Art collector, engineer, entrepreneur, farmer, innovator, inventor, philanthropist, and physicist are many of the labels used to describe Dr Narinder Singh Kapany. Yet, he was much more than even being a sum of all these. Singularly responsible for revolutionising modern communications, lasers, biomedical instrumentation, solar energy, even pollution monitoring, Kapany amassed patents and turned them …Read More
Hardev Singh is a man who has turned lights into sagas, hotels into romantic journeys and pictures into art. In a career spanning close to forty years, he has neither lost focus nor the passion. Neither complacent nor arrogant, he views success as a result of sheer love for what he does.Read More
Self-effacing and humble, Arpana Caur can take anyone by surprise. Artists oftentimes create an aura about themselves but Arpana lives by old-world ideas. A lady who spends months painting layer by layer, she is passionate about huge canvases and life-like portrayals of the world around her.Read More
If one were to ask the question: Who is the greatest Sikh sportsman outside India, the answer undoubtedly would be: Avtar Singh Sohal, affectionately know as ‘Tari’. At six feet tall, a sturdy physique, and now eighty years of age, Tari is known all over the hockey world for his stupendous achievements in the sport. He has represented Kenya at four Olympic games: 1960 (Rome), 1964 (Tokyo, captain), 1968 (Mexico, captain), and 1972 (Munich, captain).Read More
You’ll be in trouble if only one of the twins were to turn up at the bus stop,’ said the English lady sitting alongside me as the National Express coach pulled up at the Liverpool bus depot. Sharp thinking I thought, as I gazed through the large glass panes on a gloomy July day, trying to spot the famous British-Asian contemporary artists, Amrit and Rabindra K.D. Singh—the ‘Singh Twins’Read More
‘Have a good flight, mate,’ called out the passenger sitting next to me with his wife. His bushy moustache reminded me of the Australian pace bowler Merv Hughes. ‘And you, sir,’ I replied as the Frontier airline aircraft took off from Denver on way to Albuquerque in New Mexico. ‘If you have one, so shall we,’ he said, and I looked at him, astonished at the remark.Read More
Want to take a guess what film director Gurinder Chadha — of Bend it Like Beckham and Bride and Prejudice fame—would have been if she were not a filmmaker? Well, in her own words and admission, she would have been driving long distance trailers under the banner ‘Chadha Transport’ on English motorways! Yes, that is correct.Read More
The setting: a fourth-floor terraced seating, a view of Edinburgh Castle and the Pentlands on the left, Firth of Forth on the right, with Charlotte Square sitting pretty in the middle. Cool airbrushing your face; the sun playing hide and seek; a busy Castle Street down below, and tourists with happy faces walking up and down, enjoying the Edinburgh summer festival. As much as it may seem this is no scene from a Scottish picture book.Read More
While growing up my introduction to Milkha Singh, better known the world over as the ‘Flying Sikh’, was exclusive via jokes. I did not have the slightest idea about his track achievements, as Milkha Singh for me was some speedy village peasant who, while chasing thieves, had left them far behind and become the butt of every ‘Sardar’ joke.Read More
When one has written a full-bodied 392-page biography of an individual as diverse, vibrant and eclectic as Captain Amarinder Singh, scaling his story down to a short biography really does get the tough going. This is the story of a man who was born into utter privilege but transcended it to become an undeniably successful public and political figure.Read More
‘No one goes to Medina village. Why this particular village?’ asked the immigration officer intriguingly at the Tacoma International Airport in Seattle, USA, as he peered through his window, trying to get a closer look at me.
‘I have no idea, Officer, except that this was the address given to me by my host to fill on the arrival form,’ I replied, and distinctly remember wondering what was it about Medina that no one visited it.
Through the nineteen eighties and the nineties, ITC’s Maurya Sheraton hotel on New Delhi’s Sardar Patel Marg was arguably one of the most iconic and towering addresses of the city. A reason being its Indian gourmet kitchen that rolled out some of the most delectable Indian food recipes. It was only natural that I met Chef Manjit Singh Gill at the Maurya, one of the main forces behind giving the hotel this kingly and elevated status.Read More
This project is an endeavor to bring into public domain stories of the Sikhs that have
acquired a formidable position in the twenty-first century.
The objective is to document the Sikh success and the Sikh impactful stories across the globe. It is by no means an easy task and perhaps has never been undertaken by any community until now, thus making it indeed a unique project. A project that is unique not only from the perspective of storytelling but also anthropologically besides possessing unmatched archival value.
The Global Sikh Trail is a mammoth exercise as it brings together stories about the Sikhs from a wide gamut of disciplines including politics, arts, music, food, theatre, sports, films business, entrepreneurship, Information Technology, academics, agriculture, media, medicine, amongst others. It strives to maintain equality between the two genders as well a heady blend of the young and the experienced.
The project envisages documenting the journeys of the Sikh men and women by way of interviews and research. The purpose is to turn this project into one of a kind, which can become part of future studies, document Sikh success stories in challenging times, as well as serve as strong reference material.
The project at a later stage will take the shape of coffee table volumes.