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RULES PLUS SIZE FASHION DOS & DON'TS

Sleep Apnea

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INFLUENCE OF MUSIC ON HUMAN BEHAVIOUR

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2019 CONTENTS

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116 THE QUEEN OF Punjabi Cinema

LIFESTYLE 70 RECIPES Chef Suvir Saran

74 FITNESS

IN EVERY ISSUE 8 READER’S REACTION 10 DARPAN’S 10

Minister Ahmed Hussen

SPOTLIGHTS 12 Jasleen Bahia 16 Supinder Wraich 20 Ananya Pampana 22 Ravneet Ghotra BUSINESS PROFILE 36 Atlas Auto Body 38 Paarull Bakshi

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78 HEALTH

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Sleep Apnea: Common but not Well-known

62 NEWS IN PICTURES

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68 YOUTH COLUMN How to Play Smart

142 GLOBAL INDIANS Vani Hari

5 Free Summer Events in Vancouver

110 TECH

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112 WEDDING Rajveer & Gagan

116 TRAVEL

Powell River: The Perfect All-Season Destination

90 FASHION SPOTLIGHT Anushka Khanna

100 STYLE

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144 HOROSCOPE 146 CANADIAN IMMIGRANTS Meet the Bhojwani Family

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82 BEAUTY

108 ACTIVITIES

104 HOME

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134 BOLLYWOOD

Is Social Media Making us Less Social?

42 FEATURE Beyond the Ears

Realtime Bollywood

138 HOLLYWOOD

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Diamonds in the Ruff

A Budgeting Lesson for Kids

Developing Thick Skin

56 FEATURE A Perfect Ending to the Day

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1 Do you feel the government has managed to

run the professionals in Canada come under the jurisdiction of the provincial government. We don’t have direct jurisdiction over them. We are always encouraging the provinces to work with the regulatory bodies to integrate these professional newcomers into the economy because ultimately we want them to practice in their own field. In 2017, we introduced a Targeted Employment Strategy for Newcomers which includes giving soft loans to assist people with cost of getting their foreign credentials recognized. It means mentorship, paid training, paid internships so that they can get Canadian work experience. And I’ve seen many professional newcomers who’ve actually benefited from the program. We want people to be aware of it so that they can practice in their own fields.

make a difference in the lives of Canadians?

I think we’ve worked with Canadians to create a really good momentum and track record of growth in our economy – of a reduction of poverty and giving more opportunities to young people to getting more help to families and creating more jobs than ever before. Canadians have created over a million jobs since 2015, hundreds of thousands of children have been lifted out of poverty and businesses are doing well. I think we have a very good track record to present to Canadians, and we want to continue on that momentum to deliver real change for Canadians.

8 There are immigration scams duping foreigners for PR. What is the government doing about it?

2 A recent poll says most Canadians believe

the government should limit the number of immigrants. What are your thoughts on this? Let’s first recognize that 60 per cent of the permanent residents that are coming into Canada are in the economic category. They are people who are coming to fill unfilled jobs in Canada and they're coming to bring much needed skills to our economy, to create jobs for Canadians. So that’s 60 per cent of our immigration system. Twenty per cent is in the family reunification category, the remainder is in the refugee or protective person class. So it’s a small number within the larger picture, but it’s an important number because welcoming refugees is also a part of Canadian tradition. I think that we have to listen to Canadians and pay attention to what they are telling us. At the same time, we have to also recognize that there’s been a lot of fear and misinformation spread about immigration and about refugees by the right wing in this country. Our job is to share with Canadians the success stories – personal stories of all the newcomers that have contributed so much to Canadian society; the Canadians who generously welcome them; the impact of immigration; and finally just how much we rely on immigration. 3 Is immigration the solution to meeting labour and population shortages?

Our economy’s growing, there’s a severe worker shortage in many parts of Canada. And one of the ways to address that is through immigration. Canada is now a global leader in attracting talent and we do that through our immigration system. And when you attract that talent, investment follows that target. That investment generates wealth and prosperity and jobs for Canadians. I think we have to do a better job to inform Canadians on just how much immigration has been important to us as a positive force, but also how much we will continue to rely on immigration moving forward to address the fact that we are an aging society that needs more people to enhance our productivity and meet our labour market needs, our skills, shortages, and contribute to our economic growth. 4 How can new immigrants /refugees find jobs and adjust to the Canadian standard of living?

Affordability is a real issue for many people. I believe our government has been pursuing economic policies so that we can try to uplift everyone and don’t leave anyone behind. That is why we are helping seniors with more supports; we have been helping working families, middle-class Canadians with the raising cost of helping their children; we’re helping young people by doubling the number of Canada summer jobs. We’ve tried to do a lot to lift everyone up, but investing in newcomers is also part of our growth strategy because when you invest in newcomers and you give them the supports that they need, that means they can work faster, sooner and contribute to Canada sooner, which is good for all of us. And let’s not forget the skilled immigrants that are coming in, many of them create jobs for Canadians.

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Hon. Ahmed Hussen CANADA’S MINISTER OF IMMIGRATION, REFUGEES AND CITIZENSHIP

5 How is the government tackling the issue of housing affordability and unemployment?

We have a National Housing Strategy that will invest $40 billion over the next 10 years. That strategy will make a real difference in the lives of seniors and young families. At the recent budget we announced measures to help first-time home buyers to pay less in their mortgage, to make it more affordable for them to enter the housing market. We are investing more money to create incentives for builders to build low-cost rental housing. But the best antipoverty program is a job. How can we create more jobs? By attracting more investment into Canada, by attracting more skilled people who create jobs into Canada, by cutting small business taxes from 11 to 9 per cent so that that money can go back into the economy. And that is why I believe our policies are leading to a record amount of employment. We have the lowest unemployment rate in 40 years because of the policies we are pursuing. But by no means are we saying that the work is done. There are people who are struggling, who are being left behind, and we have to do a better job to include them in the economy. 6 A study says BC immigrants earn less than third-generation Canadians. What is being done to increase immigrant jobs?

Yes, immigrants may struggle. Again, it depends on which category of immigrants because the folks who come through the Federal Skilled Worker program actually end up obtaining employment faster than the Canadian average, and they end up making higher incomes than the Canadian average in a very short period of time. With the other categories, we’ve not been resting on our laurels. Our settlement and integration funding has gone up 30 per cent since we formed government. Part of that includes innovation in the settlement sector to give people the tools to succeed faster in Canada. It also means trying new things like language at the workplace, enabling newcomers to start businesses so that they can hire Canadians. 7 Immigrants struggle to find work that matches their experience and credentials. What is being done to recognize past credentials?

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We sympathize with anyone who has been taken advantage of by an unauthorized immigration consultant. In the budget bill of C-97, we have introduced a strategy to really solve this issue once and for all. It’s a $52 million investment and includes more money for the Canada Border Services Agency to investigate and enforce the rules to tackle unauthorized immigration consultants. It doubles the maximum criminal fine from $100,000 to $200,000 for anyone practicing immigration consulting in an unauthorized manner. We’re setting up a new self-regulating College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants where the majority of the board of directors will be public interest directors appointed by the Government of Canada to look out for the public interest. There will be for the first time in Canadian history a compensation fund to help anyone who has lost money to recover that money. Last but not least, part of the $52 million will go towards hiring and placing immigration officers to go to some of our busiest visa offices in countries like India, China, and some countries in Africa, to inform people about not to use the crooked immigration consultants and to educate them about our system. 9 Can you tell us about the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot program?

Our government has been trying to work with provinces to meet their demand for more workers in rural areas by introducing the Rural Integration program. We have also listened to provinces by giving them 33 per cent more spaces in the Provincial Nominee Program. Almost 30 per cent of our GDP in Canada comes from rural Canada. Businesses there are doing very well, but they’re not getting the workers that they need. So we opened a competition for communities to apply, to be selected under this pilot program. And we were able to select 11 communities, two of which are in British Columbia – West Kootenay and Vernon. The employers in those communities will be able to go out and recruit the workers that they need, to meet their local labour market needs. It’s a permanent residency program and it includes the families as well. 10 International students tend to illegally work overtime to pay for their education or accommodation. Shouldn’t the government have made changes to the working hours for a student based on the growing inflation and housing crisis?

International students contribute a lot to Canada. They contribute a lot to our economy – $21.5 billion a year into our GDP. At the same time, it’s fair to maintain program integrity. If people are coming to study, they have to study. If you’re getting a student permit, most of your time has to be spent studying. We do allow for them to work, but only for 20 hours a week because we want them to study. If for any reason you’re interested in coming to Canada primarily to work and succeed economically, then apply for a work permit. Student permit is not the avenue to work full-time in Canada because that’s not within the requirements of the program. We have to respect the rules, we have to be a welcoming country to international students, but they also have to follow the guidelines.


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Mainland Girls AA Championship. Earlier in the year, Britannia had asleen Bahia demonstrates lost to #1 seed St. Thomas More, excellence in all aspects however they fought back to beat of her life. Whether it’s on them in the regional final and the basketball court, in the secure their berth in the provincial classroom or in the community, championship. Bahia was an Jasleen has made tremendous All-Star for the regional tournament, strides towards creating an impressive accomplishment for a better future for herself a player who had only played on and more importantly the the team for this one season. community around her. Bahia revels in the progression of Bahia is a standout this team and remarks how “the basketball player at Britannia hard work we put in as a team Secondary School. She was pushed us to the next level. What the team captain this season made this season great was our as a senior and helped guide improvements on the court and that the team to win the Lower we were having fun as a team doing

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One of Bahia’s primary motivators is to “do things out of the goodness of your heart. We should not be volunteering for some extrinsic result, it should be about helping the community.”

created called Biz Wiz. The importance of the program was brought to light by the high poverty rate in her neighbourhood as the stigma around financial literacy Bahia. She shares how “it still has led to kids not gaining hasn’t sunk in yet. To see how I the necessary knowledge. was chosen at each stage and The young founder hopes then awarded with this prestigious to break down this gap and scholarship, it has been a surreal ensure that kids everywhere experience.” Bahia’s work in the community is highlighted by an educational program she

it.” The basketball star appreciates the close-knit nature of the team and their positive energy definitely made the season a success. Although her athleticism warrants considerable praise, her work outside of the gym has been even more impressive. Bahia was recently awarded a Loran Scholarship valued at $100,000; Loran Scholarship is won by the best and brightest students in Canada who display good character, autonomy and leadership. Of over 5,000 applicants and multiple stages, 35 students are selected, one of whom was

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get a fair chance to learn about money management and financial concepts. One of Bahia’s primary motivators is to “do things out of the goodness of your heart. We should not be volunteering for some extrinsic result, it should be about helping the community.” This young achiever also has an important role with the Vancouver Police Department Junior Cadets program. Bahia was inspired to join the program after her older brother had a successful experience with it. She has now become the highestranking member of the program and is at the top of her class. With so many responsibilities, one can wonder how Bahia makes time for it all. She does admit that “sometimes it can be overwhelming, but if you are doing what you love, then it doesn’t feel like work at all. It becomes more fun and enjoyable when you truly care about what you are doing.” Looking at this long list of accomplishments, it is clear that Bahia is a leader and a role model for youth everywhere. Especially for young Punjabi girls in the community, she is further proof that you can do anything you set your mind to. She gets a lot of her passion from her mother, who raised her family as a single parent. While Bahia is very independent, she gives a ton of appreciation to her mother for her support all these years. Although she is only 17, Bahia is wise beyond her years and her advice for other kids is to “know your goals and stay committed to them. It can be difficult but if you learn to be more independent, you can accomplish your dreams.” Looking ahead, Bahia has aims to obtain a degree in Science and Business Administration at Western University. Her goal in life continues to revolve around giving back to the community and helping people in any way that she can. PHOTOS: COURTESY OF JASLEEN BAHIA

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for a feature film, but as Wraich tried to get funding, she realized it could work as a web series. The shooting lasted a tight 12 days, following a year and a half of negotiating scripts. Ostensibly a thriller, The 410 works as a snapshot of the Sikh community in Brampton, ON, and as a character study of a young woman at crossroads in her life. Wraich explains, “They say ‘write what you know’. When I was writing Suri I mined my own insecurities. I was born in India and moved here when I was four, so there was a lot of hurdles with fitting

in. Being an actor, it took me a while to get comfortable enough with myself so if the opportunity presented itself, I would have the ability to seize it.” Wraich’s struggle became one of the show’s engines: “I wanted to have that conversation: Why are we ashamed when we’re ‘other’ instead of celebrating our differences.” Even though Wraich’s character reclaims her identity throughout the series ­— she starts the show with blonde hair and coloured contact lenses — this shouldn’t be taken as a criticism of influencers. In fact, Wraich is fascinated by the phenomenon: “When pitching

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The 410, I knew exactly who my audience was: Women, South Asian females who are lacking representation. More and more shows like this — made for niche audiences — are moving into the broadcast world. This world is a great avenue for new creators to have

the show, I put together an Instagram account for Suri. It was so hard and timeconsuming. There is an influencer we talk about on the show, Aankita.b. She is very South Asian-focused, but adds her own twist to it. There is a lot of artistic merit in what she does. A lot of influencers have built a career of those ‘how to’ channels and as a consumer of those channels, I can’t knock them.” As per Wraich’s own estimation, the feedback over her first foray as show creator has been 85 to 90 per cent encouraging. “There is a small group among the IndoCanadian community that’s a bit offended by some of the imagery that I’ve chosen to put in the show.” She has no regrets though, “While I’m sensitive to that sentiment, I’m not apologetic. There are

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things I wanted to say about the community that have to do with culture and not religion. There is this one image you see in the third episode where Suri walks into the gurdwara and there is a female Sikh warrior on the wall. We hunted for a month for that picture because women are not represented equally within the culture.” Currently a Los Angeles resident, Wraich expects to sit down with the CBC in the next few months to discuss whether a new season is in the cards. The broadcaster is believed to be happy with the performance of The 410 on the Gem platform.

