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‘2 States’ collects Rs.38.06 crore in opening weekend

Posted on 24 April 2014 by admin

Abhishek Varman’s debut directorial “2 States” managed to collect Rs.38.06 crore in its opening weekend. The audience is loving it for its slice-of-life portrayal of two lovers from different states of the country.

While it made Rs.12.42 crore on its opening day April 18, “2 States” managed a business of Rs.12.13 crore and Rs.13.51 crore on the next two days, according to trade analyst Taran Adarsh.

The movie, distributed worldwide by UTV Motion Pictures, released in nearly 2,400 screens worldwide. In India, “2 States” released in over 2,000 screens and internationally, it released in close to 350 screens in 30 countries.

Starring Alia Bhatt and Arjun Kapoor as the couple in love, with Ronit Roy, Amrita Singh and Revathy in supporting roles, the movie was not just marketed aggressively, but is also getting good footfalls in theatres due to positive word-of-mouth.

Co-produced by Karan Johar and Sajid Nadiadwala, the film tells the story of a couple belonging to two different states. It is based on Chetan Bhagat’s best-seller “2 States: The Story Of My Marriage”, and also shows the coming together of two families from distinct cultural backgrounds.

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Use a scarf or a pocket square to define your style

Posted on 11 March 2014 by admin

Both the scarf and the pocket square are part of fashion history. The scarf roots can be traced back to early Romewhere it had a more practical purpose. Men would carry them as a sweat cloth, which would help them wipe away their perspiration during hot weather. During the 1800’s, popular fashion houses like Hermès began manufacturing ornate pattern-silk scarfs making the practical item a fashion trend. The 20th Century has made the scarf even more of a popular accessory for both men and women.  The scarf is a fashionable and functional accessory when done correctly!


This season we are seeing many scarves in stores or many consumers necks. Trending right now are infinity scarfs (the ones that are already sewn in one big loop). If you purchase one of these remember that it isn’t meant to be worn as a bulky accessory. Do not make a small loop at the top and a saggy loop at the bottom; instead loop once to get a nice flow underneath your neck.
When choosing a scarf ensure it complements the tones of your outfit. If you are wearing a pattern shirt/jacket, chose a solid colour scarf rather than adding more pattern.


The pocket square has a similar history to the scarf. It dates back to the times of the ancient Greeks. English and French noblemen used to carry embroidered hankies laced with perfume to protect their sense of smell from unpleasant odors and the smell of dirty streets. AMC’s “Mad Men” has re-popularized the suit-and-tie-man. The popular character of Don Draper is rarely seen without a sport coat or a pocket square.

Pocket squares are an indispensable tool that can define a man’s style. Done properly, it creates sophistication. When added to an outfit it allows a man to express himself and change a look.

When matching a pocket square to your outfit, remember to echo the colours of your shirt or tie. Be bold; Don Draper does wear white pocket squares but we are no longer in the 60’s!

Always ensure that your pocket square is folded neatly and is not making your breast pocket bulge out.  It’s okay to spend a few minutes in front of a mirror folding until you get it perfect. Lastly, stay away from shiny pocket squares (they look like they are jumping out of your pocket!)


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Sikhs march to keep the faith

Posted on 08 May 2013 by admin

Thousands of members of the Sikh community from Mississauga and across the GTA paraded through Malton yesterday in celebration of the annual Khalsa Day festival.

Members of Mississauga’s Sikh community were dressed in traditional religious garb as they marched from the Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara in Malton on Airport Rd. to the Sikh Spiritual Centre in Etobicoke.
The Sikh community celebrates the Khalsa festival to educate other Canadians about their faith and ensure the culture is kept alive by new generations of Canadian-born Sikhs.

“We have people who have come all the the way from Michigan and New York,” said Jujhar Singh Dhillon, general secretary for the Sikh Spiritual Centre in Etobicoke. “Vaisakhi is also about celebrating the season of the harvest back home, a very happy time, especially for the farmers.”

More than 75,000 people turned out last year and Dhillon said organizers were expecting about 95,000 people for this year’s event.

The sun was smiling on participants on the weekend and the sound of drums, music and cheering filled the air.

