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a notebook and pen and you were always on the lookout for a public pay phone to send stories from the scene of reporting to beat deadlines. Today’s journalist is expected to be a reporter, photographer, and videographer, as well as an editor and producer of stories…they have to be masters of technology as well as skillful story tellers who must continually update and repurpose their content for platform agnostic delivery on social media, broadcast and print.

While there have been many, I would say the work we did on exposing the social scourge of abandoned brides, who have become victims of cultural fraud in India would fit this bill [of most memorable work]. Our comprehensive work in Canada and India that led to

FABIAN DAWSON RECIPIENT OF JACK WEBSTER FOUNDATION’S 2019 BRUCE HUTCHISON LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

BY PETRINA D’SOUZA 1 You are the first Asian-Canadian to be awarded the Jack Webster Foundation’s 2019 Bruce Hutchison Lifetime Achievement Award. What does this honour mean to you?

I am honoured to receive this award. It is a special privilege for me to be the first Canadian of Asian descent to get it. I hope it will serve to further illustrate the immigrant experience and as an inspiration for new Canadians in journalism.

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international coverage and accolades has led to changes in the law that is beginning to see some impact.” 4 Your reporting on the murder of Jaswinder (Jassi) Sidhu has been greatly followed. What are your thoughts on the result your coverage has led to?

7 Is there anything that today’s media industry lacks?

Two things come to mind here, one is isolation and the other is leadership. Without brick and mortar newsroom settings where journalists can bounce ideas and rub off each other constantly, many tend to work remotely and alone. This has led to fewer investigative features where teams work together. I am a big believer that an editor is as good as his or her reporter and vice-versa. Many a time newsroom conflicts arise from editors not knowing what it takes to get, do and deliver story packages, because they have not done it themselves. In many cases, senior editors in larger operations are not digital natives and do not have experience in what we refer to as backpackjournalism. In other cases, newer online news portals tend to have managers who are primarily digital natives and who are more interested in likes or shares on social media channels rather than the depth of the content.

8 It is unfortunate that the rise of online media has led to the fall of print media. As a long-time I never met this young woman who was so full of love and journalist, do you ever feel that print media will murdered because of it. But today, after 10 trips to India, make a comeback in the future?

scores of interviews, three documentaries, a made-for-TV movie, a website called justiceforjassi.com and the book Justice for Jassi, I know her very well. I have pursued this story for over 18 years and I hope one day soon there will be Justice for Jassi. 5 What projects are you working on at the moment?

One of the bigger projects now is a potential Netflix series on the Jassi murder case and my other work in India including dowry-related contract killings and the plight of abandoned brides. I also continue to consult with international companies on media issues. 6 How do you see present journalism and media industry as compared to your past experience?

This is one industry that has seen tremendous changes over the last generation. When I started, your principal tools were

The Jack Webster Foundation’s Bruce Hutchison Lifetime Achievement Award honours an exemplary BC journalism career. It recognizes the careers of senior reporters and editors who have received distinction in their communities for work of long-lasting significance, clarity, fairness and innovation. Recipients of this award are chosen by the Jack Webster Foundation Board of Directors. The outstanding career of Bruce Hutchison from 1918 to 1992, is a primary guide in reviewing potential candidates for the award.

When TV arrived, they said it is the death of radio. When the Internet took hold, they said it was the death of the newspaper. But there is a resurgence in print now as people want to cut through the digital noise and constant flow of ads and information. The resurgence of print will also appeal to people who increasingly want a tactility…to hold and feel what they are reading. I believe there will be a comeback especially in niche publications. Traditional newspapers and magazines created online editions to increase their reach. Now many online-only media operations are printing weekly or monthly editions to enhance their credibility quotient and show not everyone should be a publisher. 9 There are more and more South Asians in the media industry today, what do you have to say about this growing change and representation?

This is a good thing and not just only for South Asians but for all minority groups. The increasing presence of South Asian personalities in mainstream media helps influence the public image of minorities. It helps dispel stereotyping and promotes views which are not adequately reflected in public discourse. Immigration is a defining feature of Canada and new Canadians, mostly from Asia, currently represent one in five people in Canada. My hope is one day that statistic is reflected in our newsroom diversity counts.

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10 Your work has inspired many South Asians to pursue jobs in media, what is your advice to youngsters interested in a career in journalism?