DON’T LOOK BACK Wraich is not a stranger to serialized roles. In fact, the role that put her on the map was as the main character of the groundbreaking web series Guidestones. However, she is not particularly interested in revisiting previous roles. “It has been so much fun to have creative control on this show, when you realize how

little control actors have in general, I don’t think I would voluntarily go back.” The fact that her most notable works have been in streaming services is a point of pride for Wraich. “One of the reasons I wanted The 410 to live online is so I could market it directly and reach an audience. When I was writing it, I knew exactly who my audience was: Women, South Asian females who are lacking representation. More and more shows like this — made for niche audiences — are moving into the broadcast world. The more specific the story gets, the more universal appeal it has. This world is a great avenue for new creators to have a voice.”


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I was introduced to a club called Model United Nations and I knew this was definitely something I was made for,” says the young vice-president of Tri-Cities Rotary Interact Club. When she was in grade 10, Ananya was selected to attend the Model G20 conference in Harvard, Boston, where she reveled in playing ‘Head of State’ for Venezuela. And as she listened to the keynote speakers, she fell in love with solving world problems.

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Ananya’s dream since the age of two was to become a doctor. However, her vision evolved into something not many of us are cut out to do: Becoming the voice of the global youth. “I was raised to look after myself, and the person next to me; to make sure the entire community was okay. That’s what made me think: why can’t I help the people on a local as well as a global scale?” The 15-year-old innocently confesses that she was never really the type who would sit and study for hours; instead she’d love talking and working with people. “In grade 9,

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Recently this youth leader had the opportunity to be a part of the Y20 Summit held in Argentina, where she represented Canada on a global front. The Y20 is one of the pillars of the G20, where the exact same issues are discussed, involving the youth and inspiring them to participate. Ananya was thrilled that she got this opportunity to see what businesses, organizations and nations were doing for the youth in regards to education and future of work. “Being able to discuss real-life issues with delegates and decision makers officially chosen by their governments

made the experience surreal for me. As a team we wrote a policy paper, which was read by the Y20 and passed down to the actual G20. It was my first time stepping outside of a simulation, doing something that would create a real impact. That’s when I knew for sure that I wanted to one day, be sitting in those same chairs, as an official ambassador,” shares the aspiring diplomat. Ever since her visit to Argentina, the passion for international relations kept brewing inside Ananya. The drive she noticed in the diplomats and their willingness to help inspired her to make it her life’s aim to help countries overcome their divisiveness and work together as a globe towards the betterment of younger generations. In her opinion the youth are left supporting themselves, in a world full of opportunities that are hard to find. She recently started a nonprofit called the Power of Vote, to increase the voter turnout and interest amongst youth. Her goal is to educate and engage youth to register to vote, and stay involved in their community and politics, and use their power to have a say. “We are told that we are the future, but we are also the present. We have the power to create change, we just need to use it,” asserts Ananya. This go-giver does plenty of volunteering work. Unlike other children her age who would describe fun to be many other things, she loves the act of giving back and finds it the best way to pass her time. In addition to being the spokesperson for youth the world over, Ananya has made another important issue the purpose of her life: mental wellness. “I’ve been volunteering and giving talks with Peace Tree Innovations Society, and I am currently working on putting together a youth wellness workshop,” she shares.

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to low socioeconomic students who aspire to attend local postsecondary schools. To this date, SOAR has been able to support students by providing over $50,000 in funds. “Initially, I began volunteering with SOAR in 2015 simply because my values aligned with their vision of giving back to the community. But most importantly, I wanted to place myself in an environment filled with driven people that would allow me to grow as a person,” recalls Ghotra. As a dedicated student leader, Ghotra found SOAR to be a team that not only provides financial aid, but an “education outlet for important lifelong skills.” SOAR works hard to inspire young individuals to be the best version of themselves in both their professional and personal lives. This also lead Ghotra to pursue the opportunity of overseeing a project called SOAR Mentorship, which targets high school and postsecondary students to network with working professionals from various fields. Collaboration and mentorship are two key aspects Ghotra has learned and also passed on to students taking advantage of SOAR resources. Throughout her involvement with SOAR, Ghotra has recognized that “our community needs to have leading organizations such as SOAR who are providing services to support, challenge and compel


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I truly believe I am God’s child. I never imagined to have such a long career as an actress, considering all the stereotypes in our industry and it being maledominated. I feel blessed that I’m still working today.”

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Neeru is an inspiration to many, not just as an accomplished actress but as a genuine human being who values her work just as much as her personal life.

he is gorgeous, talented and inspiring! Ace actress Neeru Bajwa continues to charm audiences with her interesting films and versatile roles. Her passion and hardwork has led her to becoming the most successful and popular actress in the Punjabi film industry. Her love for movies is endless; as a producer, she delivers tasteful films that play a vital role in the growth of the Punjabi entertainment sector. What is amazing is that despite playing multiple roles, personally and professionally, Neeru lives a balanced life. This is a remarkable feat for an actress who is constantly in the limelight. This fine balance is only possible if one is strong-headed, experienced and immune to negativity. Neeru is an inspiration to many, not just as an accomplished actress but as a genuine human being who values her work just as much as her personal life.

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We made the film completely to entertain the audience. We wanted everyone to have a good time and laugh. That’s what we set out to do and that’s what we’ve achieved,” says Neeru on Shadaa. Neeru describes her journey as a “miracle” and is grateful for all the opportunities that came her way. “I truly believe I am God’s child. I never imagined to have such a long career as an actress, considering all the stereotypes in our industry and it being male-dominated. I feel blessed that I’m still working today.” She is God’s child indeed. As one of the “pioneers of the industry,” Neeru has worked with talented actors, artists, directors and producers since the start of the industry. “Everyone’s first films were with me,” she says. Though the talented actress has worked hard to achieve success, Neeru mentions that her experience as the leading woman in the industry has been struggle-free.

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COVER STORY In fact, she points out that the Punjabi film industry is immensely welcoming of female talent. “I think a lot of actresses in the Punjabi film industry will agree with me that it’s different in Punjab; there’s an immense respect for female actors and artists. Everyone has a great sense of respect for me and I appreciate it as well.” Talking about Neeru’s recent film, Shadaa broke all the opening week records. It has become one of the highest grossing Punjabi films of all time and continues to delight viewers with its funny plot. The film starring Diljit Dosanjh and Neeru revolves around a young man seeking a bride amidst pressures from his parents to get married soon. He finally meets the woman of his dreams but things do not go as planned. Neeru plays a 31-year-old unmarried girl from Punjab,

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For me the story is number one. I would gladly do a five-minute role in a film if it has an impact. Also, I love entertaining films. Every time I sign a film, it doesn’t matter what the impact of the film is, it has to be entertaining because when I myself step into the theatre I want to be entertained.”

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the love interest of Diljit’s character, who doesn’t want to get married but is criticised for making such a choice. Movie-lovers have enjoyed the pairing of Neeru and Diljit in the past, especially in the superhit Jatt & Juliet, and were eagerly hoping to see this pair on the big screen again. The film’s leading lady is elated with the success. “We made the film completely to entertain the audience. We wanted everyone to have a good time and laugh. That’s what we set out to do and that’s what we’ve achieved,” says Neeru, revealing that she signed the

film because of its creative team. “I didn’t even hear the whole story till the first day of the shoot. I’ve worked with Jagdeep Sidhu [director of Shadaa] many times and he is a very talented director-actor. So there was no reason not to do the film, and it was perfect.” On the mention of Jatt & Juliet, Neeru states that the film has been a milestone for her and for the whole industry. “It did so well that things really changed. It changed the whole outlook of the Punjabi film industry business-wise,” she expresses, further stating


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her debut Punjabi film Asa Nu Maan Watna Da as another milestone. Neeru has always portrayed strong and versatile roles on the big screen. Her connect with powerful roles is so visible that filmmakers create roles especially for her. “They write roles keeping me in mind and they are always strong roles. I try to do roles that are strong because I want to set a good example for girls watching me and my daughter herself.” Besides powerful roles, Neeru

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is inclined towards entertaining films with a good plot. “For me the story is number one. I would gladly do a five-minute role in a film if it has an impact. Also, I love entertaining films. Every time I sign a film, it doesn’t matter what the impact of the film is, it has to be entertaining because when I myself step into the theatre I want to be entertained,” says the Vancouverbased actress. I ask her if she is aspires to do Bollywood films and Neeru calmly says, “No, I don’t have that ambition. If something A Grade comes my way, I will 100 per cent do it and I know that about all the other actresses in the industry. But I’m not knocking on anyone’s doors.” Sharing her thoughts further, Neeru states that she would always choose an A Grade Punjabi film over a B Grade Bollywood film. “I always say that I am the queen of my castle. I get the respect and roles that I want to do. Why would I do something crappy for no reason?” She asserts that Punjabi actors don’t need the validation of Bollywood. “Our actors are equally talented but


COVER STORY it’s a different ballgame in Bollywood. It’s okay if they don’t [get offers from Bollywood], that doesn’t mean they’re less talented.� Infact, Neeru says the filmmaking process in both industries is the same, what sets Bollywood and Pollywood apart is the gap in finances. “I think the only difference is money. Bollywood has a lot of money to make films with. Our industry is still relatively new; we’re just about 15 years old. We don’t get that many theatres as Bollywood films do.� A similar factor that all Bollywood and Punjabi actors have to deal with is the brunt of unsuccessful films and

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Munda Hi Chahida has created a buzz among filmlovers. “I’ve had so many girls and mothers tell me that they connect with the story,” says the young producer, who adds that she is blessed to have an amazing production

team that is completely involved in the creative process from start to finish. Neeru Bajwa Entertainment regularly works with new talents and fresh ideas to create appealing productions. “In Munda Hi Chahida,

you’ll see a lot of fresh casting. There are younger and older girls and they are all new to the film industry,” shares Neeru. Post Munda Hi Chahida, another production titled Koka, starring Neeru and Gurnam Bhullar, goes on floor mid-July. It’s about a story of a younger man and an older woman and the stereotype associated with the relationship,” reveals Neeru. The actor-producer believes that such social films are very relevant in today’s time. “Even though it is entertainment, it’s very real and does happen, and people can connect with it.” Another role that Neeru very beautifully plays is that of a mother to her fouryear-old daughter Aanaya. “The proudest moment in

my personal life is my daughter. I’m so proud of being a mother and so proud of having her, she’s my greatest achievement,” says the doting mother. So how does Neeru manage to balance her personal and professional life so exceptionally? The credit she says goes to her husband, Harry Jawandha. “I have an awesome husband; he is my best friend and is very supportive. I couldn’t just balance my career, family and home if he wasn’t supportive, and that’s the truth.” Neeru’s advice to young girls who wish to follow her path is, “Get an education first and then go after your dream. Having an education is very important. That’s what I’m going to do for my daughter too. [Make sure she] gets her degree and then whatever she wants to do, I would support her.”

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The Surrey RCMP noted some violent activities that surrounded Mr. Sidhu Moose Wala’s past performances. As a result of this assessment, the Surrey RCMP advised the City of Surrey that we do not believe performances of Mr. Sidhu Moose Wala are in the best interest of public safety for the city.”

