BABA TO SULTAN (VIDEO)

Before the partition of 1947, the site of Baba Than Singh at Kot Fateh Khan (Pakistan) was visited by Sikhs, Hindus and Muslims. According to the Rawalpindi Gazetteer, 4,000 people across all faiths attended a fair held at this place in 1893. Partition resulted in the...

WHO CAME BETWEEN US (VIDEO)

During the search for the Topi Gurdwara, I found Nanakpanthis. I am the Guru, I am the disciple. I am Nanak, I am Sachal. I am Nath, I am Adam. I am Shiva, I am Christ. I am Moses. No one is apart from Me. Only our names are...

SEEKER (VIDEO)

My quest to search for the remnants of the gurdwara at Retla Mani in Hazro (Pakistan) was embraced by the people of the town. Exploring the abandoned homes and temples, I finally arrived at the locked premises of the gurdwara. On witnessing a flat ground, I reflected...

SEPARATION (VIDEO)

During the explorations of the remnants of the abandoned Baba Than Singh Gurdwara at Kot Fateh Khan, interactions with the locals revealed that the memories of the past have been kept alive for seven decades. Whilst the non-Muslims of the region were ousted in the...

MYSTERY (VIDEO)

I reminiscence the days spent across Pakistan, when the purpose within had transformed me into a mystery that would attract everyone! Interactions with unknown men on the streets of Kasur, are a reflection of humanity that prevails in the hearts. Political agendas may...

I EXIST BECAUSE I BREATHE

Mindset developed from the words of Nanak has helped my odysseys. I have cared not for the next breath, motivated only to discover a meaning in what others choose to ignore.   The allure of Pakistan is in the adoration of its people. Before I became recognized as...

NOTHING IS PLENTY FOR ME

“The dancing mystic” at Baba Bullhe Shah’s mausoleum at Kasur (Pakistan) had caught my attention during the visit of year 2014, and meeting him again in 2017, created an opportunity for dialogue.Out of respect, as I slipped a few rupees into his...

BEKAR SEWA!

WE LOST OUR HERITAGE IN THE CREATION OF PAKISTAN. WE THEN MANIACALLY DESTROYED IT IN INDIA. NOW UNDER THE NAME OF RENOVATION WE ARE DESTROYING WHATEVER LITTLE IS LEFT ACROSS PAKISTAN.   My community needs to wake-up. Heritage is valuable source of motivation for...

INDUS

Indus, you once defined the western frontiers of the Indian subcontinent. Indus, you inspired Nanak (15th century) and Farid (13th century) to spread the fragrance of love. Indus, you guided Ranjit Singh (19th century) to expand the Sikh empire beyond the northern and...

MYSTICS NEED NO SECURITY

Nonetheless, thanks to the Government of Pakistan for having deputed a large security team to protect me closely as I independently researched the Sikh legacy of Pakistan. At a dysfunctional Gurdwara in the Potohar region, as I walked inside the abandoned building,...

HINDU, SIKH OR SUFI?

Beauty of Sindh (Pakistan) lies in its inclusiveness of faiths. Hindu temples reflect Hinduism, Sikhism and Sufism inside the same premises. A visit to Bhagnari temple in Karachi, where lies the Guru Granth Sahib (Sikh scripture) in a room adjacent to the Hindu Gods...

I CAN NOW PERISH IN PEACE

On 23 Jan, 2017, seven decades after the partition of the Indian sub-continent, this extant village Gurdwara in Pakistan finally received a Sikh visitor. As I stood besides, it whispered, “In 1762 AD, Ahmad Shah Abdali wiped out the entire Sikh population from the...

I LOST MY EVERYTHING

I detest people who deface heritage sites but in reading the graffiti “I lost my everything,” scribbled on the wall of the Kair Bawa Gurdwara, I thought this was so very poignant for our community, who had indeed lost much of the material and spiritual heritage in the...

ABANDONED, I STILL YEARN

A dialogue with the falling Mangat Gurdwara, Pakistan I still remember the vibrancy of the community in the pre-partition days. Those were the days! I recall year 1604, when the fifth Nanak (Guru Arjan Dev) deputed Bhai Banno to get the first recension of the Guru...

CONVERSATION WITH A MYSTIC

“Sardar ji, welcome. After a long time a Sikh has visited this mausoleum. Here Baba Nanak had spent some time,” a mystic, dressed in an all-black attire stated at the shrine of Hazrat Shah Shams Tabrez in Multan. Paying my respects at the inner sanctum, as I viewed...

NA KO HINDU NA MUSALMAN

The spirit of pluralism, represented by Baba Nanak’s simple words, I witnessed in practice at the Dera Sahib, Pakistan I thereafter proceeded to the sanctum sanctorum to join a sparse congregation and was ecstatic to see shabads (hymns) being sung by a group...

ART OF DYING

Close to the Radcliffe line in Pakistan —– Feeling you grasp for breath, I heard Kabir resonate in your collapsing walls, WEEP NOT AT DEATH, NOTHING IS PERMANENT. WHATEVER CREATED, SHALL PERISH. For seven decades, we the vestiges have beckoned the...

GLORY THAT PUNJAB WAS

Sikh fresco art on the walls of dying monuments across Pakistan speak volumes about the past glory of the region; a highly evolved and respectful society, where women were no less than men! A woman leads a hunt in this 19th century fresco on a dilapidated gurdwara...