Archive for April, 2011

Hot Breads, Ludhiana – Square or Circle: Walk the Cake talk in every shape

April 30th, 2011

The bubbling Punjabi spirit got a French touch. The modern Punjabi’s life of fun and frolic now has a cosmopolitan haute lifestyle with the best of cakes and everything else to go with it. Young, soft-spoken Harjinder Singh who runs Hot Breads says, “We create magic with cakes.”
Located in the Sarabha Nagar upmarket, Hot Breads is Ludhiana’s own bakery, started more than a decade ago, when this city did not have one. Today you see the young and old enjoying the delectable delicacies, with mothers bringing in their children, to give them a preview of the wide range of cakes, breads, sandwiches, pizzas, buns and rolls. Hot Breads provides custom designed gourmet cakes, which adds to the craze at your birthday or anniversary or the ‘Simply Punjabi’ fun occasion to relish French cuisine so ably served ! This hot spot of Ludhiana is online too so you don’t miss out the latest. This month it is going to be Honey Almond cakes. To know more, log on tohttp://facebook.com/hotbreads and enjoy the French cuisine at your friendly neighbourhood boulangerie-pâtisserie.

Hot Breads’s cakes serve as a beautiful canvas to express your love and joy for everyone special in your life. Bon appétit

VIsit us:
Hot Breads, Sarabha Nagar, Main Market, Ludhiana.

Talk to us: +91-9855523333


Square Cake from Hot Breads, Ludhiana

April 28th, 2011

For excellent Square Cake like the one above, Call Hot Breads, your favorite Cake shop on +91-9855523333

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Billo – Dope ass rap by 3 Turbaned Sikh men

April 27th, 2011

Pree Mayall, Hoodini, and Baagi come together for another track – “Billo.” The track is just about 3 Turbaned Sikh men talking about their love for the brown girl. Hope you enjoy.

Artists – Pree Mayall, Hoodini, Baagi
Production – Pree Mayall
Mastering – Inner Vibe
Director – Manmeet Singh


The Roar of a Lioness: Sikh Women in the Diaspora

April 26th, 2011

Our mothers and grandmothers would be proud. If we take a moment to pause, we’ll see the amazing mobilization that is occurring in the diaspora around Sikh women’s issues, particularly by youth. I’m not quite sure if it is a legit rise in websites or events or whether we are simply paying more attention to the topic. Regardless, it is clear that there are now more forums and platforms for discussion cultivating the need for women (and men!) to come together and address issues affecting Half the Sky. This post will give a round-up of some amazing work that is happening in our community, bringing together our qaum to discuss important issues affecting Sikh women.

It is clear that Sikh women, like all women around the world, value an open space to discuss issues that directly impact us. Whether it is conversations about clothes, hair, identity or our activism – there needs to exist a space that is catered to providing Sikh girls and women with a sense of unity. This type of comraderie cannot be understated – it impacts an individual’s self esteem and confidence in a substantial way. With the launch of Kaurista.com and the immediate posting of the link all over Facebook, it is hard not to notice how much support there is for this type of forum. Kaurista provides conversations on six different topics including, Lifestyle, Style & Beauty, Family, Inspiration and Health & Wellness. One of my favourite sections of the website is “Ask Kaurista” where questions related to wanting to marry a sardar, going to prom, or overcoming alcohol abuse are answered. The site is not only aimed at Sikh girls. In fact, it actively includes Sikh men in discussions – and perhaps the hope is that through these types of discussions, Sikh men will value how truly dynamic Sikh women are!

SOURCE: The Langar Hall


What to do in case of an Earthquake

April 25th, 2011

EXTRACT FROM DOUG COPP’S ARTICLE ON THE: “TRIANGLE OF LIFE”

My name is Doug Copp. I am the Rescue Chief and Disaster Manager of the American Rescue Team International (ARTI), the world’s most experienced rescue team. The information in this article will save lives in an earthquake.

