of human life is a behaviour issue at the individual level.
Meaning of life and purpose of life, I think, are two related terms.
It is under one medical term, called circadian rhythm. And Mr. Singh has kept it well under control with his disciplined daily regime.
A real understanding of the circadian rhythm is that all our body organs, down to their cellular levels, have body clocks working along with the brain.
A recent example of denialism is when President Trump refuted the pandemic of COVID-19 in its early stage. And when most of India’s upper and wealthy class refused to accept the plight of migrant workers in their agonizing walks back to the villages during the peak Coronavirus lockdown.
Economists and historians have examined detailed aspects of the enslaved experience for as long as slavery existed. My own work enters this conversation by looking at the value of individual slaves and the ways enslaved people responded to being treated as a commodity.
The moment I sat, the teacher, addressed as Masterji, called me up and asked why I was late. Before I could gather words to express myself, he gave me a hefty slap on my tender little face.
By Promod Puri Do we have to blame a nation or nations for their respective involvement and stake in initiating … More
Since these crunchy cookies were contained in a ‘pipa,’ that is the reason they are called ‘Peepaewale’ biscuits here in Canada. Perhaps, it is a marketing approach by the manufacturers to draw the nostalgic feel and taste of the sweet goodies.
Our kitchen was very elementary but a conspicuous place in the house. Prominently featured was the built-in wall cabinet that … More
“guloñ meñ rañg bhare bād-e-nau-bahār chale chale bhī aao ki gulshan kā kārobār chale.” Spring blossom in Queen Elizabeth Park, … More
Cuba exports very few items that contribute to its economy. These are cigars, sugar, rum, pharmaceutical products, and medical services, … More
By Promod Puri Perhaps the least revealed an aspect of Khushwant Singh’s colorful and long active life, was the fact … More
It may sound sweet that our fruits and vegetables are getting sweeter. While the bitterness in some of the known … More
By Promod Puri I have been anti-national since I understood the nature of its allegiance to the country one belongs. … More
By Promod Puri Ever since it was first introduced in the kitchen accessories section of departmental stores I am still … More
By Promod Puri I don’t know if she belongs to the class of housemaid, aka “bai”. If so, then her … More
By Promod Puri This Cherry never blossomed to the changing realities of diverse and culturally rich Canadian society. Don Cherry’s … More
(This is an update to the article written a few years ago) By Promod Puri The fun in life includes … More
By Promod Puri It was the early ‘50s, and I still remember going to the Hari Theatre in Jammu. There … More