The procession, called “nagar kirtan” — the Punjabi word for “neighbourhood” — began at 1:30 p.m. at the Malton Gurdwara and ended four hours later at the Sikh Spiritual Centre, located at 9 Carrier Dr.

Similar parades and processions were held around the world. Traditionally, the celebrations include the giving of flowers and offerings at gurdwaras.

Sukhjunder Singh, 22, and Jaskirat Singh, 16, both said it’s important that all local Sikhs come out to celebrate Khalsa Day. Khalsa is a Punjabi term meaning beloved ones and refers to the collective body of all baptized Sikhs.

Originally a military order of saintly soldiers created in 1699 by the 10th Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh, the Khalsa were five baptized Sikhs who offered to give their lives for their religion.


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Politiking In Pakistan

Posted on 06 March 2013 by admin

Dr. Hasan Askari

The Army top leadership has assured more than once during the last two weeks that it supports the holding of the elections on schedule and that it would work with any government installed with the mandate of the electorate. The Army’s support to democracy is reassuring and it has set in motion the transition process from the current governments at the federal and provincial levels to caretaker administration at these levels. The prime minister and the opposition leader are expected to decide about the name of the caretaker prime minister. Both sides are talking with their allies before formally exchanging names. Hopefully, they agree to a name. This is expected to be followed up with the nomination of caretaker chief ministers of four provinces. This will be done by a consensus of the chief minister and the leader of the opposition in the provincial assembly of the province concerned. It was also expected that the elections to the national and provincial assemblies will be held on the same day.

 If the prime minister and the leaders of opposition do not agree to a name for caretaker prime minister, the matter will go to a parliamentary committee which will have equal representation of the government and the opposition for deciding about the caretaker prime minister. If the matter is not settled there both the PPP and the PMLN will lose the initiative about the selection of the caretaker prime minister. This will expose their incapacity to resolve their problem by themselves. Then the Election Commission will decide about the caretaker prime minister out of the four names submitted by the prime minister and the leader of the opposition (Two names from each side). The same procedure applies to the selection of caretaker chief minister.

 The failure to agree on the caretaker set up will escalate tension between the government and the opposition with will have negative implications for their mutual interaction during the election period.

 Two types of political activities are noticeable in connections with the elections. First, a number of political leaders are changing parties. Second, the political parties are working towards building electoral alliances or seat adjustments.

 No ideology is involved in the political leaders changing their parties. Political expediency is shaping their decision to change their parties. These are the party leaders who have developed differences with the leadership of their original party and they do not expect to get party ticket for the elections. In some cases local factionalism inside and outside the party also causes some people to change political loyalties. If one faction gains influence with the leadership of a party, its rival faction will definitely leave the party to join the competing political party. Currently, the PMLN seems to have gained more leaders as compared to its losses to other political parties.

  A large number of political parties have agreed to seat adjustment. These parties talk about seat adjustment after the meetings of their leaders in order to some positive outcome of the meeting; in practice it may mean little.

 Most of the seat adjustment or electoral alliance activity is among Islamist and Political-Rightist political parties. Some Islamist parties have formed alliances. The Sunni Tehrik with support base in Karachi has created an electoral alliance with the PMLN which has also undertake seat adjustment with the Jamiat-i-Ahle-Sunnet Wal-Jamat (formerly Sipah-e-Sahaba) in the Punjab. The JUIF and the PMLN have also agreed to seat adjustment. The JUIF may be useful for the PMLN in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa but the JUIF may not be of much help to the PMLN in the Punjab.

 The PMLN has been very active in interior Sindh to build support for itself. It entered into an electoral alliance with the PML-Functional of Pir of Pagaro, National People’s Party of Ghulam Mustafa Jatoi which is being managed by his son and 19 other Sindhi nationalist parties and group. Jatoi’s NPP may not get more than one or two seats. Other nationalist Sindhi groups in this alliance do not have any strong electoral support. Most of them may not even get more than one seat. The alliance is also known for anti-PPP disposition. Mumtaz Bhutto has brought his small party under the fold of the PMLN but he does not have much electoral support.

  The alliance of Sindhi parties, including the Pir of Pagaro and the PMLN, wants to offer itself as an alternate to the PPP in interior Sindh.

