Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Joke - Job Interview

(Email from Sandeep)

An office manager was given the task of hiring an individual to fill a job opening. After sorting through a stack of resumes he found four people who were equally qualified.

He decided to call the four in and ask them only one question. Their answer would determine which of them would get the job. The day came and as the four sat around the conference room table the interviewer asked:

"What is the fastest thing you know of?"

Acknowledging the first man (A WHITE MAN), on his right, the man replied, "A THOUGHT. It just pops into your head. There's no warning that it's on the way.. it's just there. A thought is the fastest thing I know of."

"That's very good!" replied the interviewer.

"And now you sir?" he asked the second man (A COLOURED MAN). "Hmm....let me see. A blink! It comes and goes and you don't know that it ever happened. A BLINK is the fastest thing I know of."

"Excellent!" said the interviewer. "The blink of an eye ... that's a very popular cliché! For speed."

He then turned to the third man (A BLACK MAN) who was contemplating his reply."Well, out at my dad's FARM, you step out of the house and on the wall there's a light switch. When you flip that switch.... way out across the pasture the light in the barn comes on in less than an instant. TURNING ON A LIGHT is the fastest thing I can think of."

"The interviewer was very impressed with the third answer and thought he had found his man. "It's hard to beat the speed of light" He said. Turning to the fourth and final man (AN INDIAN ), the interviewer posed the same question.

"It's obvious to me that the fastest thing known is DIARRHEA." "WHAT!?" said the interviewer, stunned by the response. "Oh I can explain." said the fourth man. "You see the other day I wasn't feeling so good and I ran for the bathroom.

But, before I could THINK, BLINK, or TURN ON THE LIGHT , I had already shit my pants!"


Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Happy 30 Birthday Jagdeep Singh ji

Just wanted to wish a Happy 30th Birthday to one of the buffest dads out there, Bhai Jagdeep Singh ji. Hope you had a good time and hope you continue to have a joyful life ahead. I hope there are plenty of cakes coming my way :-).

Monday, July 23, 2007

Seeking out a Sikh with a tale to tell

(Courtesy of Sikh Sangat News)

IT'S a fair bet that none of the Tour players who felt frustrated and sorry for themselves at The K Club yesterday have been forced to run for their life from a massacre.

Such was the fate of a gracious and dignified elderly gentleman named Milkha Singh who was in the gallery yesterday watching his son, Jeev Milkha Singh, playing alongside Pádraig Harrington and Soren Hansen.

Milkha stood out from the crowd as he was wearing the turban of his Sikh faith, but the golf fans following the group had no idea they were in the company of a remarkable man.

He was just a teenager living in a remote village of what became Pakistan following partition in post-colonial India when the madness came to his home.

Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs were stirred to bloody strife and Milkha's parents and other family members were slaughtered in a pogrom.

"That night I lost my my parents, three of my brothers, my sisters, all of them were killed.

"I managed to run away in the darkness when the killing went on. Almost 4,000 men, women and children were killed in my area. It was madness at that time," he said.

He found himself a refugee in India but from tragedy Milkha made his life a great success when he was introduced to running after joining the army.

There was no coaching, he ran barefoot, and knew nothing of Olympic Games, Asian Games or anything else about the sport, but Milkha Singh went on to become a hero in his country as an Olympian.

He ran in the Olympic Games at Melbourne, Rome, and Tokyo, and earned the nickname of "The Flying Sikh" for his athletic exploits.

Sadly, although he set a World record in the 440-metre preliminaries in Rome, he was to lose out on an Olympic medal by a fraction of a second, as the first four finished virtually in a dead heat and were separated only on a photo-finish.

Milkha, somewhat reluctantly, took up golf when his running days were over and though he got to single figures and still plays five days a week, at one stage he decreed that his son Jeev should concentrate on his studies and become an engineer or a doctor instead of a career in sport.

But now, at almost 80 years of age, sprightly Milkha delights in the success of Jeev and last year, took his son to, of all places, the Morton Stadium in Santry for an emotional return after 48 years.

Milkha had won Gold in the Commonwealth Games 440 yards at Cardiff in 1958 and was brought to Dublin by the late, great Billy Morton for the international athletics meeting which opened the new cinder track at Santry.

