Happy Vaisakhi!

Posted on April 15, 2013
Location: London
Happy Vaisakhi!

Happy Vaisakhi! Thanks Baljeet & Aman for allowing me to celebrate this festival with you. The festival bears a great significance for the Sikhs due of the fact that on the Vaisakhi Day in the year 1699, the 10th Guru of the Sikhs; Guru Gobind Singh laid down the foundation of the Panth Khalsa.

Vaisakhi is also one of the important festivals celebrated with fun and fervor by people of other religions too. In other parts of United India; this day is also observed as the Thanksgiving Day by the farmers whereby the farmers pay their tribute, thanking God for the abundant harvest and also praying for the future prosperity. We in Odisha, celebrate this too, as Oriya New Year, Mahavir Jayanti, Maha Vishuba Sankaranti & Pana Sankaranti.

I just love the food (Punjabi Roti, Daal, Sabjee, Sarsoan ki saag, Langar & some sweets) at Gurdwara, it’s awesome apart from it being free, time & again. I love the way, everybody lend a hand to cook and share together. That’s probably why the food tastes so much better, because unity being its most important ingredient. Unity is the word; unity is the way to live life. I think and you?

Something about Punjabis that magnetize me to their community so much. How can these people be so jovial all the time? Incredible! Mind you, Santa Singh was a Punjabi too. That’s why we like him so much.

I remember the first year of my professional career, when I was posted in Gurgaon (Outskirts of Indian Capital of New Delhi) on an IT-SAP project assignment. It happened to be New Years Eve & we four colleagues & room-mates were returning back to our nest after a long day at work. It’s a short walk to home and on that evening it took good few hours for us to reach home finally, with neighborhood residents celebrating the New Years Eve on both sides of the road, with light, fireworks, Bhangra dance, some finger food and limitless flow of alcohol. Didn’t matter, that they didn’t know us before. We were forced to stop almost in front of every house, offered a drink, some food (Shish Kebabs) and we were forced to dance to beautiful DALER MEHENDI songs with them…Tunak Tunak, Tunak Tunak…Tara ra ra! Indeed it required NO dancing skills and that’s where I excel (Because I am a pathetic dancer!). Anything, YES just anything WILL do. But important aspect of Bhangra dancing is the concoction of ACTING and DANCING together. You have to ACT foolishly while DANCING and that’s the trick. Try it next time you do.

Anyways – lovely chatting with you today and once again; wish you a pleasant week ahead, full of fun, surprises and joviality. Will you please? I am sure, you will. And I’ll too. Speak to you tomorrow. Rab Raakha. Jo bole so nihal - Sat Sri Akal!

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