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usic breathes life into our existence through festivals, celebrations and expressions. Undoubtedly, music holds the power to affect human emotion. The debate on whether this influence translates to behaviour or action is an ongoing one in the public arena. Music, lyrics and videos showcasing violence arguably may influence people in a negative way. While one end of the spectrum suggests that people, especially youth, behave as per what they see, the other end proposes that

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environmental factors such as peer pressure play a role in how they react; numerous studies showcase both premises. Akshay Jain, an engineering student at the University of British Columbia, explains that music does impact one’s body language and way of talking. “Consider a video showing people getting killed. If you are not mature enough to process that this is fake, it will influence you.” It is evident that many music videos nowadays have direct portrayals of violent behaviour. However, DJ EMENES of MiB Roadshow brings forth an interesting

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point, “There are cartoons and movies, such as G.I. Joe and Transfers, where people get hurt, but we don’t think it is negative. Kids are even handed toy guns to play with.” When looking at such mainstream consumption of ‘violent’ media, there does seem to be a double standard when it comes to music. That said, the video is just a single element. There are many moving parts to music these days; the video, lyrics and musical elements work in tandem to result in the final product. High school teacher, Parabjot Kaur, believes that music choice often has to do with identity and fitting in. Young listeners do not deeply analyze components

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Security concerns are valid; they can and should be addressed. Criminalizing music, however, effectively criminalizes the youth who listen, drives a wedge into the community, and sets a very uncomfortable precedent.” - Tarun Nayar, Executive Director of 5X Fest

media relations officer, Sgt. Chad Greig, elaborates, “The Surrey RCMP noted some violent activities that surrounded Mr. Sidhu Moose Wala’s past performances. As a result of this assessment, the Surrey RCMP advised the City of Surrey that we do not believe performances of Mr. Sidhu Moose Wala are in the best interest of public safety for the city.” Executive director of 5X Fest, Tarun Nayar, presents his side of the coin, “Security concerns are valid; they can and should be addressed. Criminalizing music, however, effectively

There are cartoons and movies, such as G.I. Joe and Transfers, where people get hurt, but we don’t think it is negative. Kids are even handed toy guns to play with.” - DJ EMENES of MiB Roadshow

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criminalizes the youth who listen, drives a wedge into the community, and sets a very uncomfortable precedent.” Eventually, though, we must question the extent to which an artist can truly influence the actions of the general public. In DJ EMENES’ experience, he simply plays songs because they are popular and creates a distinction between (a) what the artist is singing about and (b) what happens at an event. As Sharma puts it, “Security needs to be better. The artist carries a mic on stage, not a gun.” Mita Naidu, being a parent of two and a community member deeply involved in the arts, claims to be against all kinds of censorship and in full support of the independent Censorship may ensure voice of artists. In her opinion, that children conform with censorship is a way to shape children into making decisions our beliefs in the short run, that reflect our belief systems but the risk is that they by removing other options. She clarifies, “This may ensure will react with hostility to that those children conform those same ideas years with our beliefs in the short later when they run, but the risk is that they will react with hostility to those same are exposed to ideas years later when they are other opinions.” exposed to other opinions. This is hugely significant in - Mita Naidu light of an ever-changing social Community member involved in climate.” the arts & mother of two


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Stepping away from the realm of the performers, the ultimate question that falls into the court of parents is how they can have conversations at home about music and the influence it has. Randhawa finds that youth who are less sheltered at home tend to be more open-minded and balanced, “Limitations are important, but so is freedom and open conversation. It is important that families do not shy away from talking about topics such as drugs and violence.” Given the ease of accessibility and the increasing prominence of music, there is no escape to its impact. The key lies in realizing that production and consumption go hand in hand. If a certain type of music is deemed a societal vice, then consumers of music – the public – should protest by refusing to consume such content. At the same time, producers of music also uphold the responsibility of controlling the content released into communities. As both sides strike a harmonious balance, the true potential of music can then be unlocked.

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ince 2008, kids across Canada proudly sport a bright pink t-shirt each year in February, to celebrate Pink Shirt Day. This is a movement started by the anti-bullying advocate and trailblazer Travis Price, after seeing a classmate get bullied when he was wearing a pink shirt to school. With thousands of people joining in and believing in this cause, we are stepping foot in the right direction when it comes to standing strong against bullies. However, there is a lot of work yet to be done to equip children with the tools, understanding and

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confidence they need to create a safe and bully-free environment. Often, the concept of bullying comes with many stereotypes and predispositions of what a bullyvictim relationship looks like. For instance, a bully is often portrayed as someone who is big, powerful and overall a terrible person; whereas the victim is thought to be someone who is weak or timid. These stereotypes are also portrayed in media, books, cinema and other outlets which contribute to a misunderstanding of bullying. Bullying is

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something that can happen to anyone and the focus should be on the act of bullying itself, rather than the character of those involved. For instance, a recent act of bullying transpired at Fraser Heights Secondary, where a group of teenagers forced a student, Paul Pederson, to kiss one of the attacker’s shoes, and was then kicked in the face. After some investigation, it was soon found that the attacker himself had also been attacked a few days prior to the incident. Pederson’s father said, “No one wants to see their children get hurt. Something bad is going to happen if we don’t stop this now.” Many times, “mob mentality” takes place, where one person initiates the bullying and others join in, feeling they should not be left out. Other times, bullying


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occurs because the attacker wants to “feel powerful or lacks self-confidence,” even though they may actually feel insecure on the inside. Whatever the reason it may be, bullying needs to be tackled quickly and efficiently to ensure it is not just stopped temporarily, but that a permanent solution can be found. Izzy Kalman, a school psychologist and author of Bullies to Buddies: How to Turn Your Enemies Into Friends, puts forth a unique take on how children can deal with bullying. He says “the golden rule is to treat the person insulting you as a friend rather than an enemy, and not to get defensive or upset.” This method takes the focus away from labelling children as a “bully” or “coward” or “weak”, and instead puts emphasis on understanding how to solve problems independently. Rather than reacting instinctively, children can use words to their advantage, as they are a powerful tool which can help take control of the situation. For example, if someone decides to body shame a child by saying something like “You are so fat!” the instantaneous response may be to retort back with “I am not fat! Shut up!” Instead, Kalman suggests saying “I like my body, but if you don’t that’s okay.” By doing this, the child who is being “victimized” has now taken

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It is important to be a collective support system for the community at large, and to take action when you see bullying occur.” Rochelle Prasad Youth leader

The value which comes from the support and guidance of families shouldn’t be underestimated. We encourage parents and guardians to be engaged with their children, to recognize the signs of bullying before concerns escalate.” Constable El Sturko Surrey RCMP Media Relations Unit

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control of the situation, and is not allowing the attacker to continue with the name-calling or body-shaming. Similarly, if a group of children decide to pick on a child and try to force them into doing something they are uncomfortable with, rather than reacting defensively and yelling back at them, an alternative approach could be saying, “No thank you, I am not interested. If you would like to do that, it is up to you. I won’t stop you.” There are circumstances where bullying can be accompanied with violence or unsafe behaviours, in which case stricter measures need to be taken to handle the situation. The RCMP are key partners in bullying prevention and investigation in schools, and also offer support such as the Surrey RCMP Parent Helpline to provide assistance to parents who are concerned of

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more severe cases of bullying or violence. Through this helpline, intervention services, youth counsellors, and specialized youth support is available. Along with these resources, Constable El Sturko from the Surrey RCMP Media Relations Unit states, “the value which comes from the support and guidance of families shouldn’t be underestimated. We encourage parents and guardians to be engaged with their children, to recognize the signs of bullying before concerns escalate. Some of the warning signs of being

bullied can include: withdrawal from activities, difficulty concentrating, decreased appetite, difficulty sleeping and signs of depression or anxiety.” In these cases, Surrey School Resource officers can provide additional support to students through partnership with the Surrey School District. Schools also play a huge role in advocating for anti-bullying. For instance, Gurpreet Bains, department head of Modern Languages at LA Matheson Secondary, shares “at our school, we live by the motto See Something, Say Something. We also work to establish a culture


of care, compassion, kindness and gratitude as our school’s core values. As teachers, we model these and encourage students to follow with their interactions.” LA Matheson also facilitates programming such as the Identity Program, which allows students to build on their self-confidence and self-appreciation. Overall, tackling bullying is an ongoing effort and is one that requires collaboration, transparency in communication, and support from multiple mediums. Rochelle Prasad, a youth leader and employee with the City of Surrey, stresses the importance

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Social media’s ironic societal impact in increasing loneliness and causing communal disconnections cannot be overlooked.

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n the age of digital connections, social media is often availed to be at the center of fostering engagement. While its networking capabilities cannot be matched, social media’s ironic societal impact in increasing loneliness and causing communal disconnections can also not be overlooked. One is not usually aware of such negative effects, increasing the prevalence of unhealthy habits that contribute to an array of damaging results.

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The comparison factor often paints a flowery picture of the world, making one’s own life appear less successful, adventurous and content. This is where the pitfall of validation comes in. Humans need connection and belonging to truly thrive as individuals and as a society. Since a considerable amount of human interaction is now at the mercy of social media, people have begun to measure connection and belonging through ‘likes’, ‘comments’, and ‘shares’. Not attaining the benchmark of these validation signs can impact selfperception and increase sadness. Recently, a group conducting studies surrounding this subject from the University of Pittsburgh and West Virginia University found interesting insights. The risk of depression rose by a whopping 20 per cent for an individual for every 10 per cent rise in negative social distractions from a phone media interactions. However, positive that vibrates, or rings, may interactions did not have any notable result in decreased enjoyment effect on the person. This is so because of the present moment by an of the negativity bias; we are much individual. more likely to remember and become That said, feelings of affected by negative occurrences as loneliness are not solely tied to compared to positive ones. isolation from others but can Given that loneliness leads to arise from the constant attack problems that are worse than smoking on one’s self esteem because of and obesity, it is undoubtedly social media. FOMO, the fear important that steps be taken to of missing out, promotes the combat the increasing dominance of compulsiveness of checking social media’s arguably unanticipated for updates and continually side effects. The usage of social media comparing one’s quality of has truly only expedited in the last life with others. Especially two decades, making it a relatively for those with lower selfnew phenomenon. esteem, others’ social media updates can increase a sense of dissatisfaction of the self; one’s flaws, shortcomings and setbacks simply become more apparent.

A quick, single notification popping up your device can often pave the path to a distracted, disengaged conversation. Moreover, when it comes to real-life social situations, social media is often used to avoid awkwardness. These occurrences lead to the onset of social anxiety and habitual uneasiness if the phone is not constantly checked. Although those around you may not be nagging you about your over-usage of the phone in social settings, they may still be impacted by your action. In fact, you are also impacted! Researchers at the University of British Columbia have found that even seemingly minor

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Question your purpose Before opening an application on your phone, ask yourself what the purpose of your engagement is. This will decrease mindless browsing and waste less time. As an experiment, monitor the amount of time you spend on social media applications. You may even be able to download an app to track your usage. Then, evaluate the way social media makes you feel and determine whether it is time for a change. Remember that social media was created to become a tool, for which the user remains in control. By maintaining a healthy balance, social media can become an accelerating force for you, accenting a meaningful social life!

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In order for your child to learn how to budget, they need to have one important thing – money! Yes, I’m talking about allowance. I believe in starting allowance as early as four years old. I know, the “right” way to give your kids an allowance is a topic of conversation and source of stress for many parents. However, as a financial professional, I can officially tell you that there’s very little proven “right” or “wrong” when giving your child an allowance. As long as you follow some basic ground rules and stay consistent, you (probably) won’t completely ruin your child’s money management skills for life. And keep in mind the purpose of allowance. It’s simply a tool they can use to practice and learn about money management. 

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here’s not a parent alive who doesn’t dread bringing their children with them when running to the store. There is a way to make shopping trips with the kids less painful while also teaching them important money management skills.

Below are my tips for teaching your kids about money before, during and after the store.

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2 Spend/Share/Save

Every time your child receives money, whether it’s allowance or gift money, make sure they first put some of it away for savings, some for giving and the rest can go towards spending. This “three piggy bank system” gets them into the habit of not spending everything they make. I like using clear mason jars as piggy banks, so they can see their money grow (literally). It doesn’t really matter how much they put into each jar, as long as they put something into each.


3 The Spend Jar

Explain the jars to your child. For the purposes of this activity, we are focusing on the spend jar. Tell your child that the money they put into this jar is for “Whatever they want, within reason (and mom determines reason).” Give your child some guidelines, like they can’t buy something that’s alive, dangerous or has more than 300 gm. of sugar.

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This goes hand in hand with number three, stop buying them stuff. You know what I mean. At the grocery store when your child is begging you to buy them some gum, cinnamon-flavoured toothpicks, sprinkles, or a bottle opener shaped like a frog. We all are guilty of it once in a while. We buy them that awful bottle opener that they have zero use for, but it will give us seven minutes of peace, so we get it for them. This is the most painful step of all of them – stop doing that. Be sure to warn them before you venture to the store. Tell your child that having their own money to spend means that you aren’t going to buy her anything on this trip. She can buy something as long as she has enough ‘Spend’ money. Their spend money then becomes the “Mom can I have that?” fund. One of the most important budgeting concepts a child can learn is that every purchase is a decision. Every time they use their money for one thing, it means they can’t use their money for something else. Then every time you step out of the house with your child to run an errand, tell your child to bring their spend money. Even if you are going to the hairdresser and dry cleaner; you may think you’re safe, but you never know when a seemingly innocent store will have a bouncy ball machine.