I have crawled inside 875 collapsed buildings, worked with rescue teams from 60 countries, founded rescue teams in several countries, and I am a member of many rescue teams from many countries…

I was the United Nations expert in Disaster Mitigation for two years. I have worked at every major disaster in the world since 1985, except for simultaneous disasters.

The first building I ever crawled inside of was a school in Mexico City during the 1985 earthquake. Every child was under its desk. Every child was crushed to the thickness of their bones. They could have survived by lying down next to their desks in the aisles. It was obscene, unnecessary and I wondered why the children were not in the aisles. I didn’t at the time know that the children were told to hide under something.

Simply stated, when buildings collapse, the weight of the ceilings falling upon the objects or furniture inside crushes these objects, leaving a space or void next to them. This space is what I call the “triangle of life”.
The larger the object, the stronger, the less it will compact. The less the object compacts, the larger the void, the greater the probability that the person who is using this void for safety will not be injured. The next time you watch collapsed buildings, on television, count the “triangles” you see formed. They are everywhere. It is the most common shape, you will see, in a collapsed building.

TIPS FOR EARTHQUAKE SAFETY

1) Most everyone who simply “ducks and covers” WHEN BUILDINGS COLLAPSE are crushed to death. People who get under objects, like desks or cars, are crushed.

2) Cats, dogs and babies often naturally curl up in the fetal position. You should too in an earthquake… It is a natural safety/survival instinct. You can survive in a smaller void. Get next to an object, next to a sofa, next to a large bulky object that will compress slightly but leave a void next to it.

3) Wooden buildings are the safest type of construction to be in during an earthquake. Wood is flexible and moves with the force of the earthquake. If the wooden building does collapse, large survival voids are created. Also, the wooden building has less concentrated, crushing weight. Brick buildings will break into individual bricks. Bricks will cause many injuries but less squashed bodies than concrete slabs.

4) If you are in bed during the night and an earthquake occurs, simply roll off the bed. A safe void will exist around the bed. Hotels can achieve a much greater survival rate in earthquakes, simply by posting a sign on The back of the door of every room telling occupants to lie down on the floor, next to the bottom of the bed during an earthquake.

5) If an earthquake happens and you cannot easily escape by getting out the door or window, then lie down and curl up in the fetal position next to a sofa, or large chair.

6) Most everyone who gets under a doorway when buildings collapse is killed. How? If you stand under a doorway and the doorjamb falls forward or backward you will be crushed by the ceiling above. If the door jam falls sideways you will be cut in half by the doorway. In either case, you will be killed!

7) Never go to the stairs. The stairs have a different “moment of frequency” (they swing separately from the main part of the building). The stairs and remainder of the building continuously bump into each other until structural failure of the stairs takes place. The people who get on stairs before they fail are chopped up by the stair treads – horribly mutilated. Even if the building doesn’t collapse, stay away from the stairs. The stairs are a likely part of the building to be damaged. Even if the stairs are not collapsed by the earthquake, they may collapse later when overloaded by fleeing people. They should always be checked for safety, even when the rest of the building is not damaged.

8) Get Near the Outer Walls Of Buildings Or Outside Of Them If Possible – It is much better to be near the outside of the building rather than the interior. The farther inside you are from the outside perimeter of the building the greater the probability that your escape route will be blocked.

9) People inside of their vehicles are crushed when the road above falls in an earthquake and crushes their vehicles; which is exactly what happened with the slabs between the decks of the Nimitz Freeway… The victims of the San Francisco earthquake all stayed inside of their vehicles. They were all killed. They could have easily survived by getting out and sitting or lying next to their vehicles. Everyone killed would have survived if they had been able to get out of their cars and sit or lie next to them. All the crushed cars had voids 3 feet high next to them, except for the cars that had columns fall directly across them.

10) I discovered, while crawling inside of collapsed newspaper offices and other offices with a lot of paper, that paper does not compact. Large voids are found surrounding stacks of paper.

