May, 2020

Life & Etc

For a very special cause

Special Olympics BC Seeks to Engage South-Asian Community through ‘Try-It Days’ at Khalsa School, Newton By Scott Howe Individuals with an intellectual disability around the world face societal stigma, poor health outcomes, and frequently report feelings of social isolation.  Here in BC, individuals with an intellectual disability don’t often meet recommended guidelines for physical activities and nutrition, leading to reduced …

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Living to Serve

How Guru Nanak’s Free Kitchen is making a community impact   By Balraj S. Kahlon Every Sunday, around the break of dawn, a group of volunteers prepare hot meals for lunch. This lunch is packed in food safe containers and taken to the most marginalized community in Canada: The Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES). By Noon, the Guru Nanak’s Free Kitchen (GNFK) …

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Akshay Kumar: From Acting to activism

By Surbhi Gogia If there are two worlds and words that define the spirit of India, they are:  Bollywood and cricket. Bollywood actors and cricketers are treated no less than Gods. The nation follows and adores each and every move of the members belonging to these two communities. In spite of this vast reach towards the masses, Bollywood’s popular cinema …

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Advait Kolarkar: The painting prodigy

By Surbhi Gogia Four-year-old Advait from India has taken Canada by a “colour blizzard”. He has been hailed as “prodigy” by The Telegraph Journal and CTV, Canada and Times of India, also making him one of the youngest artists worldwide It is very common for toddlers and pre-schoolers to hold crayons and fill paper with random colours. However, it is an …

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Traditional does not mean tacky

Bollywood’s top fashion designer Raghavendra Rathore in a special interview with Desi Today talks about current trends in male tradition clothing Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s latest trip to India attracted criticism on many fronts. One main front was the choice of Trudeau family’s traditional wardrobe. Indian media called the attire “Too Indian even for Indians.” Some even called it …

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Sandeep Singh: Spinning around the world records

By Surbhi Gogia Dribbling and shooting are the most common and conventional basketball skills that you would like to master once you start playing the game. But there is one man from Abbotsford, who is setting and breaking records for his unconventional and yet very impressive basketball skills. Meet 25-year old Sandeep Singh Kaila who has mastered the art of …

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Breaking Beauty stereotypes

Meet Beenu Bajwa , a biology student from UBC, who entered into pageantry to break the stereotypes associated with it and recently won the title of Miss Canada, first runner-up By Beenu Bajwa I am a full time student at the University of British Columbia majoring in Biology with a focus on neurology. Education has always been a top priority …

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Saving Punjab from addiction

By Kernjeet Kaur Sandhu My name is Kernjeet Kaur Sandhu. I was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.  My parents, Satnam Singh Sandhu and Iqbal Kaur Sandhu, are from the region of Punjab in northern India. My parents came to Canada in the early 70s. I could spend hours explaining how motivated and hard working my parents were and are. They …

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KidsPlay foundation: Changing lives, one game at a time

The non profit organization brought together kids across cultures and race at the Langley Events Centre on Family Day to meet and greet Vancouver Giants This year’s Family Day left a remarkable impact on many kids of Fraser Valley area. All thanks to KidsPlay foundation that brought kids and their families to Langley Events Centre to meet, greet and skate …

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Princess Rani: Kids book series on Indian heritage

By Surbhi Gogia Indian culture and Hindu festivals are more than just dressing up and dancing on Bollywood numbers. However, there are not many resources in Canada that will equip parents on how to talk to their kids about the importance of these festivals. But now there is a good news for those parents. Anita Badhwar, who grew up in …

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