While there have been many, I would say the work we did on exposing the social scourge of abandoned brides, who have become victims of cultural fraud in India would fit this bill. Our comprehensive work in Canada and India that led to international coverage and accolades has led to changes in the law that is beginning to see some impact.

Journalism is not about colour. It’s about courage. It’s not about where you come from, it’s where you are going. Use your ethnicity for context not conflict. Ultimately good journalism is not just about reflecting what is going on around you, it’s about using journalism as a vehicle for social change.

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Championships. Bains started running competitively in grade seven. From there she joined the Universal Athletics club before shifting to Coastal Track in grade 10 to focus on distance running. It was at Coastal that she was introduced to steeplechase by her coach Scott Kent. Her interest in steeplechase grew but her toughest obstacle was getting over the water pit jump. After a lot of hard work and mental effort, Bains was able to grow her confidence and land over the pit. This led to her making the national team in grade 11. Bains ran in the 2,000 metres steeplechase at provincials, and then went on to compete in the 3,000 metres at the

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Baneet with her father Sarbjit Bains The gold-medalist received a scholarship to the University of San Francisco where she competes in crosscountry and track. She has a great deal of respect for her coaches. The city of San Francisco itself has also had a profound effect on Bains. She describes it as a great place to explore with a lot of fun trails and runs for her to do as well. Sharing some insight on her training, Bains explains “it definitely makes a difference to combine the learning I received earlier in my career and what I am getting now to really add to my game.” This scholarship also means entering the world of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The international season in summer delayed her preparation for NCAA so Bains will be redshirting the cross-country season this year. The NCAA is highly competitive and requires rigorous training regiments for athletes. Bains has already seen the big step up from high school to collegiate competition and is ready for the road ahead. As a student, Bains is pursuing a major in psychology and minor in sociology. Her dream for now is to obtain a master’s degree in counselling and become a high school counsellor. However, this earlier in her degree, she knows anything can happen and is prepared to take on any challenges on her way to completing her education. This season, the young athlete’s goal is to cut down her steeplechase time by working on technique and endurance. She also wants to make the World Juniors this year and place in the top two for all of Canada in 3,000 metres steeplechase. Right now, Bains knows she has to “take it one week at a time and build up to these major goals. I have a lot of faith in my coaches and myself to go out there and continuously get better.” She wants to instill these values of hard work and accomplishments in sport in the South Asian community. Bains can be a major influence and role model for South Asian girls in sports as someone to look up to and believe that they can achieve great things in the world of sports. “I want to give them passion and confidence that they can accomplish anything in sport if they put their work into it.” Bains is an elite athlete with a sharp mind; she is definitely one to watch as she makes waves in the world of sport.


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this was what [he] was looking for, and that the sitar is what made life complete.” Music was not part of Mand’s childhood; in fact he was more of a studious child growing up. Belonging to a military family, he spent the first 15 years of his life as a student interested in studying science. However, upon taking music as an elective and being told that music was not meant for him, Mand stepped into the musical world in 2008 and found that it was his calling. He recalls, “Only since I started pursuing music did I experience real depth in life. In our daily lives, we have tasks we need to do, but there is always a quest for a deeper purpose in life, where you will find lasting

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contentment. I found this through music.” Mand’s first performance was at the age of 16 at the Mother Teresa Homage Concert in New Delhi, India.

The sitar has been around for centuries, and is known to be a very versatile instrument, as it has many forms in which it can be played. Mand plays a form called Vilayatkhani, and has been a pupil of well-known sitar maestro Pandit Harvinder Sharma for 10 years. In this form, the sitar is played as though the music is being sung, and thus is meant to be mimicking the human voice. Through the sitar, Mand has gained a greater understanding of Indian folk traditions, spiritual and devotional music, and many other genres of music. Growing up, the sitar player recalls having a “peculiar taste in music, including opera and western classical music which was mostly unheard of in India at the time.” Mand’s curiosity and love for all forms of music has lead him to be the first ever sitarist to play Aria Opera ‘Ave Maria’ on sitar. Currently, Mand lives in Surrey, BC, and has been teaching music,