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Let them buy that horrific toy that you know they will lose, break, forget about or hate within 45 minutes. Every time they say “can I have it” you answer, “of course, as long as you have enough money.” Let them make mistakes. Bite your tongue and let them buy the overpriced emoji-shaped squishy ball. Let them experience the disappointment firsthand of making a bad money decision. This is not to be sadistic; it’s the only way they will learn and then want to avoid the same mistake later. Allowing them to make mistakes now gives them practice, when there are no real consequences. You don’t want them to learn how to make spending mistakes at age 20 when they are buying their first car or renting their first apartment.

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Finally, talk to them about it. Ask them how they feel about the toy they purchased breaking. What else could they have done with that money? Gently suggest next time maybe waiting a day before they buy a toy, to make sure they really want it. Which by the way, is another win/win for the parents.


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Five reasons why the bedtime story is the most powerful family ritual.

About the Author Mike Morrison Ph.D.’s passion centers on developing leaders at all ages, from preschoolers to the corporate CEO leading a global enterprise. In today’s world, we all need to lead in some way and Mike has helped to illuminate that path through three books. His most recent book, Small Voice Says, a picture book for four to eight year-olds, is co-authored with his daughter Mackenzie.

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End of day closure The bedtime story can symbolically represent a closure point in our continuous, always-on, and endless days. Even our kids, as they enter grade school, are starting to feel pressures of a 24/7 world. Together we can start to wind down, letting go of the anxieties that can fill a day.  For our kids, bathing, teeth brushing, and pajamas starts the slow-down process. For us parents, it is also important that we fully shift our attention and presence to this special time – treating it as uninterrupted, sacred space (leaving our device outside the room!).

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Feeling safe and secure There is probably no safer or secure feeling than to be snuggled with a parent – listening to their comforting voice. Bonding is magnified as a special story transports us to a world of possibility. Also, stress levels start to lower for both parent and child as a softer energy starts to surround us. To have this loving ritual repeated night after night promotes an unconditional love that protects our little ones from the inevitable feelings of vulnerability that define the human experience.

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Engaging the imagination Bedtime stories are one of the best ways to stimulate a child’s imagination. Research reveals that reading a story is completely different than watching a TV show or movie. Listening to a story requires a more active participation as children use their mind to visualize what is happening and to think about what choices they would make if they were the character. These new ideas inspire our kids to imagine new realities and identities for themselves. Their favourite stories start to positively shape their own life story.


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Healthy sleeping and better dreaming Sleep specialists reveal how bedtime stories can help both child and parent get a good night sleep. It makes total sense. The loving voice tones of the parent can also create strong associations with sleep – slowing the brain down – and helping the child to let go of the day. As our young ones enter deeper sleep after storytelling, the brain continues to “play with” this new information – imprinting the feelings, images and story patterns that have been heard. In other words, the powerful subconscious continues to do its magic as the child sleeps, setting the foundation to positively enter the next day.

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Connecting and empathizing Just as stories help our kids create their sense of self, they also help them to empathize with others. Our young ones can find comfort in relating to a character in a story who is going through a similar challenge – whether it is a best friend moving away or the loss of a pet. Not surprisingly, stories can help our kids find the courage (and scripting) to deal with things that seemed too far out of their experience. For children in uncertain circumstances (like divorce or loss of a family member), a bedtime story can help them to start shaping a new reality. Still, the most precious forms of connection that bedtime stories facilitate is that between parent and child – one of the most powerful predictors of success and happiness in life for our kids. Sweet dreams my little one!

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here has been a lot written about achieving success, happiness and fulfillment. So much so, that it can be difficult to find the true gems that actually work, among all the others. Below is a short list of noteworthy books that guide readers on ways to achieve success and change your life for better.

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

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BY GURLEEN KAUR BAJWA

Tara Grove and Isabel Ostrer offers a compilation of the most inspiring content of recent graduation speeches by an astounding array of people; reminding us of what it takes to be great. The speakers include Noam Chomsky, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Howard Zinn, among others.

The Happiness Equation By Neil Pasricha

The World is Waiting for You Edited by Tara Grove and Isabel Ostrer Very rarely is it that we are able to be one of the few witnesses of an incredibly inspirational speech, let alone, one spoken by a world-renowned figure. The World Is Waiting for You: Graduation Speeches to Live By from Activists, Writers, and Visionaries edited by

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Great work leads to success which then leads to happiness. This is the fundamental train of thought most of us have lived with all our lives. Unfortunately, as Neil Pasricha explains in The Happiness Equation: Want Nothing + Do Anything = Have Everything, this rarely works out in real life. In fact, he elaborates that the pattern actually is happiness leads to great work, which leads to success. This is a hard pill to swallow at first, because in our

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minds, we have always equated happiness as the end goal. There is always something to do, before we get to happiness, and it seems bizarre to suggest that happiness is actually the first stepping stone. What Pasricha does best is write in a very causal and simple manner, making it incredibly easy to absorb the pearls of wisdom he’s scattered throughout The Happiness Equation.

Books written before the First World War focused on things such as humility, honesty, simplicity and patience. In other words, basic principles that could lead to true success and enduring happiness, yet in practicality, are so hard to achieve. On the other hand, literature written in the last century or so has shifted focus onto encouraging more superficial traits – including some which have grounding, such as a positive outlook and self-esteem, and others that are clearly deceptive and manipulative, such as techniques of persuasion or forms of intimidation, such as ‘power poses’. In other words, shortcuts and quick fixes. The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People is unique in the fact that it doesn’t try to conform to how most success literature is written these days, instead back treads to draw awareness to how, for long-lasting success, character is more important than personality. In doing so, it offers a unique and enlightening viewpoint of what it means to succeed, and the right ways to get there.

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The Happiness of Pursuit By Chris Guillebeau There are not many Don Quixotes left in our time – those who seek for the sake of seeking; those who climb not for the view at the peak but for the journey itself. Even the idea sounds bizarre, and a waste of time. Chris Guillebeau suggests the opposite in The Happiness of Pursuit: Finding the Quest That Will Bring Purpose to Your Life; he states that it is enjoyment of the pursuit of a goal that should give us more happiness than reaching the goal itself. Not convinced? Read it.

Deep Work By Cal Newport We live in a very distracted universe, where, quite literally, the entire world is at our fingertips at a moment’s notice. So, how do we focus in this world, when there is so much to pull our attention all the time? This is the question that Cal Newport, attempts to answer in Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World. What he focuses on, and suggests, is not a quick fix solution, but a much more meaningful way to work. Newport does a marvelous job of turning efficiency into an exact science.

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DR. SEEMA WAGHMODE

THE WOMAN CHANGING LIVES OF SEX WORKERS AND THEIR CHILDREN

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r. Seema Waghmode is one of the many activists working to rescue and rehabilitate women and children’s lives affected by the sex trade industry in India. In 1993, she began her work in Budhwar Peth in Pune. With hundreds of brothels housing thousands of sex workers, Budhwar Peth has earned the reputation of becoming India’s third largest red-light district*. Over the years, the area has undergone a significant change with Dr. Waghmode’s support. Through her organization, Kayakalpa, the activist provides skills training to sex workers; instills in them a robust understanding of rights, government policies and programmes; and provides a formal learning environment for sex workers’ children. In 1993, when conversations surrounding sexually transmitted diseases

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left the confines of closed doors and made an appearance in public advertisements, Dr. Waghmode took on the task of working with commercial sex workers. In an interview with media, she spoke about her work saying, “We’ve never accepted commercial sex workers as a part of our community. People just don’t

want to help them out. They think, ‘It’s not like they stay on the streets.’ Little do they know that these women do not stay in the red-light area out of their own free will. Once they come here, they cannot run away. I’ve heard with my own ears children of these women saying, ‘Ma, I’m hungry. Why don’t you take in customers?’ With that, I decided that I just had to take these children out of here. We don’t separate the children from their mothers. But we just want them to be far away from these areas” Red-light districts of a scale like Budhwar Peth are exclusive to a segregated

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Through her organization, Kayakalpa, the activist provides skills training to sex workers; instills in them a robust understanding of rights, government policies and programmes; and provides a formal learning environment for sex workers’ children.

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With the support of international societies, Kayakalpa has evolved to grow into a major organization, Seema’s Project – Step Towards Life. On her website, Dr. Waghmode mentions, “While working with Kayakalpa  in the red-light area of Budhwar Peth, Pune, I came close to several problems in the life of FSWs (forced sexual workers). Among all problems one problem that moved me to the core [was] children of FSWs who often remain ignored and neglected by the government policies, educational institutions, and from the mainstream society.” And this is the problem she is working to resolve. Dr. Waghmode’s organization currently houses 35 rescued children. Her organization also does health checkups, arranges counselling sessions, distributes condoms and educates children. To support and learn more about her organization, visit, www.Seemasproject.org. * Data sourced from Wikipedia

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5th International Day of Yoga Celebration 5th International Day of Yoga was celebrated on June 21 by the Indian Consulate in partnership with India Cultural Association - ICA of Vancouver, BC and the Gathering Place Community Centre at the David Lam Park. BC Minister of Citizens Services Jinny Sims inaugurated the event while Consul General Abhilasha Joshi and Neeraj Kumar, President of ICA, welcomed the gathering. Yoga instructors demonstrated the Common Yoga Protocol and led the yoga session.

Walk for a Drug and Gang Free Surrey Premier John Horgan Plays Cricket Premier John Horgan inaugurated Delta’s first cricket pitch where he got an opportunity to play cricket and the card game of “seep” with seniors at Delview Park in North Delta.

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Progressive Intercultural Community Services (PICS) Society hosted its very first Walk for A Drug and Gang Free Surrey from Surrey City Hall to Holland Park. The objective was to create awareness about the rise of gang violence and drug abuse in Surrey and the importance of providing programs, services and support systems to address this problem. Around 200 participants joined the walk, including the RCMP, Crime Stoppers, Surrey Fire Fighters and Kids Play Foundation, and locals MPs, MLAs and Councillors.


Mothers Day’s Celebration by Guru Nanak’s Free Kitchen Guru Nanak’s Free Kitchen hosted an annual Mother’s Day where different communities came together and showed gratitude to mothers.

Van Gogh Designs Raises Funds for Food Bank Van Gogh Designs raised $3,200 for the local food bank. The team members donated $1,600 from their own pockets and Van Gogh Designs matched the donation, bringing the total donation up to $3,200!

Richa Sharma Live Concert KVP Entertainers presented versatile singer Richa Sharma at a successful concert held at Vancouver’s Molson Canadian Theatre. The concert, Sajda, was the singer’s tribute to all her music fans. Photos by Aziz Ladha

Women’s Wellness Day with Dr. Pushpa Chandra

Vij family donates $100,000 to Richmond Hospital Manmohan and Kusum Vij, parents of chef Vikram Vij, donated $100,000 in support of three new colonoscopes to improve colon cancer screening at Richmond Hospital with the hope of inspiring others to give.

The 3E Organization organized a memorable and empowering evening with Dr. Pushpa Chandra who inspired attendees to be their best. Dr. Pushpa Chandra has run over 500 marathons and ultra-marathons, and is one of only 18 women in the world who is a ‘North Pole Grand Slammer’. Photos by Clicks & Claps Photography

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iPGA 2019 Punjabi Open Golf Networking Event International Punjabi Golf Association’s (iPGA) iPGA 2019 Punjabi Open Golf Networking event took place at Northview Golf and Country Club. The iPGA strives to unite and strengthen the Punjabi and as well as neighbour communities through the sport of golf.

SAMHA to Tackle Mental Health Stigma South Asian youth will be actively promoting mental wellness and reducing stigma with their peers, families and communities through a new mental health youth ambassador program funded by the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions. The South Asian Mental Health Alliance (SAMHAA) received $112,900 in year-end funding to train 100 youth ambassadors by spring 2021.

Surrey Arts and Business Awards by SBOT The Surrey Board of Trade (SBOT) presented the 3rd Surrey Arts and Business Awards on June 14. The event drew Surrey’s business community, artists and BC’s Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Lisa Beare, to celebrate the city’s creative industry. Poet Laureate Renée Sarojini Saklikar got the award in the Cultural Ambassador Award category, and Charan Sethi received the Philanthropy Award.

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Event on Mental Health and Substance Use by Surrey CAT The Surrey Community Action Team (CAT) held a free special event, Let’s Talk! Mental Health and Substance Use in Our Communities, directed towards reducing the stigma around trauma, substance use and addiction.


Surrey Street Renamed Komagata Maru Way Surrey City Council approved the renaming of a Surrey street to commemorate the victims of the 1914 Komagata Maru incident. The Council voted to authorize the installation of commemorative signs that say Komagata Maru Way on 75A Avenue between 120 Street and 121A St. This initiative was started in November 2018 by Raj Toor, grandson of one of the passengers on the Komagata Maru, and vice president and spokesperson for the Descendants of the Komagata Maru Society. 

Eric Basran wins Gold Young boxer, Eric Basran, won Gold after dominating both of his matches at the biggest Olympic style boxing competition in Canada, the 2019 Super Channel Championships. Eric is a two-time silver medalist and a two-time gold medalist at the Canadian Nationals for Boxing.