 The most intriguing development is the announcement by General Pervez Musharraf on March 1 to return to Pakistan within a week of installations of caretaker government. He wants to challenge the existing political forces to make a credible space for himself in Pakistani politics. Musharraf is no longer the lead political leader in Pakistan. His political party, All Pakistan Muslim League, APML, lacks organizational network and public support to become a lead party. Musharraf will face strong opposition from the major parties and he will also be dragged in court cases. The sooner Musharraf realizes that his active political career has come to an end in 1988 the better it is for him. The pre-election competitive politics will become more intense after mid-March.

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TD South Asia’s Got Talent is proud to announce Top 8 Contending Teams

Posted on 05 July 2012 by admin

After reviewing over 50 auditions and talking to about 150 participants, South Asia’s Got Talent finally has its top 8 contending teams which will battle in out in a phenomenal 2 hour show on July 7, 2012.

“The variety and quality of talent in this year’s show is bound to amaze the audience. South Asia’s Got Talent is much bigger and better this year” quips MayankaSarin, event organizer.

“SAGT is one of the few platforms that brings out all talent and not just dancing- which is all that most people usually associate with South Asian Talent” suggests versatile drum-guru Sarah Thawar (contender #8). 

The exciting show line-up is as follows:

1. Very Charismatic Contemporary Dancers, Beyond Infinity, 2. Mainstream singer par Excellence, Gifty Singh, 3. Awesome Rapping and Singing Duo, Gunsmith &Mohit, 4.  Jhakas Bollywood Dancers, Jadoo Entertainment, 5.Awesome Beatboxing Duo, KD &Savi, 6. Sensational Opera Singer, MeherPavri, 7. Flute Expert, Sahil Khan, 8. Spectacular Drummer, Sarah Thawar

“It’s extremely difficult to tell which team will emerge a winner in this year’s show. Each team is so unique and so talented that the judges are bound to have a very difficult time selecting who will be at the top.” says Pearl Mehra, event organizer.

All contending groups will be participating in a grand competition in front of celebrity judges Veronica Chail, Chase Constantino&Roveena G.

Only one team will take home the grand prize consisting of the legacy trophy, $1000 cash prize, an OMNI media interview as well as the title of South Asia’s Got Talent’s 2nd Official Winner. 

“If we do end up winning the money, we will definitely use a portion of it towards a worthy cause to give back to the South Asian community to thank them for this opportunity” says Tito Daljit, manager for Gifty Singh

The awesome show is set to take place in the heart of Gerrard India Bazaar and will be one of the momentous occasions of 2012.

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Natural Acne Scars Remedies – Common Sense Prevails

Posted on 30 March 2012 by admin

Acne is one of those things that everybody seems to get at one point or another, and yet nobody really likes it. While some cases are mild, other cases are quite severe and can lead to visible scarring. So, not only do these people have to suffer through a bad outbreak of acne, they then have to live with the scars for the rest of their lives. Or do they? The answer to that is no they don’t, or at least they can try any number of acne scars remedies that will minimize the scars that are there. Not all of these treatments will work the same on everybody, but they are worth trying if it means you can feel better about yourself.            

One of the best known remedies for acne scars is citrus juice. You can apply the juice of a lemon or lime directly to the problem areas. However, some people find that pure citrus juice irritates their skin, so you may want to try different dilutions until you find the one that’s best for you. Apply it once or twice a day for several weeks and see how much lighter your scars look. It can take quite a while, but if it just doesn’t seem to be working for you, then you can try other acne scars remedies.   

A lot of people swear by olive oil for making their acne scars less visible. In fact, there are any number of different oils that you can try. Simply massage the oil into the scar and the surrounding area, and let it sit. This helps to soften and moisturize the skin which can help diminish the visibility of acne scarring.       

Here’s a natural remedy for acne that you may not be familiar with: tomatoes! That’s right. Tomatoes are high in Vitamin A which keeps the body from producing too much sebum, which is the substance that is largely responsible for acne to begin with. Tomatoes are also rich in antioxidants which are beneficial for repairing the skin.

One of the most soothing acne scars remedies is a mixture of rose water and sandalwood. Simply add a few drops of the rose water to the sandalwood until it is at a paste like consistency. Then put the resulting paste directly on the scars and let it sit for about an hour. This is generally very gentle on the skin, so you can even leave it on as you sleep.  