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A STAR IN ATHLETIC THERAPY

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was bustling with life and conversations while guests enjoyed the delectable appetizers and beverages. Attendees from within and outside the community added glamour and style to the night with their colourful, graceful and fashionable outfits. The evening opened with the soulful voice of singer Vishaljeet who kicked off the evening singing two popular, energetic songs. Canadian actor and television personality Huse Madhavji and local model-actor and fashion queen Kanika Sasan were the MCs for the night. Versatile actor in film and television, Madhavji was back on stage with his fantastic energy, making this his sixth stint at this celebratory night. Madhavji has played

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DARPAN Awards proudly presented the 2019 Guest of Honour and Keynote Speaker, Dr. Sakena Yacoobi, founder and executive director of the Afghan Institute of Learning

Right from political dignitaries and top businessmen to socialites and established young adults, every individual could feel the energizing energy on the Red Carpet which stayed throughout the event. prominent roles in ABC’s Combat Hospital, HBO’s Call Me Fitz, CTV’s hit drama, Saving Hope, among many others. He will next be seen on the upcoming Hulu sci-fi series Utopia Falls and heard as the voice of Ramu in the upcoming Disney animated JOIN THE CONVERSATION: series, Mira, Royal Detective.

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MCs Madhavji and Sasan kicked off the festivities which included opening speeches, keynote speech, award ceremony and entertainment. Stephen Murphy, Executive Vice President, Banking at Canadian Western Bank, Title Sponsor of DARPAN Awards, shared a few inspiring words with the guests, followed by John Tory, Director of Business Development for Air Canada, Airline Sponsor for the Darpan Awards 2019. Another special guest and speaker at the event was Ravi Singh, 2017 Keynote Speaker and International Sensation Award Winner, who shared a few words about his relief work in Afghanistan. He was proud to introduce the 2019 Keynote Speaker whose work aligns in someway to that of his foundation, Khalsa Aid. DARPAN Awards proudly presented this year’s Guest of Honour and Keynote Speaker, Dr. Sakena Yacoobi. She is the founder and executive director of the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) and 2019 co-founder and Vice-President

of Creating Hope International, a Michigan-based non-profit organization. Dr. Yacoobi founded AIL in 1995 to provide teacher training to Afghan women, to support education for boys and girls, and to provide health education to women and children. Under her leadership AIL has established itself as a groundbreaking, visionary organization which works at the grassroots level and empowers Congratulations on your successful women and communities to find event! Thank you for including ways to bring education and health me in your awards event. The services to rural and poor urban girls, event was great and wonderful women and other disenfranchised to see people in the community and poor Afghans. AIL supported 80 underground home schools for recognized for their achievements. 3,000 girls in Afghanistan after There were many interesting the Taliban closed girls’ schools in people in the room, which made the 1990s. Since 1996, 16 million for a good overall networking Afghans have benefited from AIL’s opportunity.” education and health programs. – Anita Bathe, Co-host, Dr. Yacoobi has received CBC Vancouver News international recognition for AIL and its achievements. Dr. Yacoobi has six a Skoll Social Entrepreneur, Schwab honorary doctorates from various Social Entrepreneur, Ashoka fellow universities, including Princeton and was nominated as one of 1,000 University. She was honoured in women for the Nobel Peace Prize. 2017 with the Sunhak Peace Prize In addition to her work with AIL, and the Harold W. McGraw Prize Dr. Yacoobi has been a panelist, in Education in 2016. She is also TEDWomen speaker and an a recipient of the Opus Prize, Kravis Prize and Gruber Prize. She is advocate for education of women and children at a number of international conferences, including the Clinton Global Initiative, California Governor’s Conference on Women and Families, and the Central Eurasian Studies Society conference at Harvard University. The key element of the event – the DARPAN Awards – honoured 10 amazing individuals from the South Asian community for their extraordinary achievements and for reflecting their heritage in a remarkable way. These 10 South Asians, identified as leaders, who embody the spirit of community and give back to greater Canadian society, were honoured with the prestigious Darpan Extraordinary Achievement Ravi Singh, 2017 Keynote Speaker, Award. The never-ending applause introduced the 2019 Keynote Speaker on stage

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Dr. Sakena Yacoobi is the founder and executive director of the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL), the Professor Sakena Yacoobi Private Hospital in Herat, the Professor Sakena Yacoobi Private High Schools in Kabul and Herat, and the radio station Meraj in Herat Province, Afghanistan. She is also the co-founder and Vice-President of Creating Hope International, a Michigan-based non-profit organization. Dr. Yacoobi founded AIL in 1995 to provide teacher training to Afghan women, to support education for boys

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and girls, and to provide health education to women and children. The organization empowers women and communities to find ways to bring education and health services to rural and urban poor girls, women and other disenfranchised and poor Afghans. AIL now serves hundreds of thousands of women and children each year through its training programs, learning centers, schools and clinics in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Dr. Yacoobi has received international recognition for AIL and its achievements. Dr. Yacoobi was among the 1,000 women jointly nominated to receive the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize. She has received the Democracy Award from the National Endowment for Democracy; the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship; the Americans for UNFPA Board of Advocates Award for the Health and Dignity of Women; and Afghan National Peace Award, among many others.