SHIAMAK Summer Funk The Annual SHIAMAK Summer Funk was a huge a success, the theme for 2019 was The Shaadi Musical. The event had performances by students, the dance team and local artists as well. Photos: Peter So

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Embracing the Great Outdoors

BY DEEPA PILLAY

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March 2018, several outdoor retailers were called out on social media for the lack of cultural diversity in their advertisements. The ads inherently implied that it was only Caucasians who were interested in the outdoors, in outdoor fitness, and more. This couldn’t have been further from the truth. Recognizing this, Mountain Equipment Co-Op (MEC) responded with an open letter to the public, apologizing and vowing to better represent Canada – in terms of culture and race.

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From wanting to propagate diversity and inclusion to craving a sense of self-discipline, more and more South Asians are now out and about trying varied forms of outdoor fitness. Any form of fitness builds your social and personal abilities. It’s a willingness to step out of your comfort zone that eventually presents opportunities for growth and community,” says Dr. Pushpa Chandra. South Asians are steadily beginning to take an interest in outdoor fitness. Dr. Pushpa Chandra is a prime example.

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Born in Fiji but of Indian descent, Dr. Chandra, a marathon runner, has been passionate about running since the age of six. “I would run to school instead of taking the bus so I could save my bus fare for ice-cream,” she recalls. Dr. Chandra has run over 500 marathons but the kind she enjoys most are the extreme ultra-marathons where participants run 250 km, carrying their own lodging (including food!), for the whole duration of the race – which most often is six to seven days. “Some of the ultra-marathons I’ve run have a reputation of being the toughest in the world,” says Dr. Chandra. Since the age of six, Dr. Chandra associated running with rewards. She calls it her “moving meditation.” “There is a sense of finesse and grace even when the task is gruelling and demanding. Strictly reacting on instincts, thinking less and achieving more, a perfect

body-mind unison,” says Dr. Chandra when asked about what she feels when she runs. “Running has been the greatest mentor to discipline my mind.” Sharing Dr. Chandra’s love for outdoor fitness is Ken Herar, founder of Cycling4Diversity. Currently a City Councillor with the District of Mission, Herar, who comes from a pioneer Sikh family, always enjoyed the opportunity to make positive differences in people’s lives through outdoor recreation and fitness. Herar’s primary goal of establishing Cycling4Diversity was to increase racial diversity and inclusion. “Our message with Cycling4Diversity is to encourage people to have cross-cultural relationships by making new friends in their neighbourhoods, workplaces and schools through participation,” says Herar. Additionally, Herar is a big fan of tennis as well. “What I find with tennis and running is that, along with the physical component, you also get the opportunity to meet new friends and connect with


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your local community, which is healthy for the soul.” Dr. Chandra’s thoughts mirror those of Herar’s. “Any form of fitness builds your social and personal abilities,” she comments. “It’s a willingness to step out of your comfort zone that eventually presents opportunities for growth and community.” From wanting to propagate diversity and inclusion to craving a sense of self-discipline, more and more South Asians are now out and about trying varied forms of outdoor fitness. If you have always wanted to get fit but haven’t really taken the step towards it, it’s the perfect time to do so. “To start, I recommend exploring something you always wanted to do. Dancing, nature walks, gardening…really anything you feel compelled to try,” says Dr. Chandra. Herar adds, “Start with small goals and train with a friend. You’ll find that having a friend/ partner will elevate your levels of motivation and accountability.” Photos: iStock, contributed

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t some point, you have probably felt frustrated with a boss or co-worker. It almost seemed like there was something missing, you could never sell them on your idea or perspective. You probably grew more upset over time, you resisted working with them, and very soon after, you stopped trying completely. You did your bare minimal and went home. Not because you wanted to but because the journey to get your thoughts and ideas to the other person seemed like an unpromising battle. However, if your cause is important enough, it’s worth taking the time

and emotional energy to make your case. The opportunity is to work on gelling with the other party and get your work/ideas noticed. You could either play it nasty or play smart. If you choose to play SMART, the following points will help you navigate through the political hunger games:

your 1 Choose battles wisely

There is a popular saying about timing: “There is a time and place for everything.” Rather than speaking up to soon, wait until the time is right, give yourself the luxury of time to collect evidence and supporting members to back you up.

genuine 2thisGive importance to person’s work The desire to feel important is one of the most important things people look for. As per Dale Carnegie, “You can make more

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friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.” People crave for attention, admiration and approval and it is vital to do these things to appease your difficult person. That said, it is equally important to not come across as phony – flattering comments, fake kudos and cute remarks never work with intelligent people. This means asking for their take on things and giving sincere appreciation when they make a valid point.

Skip the hunger 3 games over e-mail and teleconference It is highly likely that the individual you’re working with has a strong appetite for writing long useless e-mails or saying senseless things during meetings. In that case, make sure to keep your defence mechanism in check and project yourself as someone that wants to learn. Ask questions like: could you educate me on how this works and what steps are involved or what makes this approach work as compared to others?

the 4 Avoid blame game

When things go wrong, it is a natural inclination to deflect blame – even though you might be somewhat in the wrong. However, this does not help your case at all. Deflecting blame makes you look like the person that does not take accountability for their actions.

nothing 5 When seems to work

Examine yourself; this may be exactly what you need. While you’re busy trying to critique this work situation – do examine yourself as well. Recognize some of your hot buttons and make an active effort on improving them.

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Preparation • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta, cook until al dente, drain and set aside. While the pasta boils, cook the mussels. • Heat the olive oil, chopped basil, red pepper flakes, and cracked pepper in a large skillet or pot over medium-high heat for two minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, for about one minute. Add the mussels, cook for 30 seconds and then cover the skillet. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook until all of the mussels open, about three to four minutes. • Using a slotted spoon, remove the mussels from the skillet and set aside. Stir the tomatoes and salt into the skillet and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook until slightly thickened, for about four minutes. Add mussels and any accumulated juices back to the skillet along with the cooked pasta and whole basil leaves, using tongs to toss together. Cover the skillet, cook for one minute to combine the flavours and serve.

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iewing the kitchen as both a culinary and spiritual haven, New Delhi-born Top Chef Master Suvir Saran has nurtured a lifelong passion for the traditional flavours of Indian cooking, which has led him to become an accomplished chef, cookbook author, educator, and culinary consultant. Saran’s approachable style has helped demystify Indian cuisine in America and formed American Masala, his culinary philosophy, which celebrates the best of Indian and American cooking.


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It’s sweet and spicy, tender and satiny, and looks as sultry and seductive as a cauliflower could ever hope to become.

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Ingredients • 3 tbsps neutral-flavoured oil (like canola or grapeseed) • 3 green cardamom pods • 3 dried red chillies (optional) • 1 tbsp coriander seeds • 1 tsp cumin seeds • ½ tsp whole peppercorns • 2½- to 3-lb/½- to ¼-kg head cauliflower, cored and broken into medium florets • 1 tsp kosher salt

For the sauce: • 2 tbsps neutral-flavoured oil (like canola or grapeseed) • ½ tsp freshly ground black peppercorns • 8 garlic cloves, finely chopped • 1½ cups/360 ml ketchup/ tomato sauce • ½ tsp cayenne pepper • ¼ tsp kosher salt

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Preparation • Preheat your oven to 425°F/220°C/gas 7. Grease a 9-by-11-inch/23-by-27-cm baking dish with one and a half tablespoon of the oil and set aside. • Grind the cardamom, chillies (if using), coriander, cumin and peppercorns in a coffee grinder or small food processor until fine. Mix the spices with the remaining one and a half tablespoon of the oil in a large bowl. Add the cauliflower, sprinkle with salt, and toss to coat. Transfer the vegetables to a baking dish and roast for 20 minutes. • While the cauliflower roasts, make the sauce. Heat the oil and pepper in a large frying pan over medium-high heat for one minute. Add the garlic and cook until it is fragrant, about one minute, stirring often. Add the ketchup/tomato sauce and cook for two minutes, stirring occasionally. Reduce the heat to medium and add the cayenne pepper and salt. Cook until the ketchup/tomato sauce thickens and becomes deep red in colour, stirring occasionally, six to eight minutes. • Once the cauliflower has roasted for 20 minutes, add the sauce to the pan and stir to evenly coat the cauliflower. Continue roasting until the cauliflower is tender, another 20 to 30 minutes, stirring midway through, and serve.


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gained in the first year of attending university/college by high school graduates, comes the “newlywed 15!” Marriage brings along with it many new adjustments to your life, which can make the transition period for newlyweds a bit of a challenge. A few very important areas of your life, which become affected, are your diet, health and fitness!   Let’s go over a few pointers, which can help you coast clear of the unwanted pounds as you transition into married life, and give you the tools to survive the onslaught of family dinners without having to go buy new pants! 

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Decide what days you will be training on the Sunday that precedes the work week. Just as you’ll be prepping your meals in advance, your training too will be decided in advance. Once you have your work week scheduled and you know which engagements you have to attend and when, you can begin to schedule in when your training will take place and for how long.  Even if on certain days you can only give up 30 minutes for exercise, just do it! As long as your session is planned in advance, it will ensure you are not just roaming around wasting time. If possible try to train once or twice a week with your spouse as it helps keep each other accountable for the long run.


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Going out to a restaurant to eat is something that becomes very habitual and a part of the week for most couples. However, this innocent habit can result in the number on the scale slowly going up. Create a strict rule right off the bat regarding how many times a week you will be eating out and stick to it. It will become very easy to miss meal prepping and opt to eat out instead, however that’s something you have to make sure doesn’t’ happen. Once this habit gets out of control, performing damage control after the fact will become very difficult.

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As a plus-sized woman you may have heard it a million times that you shouldn’t flaunt your arms. But this is a rule that you need to stop following religiously. Sleeveless tops and dresses are ideal for all shapes and sizes and you definitely shouldn’t stop yourself from wearing them. Go for styles that are breezy and comfortable and display your arms as much as you want.

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DON’T WEAR SHORTS OR MINISKIRTS Another ancient rule that needs to be broken right away. Trust us, it is one of the biggest plus-size fashion myth. Voluptuous women look as good in shorts or miniskirts as any other girls. So, don’t let your legs suffocate in denims and trousers always, embrace the easy-breezy shorts with confidence. Take inspiration from plus-size models and channel your inner fashionista.

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One more silly fashion dictum to throw out ASAP. The fact is baggy clothes can make any woman look out of shape. Instead, opt for clothes that not only have a good fall but also accentuate your curves, and walk out with sheer confidence and pizzazz.

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STAY AWAY FROM STILETTOS Now whoever thought of this rule was definitely from the Stone Age era. As long as you can manage to walk in those killer hills, and of course, don’t mind the sore feet, stilettos can be anyone’s friends irrespective of what size you are.

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A conventional rule that you need to immediately toss out of the window is that ‘plussized women should only stick to vertical stripes. Girls, believe us, horizontal stripes certainly don’t add to your inches and it’s about time you welcome them in your wardrobe. Horizontal stripes not only look cute but if paired well can also help you make chic style statements. Note, the key here though is to find a good width, thicker stripes complement curvy women really well.

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SAY NONO TO SEXY SWIMWEAR

There are plenty of plus-sized models who have already proven that one needn’t shy away from sexy swimwear and it’s about time you break free too from this silly fashion rule. If you are hitting the beach or the pool and if you have the curves, confidently flaunt them in some gorgeous plussize swimwear which are available in a variety of styles in the market.

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AVOID BIG BOLD PRINTS

Ever heard ‘big prints make you look bigger?’ Well, it’s about time to throw this fashion maxim away. Bold and loud prints can look as amazing on plus-size girls as they do on anyone else. You can either layer them, mix them up with solid bottoms or go for a fullprinted dress, just don’t hesitate to flaunt them.

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CROP-TOPS ARE A DEFINITE NO

Well, we can understand the apprehension to wear a crop top, after all, you must have been strongly advised against it by the fashion sages, but girl, one doesn’t need a flat tummy to look fabulous in crop tops. Layer them well with jackets or try out the one with statement sleeves. Crop tops look best on voluptuous women if paired with high-waisted jeans, trousers, shorts or skirts. So gals, go ahead, chuck the plus-size fashion rule book, wear your fav prints, shorts, tops or stripes, step out, flaunt your confidence and make some bold fashion statements right away.

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When it comes to Indian clothes, we seem to resign ourselves to being weighed down by voluminous, uncomfortable clothing. The heavier, the better seems to be the mantra. But why?

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By subverting traditional codes, our latest collection  is the antidote. It’s breezy, easy and chic. Just how clothes should feel.”

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BY ANUSHKA KHANNA In a continuation of our SpringSummer vibe, we wanted to reiterate the feeling of lightness. But how do you translate that to festive wear? It’s a challenge we posed ourselves, in our continuing quest to provide women everywhere with effortless separates. While women have embraced the comfort of athleisure, when it comes to Indian clothes, we seem to resign ourselves to being weighed down by voluminous, uncomfortable clothing. The heavier, the better seems to be the mantra. But why? By subverting traditional codes, our latest collection is the antidote.