You have to be more careful if you are currently experiencing an acne outbreak, as you shouldn’t let any foreign material (such as any of the above ingredients we’ve talked about) get into the sores. Not only can it be irritating, but it can also make the acne worse. However, if you need immediate comfort, you may want to try an icepack to help cool and temporarily tighten the skin.

While a lot of people have found success with the above acne scars treatments, you should always consult with a qualified medical professional before doing anything that has to do with your health.

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PIFF: Bringing Films for Cross-cultural Exchange

Posted on 21 March 2012 by admin

Punjabis form a sizeable portion of the South Asian diaspora in the GTA. Among the community’s many contributions is infusing Canada’s multiculturalism with its own unique identity. The first Punjabi international Film Festival (PIFF) promises to be a welcome addition to that. The four-day extravaganza will showcase the best of feature films, documentaries and short films from around the world on themes of Punjabi culture and identity. There will also be feature concerts, gala events, film parties, seminars, workshops and networking opportunities with government representatives, business leaders, local organizations that support film development, film stars, producers, directors, and members of the media. Generation Next speaks to Sunny Gill, President, PIFF for more details.
We start by asking Mr. Gill the motivation for PIFF in the GTA. “There are about 800,000 Canadians who speak Punjabi language and it is the fourth most spoken language in Canada. Punjabi music and food has taken the GTA by storm in the past few years. Keeping that in mind, we felt the need for some sort of a platform to bridge the gap between the mainstream and the community, and we found that the youth is best suited for that because the youth go out and have parties, they work in together in different professions, go to universities and hence they are very familiar with the mainstream but, when they come back home, they still enjoy their root culture,” he says.
Modeled on the Toronto International Film Festival or TIFF, PIFF will present on all kinds of films- feature films, documentaries and new age media. The focus isn’t on a language so much as it is on the Punjabi culture. Besides the cultural aspect, the festival will also be a meeting point for the industries of the East and the West, hopes Mr. Gill.
PIFF aims to promote young and upcoming stars. Two Buzz events are planned before the actual festival on April 5 and May 1. The latter will launch the world premiere of “Pseudo: Blood of our Own”, a Bollywood/ Hollywood crossover. The film has been produced and directed by Punjabi Indo- Canadians. The festival will have films from all over the world. Says Mr. Gill, “We have received films from California, Calgary, Vancouver, Pakistan, India, and Australia.”

A total of 30 films (including all forms) will be shown at PIFF. “Humber College is going to be the destination for the workshops and technical stuff. Humber College is our institutional partner for this,” informs Mr. Gill.

For movie lovers, PIFF will be the opportunity to come face to face with their favourite stars. Mandy Takhar, who stars in the much-awaited “Mirza: An Untold Story” will be there as will be Babbu Mann and Neeru Bajwa. And there will be local talent too.

Mr. Gill said PIFF is a community-based cross-community effort that offers something to everyone. “It is a cross generational effort, we want the community to come out and support and we would like to do it year over year,” he said.

Event Details:
PIFF will be held from May 18 – May 21, 2012 in Ontario, Canada as part of South Asian Heritage Month celebrations Events have been planned for the cities of Toronto, Brampton and Mississauga culminating at Brampton’s prestigious Rose Theatre.
Visit for more details.

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3rd Toronto Nepali Film Festival Held Successfully in Toronto

Posted on 21 March 2012 by admin

The Third Toronto Nepali Film Festival (TNFF) was successfully held on
Saturday March 17, 2012 in Toronto at Innis Town Hall, University of Toronto. The one-day festival attracted audiences from different walks of life, both Nepalis and non-Nepalis. The festival showcased nine Nepali films from Canada, Nepaland the US. The annual festival is organized with the goal of promoting Nepal’s rapidly emerging independent filmmaking industry and adding a distinctive Nepali voice to Toronto’s cultural landscape.

Films Identity, Buwega Maanatuna (The Spinner of Flights), Kushee Bhaneko (A
Thing Called Happiness) and Journey to Yarsa was screened in Session A.