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Sandeep Johal receives the Artistic Visionary Award from Perminder Chohan of Desjardins

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In Honour of Your Extraordinary Contribution as a South Asian Visual Artist Sandeep Johal is a Canadian visual artist. Her colourful geometric forms and intricate black-and-white line work is aesthetically and conceptually inspired by her South Asian heritage. Johal believes in the power of art to create awareness around issues related to cultural identity, gender equality, and human rights. Her art practice is an expression of her social and cultural concerns, particularly gender justice. Her most recent series, She Left Only To Come Back (2019) is an exploration of femininity, motherhood, inter-generational

trauma and loss set against a backdrop of familial obligation and self-sacrifice. Johal has completed a number of public projects, most recently, a community mural project with Vancouver Mural Festival that involved the denaming of a federal building, and murals commissioned by the Vancouver Art Gallery in conjunction with Moving Still: Performative Photography In India. Her work has been featured in CBC Arts, Vancouver’s CTV Morning Live, the Vancouver Sun, The Georgia Straight, Gray Magazine and other print and online publications.

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Joban Bal is a first year medical student at UBC and the President and Founder of One Blood For Life Foundation, a blood and stem cell donation organization. The team of One Blood Foundation is a group of youth, along with advisors that include the top executives at Canadian Blood Services, researchers at UBC, doctors and nurses at many of the hospitals in the region, and the community of Canadians that he started the organization to help strengthen. The Foundation currently has over 400 active volunteers across BC, primarily in the Lower Mainland region. The team has recruited over 1,550 new stem cell donors to the Canadian Stem cell registry and over 3,400 blood donation, mostly youth. Bal was awarded the Top 25 Under 25 in 2017, and was awarded a national service award at the Honouring Our Lifeblood event in Ottawa the same year. Bal has been awarded numerous academic and leadership awards at UBC such as the trek excellence scholarship; Dean of Science scholarship; and BC Children’s Hospital Research Award for his research contributions with the BC Children’s Hospital. Bal is a Wesbrook Scholar at UBC, an HSBC Emerging Leader Premier Award Recipient, a medical researcher at St. Paul’s Hospital, and UBC MD Candidate for 2023.

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Balraj Mann (right) receives the Corporate Engagement Award from Peter Raju and Reginald Raju of Peace Arch Duty Free Balraj Mann is the founder and Chairman of Vancouver-based BM Group of Companies. He started his career in the fields of construction materials engineering and construction management. After successfully managing and expanding the operations of several large engineering and construction companies for over three decades, Mann used his expertise to strategically acquire elite established brands to provide a one-stop solution – Global Construction Solutions – for construction and restoration of infrastructure. Mann has over 35 years of experience

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Yuvraj Singh Dhesi is a former WWE Champion and a WWE United States Champion. He joined WWE in 2010, and became the 50th WWE Champion and the first WWE Superstar of Indian descent to win the WWE Championship. Mahal returned to WWE two years later with a dramatically improved physique and received a push following WrestleMania 33, culminating in a win over Randy Orton at Backlash in May 2017 for the WWE Championship. He later won the WWE United States Championship at the 34th edition of WWE's flagship pay-per-view event, WrestleMania, in April 2018. He received the “Heroes Behind The Heroes” award from Sony YAY! in October 2018.