It’s breezy, easy and chic. Just how clothes should feel. It’s fit for the hip bride; it’s fit for the renegade sister; it’s fit for the sophisticated mother-ofthe-groom; it’s fit for every bridesmaid who wants to still be herself on her BFF’s big day; it’s fit for Diwali or Eid; it’s fit for destination weddings; it’s fit for sumptuous palaces; it fits your life.  We’ve used print and texture, flare and fit, textile and embellishment to bring together the perfect mix and match festive wardrobe. There are long jackets and lehngas, kimonos and wide leg pants, slips and shararas. These are clothes to move in. These are clothes to dance the night in. These are clothes that feel as easy when you slip them on as when you slip them off. These are the clothes that #allthecoolgirlswillbewearing. (And yes, that’s YOU!)t

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hoes are the most important part of one’s wardrobe, and as the new season rolls out, we bring to you the hottest trends in footwear that you simply can’t afford to miss out.

THE SEASON’S BEST FOOTWEAR TRENDS

So, without much ado, here are some of the top shoe trends of the season…

ELEGANCE IN EMBROIDERY Embroidered footwear is one of hottest trends this season. Embroidered and embellished footwear not only brings a certain whimsical energy to your ensembles but also looks simply stunning. No wonder big fashion houses like Michael Kors, Alexander McQueen, Elie Saab and others fell hard for this intricate style and featured it in their latest collections. From stilettos and kitten heels to slides and chunky heels – embroidery is dominating most of the styles in footwear and is a definite must-have. Wear them with floral printed stockings for an absolute ethereal effect.

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CAPTIVATE IN CONTOURED HEELS If you are the kinds who loves to make heads turn wherever you go, then this new wave in footwear fashion is definitely for you. Contoured heels, also known as sculptural heels, are the hot new sensation in the shoe world. They help you effortlessly add drama to any outfit you like. Available in a variety of geometric shapes and styles, contoured heels can be worn with any ensemble. Our tip – pair it with a simple outfit and let your footwear capture everyone’s fancy.

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PRANCE IN PLATFORMS If you thought platforms were a thing of past, well think again. This sturdy shoe style has made a huge fashionable comeback this season and simply can’t be ignored. From Tom Ford to Valentino to Gucci to Miu Miu to Prada – designer brands across have fallen prey to the charm of this heavy-sole hit style of the 80s and have incorporated them in their latest collections. Platforms are not only comfortable but also give you that desired extra height and are absolutely chic too. A perfect accompaniment to floaty dresses, skirts, or even trousers, the contemporary platforms can be worn with or without socks to make some stunning style statements. Featured shoe: Gucci


REIGN IN RUNNERS There is no escaping the sneaker trend even this season, if anything, it has only grown bigger and chunkier than before. Making its oversized presence felt across all runways, runners have once again proclaimed its dominance on this season too and one must definitely have them. From eye-catching metallics to chunky soles in bright hues, to runners with even fringes – this comfortable trend is available in a variety of styles and can be sported with almost anything, be it a pair of worn-out jeans or any classy outfit.

FLOCK AROUND IN FEATHERS One of the biggest shoe trends to hit this season is undoubtedly feathered footwear. The intriguing trend dominated all fashion runways with designers like Prabal Gurung, Christian Cowan, Valentino, Simone Rocha and others showing a strong liking towards feathers. Whether you choose a footwear with feathers on the heels or a plumage in front or simply feather lined on straps – feathered footwear look simply fascinating and is sure to make heads turn every time you step out.

BEDAZZLE IN BUCKLES From flats to stilettos to platforms to boots – buckles are claiming their presence on a variety of footwear and simply can’t be ignored this season. An absolute hit on the runway, this rugged and sensual style is a must-have this season. Pair them with denims or wear them with dresses, this trend is extremely versatile and is sure to help you make chic style statements wherever you go.

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DARPAN VOTE FOR BOATS ▲ Comfortable and extremely fashionable, boats have been always popular among the men folk and this season they have made a huge comeback with a slight twist. Thanks to designers like Ralph Lauren and Christian Louboutin, boats have undergone a transformation this season and are far cooler and slicker than before. Available in metallic silhouettes, brighter hues and chunkier soles – boats are a must-have this season.

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SET BENCHMARKS IN BOOTS ▲ Be it desert or Chelsea or lace-up, boots are not going out of fashion and are a hit on the fashion circuit. You can pair them with trousers or denims or pull the trousers over the boots to make some interesting style statements. Invest in a good quality edgy pair and effortlessly turn on your swag.

The good ol’ oxfords are dapper as ever this season. Often considered professionals, this versatile pair of shoes is ideal to be worn at weddings, job interviews and casual parties. There are plenty of styles and varieties available in the market and you must lay your hands on a good pair right away.

White sneakers are an essential this season and while chunky is the in-thing for women, men need to keep their sneakers understated and minimal to make the right impact.

STAY SMART IN HIKING SANDALS ▲ Hiking sandals are the next big thing in the world of men’s fashion and have made its presence felt at most of the runways. A perfect travel companion, hiking sandals can also be worn for a relaxed day outing. Versatile, they can be worn with chinos, drawstrings or denims.

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TIMELESS Eight Classic Pieces That Will Never Go Out Of Style!

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ecorating a home is an expensive business and one almost ends up spending a fortune on furniture. What’s more, keeping up-to-date with the ever-changing furniture trends not only burns a huge hole in your pockets but is also an extremely stressful affair. However, the good news is that one can be rescued from this quandary and still manage to have a stylish space

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without having to actually go bankrupt always. How? By investing wisely in some furniture that will never go out of style. Yes, there are some classic furniture pieces that can never be dethroned, irrespective of the time, style of interior or space. Here’s our pick of timeless furniture pieces that will never go out of fashion.

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Chesterfield Sofa Supposedly named after Lord Philip Stanhope, the fourth Earl of Chesterfield, who wanted a piece of furniture that men could sit on without creasing their suits, this iconic couch is still as popular today as it was way back in the 1800s. The best thing about this aristocratic sofa is that it suits any style of interiors and looks as elegant in contemporary setting as it does in a royal palace. So, if you wish to add a dash of lasting royalty and elegance to your living area, then a Chesterfield sofa is a must.

Noguchi Coffee Table Consisting of just three elements – the glass top and two interlocking wooden base pieces – Noguchi Coffee Table is a perfect balance of art, design and simplicity. Designed by sculptor Isamu Noguchi, this mid-century classic piece is apt for any type of setting and looks simply brilliant. No wonder it won’t ever go out of style.

Windsor Chair A hot favourite for centuries, the classic chair with its colonial vibe is still a staple in homes. Taking its name from the English town of Windsor, these wooden chairs consist of multiple thin, turned spindles that are attached to a solid, sculpted seat. Windsor chair, just like the Chesterfield sofa, complements a variety of interior schemes and is a keeper for years to come.


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Platform Beds Another great and appealing investment is a platform bed. This durable and forever trending item is hailed for its simplicity and comfort. A Platform bed is versatile and can blend in any surrounding because of which it never goes out of fashion.

Leather Club Chair Another type of seating that shall never go out of style is the sophisticated leather club chair. The chair first originated in France and was called – ‘Fauteuil Confortable’, literally meaning comfortable chair. True to its original name, the leather club chair is extremely comfortable and is ideal for game rooms and any relaxing zones.

Barcelona Chair Not all timeless furniture is really ancient. For instance, the Barcelona chair is rather a contemporary piece of furniture which has a classy appeal that will never go out of style. Influenced by the Roman folding chairs, the Barcelona chair was designed in 1950s and since then has been a popular go-to furniture for modern-contemporary settings. Sleek and elegant, the chair not only is comfortable but also has a luxury appeal to it. So, if you have a liking for all things modern, you need to have this hallmark of modern design in your home.

Canopy Bed Originally designed for the royalties, over the years, this elegant piece of furniture has effortlessly found its way in contemporary homes. While a traditional canopy bed actually comes with a canopy of ornate drapes and fabrics, the modernday revamped canopy bed includes just bare frames, which are sometimes styled with sheer romantic curtains. But whether it is contemporary-styled or traditional, the fact is that a canopy bed with its imposing effect fits in any setting and also complements a variety of bedroom furniture items.

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Start the summer on a budget! Here are some fun things to do in Vancouver this season at no cost.

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Watch an outdoor movie at Canada Place Catch a series of free summer outdoor movies at Vancouver’s Canada Place this summer. Held on Thursday evenings starting July 11, Waterfront Cinema will feature free movies shown around 8 pm or 9 pm till the end of August. The selected movies are usually familyfriendly and this year’s selections include Captain Marvel, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Beauty and the Beast, and more. Visitors are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket.

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Surrey’s annual Fusion Festival is a popular free community event with live music, food and family-friendly activities. Held in Holland Park in Surrey on July 20-21, there are over three-dozen cultural pavilions showcasing different countries from around the world. Enjoy the numerous free concerts and performances, watch culinary demonstrations and learn some new dance moves.

Watch breathtaking fireworks at English Bay One of Vancouver’s iconic annual events, the Honda Celebration of Light fireworks competition in English Bay is a must-see. Taking place on July 27, July 31 and August 3, this year’s participating countries include India, Canada and Croatia. The fireworks show happens at 10 pm each night, but there is also live music and other fun activities in the early afternoon on all three days.


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he year 2019 has ushered in an array of innovations across multiple consumer product categories to certainly include the food and beverage sectors. With reports citing that 2019 will be a pivotal year for consumer technology, here’s a look at some noteworthy lifestyle-enhancing solutions that are keen on making an indelible impact on our daily lives.

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INNOVATIONS Anova Precision Cooker Nano The Anova Precision Cooker Nano is an appliance innovation allowing you to cook delicious, restaurant-quality meals in the comfort of your own home. Paired with the Anova App, which features the world’s largest collection of sous vide recipes, this device makes it easy to cook, control and keep track of your recipe from your mobile phone. Simply choose a recipe, press start, and the Nano does the rest. Used by professional chefs for decades, sous vide is a simple and approachable technique that eliminates overcooked, dried out food and ensures edgeto-edge perfection every time. Whether it’s steak, chicken, fish, vegetables, or even crème brûlée, with the Anova Precision Cooker Nano anyone can cook like a pro!

Those indelibly on-the-go will love Cauldryn. This heated, battery-powered mug keeps your coffee, tea, soup and other liquids at your selected temperature all day long, making each sip perfect. Pick any temperature from room temp to boiling, and Cauldryn precisely

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maintains it thanks to its 10-hour battery life. Use the arrow buttons on the bottle to set your temperature, or use the free phone app to control it from a distance. The app also features one touch settings for brewing green tea, or cooking freeze dried food. And, Cauldryn’s modular design means the battery and heating element are removable for easy cleaning.

The Sharp Superheated Steam Countertop Oven is an extremely efficient option perfect for every-day use, allowing you to keep your big oven clean for special occasions. The combination of superheated steam and conventional, radiant heat in all cooking modes means that food will be crispy and browned on the outside, moist and delicious on the inside. You won’t need to preheat your oven before cooking or even defrost the food the night before. You can simply place food into the oven, set the desired cooking mode, temperature and time. With multiple cooking modes, this countertop oven provides endless cooking possibilities and will eliminate the need for multiple small countertop appliances. The included broiling pan and crisper tray gives you two-tier-cooking and they are 40 per cent larger than a standard, quarter-size sheet pan making it perfect for anything from making sheet pan dinners for the whole family, to hors d’oeuvres for party guests.

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Q: How did you meet? We were originally introduced through family friends. Raj reached out to me and we began talking more frequently as time passed. Raj would come down to Calgary often to visit. We formed a very strong relationship and knew we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together. Soon after we were engaged!

Q: What do you love most about one another? Gagan: I love the joyful childlike spirit of Raj the most. Whatever he loves in his life, he loves it with his whole heart. He inspires me so much as how to enjoy every bit of your life. Rajveer: I love how intelligent Gagan is; she always has a fresh perspective. She is so practical in her thinking when it comes to decision-making

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and it always makes me feel safe that whenever we take decisions together, they will be made with clarity and focus.

Q: Could you share your proposal story? Gagan: Raj flew to Calgary to surprise me for Valentine’s Day last year. He was waiting for me as I walked out of class with roses – I was very surprised to see him. We then went to his hotel and he had made a heart with rose petals, and it said ‘Marry me?’. He got down on one knee and the rest is history!

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me realize the power of God and how sacred a bond like marriage is. Rajveer: My favourite part was of course, marrying Gagan. The wedding week was amazing and I really enjoyed spending time with family and friends that I otherwise don’t see as much. One of the highlights for me was after our wedding ceremony, when we got to relax and take photos with the bridal party.