Hanuman Airlines and Saving Dolma was screened in Session B. Session C included Ma Kushi Chu (I am Happy), Team Nepal and Buried in Tears. The film program was followed a presentation and performances and included a presentation of Toronto-based photographer Mr. Ariel Estulin’s photographic essay from his travels in Nepal. The photographic essay was followed by a beautiful Nepali dance performance titled Nepali Fusion by students from
FONATS (Federation of Nepali and Tibetan Students) at York University.

The all female dance troupe consisted of Kneha KC, Dristi Rawat, Rakshya Mahat, Sumee Pandey and Rizbi Poudel. The dance was followed by musical performance of by Ottawa-based Mr. Robin Subba. After Mr. Subba, there was another energetic musical performance by Brampton-based Mr. Aadi Yakthumba.

The festival was concluded on a celebratory note with a group song lead by TNFF volunteers Mr. Janman Jay Ranjit and Mr. Saugar Sainju, and was joined in by other volunteers and members of the audience.

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Posted on 23 February 2012 by admin

On February 17, President
Hamid Karzai of Afghani-
stan, President Mahamoud
Ahmedenejad of Iran and
President Asif Ali Zardari
of Pakistan held a meeting
in Islamabad to discuss their
bilateral and regional issues.
This event attracted much
attention of the media in
three countries, especially in
Pakistan, and it was hailed as
the most serious attempt by
three neighboring states to
work together to address the
issues of peace, security and
economic development.
The three heads of states
agreed to work together for
helping to stabilize the situ-
ation in Afghanistan as the
U.S./NATO troops withdraw
from Afghanistan.  Paki-
stan and Iran were keen to
reduce the role of the U.S.
in the region. However, Af-
ghanistan was cautious in
taking a clear position on
this issue, although Presi-
dent Karzai said that the
distance between Kabul and
Islamabad was less than the
distance between Kabul and
Washington, implying that
Afghanistan and Pakistan
could engage in cooperative
Karzai has been success-
ful in getting the support of
Iran and Pakistan for his bid
to enter into negotiations
with the Afghan Taliban. He
wants Pakistan to encourage
the Afghan Taliban leaders
to resume dialogue with his
government. He also met
with some leaders of Paki-
stani Islamic parties in or-
der to seek their support for
this purpose. Pakistan and
Afghanistan also discussed
the measures to remove
operational problems in
Afghanistan’s transit-trade
through Pakistani territory
and Pakistani port of Kara-
chi.  Pakistan also explored
the option of its trade with
Central Asian states through
Afghanistan’s land route.
The three leaders agreed that
they would not allow their
territory to be used against
one another. Pakistan spe-
cifically assured Iran that it
would not allow the use of its
facilities for American attack
on Iran. The President of
Iran and Pakistan affirmed
their strong desire to expand
their bilateral trade and Iran
reiterated its commitment
to supply gas to Pakistan.
It may be mentioned that
Iran has also offered to sell
1000MW electricity to Pa-
kistan to help Pakistan cope
with energy shortages.
Pakistan’s President Zardari
declared that Pakistan would
complete the gas pipeline
project.  The U.S. wants Pa-
kistan to abandon this pro-
ject and it is willing to sup-
port an alternate gas pipeline
from Turkmenistan via Af-
ghanistan.  Pakistan wants
to get gas from both sources.
However, Pakistan can-
not get funding from Asian
Development Bank or the
World Bank because of
American opposition.  Most
multi-national corporations
or groups will also be re-
luctant to fund this project.
Therefore, Pakistan will have
to get funding from within
Pakistan or seek Russian or
Chinese help. 
It is a positive development
that Iran, Afghanistan and
Pakistan want to work to-
gether for addressing the
regional problems.  They
had two similar meetings in
the past but no significant
change came in their policies
after the first two meetings. 
However, now these coun-
tries have realized that they
will have to work together if
the region is to be stabilized
and the role of outside pow-
ers is to be reduced in the
Each state has its own con-
siderations to work together. 
Hamid Karzai is somewhat
perturbed by the U.S effort
to engage the Afghan Tali-
ban in Qatar because of the
fear of being left out. He is
worried that the U.S. may
not enter into an arrange-
ment with the Afghan Tali-
ban that would exclude him
from the post-withdrawal
political set up in Kabul. 
Therefore, he has sought the
support of the government
of Pakistan and the leaders of
Pakistan’s Islamic parties for
facilitating his government’s
dialogue the Afghan Tali-
ban. If he succeeds in initi-
ating a meaningful dialogue
with the Afghan Taliban, he
can show to the Americans
that he is an active player in
building up expanded sup-
port for his government.
This has led Karzai to modify
his tough approach towards
Pakistan. Until recently his
government was accusing
Pakistan’s intelligence estab-
lishment of aiding Afghan
Taliban. Karzai and his of-
ficials blamed Pakistan for
the assassination of Profes-
sor Burhanuddin Rabbani in
Kabul in 2011. 
The three leaders have made
important decisions. The key
question is how far they will
be able to pursue policies to
implement the decision of
the summit conference.
In the past, these countries
often distrusted one another
for one reason or the other.
From time to time, Iran crit-
icized Pakistan with refer-
ence to Jundollah’s terrorist
activities and Iran’s reserva-
tions about Pakistan’s rela-
tions with the U.S. Similarly,
distrust manifested in the
Pakistan-Afghanistan rela-
tions on the issue of cross-
border movement of Taliban
between these countries.  It
is difficult to suggest if these
countries have overcome
their old biases.
The on-going trouble in Pa-
kistan’s relations with the
U.S. has led Pakistan to cul-
tivate its neighbors and ex-
pand ties with other states,
especially Russia and China. 
However, Pakistani dilemma
is that it is unable to decide
if the transit of American
supplies to its troops in Af-
ghanistan through Pakistan
would be restarted. It wants
to play tough with the U.S.
but it also needs weapons
and economic support from
the U.S. and other western
Despite the strong rhetoric
of the conference we will
have to wait and see if Af-
ghanistan, Iran and Pakistan
can cooperate in an effective
manner for changing the re-
gional strategic and political