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Dave Mann is the President and Founder of Isle of Mann Property Group. Mann founded the Mannkind Charitable Society (MCS), in 2009, to promote the welfare of orphaned children, provide free food to the needy both locally and abroad, and to foster green initiatives. Mannkind works in partnership with other registered charities to advance music and arts education, help the poor and increase environmental awareness by expanding green spaces in cities. MCS is involved in many philanthropic projects; some of which include providing free surgical procedures to children with physical disabilities or deformities in India, helping the environment by planting

trees in developing nations and in BC parks, helping orphans within impoverished parts of developing nations and providing free food to the homeless residents of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. The organization works in conjunction with Costco and every weekend MCS provides about $2,000 worth of grocery to various homeless shelters. Through Kidscan, Mannkind operates a 14-bed paediatric palliative care center in New Delhi, India, which supports children with cancer who cannot afford a regular hospital for palliative care. The Kidscan palliative center provides grief counselling to families, and entertainment and activities for the children. MCS has funded and operates orphanage facilities within the Balagurukulam Orphanage located in Chennai, India.

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The Shan-E-Punjab Arts Club was founded in 2008 by a group of passionate bhangra and giddha devotees, all of whom have countless years of practice and knowledge under their belt. The joint passion of culture, heritage and musical art came together to create this flourishing academy. Shan-E-Punjab is one of the top bhangra and giddha academies in North America. They have performed at competitions in Los Angeles, Boston, Detroit, Calgary, Edmonton, Las Vegas, and Phoenix.

The Club is a space where the students receive technical and energetic instruction, positive reinforcement, personal attention and quality mentorship. The academy helps its students build confidence, learn key life skills and nurture lifelong friendships. The academy seeks to preserve and promote the folk dances of Punjab in North America through performance, education and community outreach. They are committed to encouraging and nurturing an appreciation and love for dances in every folk dance enthusiast.

Dr. Naranjan Dhalla’s son, Romel, receives the Industry Marvel award from Gurvinder Hundal and Ramneek Dhillon of DARPAN Magazine Dr. Naranjan Dhalla is a distinguished Professor at the Max Rady College of Medicine, University of Manitoba. He served for 19 years as Founding Director of the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences at the St. Boniface Hospital, Winnipeg. He has been working in the field of experimental cardiology with a focus on pathophysiology and pharmacology of cardiac dysfunction. He was one of the first investigators to identify membrane defects during the development of heart disease. He has published 819 full-length papers, which have been cited more than 26,000 times, in addition to editing 56 books. He has been the Executive Director of the International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences, which he founded in 1996 for promoting cardiovascular education and prevention of heart disease. Dr. Dhalla has received 197 honours and awards, including six honorary doctorate degrees and four Honoris Causa Professorships from different Institutions. He is Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Member of the Order of Canada, Member of the Order of Manitoba, and Inductee into the Winnipeg Citizens Hall of Fame. He has been named for induction into the 2019 Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.

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Iconic Jewellery Your ladylove will love a special piece from Maison Birks’ Iconic neckwear collection. The Birks Iconic Bee Chic yellow gold hexagons pendant necklace features a stylish honeycomb pendant on an 18-inch chain and shortening rings. Another great pick is Birks’ Iconic silver pebble lariat necklace; a versatile piece for any look that features a four-inch drop. Explore the collection at maisonbirks.com.

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A watch is the most popular gift for a man or woman. Calvin Klein’s Squarely watch in stainless steel champagne gold and black would make for a classic present for the man in your life. For the ladies, there’s Calvin Klein’s Mesmerize. The feminine timepiece is enriched with Swarovski crystals embedded in the bracelet, adding a luxurious touch to the wearer’s wrist. Find them at calvinklein.ca.

Gift a young adult or teenager in your family a bracelet or charms from Pandora’s new collection. Pandora Me is targeted towards generation Z and consists of 55 designs including micro dangle charms, a link bracelet, single stud earrings and a safety pin brooch. See all the designs at ca.pandora.net.

Attractive Shoes If looking for shoes to gift your girlfriend, a beautiful Christian Louboutin pair should top your search list. Offering a wide range of styles, colours and collections, all of the signature brand’s shoes are attractive to look at and stylish to wear. Go through the wide range at us.christianlouboutin.com.

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Retro Sunglasses Sunglasses can never go out of fashion, thus making them a great holiday present. Gift a close friend or relative a pair of fashionable, retro-inspired petite sunglasses from Toronto-based Callula Co. Classic-cool, with a timeless appeal, these flattering sunglasses convey a sweet charm. Available in different lenses at callulaco.com.


