The Sikh Renaissance
If you've read my blog, you'll know that I don't always 'get' art. I grew up in a council estate, first world poor, and interpreting art was the last thing on my mind. However, recently, I've attended some art exhibitions and my appreciation for art is growing. Additionally, over the past few years the growth of interest in Sikh art has helped plug me into the importance of art as an effective medium for story telling and sharing important messages. It's into this renaissance of Sikh art, and a growing awakening of the importance of art within me, that I visited the Art of Punjab exhibition in Birmingham,
Bringing art to life
The last exhibit I wrote about was the 'Empire of the Sikhs' exhibit made possible by the Toor Collection (and you can read my review here). It was honestly one of the best exhibitions I've ever been to because it taught me about my background and it showed me artefacts and items that I had heard about or read about. But I don't really 'get' art, I don't understand how some works of art are considered classics and others aren't - and I definitely didn't 'get' the obsession the western world has with Vincent Van Gogh. So, this exhibition was something I wasn't so sure about.
Solving an old problem
Ever since I started this blog 6 years ago, I didn't just want to share problems or issues at airports, but I also wanted to find a way of solving them. One of the biggest problems I have time and time again is getting my salai through my hand luggage and it's something that I finally decided to try and rectify by designing a travel friendly salai. You can purchase one of these salais here, or, if you want to save money or design your own, read this article to find out how to make one yourself.
The climate catastrophe
It would be a pretty depressing future if we were all told to no longer visit other countries, experience new cultures, and be limited to the part of the planet we are born. It's not something anyone wants, but we need to be aware of the impact our travelling has on climate change, and over the last several years this is something that I've been increasingly thinking about.
Earlier this morning, news broke that the European Super League (ESL) - a proposal that has been floating around for over a decade - was one step closer to reality with 12 football clubs from England, Spain and Italy resigning en-masse from the European Club Association and committing to a new league backed by American bank JP Morgan.
In this article I look at the proposals, how we got here and what this means for football going forward.
En los últimos meses, los agricultores de la India han estado protestando y esta semana las protestas se han vuelto más difíciles. En este breve post intentaré hablar sobre qué son las protestas y por qué están sucediendo.
A journey through Sikh Musical Heritage
Music is a core part of Sikhi, and having learned the harmonium from a young age, it's something that fascinates me. However, the vast majority of Sikh music you hear today uses neither the traditional instruments of the Sikhs, nor is it sung in the way the Gurus intended the compositions to be sung. This point, as well as the evolution of Sikh music, is beautifully explored in a new documentary on Amazon Prime called the Sikh Musical Heritage - the untold story. This article is my review of this award winning documentary.
Currently in India, we are witnessing the largest protests in human history. These are economic protests by farm workers against billionaires, a nationalist government and corporate exploitation. On a human level, these protests are for the individual livelihoods of millions of farmers in Panjab, Haryana and across India.
I've previously written about the cause of the protests (and you can read about them here), so today, as the protests develop, I want to clear up three misconceptions; (1) the farmers are illiterate and don't know why they are protesting, (2) these new bills are beneficial, and (3) Panjab is the only state protesting.
The farmer's (kisaan) protests in Northern India are reaching a climax, and I'm going to try and summarise a complex movement as simply as possible in 500 words for audiences outside of India that might be curious as many have families back in Panjab that might be affected.
Exactly four years ago to the day, I wrote an article on the outcome of the 2016 election (which you can read here). I made several predictions for Trump's term, and I reflected on the state of the US. I thought the presidency might have a tempering effect on Trump, and while I thought his tendency to speak his mind wouldn't die down. I figured that much of his rhetoric would be just that, and it might end up actually being an uneventful term.
I was wrong.
So after four years of tweets, protests, tariffs, more protests and more tweets, I try to sum up what happened in the past four years, where the US is now, and what lies ahead for the world's oldest democracy.
British Sikh, born in the Midlands, based in London, travelling the world seeing new cultures.