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Apna Punjab Has Turned Into A Drug State

Posted on 11 May 2011 by admin

As I tell this sad story, I can’t help but think how ironic the situation is. For youth like myself who have been accustomed to western society, the reality is our culture has already been diluted. Although our parents do their utmost best to teach us the morals and values that reflect our heritage, the country they once idolized is now the one suffering, and in need of some kind of rescue.

My Nanaji came to settle in England in 1961, but by the 1990s as time progressed, he didn’t have the same feeling whilst going back to visit. Punjab wasn’t the home he had left 30 years ago. His village wasn’t as close-knit as it used to be, everything was expanding, technology was progressing; it just wasn’t home anymore. The reasons for my Nanaji not wanting to go back to Punjab, almost 20 years ago, are far more innocent in comparison to the way this developing state is functioning today.

For many years, the state of Punjab has been in the midst of a drug addiction crisis. According to a documentary titled “Glut-The Untold Story of Punjab,” 73.5 per cent of Punjab’s youth are addicted to drugs. The documentary goes on to talk about those individuals who are addicted to heroin, even those who inject various alternatives to satisfy their cravings. The population demographic influenced by these drugs also include farmers who are escaping debt worries, by using the dangers of these drugs to potentially end their lives,  and Punjab’s rich, who turn to drugs as a mere passtime.

The documentary interviews a widow named Namho, who lives in one of Punjab’s villages. She lost her husband due to drug addiction, along with six of her seven children. Namho was in her late fifties, but looked much older, and extremely frail. You couldn’t help but feel sorry for her, as she cried through her words, “This isn’t life. This isn’t life.”

The current crisis in Punjab is the shocking reality that many are facing, occuring in one of the world’s most culturally preserved places. Drug trafficking and high rates of youth drug addiction is happening under the nose of the government and authorities, despite their efforts to ban these drugs.

As I tell this sad story, I can’t help but think how ironic the situation is. For youth like myself who have been accustomed to western society, the reality is our culture has already been diluted. Although our parents do their utmost best to teach us the morals and values that reflect our heritage, the country they once idolized is now the one suffering, and in need of some kind of rescue.

The desire for people living in India to look and act more “westernized” has taken a turn for the worse. If citizens don’t realize that they are slowly losing their culture and values, Punjab will definitely lose its status as one of the most reputable states in India.

By Priyanka Jain


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