Spread the word and save someone’s life… The Entire world is experiencing natural calamities so be prepared!

“We are but angels with one wing, it takes two to fly”

In 1996 we made a film, which proved my survival methodology to be correct. The Turkish Federal Government, City of Istanbul , University of Istanbul Case Productions and ARTI cooperated to film this practical, scientific test. We collapsed a school and a home with 20 mannequins inside. Ten mannequins did “duck and cover,” and ten mannequins I used in my “triangle of life” survival method. After the simulated earthquake collapse we crawled through the rubble and entered the building to film and document the results. The film, in which I practiced my survival techniques under directly observable, scientific conditions, relevant to building collapse, showed there would have been zero percent survival for those doing duck and cover.

There would likely have been 100 percent survivability for people using my method of the “triangle of life.” This film has been seen by millions of viewers on television in Turkey and the rest of Europe , and it was seen in the USA , Canada and Latin America on the TV program Real TV.


450 Saroops of Guru Granth Sahib Ji travelling to Italy by passenger ship

April 18th, 2011

AMRITSAR: It would be a unique journey of faith – 450 copies of the Guru Granth Sahib will reach Italy soon as “passengers”, each copy kept separately on seats to “maintain the sanctity of the granth.” While the copies reached Mumbai by bus on Saturday, they will begin their journey as “passengers” by ship on Monday to Italy. “The copies were sent in a special bus by the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC). They will now be “seated” in passenger section of the vessel, accompanied by granthis,” SGPC Secretary Dalmegh Singh told TOI on Saturday.

In 2004, Sachha Sauda Gurmat Parchar Society, Canada, had airlifted a planeload of copies of Guru Granth Sahib from Amritsar for placing them in gurdwaras across Canada and North America. One copy each was placed on aircraft seats, which had a special canopy and mattresses.

Supreme Court, in a judgment, had accorded the Guru Granth Sahib the status of a “juristic person,” (the holy book becomes a person in the eyes of law) when it is installed at a gurdwara through a proper ceremony, said Singh.

SGPC is spending around Rs 20 lakh for the holy journey in order to make copies of the Guru Granth Sahib available to Sikhs in Italy. “In Italy, Sikhs accompanied by “panj pyaras” would receive the copies in consonance with “rehat maryada” (Sikh code of conduct),” Singh said.

SGPC has also decided to allow publication of the Guru Granth Sahib in US and Canada, given the demand among Sikhs devotees and problems arising during transportation of the holy scripture with “maryada.”

SOURCE: TOI


Ludhiana Weather

April 16th, 2011

The weather of Ludhiana is extreme, which is very hot during the summer season and very cold in the winter. The summer season is from Mid April to Mid July, the days are extremely hot during this period. During summer season June is the hottest month when the mercury rises to 45-46°C. The winter season expands from mid November to early March and the temperature varies from 18 °C to about 5°C. January is the coldest month of winter season with average minimum temperature of 5.8°C.

The total rainfall in a year is 600-700 cm. If we distribute this total rainfall throughout the year then 70% is received during July to September, 16% of the rainfall during the months of December to March and 14% can be distributed for the remaining months. During the monsoon season, the relative humidity is higher than the rest of the year. Summer is the driest season of the year.

The weather of Ludhiana is usually dry. Scorching hot dusty winds blow during summer season.

To check Ludhiana’s current weather conditions and forecast click here: Yahoo! Weather Ludhiana


Sikhs in IPL Season 4 – 2011

April 15th, 2011

Arvinder Singh, the COO of Kings XI Punjab

Mandeep Singh is a right-handed top order batsman, who was the India Under-19 vice-captain for the 2010 World Cup in New Zealand. He is playing for Kings XI Punjab in IPL Season 4.

Harmeet Singh is a medium-pace bowler whose run-up and his tall frame bear an uncanny resemblance to ex-India international, Venkatesh Prasad. He is playing for Deccan Chargers in IPL Season 4.

