Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Cue droooooling and hyperventilating!!!!!!!!!!!

Breath Preet, breeeeeath!

Akhand Jaap 10

Boy am I getting old! My knees were ready to pop after sitting through the Akhand Jaap. But a fantastic experience and im so glad I was lucky enough to be there.

(and for those who were too far away to attend but were still viewing via live feed, you had the good seats! :o) There were so many people it was almost impossible to find a space to sit. But hopefully, next time you'll manage to be there in person)

Monday, November 27, 2006

Friday, November 24, 2006

I wana fly like a bird!!

This is Gurch Singh Bond and his sexy apprentice Miss Bleachhead.
(Do not adjust your monitors, they are both really that black!) ;o)

Catch of the day is goochi fish! mmmm....tasty when bbq-ed! heehee!
Just look at the colour of the sea! Looks like a great big swimming pool!

Bombay Bad Boy! ;o)

Thursday, November 23, 2006

WHATS THIS???!!!! ;o)

I can see the left hand safely tucked away in his pocket, BUT WHERE
Wat Pho is home to the largest reclining Buddha in the world, over 46m long and covered in gold! Yes aunties, 5 TONNES of pure gold!
The Buddha's feet are 3 metres long and exquisitely decorated in mother-of-pearl illustrations of the Buddha.
This reclining position depicts the time when Buddha left this world.

This photo doesn't do justice, he is much more impressive up front. Oh and the sleeping buddha aint too bad either! ;o)

Goochi Fan Club!

Even the monks couldn't resist gettin a photo taken with the Gorrrrgeous Goochi! ;o)

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Akhand Jaap 10

WAHEGURU JI KA KHALSA WAHEGURU JI KI FATEH.Prayer for Peace - 'Akhand Jaap' by British Sikh YouthThe world we live in today is full of conflict and suffering. In this context people can often feel helpless and anxious about what they can do. Sikh youth believe they have found some guidance in a 500 year old message from the founder of the Sikh faith Guru Nanak Dev Ji. The message is a simple one, to pray and have love and respect for humanity. In an effort to spread this message, British Sikh youth have been conducting events known as Akhand Jaap (continuous recitation) since September 11th 2001. These events have previously taken place on nine occasions around the UK, hosted by Gurudwaras in Essex, London, Middlesex and Yorkshire.At the Akhand Jaap the word Vaheguru (wonderful Lord) is sung continuously for 24 hours. The congregation is lead by various groups of 'Keertanias' from around the UK and abroad. In singing this 'Gur Mantar', even small children can join in and feel the power of congregational prayer. This youth initiative attempts to create an atmosphere in which every participating soul can benefit. Past programmes have had a tremendously uplifting effect on participants propelling them to tread the path of Sikhi.Since 2001, 'Jaap' events have grown larger and even attracted members of diverse communities. This programme has had world-wide effect, as other countries have begun emulating similar prayer events.The 10th 24 hour Youth Peace Prayer event takes place on Saturday 25th November 2006 at the Gurudwara on 18-20 Soho Road, Handsworth, Birmingham, B21 9BH. This Gurudwara is served by members of the charitable organisation - Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha. It may be noted that at this place of Sikh worship 11 day prayers to promote individual and collective peace have been held for the past 29 years.The doors of any Gurudwara are open to all. Let's pray for peace together.

Gucci Fan Club!

He's back!!
Now comes with a gooorgeous golden chocy tan!! yum yum! ;o)

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

A beautiful story :o) Part 2


He was known always for his adventurous personality while growing up. He has managed to climb a number of mountains, including Mt. Kenya. In his youth he completed the Outward Bound Course, which was a particularly hard camping expedition in Kenya. He has also run a number of marathons for charity, completed intensive courses in scuba diving, travelled around Europe and Kenya by car, learned karate and judo, the list is endless.

Dad’s one trademark was that wherever you saw him, he would always have a book in his hand. He had an obsession of reading books, be it novels or general interest books, anything he could lay his hands on! He even read my French history books that I used at school for my lessons. He must have read enough books for the whole of Britain! His current favourite author was Terry Pratchett – simply because they had similar levels of humour.
And because of all his reading, he developed quite a talent for writing some very funny little stories. He has managed to win a prize on the BBC world radio show when he sent in one of his articles. My dad had an astounding ability to write little humorous anecdotes, which he would circulate to his group of friends. All his friends would eagerly await his articles. Reading any of his sketches would leave the reader rolling on the floor with laughter! This was one of his biggest gifts, he could make anyone laugh.

Ah, good memories.

A beautiful story :o) Part 1

Dad was born on 3rd December 1949 in Nairobi, Kenya to Amar Singh Sembi and Rattan Kaur Sembi. His father passed away when Dad was only 12. Incidentally, his father passed away on 18th July 1961, and my father departed on 18th July 2005.

Dad spent most of his life in Nairobi Kenya, where he grew up with his mother, brother and two sisters. He moved to Manchester, England in his younger days to do a degree in Civil Engineering, after which he moved back to Kenya to pursue a career in this field. He then moved to England permanently in 1997, leaving behind his own business just so he can secure a future for his children.
Isn't it amazing how much he sacrificed just so his kids could have a stable future?! It is ever so impossible to describe the amount of love and dedication he had for the two of us. There is still such a bountiful supply of his love emanating from every single object, thought and feeling associated with him.

From a very young age, he has had a keen interest in classical Indian music. He himself has played the violin and the clarinet. He learnt the violin from Sital Singh Sitara, a well known teacher in Kenya and UK. Amazingly Sitara Ji is blind, yet a master at many instruments and saw potential in my dad.
Dad has a huge record collection of all the maestros of Indian Raag. Had a particular interest in raag kirtan and made many visits to various gurdwaras around the country so as to listen to them live. He has encouraged and inspired me from a very young age to learn this classical form of Indian music. I am currently learning sitar.
Dad was a huge fan of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and was well known for it.

While in UK, dad developed an interest in Ayurvedic Medicine. He took the difficult decision of starting from the beginning and going back to university, where he spend three years completing a degree in Ayurvedic Medicine at Thames Valley University under the tutelage of Mr Gopi Warrier, from the Ayurvedic Company of Great Britain. He was a hard working student and made impressive progress in his studies. This was due to his genuine interest and passion in learning this ancient form of healing. He even spent a substantial amount of time in India to learn more about this form of medicine. I believe dad had a real talent in healing people and making them truly happy. He was willing to dedicate his life to healing people, and was always genuinely happy to see people walk away feeling better due to his healing talent. I often heard him say how happy he was seeing his patients improve in health. He would often change his personal agenda to accommodate those of his patients.

stay tuned for more exiting tales of the amazing journey of the DAD......!!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

At least I know he is in a better place...

Too Handsome!

What a pose, eh?! :o)