Q: Could you tell us about your reception? Gagan: Our reception was held in the Okanagan two days after our wedding ceremony. After a week of events and travelling back and forth from Calgary, we were ready to unwind! The venue was decorated beautifully and the food was great. Raj and I did a choreographed first dance to ‘A Thousand

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Our reception was held in the Okanagan. Raj and I did a choreographed first dance to ‘A Thousand Years’ by Christina Perry at our reception. We danced the night away with our family and friends!” Years’ by Christina Perry. We danced the night away with our family and friends!

Q: Can you describe your outfits? Gagan: I wore a burgundy velvet lengha paired with a watermeloncoloured dupatta on our wedding day. The entire outfit was beautifully embroidered with pastel colour threads. Raj wore

an off-white embroidered sequin achkan paired with a burgundy velvet shawl. For the reception, I wore a light pink sequins-covered gown with matching jewellery. Raj wore a navy blue tuxedo with a white shirt, black tie and shoes that he got from Vegas while he was on his stag.


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Q: What are your goals as a couple? Our goal is to help each other to become the best versions of ourselves, to realize our potential and achieve the heights of success in our respective fields. To always support each other through thick and thin, and face the hardships of life together. To make this world a better place for people who are less privileged.

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What to do Powell River Seawalk The city is blessed with some of the most beautiful beaches. If walking along the beach excites you, then the Powell River Seawalk is just the tourist spot for you. This 20 minute walk along the sea gives you a scenic view of the Strait of Georgia and a glimpse of some of Powell River’s closest islands. Willingdon Beach is another spot to enjoy the sunsets. There’s also a nice little wharf at the end of the breakwater to watch the sunset or to admire the marine life.

Townsite Walking Tour A must-do at Powell River is a tour of the Historic Townsite. The Townsite is a unique coastal community of BC that was designated as a National Historic District of Canada in 1995. The Townsite Heritage Society (THS) of Powell River Inland Lake Trail

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offers walking tours of the region, giving you a glimpse of how the paper mill town came into being in the 1900s. Start the tour at Dr. Andrew Henderson’s house, the first practicing physician in Powell River, who implemented the first medical plan in BC in 1910; the house still holds most of its original structure and some of the family’s belongings. Right next to Dr. Henderson’s house was the town’s first hospital, St. Luke’s, built in 1913. Other prominent tour spots include the Oceanview Apartments, built as accommodation for married employees with no children; Patricia Theatre, one of the oldest theatres in BC; Rodmay Hotel; and the Dwight community hall. Walking tours are held on select days; you could also pick up a map at the THS’s office and explore the town on your own.

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The Duck Lake trail comprises of numerous trails that are great for walking or mountain biking. A favourite one among these trails is the Blackwater Creek trail that leads to two spectacular waterfalls. As you go exploring the trail, you come across Kelly Falls, a gorgeous waterfall you can admire up close. Continue along the path and you see the viewing platform for David Lam Falls, an approximately 60 feet tall waterfall. If you enjoy trails, then the Inland Lake Trail is a must during your visit to Powell River. Situated in the Inland Lake Provincial Park, the trail is about two to three hours long and includes a boardwalk. You are bound to find wildlife and marine animals along the way. The park is also a great spot for camping and you’ll find many campers around.

There are many hiking opportunities in Powell River. The Scout Mountain hike, part of the Sunshine Coast Trail, is a lovely climb up with a few steep ascends in between. The hike takes you through a lush green forest, filled with tall trees and chirping bird sounds all along. There are signs and orange markers that help you stay on the path. The panoramic view at the top, of Powell River and the ocean, is worth all the effort and ache. If you are looking for something easy and family-friendly, then do the Valentine Mountain hike. This popular and short climb includes around 100 wooden and rocky steps. There are benches at the top where you can enjoy a picnic while enjoying the picturesque view of the ocean, the Townsite and surrounding islands.

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Water Activities Powell River has tons of water activities one can partake in throughout the year. Some of them include boating, kayaking, canoeing and paddleboarding. Lately, stand up paddling or SUP has caught the attention of locals and visitors. There are many places in Powell River where you can rent a paddleboard and also get a lesson if you are new to it.

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Where to stay The locals in Powell River are really welcoming and always ready to help with directions or suggestions. Airbnb has many nice rental options to stay in during your trip. The best part of living in Powell River is that most of the Airbnb houses are situated quite close to a river, lake, trail or ocean – perfect if you like nature walks or watching sunrises and sunsets. A really nice place to stay in is The Old Courthouse Inn. Built in 1939 in the Tudor style architecture, hotel guests can enjoy the unique charm and character of each of the seven rooms. The halls and rooms are adorned with delightful antiques and special mementos; you get the feeling that you are living in the 1900s. Another great option is the Beach Gardens Resort and Marina. Each room at the Resort offers a panoramic ocean view with tasteful furnishings and a private balcony. They also have special stay packages offering exclusive rates and services.

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What to eat Edie Rae’s Café: Located at The Old Courthouse Inn in the Historic Townsite, Edie Rae’s Café is one of the best breakfast places in Powell River. Another attractive feature is the history and retro-style décor of the Café. The setting takes you back to the ‘90s and while you wait for your order, you can read a bit about Edie Rae and admire her classy photographs adorning the walls. Do make sure to try the omelettes, pancakes and their home-made jam.

The Seasider Bistro: The Seasider Bistro, Wine Bar and

Patio has some of the best patio and dining room views of the Malaspina Strait and Texada Island in all of Powell River. This is a great place to enjoy a delectabl dinner while sipping on wine and admiring the sunset. The menu features local ingredients and a nice list of appetizer and share options. The wine and craft beer list is exclusively Canadian, and represents the best in local breweries and wineries. The Baked Potato Waffle Fries, Lobster Ravioli and Hawker Style Chicken Wings are some mouth-watering options to try.

River City Coffee Roasters, Bakery and Urban Eatery: For quick yet healthy and delicious options, try

the River City Coffee Roasters, Bakery and Urban Eatery. Good location, great vibe and the best coffee in town. Catering to all kinds of diets, the eatery serves breakfast all day, soups, sandwiches, paninis, salads and more.

The Beach Hut: A small little place on Willingdon Beach,

The Beach Hut offers fish and chips, burgers, corn dogs, ice cream and other tasty options. They have a small patio right in the front but you could also sit by the ocean and enjoy your meal.

Townsite Brewing: An award-winning microbrewery

helmed by a Belgian brewmaster, Townsite Brewing Inc. specialises in Belgian, sour and barrel-aged beers. You can sample a diverse range of year-round and seasonal beers at their tasting room while enjoying the fun, relaxed vibe the place generates.

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The RX is the middle model in the Lexus line of SUVs, not too small to handle the needs of a family and not too big to make it difficult to park and move about in traffic. The sharp edge styling falls in line with the Lexus family of vehicles which I find attractive.

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neutral handling of the brand, and the RX 350 was no exception. The RX is the middle model in the Lexus line of SUVs, not too small to handle the needs of a family and not too big to make it difficult to park and move about in traffic. The sharp edge styling falls in line with the Lexus family of vehicles which I find attractive. The cars have generous-sized doors that make getting in and out easy, as well as a large hatch to make getting luggage or just stuff we have to carry easy to load.

HIGHLIGHTS MSRP: $55,350 as tested $70,800 Motor: 3.5- litre DOHC variable valve V6 Horsepower: 295 @ 6,300 rpm Torque (lb-ft): 268 @ 4,700 rpm Transmission: Continuously variable Fuel economy: 12.2 L/100 km city & 9 L/100 km highway As you might expect from the Lexus line, the interior is stylish and well-appointed with all the luxury features one has come to expect with


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One nice feature is the hill holder feature of the Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) which holds the RX on upward slopes as the transmission does not have gears – a great feature on some of Vancouver’s hilly streets in

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back, the RX handled a big shopping for my wife and I after being away for a an SUV like this. Stepping into RX also had the HUD or heads- couple of weeks. Loading and unloading the driver’s seat you find all the up display which showed the was easy enough, but being an SUV it vital controls easy to reach and in speed and engine speed, which might be a little challenging for those a most cases easy to find. The RX half the time I had turned off as little shorter. I would advise the optional has in most cases button controls the gauges are easy to read at mats as the lovely carpets would soon be so you don’t have to scroll a glance. worn with constant use. through multiple LED screens to My test RX had the Power comes on fast with 295 make simple changes to driver dark brown leather which horsepower at your disposal, so getting comfort. complimented the dark blue on any highway is very easy. The 3.5-litre The RX I had to test had exterior. The front seats were V6 gets reasonable fuel consumption the traditional tachometer, comfortable with plenty of power around the city if you can control your speedometer fuel and adjustments for any sized driver. acceleration which is sometimes hard temperature gauges in front of One interesting feature was to do. The stiffer suspension adds to the driver, which I liked. Between the adjustable rear seats which good handling of the RX on city streets the Tach and Speedo, a screen when carrying family and friends or the highway. One nice feature is the allows for variable information long distances makes for a hill holder feature of the Continuously as well as controls for various much more comfortable trip. Variable Transmission (CVT) which applications like the clock. This As for the cargo area in the holds the RX on upward slopes as the transmission does not have gears – a great feature on some of Vancouver’s hilly streets in rush hour. Enhancing the RX 350’s handling are standard 18 inch wheels, my test vehicle had the optional 20 inch wheels which I have to admit look good. Now, if you are inclined to tow, the RX 350 will tow up to 3,500 pounds (1,585 kg) which is more than adequate in a luxury SUV. The RX 350 is a good all-around family vehicle and with its Lexus/Toyota over built quality, I would not hesitate in recommending a Lexus. I have found over the years that Lexus buyers tend to be repeat customers which says a lot looking for a well-equipped vehicle like I tested at $70,800 plus taxes.

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t has been a long time since I have tested a vehicle that rode so smoothly and yet handled so well. The car in question is the Audi A8 L, the top model and the largest car in the line-up. I have to admit I am generally someone who likes smaller cars, but the way this car drove, it never really felt large at all. The 2019 L is actually 13 centimetres longer that last year’s A8. To make this car feel so light and nimble, the A8 L is made of 58 per cent aluminum significantly reducing the weight if it were to be made of steel. The engine that makes this impressive car is a 3.0-litre DOHC Turbocharged V6 which connects to an eight-speed

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automatic, and all this is connected to the Audi’s renowned allwheel-drive system. This system is also enhanced by a 48-volt power system that allows the car to gently cruise with the aid of the electric power reducing fuel

consumption. All I can say was that this system worked flawlessly, giving the driver instant acceleration when needed. This is in part due to the 335 horsepower and 369 151 lb-ft of torque available at any time. With a 320.8 centimetres wheel base, the A8 did not feel cumbersome to drive about the streets. It was smooth and comfortable but yet handled as well as most sport-oriented cars. Over rough pavement the car just soaked up the bumps, something I really enjoyed with the poor roads surrounding my home. Surprisingly, the optional 20 inch tires on my test A8 L not only looked good but did not affect the ride I so liked. As the A8 L is the flagship of the Audi line, this car does not


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his action thriller film, which is being made with a whopping budget of Rs. 300 crore has been in the making for nearly three years, and has piqued the curiosity of the audience since day one. While not much is known about the story, it is learnt that the film’s leading man Prabhas has really pushed the envelope to get under the skin of his character. The film will see Prabhas doing some breathtaking stunts which have been choreographed by Hollywood stunt director Kenny Bates. Without disclosing the plot of the film, Prabhas said, “All the characters in this film have an important role to play. The story is bigger than any of us and we are connected in different ways. Each character doesn’t just come and go, because everyone has memorable parts to play. For instance, Shraddha doesn’t just come for a song, she plays an important character. She’s one of the biggest assets and the story is narrated from her point of view.” Well, after the stupendous success of Baahubali, Prabhas’ Saaho is definitely awaited with bated breath and looks like the wait is going to be totally worth it.

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SUPER 30 Kumar in this biographical Release date: July 12 drama directed by Vikas Bahl. Starring: Hrithik Roshan, Virendra Anand Kumar is best known Saxena, Mrunal Thakur, Nandish for his Super 30 programme, Singh which coaches economically uper 30 undeniably is one of backward students for IIT-JEE, the most-awaited films of the the entrance examination year and the excitement around for the Indian Institutes it is palpable. After all, one would of Technology. Speaking get to see the Greek God of about the film, Hrithik said Bollywood on the big screen in an interview, “Super 30 is after nearly two years. Yes, Hrithik something that talks about Roshan will be seen playing the power and the value of the real-life math wizard Anand education and teachers.”

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ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD July 26 While not quite one of the small movies we’re touting here, Tarantino’s ninth film (or 10, if you count Kill Bill 1 and 2 as two films) is bound to be in the awards conversation at the end of the year. Set at the end of the Swinging Sixties, the film follows an action star on the decline (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stunt double (Brad Pitt) as their path intersects with the Manson family and Sharon Tate’s. If the reception in Cannes is any indication, Once Upon a Time is more layered than Tarantino’s last two films (Django Unchained and The Hateful Eight), movies with more pizzazz than substance.