Manpreet Singh Gony is one of the several players who can vouch to have benefited from playing in the Indian Premier League. He was a relative unknown until he played in the first season of the IPL. He is playing for Deccan Chargers in IPL Season 4.

S Sohal is a right-hand batsman from Punjab. The 23-year-old is a stroke-player who bats at the top of the batting line-up. Sohal is playing for Deccan Chargers in IPL Season 4.

Kanwaljit Singh is the only player to have played in more than 100 Ranji games for Hyderabad. This mighty sardar, a genuine spinner of the ball was a delight to watch. he is the assistant coach of the Deccan Chargers in IPL Season 4.

Sarabjit Singh Ladda is a 24-year old who plays for Punjab on the domestic circuit and made his first-class debut in November 2007. He is playing for Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL Season 4.

Harbhajan Singh, India’s Turbanator needs no further introduction. He is playing for Mumbai Indians in IPL Season 4.

Harpreet Singh Bhatia, who was adjudged the best Under-19 cricketer for his exploits in Cooch Behar Trophy in 2008-09, is a left-handed batting all-rounder. He is playing for Sahara Pune Warriors India in IPL Season 4.

Yuvraj Singh seen by us in this World Cup is a completely transformed cricketer. Maturity is embedded into his cricketing acumen. He is the captain of Sahara Pune Warriors India in IPL Season 4.


Sikh Gurdwara Sahib – San Jose is the largest Sikh Temple in US

April 11th, 2011

San Jose, California: In an event highlighting the influence and permanence of the Bay Area’s Indian community, Gov. Jerry Brown and other political leaders joined thousands of colorfully dressed Sikhs who on Sunday celebrated the opening of their greatly expanded temple in the Evergreen hills of San Jose, making it the nation’s largest gurdwara.

The open house marking the $20 million addition to the Sikh Gurdwara-San Jose drew Brown, San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and other dignitaries including clergy from Christian and other faiths. They joined thousands of Sikhs who had traveled to the packed celebration from all over Northern California.

For several hours during the afternoon, hundreds of Sikh men and women patiently waited in a long line to bow and pray in the vast, newly completed prayer hall before the Guru Granth Sahib, the religious text of Sikhism. Thousands moved on to the eco-friendly vegetarian kitchen, called a langar, where an army of volunteers had cooked spinach-and-mustard-leaf saag, spicy dahl and sweets — enough to feed a crowd estimated to be around 10,000 people.

In a speech, Brown praised the Sikh community’s success and urged members to continue to build business, political and community ties in California. To the approval of many in the audience, the governor also vowed to seek justice for two elderly Sikh men who were shot as they went for a walk last month in Elk Grove, near Sacramento — an event many in the community believe was a hate crime because the Sikhs may have been mistaken for Muslims. One man, Surinder Singh, 65, died, while a second man, 78-year-old Gurmej Singh Atwal, was seriously injured.

Despite the community’s ongoing distress about the shootings, the mood at Sunday’s gurdwara opening was overwhelmingly happy and proud, with the festivities not marred by the long and contentious battles the temple community has endured to complete the nation’s largest and most expensive gurdwara.

As he returned to his car, Brown was surrounded by a crowd of Sikh men happily snapping pictures with their cell phones, and many said completion of the giant expansion and the presence of Brown and other leaders signaled a milestone for the Bay Area’s Sikh and Indian communities and cultures.

“It’s a great day for everybody to come together and celebrate,” said Kavneet Singh, managing director of the Sikh American Legal Defense and Eduction Fund in Washington, D.C., who was attending the open house. “This is the culmination of years and years of hard work.”

Tough times over

Sunday’s vibrant scene, also timed to coincide with a significant Sikh harvest holiday, called Vaisakhi, was the end to nearly a quarter century of struggle for completion of what is now among the biggest gurdwara outside of India.

