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Pulitzer Prize Winners of Indian Origin

I’ve recently vowed to put away the smut escapist fiction women all over the world are readily indulging in, and read more challenging and engaging fiction. Where better to look than at the work of Pulitzer prize winners? The Pulitzer prize is a U.S. award for achievements in newspaper and online journalism, literature, and musical composition. Looking through the list ... Read More »

Why It’s Obvious The Rob Ford Story Doesn’t Matter

Rob Ford’s personal proclivities and preferences are deserving of, at most, a minor back-page editorial comment from a community paper in Toronto. After all, wasn’t it Pierre Trudeau over four decades ago who proclaimed that “the Government has no business in the bedrooms of the nation”? By extension, the electorate has no business, and frankly is unaffected by, the personal ... Read More »

Mannu Sandhu has arrived

From pageants to philanthropic efforts, Mannu Sandhu has come a long way   QUICK BIO Mannu Sandhu was raised in Surrey, BC. To her family, the small town of Surrey must have felt millions of miles away from their native India, where Mannu was raised in Palampur. Chasing the Canadian dream of opportunity, Mannu’s family left India when she was ... Read More »

Turban Day

Although Sikhism is regarded as the world’s fifth largest religion, very few people know what Sikh faith is about. This lack of awareness has had negative repercussions in the UK, especially when Americans have mistakenly equated a turban with terrorism. Since 9/11 there have been attacks on turbaned Sikhs, and in August 2012 Sikh Americans were massacred at a gurdwara ... Read More »


During recent years, concern has grown and continues to increase about the prevalence of gang activity in Canada, however; the ways in which girls and young women are portrayed tends to be overlooked, simplified and distorted. Eventually, girls’ involvement in gangs may receive their share of attention but those girls are often only highlighted as violent, out of control perpetrators ... Read More »

Are you dating a sociopath?

We’ve all dated a person that seems a little, well…off. Whether it’s the insanely wild lies, oversized egos or glints of manipulative behavior, you may wonder to yourself: Am I dating a sociopath? Well not to scare you, but your partner, or ex-partner if you’re smart, might actually be one. According Martha Stout, author of The Sociopath Next Door, 4% ... Read More »

Arpinder Kaur: First Sikh Female Pilot

It’s obvious to anybody who travels that the vast majority of pilots, military or civilian, commercial or private, are men. However, by the mid-1990s about 3 percent of all cockpit crew members in the United States were women — a total of about 3,500, representing a 30-fold increase since 1960. Because most of these pilots were hired in a relatively ... Read More »

Vancouver Canucks 2013-2014 Preview

After being embarrassed by the San Jose Sharks in the first round of last season’s playoffs, the Vancouver Canucks are heading into a monumental year. The Canucks made headlines off the ice over the summer by the shocking trade of Cory Schneider to the New Jersey Devils at the NHL draft and the hiring of John Tortorella. The Vancouver Canucks ... Read More »


When actor Sanjay Dutt was sentenced to five years in prison for the illegal possession of weapons supplied to the criminals behind the 1993 Mumbai bombings, his predicament shed light on the tight links between India’s booming film industry and Mumbai’s notorious underworld. In 2011, a leaked US diplomatic cable indicated that Bollywood welcomed funding from gangsters and politicians. According ... Read More »

Bollywood’s Most Famous Second Marriages

Dharmendra and Hema Malini Dharmendra’s first marriage was in 1954 at the age of 19 to Prakash Kaur – the couple have two sons, Sunny Deol and Bobby Deol, and two daughters, Vijeeta and Ajeeta. His second marriage to Bollywood dream girl Hema Malini led the couple to convert to Islam as Dharmendra did not divorce his first wife. The ... Read More »