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The most terrifying film from last year, Hereditary hit a homerun by combining relatable domesticity, unbearable tension and look-away-from-the-screen visuals. Now writer/director Ari Aster comes to tarnish open spaces with Midsommar: A couple whose relationship is hanging by a thread attend a festival in Sweden that looks an awful lot like a human sacrifice ceremony. Heavy Wicker Man vibes permeate Aster sophomore effort.

August 16 Cate Blanchett has managed to remain in the spotlight for over two decades, delivering at least one great role every couple of years. Blanchett enters her 50s as the aforementioned Bernardette, a dutiful wife and mother that on the eve of a family vacation to Antarctica goes missing. Her fifteen-year old daughter goes through her papers and realizes she didn’t know her mother at all. Maverick indie filmmaker Richard Linklater (the Before trilogy) directs.

Will audiences find it?: The film will enjoy a wide launch, so everybody sick of superheroes and candy-coloured cartoons should find their way here.

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AFTER THE WEDDING August 16 A remake of the Academy Award-nominated Danish film of the same name, this version finds Michelle Williams in the Mads Mikkelsen role. Isabel (Williams) runs a perpetually underfunded orphanage in India. An opportunity emerges to inject millions of dollars to the project, as long as Isabel is willing to meet with her would-be benefactor in New York. Suffice to say, there is no such thing as a free lunch. A number of twists and turns await, although you could just cheat and see the Mikkelsen version. Will audiences find it?: With Michelle Williams and Julianne Moore headlining, you won’t be able to miss it.

July 5 Odds are you haven’t seen Beast, a tiny British film that had a blinkand-you-miss-it release in 2018. The thriller launched the career of one Jessie Buckley, soon to become a household name thanks to the upcoming Judy Garland biopic and a Doctor Dolittle reboot. In the meantime, Buckley stars in Wild Rose, a social-realism-meetscountry-music drama in which a Scottish woman just sprung from jail attempts to launch her career as singer/songwriter in Nashville, never mind the overwhelming odds against her. Her drive would be commendable if it wasn’t because of the two children she treats like an afterthought. Buckley provides her own vocals. Will audiences find it?: As good as Jessie Buckley is, this one is a tough sale. That said, those who dare go looking for the film will be rewarded.

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August 9 A plot-driven drama, Luce has a very compelling premise to build on: Adopted from war-torn Eritrea by an American couple, Luce grows up to become a basketball star and model student... Or so everybody thinks until one of his teachers (Octavia Spencer) argues the kid has an unchecked propensity for violence. Issues like race, class and the right to privacy mix in this poignant indictment of modern-day America. Luce is directed by Julius Onah, the same filmmaker behind The Cloverfield Paradox, but don’t hold that against him. Will audiences find it?: Based on the reaction at the Sundance Film Festival, people will watch just to talk about it.

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When the frozen yogurt chain Yoforia began changing their misleading marketing messages after a 2012 blog post I wrote gained their attention, I was floored by the influence that my little blog had at the time. I thought: If I can get one company to change for the better, I have the power to hold other food companies accountable. That’s when I became a food activist. My passion for exposing the truth about the food industry soared. I had stumbled, almost unintentionally, into the world of consumer investigations. I was convinced that unless food companies changed, we’d continue to be plagued by dangerous additives in our foods. I discovered that if you believe in something and share the truth, people will take action. Is there awareness among people regarding how food is grown, made or sold? Yes, there is growing awareness. People want to know the truth about their food and it’s important because no one else is looking out for us. There’s an implication out there that everything allowed in processed food – preservatives, artificial sweeteners, thickeners, stabilizers, emulsifiers – have gone through some sort of rigorous safety testing by the FDA proving they’re okay to eat – but in most cases they haven’t! That’s why I say if you don’t know what an ingredient is or how it could affect your health, put it back on the shelf and choose real food instead.

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CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22) JULY: It’s your month! The Sun and Venus are in your sign making you so attractive to everyone. This is an empowering time for you, which is why you will replenish and re-energize yourself for the rest of the year. It’s an excellent month to buy wardrobe goodies for yourself. (Go wild.) And you will do this because of the placement of Mars which indicates an increased outflow of money.

AUGUST: This is a strong financial month for you although you are tempted to be extravagant by buying beautiful things for yourself and loved ones. This is because you tend to equate to your self-worth with your assets and possessions right now. Trust your moneymaking ideas. Continue to look for \ways to improve your job because they exist.

LEO (JULY 23-AUGUST 22) JULY: Two different messages: The Sun urges you to be low-key and withdraw from the busyness around you. You need peace and quiet to contemplate new goals for your coming year ahead. But Mars in your sign makes you a go-getter. It hypes activity and makes you a fighter for your own rights.

AUGUST: This is your hour. The Sun, Venus and Mars are all in your sign, which is why you hold all the cards. You are bold and aggressive and at the same time, you’re charming and diplomatic. That’s why this is a winning month for you! Romance, social occasions, parties, sports events, and fun activities with children will be sources of pleasure.

VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22) JULY: Friendships and your relationship to clubs and organizations are important to you this month. This is why you will examine the role they play in your life. Socialize extensively but do study the people you associate with because they are a reflection of you. If you feel irritated with someone, you might really be irritated with yourself.

AUGUST: In many ways, this is a low-key month, which is why you are best served by seeking solitude in beautiful surroundings. Do what you can to escape from the busyness around you because you need to contemplate your life. Relations with family members will improve this year. In fact, many of you will improve where you live as well.

LIBRA (SEPT. 23-OCT. 22) JULY: Even though others might focus on vacations and fun escapes; this month you look fabulous in the eyes of bosses, teachers and parents, which is why now is the time to act. Do whatever you can to promote your agenda. Ask for what you want. Demand the advantage because you can get it. Romance with a boss might occur. (Hmmm.)

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AUGUST: This is the most popular month of the year for you, hands down. Enjoy schmoozing with artistic, creative people. Likewise, enjoy competitive events and lively interaction with clubs and associations. This is an excellent month to set goals. Get a clearer focus on what is important so that you will have a better control over your future. Why not?

SCORPIO (OCT. 23-NOV. 21) JULY: Your main purpose this month is to do anything that enriches your world. You might do this through travel or through further education. The bottom line is you want to expand your experience of life and learn something new. If you can travel for pleasure, do so. In fact, a romance with someone different might blossom.

AUGUST: You are empowered this month because the Sun, Venus and Mars are all at the top of your chart. This means people in authority admire you. It also means your ambition is aroused, and at the same time, you will appear charming and diplomatic. This is a winning combination. Use this to your advantage!

SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21) JULY: Some mixed messages from the universe: On one hand, you want to travel and explore the world (but then, you always do, don’t you?) Nevertheless, if you can get away, do so because it will be rewarding for you. Fortunately, favours, cash and gifts from others are coming to you now, which might enable you to get away. Meanwhile, romance is passionate!

AUGUST: If you didn’t travel last month, you surely will this month because now nothing will hold you back. You want to learn something new and you want adventure! If you can’t travel, then explore your own backyard. You can also satisfy this desire to grab more of life by taking a course or meeting people from different backgrounds.

CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19) JULY: Partners, close friends and spouses are important to you this month. Form working units with others. Examine your close relationships to see what needs they do or do not fill in your life. Do not do it alone this month, work with someone. It’s also an excellent month to consult an expert, lawyer, specialist, doctor, psychologist or astrologer.

AUGUST: You are intense and passionate about every aspect of your life this month. This includes physical intimacy, relationships, plus your involvement with money, inheritances and the wealth of your partner. You’re ready to confront someone about something; however, be careful. Don’t be foolish or wasteful. Easy does it.

AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB. 18) JULY: This month is a balancing act. You are revved up to work hard; in fact, you will be delegating to others. In this respect, you will accomplish a lot. However, with Mars opposite your sign, you might be impatient, especially with spouses, partners and close friends. Not good! (Admittedly, they are annoying.) Consider this your opportunity to cultivate patience.

AUGUST: Although you still need to be patient with others this month, now the Sun and Venus are opposite your sign as well, which will soften things. You have a better appreciation of how to compromise. You are learning more about your own style of relating to others, while Venus promotes warmth and understanding. You are much happier! TM

PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20) JULY: Yay! This is the most playful month of the year for you. Get away on a vacation if you can. If not, then accept all invitations to party and have fun schmoozing with friends and lovers. It’s a great month for sports events and playful activities with children. Nevertheless, you’re still working hard. (No moss growing on you.)

AUGUST: Whether through guilt or common sense, you’ve decided to get back to work. In fact, not only are you working hard, you want to reorganize your life in general. This is why you are studying your style of doing things and taking a more efficient, practical approach to your job. By extension, you will apply these new standards to your health and even dealing with a pet.

ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19) JULY: This is the perfect month to entertain at home. Invite friends and family over because you’re in the mood for fun and you want to enjoy activities with children. Meanwhile, you’re keen to redecorate and buy beautiful things for your home. This is perfect! If you do this, when everyone arrives, you can show off your clever ideas.

AUGUST: This is the best month of the year for you to take a vacation because you want to party and have a good time! It’s also a wonderful month for romance, love affairs, exploring the arts and yet again, enjoying fun times with kids. Since travel is an overall theme for you for this entire year, get out of town if you can.

TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20) JULY: You’re busy! Life is fast-paced and hectic. Short trips, errands, conversations with others, and increased time with siblings and relatives are accelerating your daily pace. Much of this is related to chaos, activity and perhaps conflict at home. Be patient with family members because family is gold, and you know this. Patience is the antidote to anger.

AUGUST: Although increased activity continues on the home front, perhaps due to residential moves, renovations or visiting relatives; nevertheless, your home atmosphere is greatly improved. People are patient and loving with each other. Expect to be more involved with a parent than usual. Invite friends and family to share your table.

GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20) JULY: This is an excellent month for business and commerce. Financial negotiations are favoured; and many of you are shopping for beautiful things for yourself and loved ones. When talking to others, especially about business, you will be bold and forthright. You will say what you mean and mean what you say.

AUGUST: The pace of your days is accelerating this month because your schedule is demanding. Short trips, errands, visit with siblings plus increased reading and writing are some reasons you’re on the go. However, take note, your ability to talk to others, sell, market and negotiate is superb. No one will be able to get the last word, just you.


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Tirithdas, a retired civil servant. After much deliberation, they actually moved in July 2017. “I missed seeing my only grand-children growing up and when we finally emigrated I feel that my life is complete and happy,” says Vimla. Having visited Canada a couple of times before settling down in the country, the Bhojwanis did not take long to get accustomed to the surroundings. “My wife and I had been visiting Canada for about three months every summer since 2005 so by the time we actually emigrated in 2017 we had “lived” in Canada for about three years!” Tirithdas explains. From their first trip they made friends at a local Hindu temple in Surrey and with each subsequent visit they would reacquaint themselves with their Canadian circle of friends. “We were lucky as we were able to expand our circle friends and they were prepared to add us to their social events. My wife and I are now volunteers with various groups and help with events mostly with regards to my violin playing and singing of devotional songs,” adds Tirithdas. Vimla on the other hand states that she enjoyed living in Canada right from the beginning. “I was used to Canada from day one! I love the wide open spaces, the peaceful nature of Canadians and

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n 2017, Tirithdas Bhojwani, fondly known as Mohan, moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, with his wife, Vimla (Rani to loved ones), from London, United Kingdom. “Our daughter, our only child, Usha emigrated to Canada with her husband and young kids in July 2005 and asked us to join them,” shares Tirithdas who made a few trips to Canada with Vimla to visit their daughter. The couple were always impressed with Canada and Canadian people but felt

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ADVICE FOR IMMIGRANTS: Make sure you come over to visit the country a few times before you make the move permanently as you want to make sure that you gel with the new culture. Be aware of the fact that you’re new to the country so you will probably have to make the first move with forming new friendships. Don’t look with rose-coloured specs and compare what you had “back home” with your new life as this would be to ignore why you moved in the first place! Keep an open mind about your new life because it’s not always the same as the life you’ve left behind. Appreciate that this great country has many different people so try to integrate with as many different people as you can and truly enjoy all that Canada has to offer. the opportunity to avoid the stress of the hectic pace of London.” The elderly couple is grateful to be living with their family. Tirithdas appreciates the friends he has made and has also recently started a small musical ensemble that meets on a regular basis to play classical Hindi music and sing together. “I play the violin and bagpipes which I have done for over 50 years. We also host pot luck dinners with our friends and we both took up positions with the BC Shindi Society which holds events to retain the language and culture for future generations,” says Tirithdas happily. Tirithdas points out that one of the biggest challenges to moving over as an older person is the fact that “your circle of friends and family “back home” may get sick or pass away and you are so far away.” The couple misses London and the historical outskirts and the countryside. “We miss our senior citizens groups where I led many functions and musical events. I also taught Hindi and Gujarati classes at the local mandhir with many of the students sitting and passing their actual exams with me,” mentions Tirithdas. In conclusion, Vimla believes that as long as she and Tirithdas have moderately good health, “we can spend more happy years with our family and friends in Canada.”

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