Hello, Ji! VIDEO
The Roundtable Open Forum # 153
Comedians are given considerable free rein by society because they venture into territory where angels fear to tread.
And in doing so, they encourage us to think about things which we otherwise sweep away safely ‘out-of-sight, out-of-mind’ into the deepest of recesses.
Why? Because we are otherwise uncomfortable with them and would rather procrastinate than confront them now.
In the video below. ’Sebastian Singh’ does just that … he raises a whole slew of current issues and brings us face to face with each one of them.
THE ROUNDTABLE OPEN FORUM # 153
We invite our readers to share your thoughts on those things that he brings forth that irk you, or please you, or trigger some thoughts that you’d like to air hereunder in the Comments section.
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September 4, 2015
Conversation about this article
1: Chintan Singh (San Jose, California, USA), September 04, 2015, 11:44 AM.
I believe Sebastian Singh hit the nail on the head about the lack of Gurmukhi skills and historical Sikh knowledge our future Gurdwara management reps will have, if the current state of affairs continues worldwide. Although there are lots of local isolated grass roots projects going on such as the San Jose Gurdwara Khalsa School which can prevent such a situation from arising as these local initiatives are preparing hundreds of Sikh youth with Gurmukhi, Gurbani and Kirtan. I do think that Sebastian Singh in this video spent too much time on indirect criticism of inter racial marriages in Gurdwaras. May be this is specifically a U.K. based issue. I wish Sebastian Singh would have spent some time in offering a solution within the context of Sikhi. In my mind Sikhi is integral and inclusive but of course inter racial marriage ceremonies in Gurdwaras need to come with some process, norms and protocols. So what is that happy medium? I would have liked to know from Sebastian Singh ... and, of course, from others.
2: Sangat Singh (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), September 04, 2015, 3:23 PM.
An excellent 'Hello Ji'. May I add to the humour fund with Anwar Masood, one of the finest Punjabi humourists today. Please click: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osN90aeIRLw It will also bring in nostalgia for the rich Punjabi we lost to Pakistan. Our granddaughter Apu and her mother Dr. Simran Kaur are in Beijing. Apu who is studying at The London School of Economics is doing a thee-month attachment in Tsinghua University where they were surprised to meet a couple of Pakistani youths who greeted them with 'Sat Sri Akal' and to their pleasure found out that both Naana and Naani were born in Lyallpur (Pakistan) and instantly invited Apu and Simran with "Aayo ji and "Parshaada Chhako ji with us". Later on they found that some Sikhs are also studying in an aptly named "T Singh Hu Universsity."
3: Yuktanand Singh (Michigan, USA), September 07, 2015, 7:02 AM.
Funny! But sad that I had to remind myself that I was watching satire and not one of those hundreds of 'modern' Sikhs who are just like that ... they would not find it funny.