Vaisakhi in Malaysia/Singapore


Well, It’s just about a week away before I hop on the airplane and head out to Malaysia/ Singapore to participate with the Sangat in celebration of Baisakhi. I’ll be in Malaysia for the first week (March 31st- 6/7th April) and then will be in Singapore till April 15th. Malaysia Sangat has a huge Baisakhi celebration the first weekend, and then Singapore the following weekend.

I am pretty excited, though I’m a little nervous about the workshops and speeches that I am supposed to do. Especially since I still haven’t figured out the details of the talks. Things are always busy at SikhNet and keeping up with this blog. I don’t consider myself a great public speaker, but I do my best to keep it very personal and interesting by sharing experiences from my life that people might relate to. Growing up in school people used to always give these long boring speeches, so the last thing I want is people dozing off! Hahaha. I’m not worried though, because it always seems to fall into place and flow the way it is supposed to. I think I will have a one hour workshop on April 1st and then another on April 2nd in Malaysia. When I am in Singapore there will be a “Saturday Night Live” 8pm in Singapore.

I hope to meet lots of you and have a chance to chat. I know it is going to be one of those mega weekends where you meet tons of people and are tired out by the end! I’ll be bringing along some cool SikhNet Bookmarks and about 50 copies of the new SikhNet DVD. I am hoping the organizers (Sikh Naujawan Sabha Malaysia) are going to be able to get some copies made of the DVD for the events, because baggage restrictions are pretty tight these days so I can’t bring very much stuff with me. Let’s see what happens :) I’ll also be loaded up with still camera and video equipment, now that I am in Journal mode. I have some ideas for video projects and hope I have some time to do some interviews with people when I am there. It’s hard trying to journal, participate and meet people at the same time. If any of you in Malaysia/Singapore have some experience with a video camera let me know if you are willing to help out.

It’s always so much fun and a big adventure meeting Sikhs from different parts of the world. When I went to England last year It was soo cool. There were so many awesome and inspiring Sikhs. I have found that each Sikh community has unique qualities which come from the local culture and part of the world. I’m looking forward to getting a taste of the Singaporean/Malaysian Sikh experience.

I forgot to mention; my mother (Satkirin Kaur) is one of the featured musicians for the Malaysian Vaisakhi Event! I’m excited that we will both be there at the same time. It is not often that we are both together at events like this. She is in Amritsar, India right now enjoying the peaceful vibrations of Harmandir Sahib.

Ps. I plan to journal/blog during my time there so will keep you all updated with the happenings from that side of the world. Ok Lah?