'I knelt down and touched the track. It had changed but the stadium was not so different'It proved to be an epic evening in front of a huge crowd. The feature race was the mile, in which Herb Elliott broke the world record by 2.7 seconds and the first five, including our own Melbourne '56 gold medal winner Ronnie Delany, all beat four minutes.

Milkha Singh won the 440 yards race on that memorable night and still treasures his medal.

The track is a modern synthetic surface now, justifying in one respect Billy Morton's proud boast to the press after the '58 event that "Gentlemen, grass is on the way out!"

Said Milkha: "I knelt down and touched the track. It had changed but the stadium was not so different. It was a very emotional moment. I told my son 'I ran here in 1958'.

"That brought special memories back to me."

Milkha and his wife Nirmal delight in the success of their son and the family has gained an unique honour: back in '58 Milkha was awarded the equivalent of a knighthood in India for his sporting exploits and son Jeev has been given the same honour, the "Padma Shri" after his four international wins last year, including the Volvo Masters.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Happy Belated Birthday Kiran

Happy Belated Birthday Kiran. I know it is a bit late to wish you, but better late than never. Hope you had a great day and continue to enjoy life as you have been doing. I will be expecting some cake at some point. Don't forget to do your Riaz. Enjoy your trip to Canada and Malaysia.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Put on your Aprons - Eggless Donuts

EGGLESS DOUGHNUTS By Manpreet Kaur from Germany

Maida 2 heaped cups+ ¼cup
Milk Slghtly less than 1 cup
Salted butter ¼ cup
Fresh yeast 1 tbsp
Baking powder ¾ tsp
Powdered sugar ½cup
Salt, sugar, any jam, oil to fry


Heat the milk & pour over 1/4 cup sugar & 1/4 cup salted butter.
Let cool to room temperature.
Meanwhile add 1 tbsp fresh yeast with little sugar to 1/4 cup warm water & sprinkle 1/2 tsp maida & keep for 10 mts.
Add this & 2 cups maida to milk mixture.
Beat well after each cup.
Let rise until double in bulk.
Now add 3/4 tsp salt&3/4 tsp baking powder to 1/4 cup maida, mix well & add to the dough.
Let rise again.
Roll, make small balls with a little jam inside.
Deep fry & coat with powdered sugar.

Monday, July 09, 2007

Gursikhs - Sant Sohan Singh ji

(courtesy of Lakhvir Singh & Gurudwara Sahib Melaka)

Sant Sohan Singh, who left his mortal body in 1972 in Kuala Lampur, was a common man like any other Sikh hailing from a remote village in the Punjab. Over the years he so developed himself spiritually and so endeared himself to the Sikhs in Malaya and Singapore, that he became an institution by himself. He was head and shoulders above the average Sikh not only in matters spiritual but also in physical stature. Yet he moved about among them unassumingly, claiming no better place than the commonest of them and using no high sounding language to impress them with the spiritual stature he had attained.

Friday, July 06, 2007

Happy Birthday Sangreen

Just wanted to wish Sangreen a very colourful and joyful Happy Birthday. Hope you continue to enjoy life as you have done till now. Sangreen also bakes very delicious cakes, so if you have any orders please don't hesitate to forward them here.

Happy Birthday Jazz & Randy

Just wanted to wish Randeep and Jaspal a joint Happy Birthday. Hope you have/had a great day and continue to enjoy your success as you did before. BTW, both of these boys are single, so if there are any offers please feel free to leave a comment.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Hot New Spin - Chilli &Lemon

(Courtesy of Northampton Chronicle)

Monty Panesar, England's first ever Sikh cricketer, is spearheading the introduction of new Walkers Chilli & Lemon flavour crisps, created specifically to appeal to the UK's South Asian communities and featuring a unique Asian-inspired pack design.COMING SOON: The HOT NEW SPIN on Walkers Crisps ...Chilli & Lemon flavour

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

New Site on the Block - Sikh Roots

Thanks to Randeep, I just found out that there is a new site on the web that will have a huge impact on us as 'ektaone' had over the past few years. Just wanted to thank the developers of the site for taking their time and effort for us. I also wanted to share this with probably the one user that views this blog.