In addition to the new prayer hall, the expanded campus includes 12 nearly finished classrooms for the 600-plus children who attend weekly religious school, and 11 apartments that house temple priests and visitors. The entire campus is freshly landscaped with green grass, walls are painted in golden saffron, and the rooftops are majestic onion domes, reminiscent of temples in Punjab, India, where the Sikh faith was born more than 500 years ago.

“It’s literally been one dollar at a time,” said Sukhraj Sohal of San Jose. “So, today feels good.”

While the first phase of the gurdwara was finished in 2004 and cost $10 million, temple leaders say the addition was about $1.5 million over budget and opened a year later than planned, and at times there has been intense internal criticism over its management and fundraising.

Bhupindar “Bob” Dhillon, 69, the most powerful lay leader of the congregation, which has 3,500 registered members, has been both praised and criticized for his forceful hand in temple affairs. Dhillon, who had a long career in real estate and homebuilding, ended up managing the project.

“A lot of people were saying it can’t be done,” Dhillon said. “So when it did happen, this makes me very happy.”

Source: Lisa Fernandez and Mike Swift, Mercury News

Spare a few moments and enjoy pictures of the opening of the largest Sikh place of worship in US


To think before you do

April 10th, 2011

The biggest challenge any mom-to-be with a full-time job faces is how, after the baby arrives, will she balance her career, her child and her family. Should she continue working or quit her job? I faced a similar dilemma when I had my son eight years back.I had a full-time job then, but I chose to quit and become a stay-at-home mom.
Once I decided to quit, all my attention went in bringing him up. I promised myself that I would put my heart and soul in nourishing and nurturing my new born to be a success story! I started dreaming IIT/ IIM dreams on his behalf.
And of course he wouldn’t be just good at studies, but he also had to be a good sportsperson, fabulous dancer, good musician, and a good artist. Basically, everything rolled into one.

So as soon as he turned a year old I started looking for some age appropriate classes. With each passing day he was getting naughtier, but there were no relevant classes at that point of time where I could send him, to keep him occupied and busy. So by the time he was two I was almost drowning in self-created miseries of not being able to provide him with the right training and losing out on time to achieve perfection. I was almost obsessed with getting him to learn everything before other kids his age could do.

I started him off with tennis lessons at a club close to home. While I always went excitedly, my son kept crying that he didn’t enjoy tennis one bit. So this struggle continued before the coach intervened and told me that ‘I should give my son more time as he was not ready for tennis.’ I took that as a personal slight and in a huff got him to quit. My next attempt was to get him to learn art.

So I enrolled him for art classes, and yet again, I realised what was of interest to me was not for him. I did not stop at that. My other failed attempts were to send him to learn football, dance, skating, kick boxing, kung fu and swimming, besides other academic related classes.Mind you, all this I introduced in his life before he turned six. Exasperated at my failure and his stubborn refusal to learn, I gave up.

When he was six he asked me if I would enroll him for karate classes after school. Though I wanted him to take up basketball, I decided to go with his choice and see his commitment for an activity he had chosen.

I was surprised to see his passion for martial arts and how he took to it. There has been no stopping him after that. He has participated in many inter-school championships and has won some medals too. He doesn’t miss a single day of his coaching. He is willing to travel to far-off places to take part in tournaments.

What this decision managed to do was instill a sense of confidence and responsibility in him. I also realised that he took up the activities he had failed to show an interest in at the initial stage — such as skating, swimming and basketball — with renewed interest. He is doing well in these but his passion clearly lies in karate.

What I have realised is that if you make the child feel competent and capable of taking part in the decision making process, they usually start seeing themselves that way. They end up gaining self-confidence, become slightly more independent and most importantly become thinkers before doers.

I am still trying to get him to take up any one activity of my choosing and still secretly nurse the all-rounder No 1 dream. Come on, as a mom I am allowed to do that! No, I shall not give up, nor will I give in to every random choice he chooses to make.

Priyanka Chaturvedi is a media recruitment consultant, full-time mum, part-time social worker, voracious reader and a blogger

SOURCE: Lifestyle – DNA
Follow her on twitter @priyankac19


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