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Homely Fondue Set Amazing Tech For the techie, Indigo has a great selection ranging from health to music. The Sonos One speaker is a powerful smart speaker with a rich, room-filling sound. It can be controlled via voice or the Sonos app. For the health lover, the fitbit-inspired Motiv Ring is a sleek device used for tracking fitness. The sophisticated design serves as an alternative to wearing a watch and matches any outfit. Check the 2019 holiday collection at chapters. indigo.ca.

Holidays are a time for special gatherings. Bond with family and friends over flavourful, homemade fondue using Bed Bath & Beyond’s Artisanal Kitchen Supply 13-Piece Enamel Fondue Set. This set comes with colour-coded forks for individual friends and family use. Purchase it at the local Bed Bath & Beyond store or at bedbathandbeyond.com.

Minimalist Vases For a person who loves minimalist accessories with maximum quality, Livingspace’s Triangoli vases are just perfect. It is a collection of vases, sculpted from blocks of different marbles. They are imagined like crowns, making them both fragile and majestic as well as serious and playful. Buy it at livingspace.com.

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Cirque du Soleil’s LUZIA Cirque du Soleil’s delightfully-imaginative and visuallystunning production, LUZIA, is on till December end. Audiences are invited to a redesigned white-and-gold Big Top at Concord Pacific Place to escape to an imaginary Mexico – a sumptuous world suspended between dreams and reality. Ticket price starts from $60 at cirquedusoleil.com. NOVEMBER/ DECEMBER 2019

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One of the Lower Mainland’s signature seasonal events, the Vancouver Christmas Market is on from November 20-December 24, 2019. The Mistletoe Combo ticket of $54.99 includes: admission for two and a Fast & Season Pass, two traditional beverages, two anniversary mugs, two unlimited carousel day passes, and one love lock. Tickets at vancouverchristmasmarket.com. 

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YOUTH SPEAK

Climate Change, Politics &

Today’s Youth People that are now in their early to late 20s and 30s will experience global warming like no generation before them. BY GURVIR SINGH JAMMU

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University. His passion in life is being a leader in his community and he wishes to inspire others to step up for positive change in their local communities.

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he world as we know it today is a place that is ever so diverse in the life forms that it sustains and is ever changing, because in nature nothing really ever stays the same. Humans, who are the most intelligent species on earth are contributing the most to changes in the earth’s environment, especially since the onset of the Industrial Revolution. As humans, the world around us is changing so fast that some of us find it difficult to keep up, because our life is all based on technology and scientific advancements.

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Together, all of these developments are taking a toll on Mother Nature, and that is happening because of a lack of public policy on how much pollution we all can put into our environment. But fear not, because today’s young people can change all of this. People that are now in their early to late 20s and 30s will experience global warming like no generation before them, but subsequently we will also have to come up with the best

solutions to stop it and reverse its effects. Many might see this as an uphill battle, due to presumed maturity levels of young people and the time constrain that we have for dealing with this issue. As a planet, we only have a few more years left to deal with climate change and the only way we can do this is by demanding our politicians to create public policy that effectively protects our environment and keeps our planet healthy and habitable for future generations. Young people must communicate with our local politicians (including Members of Legislative Assembly and Members of Parliament) by writing letters and emails to them that show how deeply concerned we are about this, and that we stand with the politicians that will take strong action against climate change. Not only that, but we must also attend political events and public gatherings to show support for political action on climate change and talk about this in the public realm. Past generations have effectively done this before to shape our political and social climate to what it is today, but today’s young people must go beyond that, for if we do not act today, we may not have a habitable planet we can call home tomorrow.

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DARPAN FEATURE

What do highachieving young women want from a relationship?

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F ABOUT THE AUTHOR Dr. Angela Mailis is a world-renowned medical researcher and the author of Smart, Successful & Abused: The Unspoken Problem of Domestic Violence and High-Achieving Women.

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ew things have changed as much in recent decades as post-secondary education for women. When I graduated from medical school in the 1970s, I was an outlier. Women were a minority in university, and rare in the professions. Yet 33 per cent more women than men graduated from American colleges in 2012, and that figure is expected to increase to 47 per cent by 2023. The trends in Canada are comparable. The implications of this shift are profound, and affect women not only in their professional lives but, inevitably, in the personal sphere, as well. I was curious to learn what attitudes, beliefs and expectations today’s well-educated, high-achieving young women took into their relationships and family

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lives. Presumably they wanted to feel wanted and loved, like everyone else, but where did they go looking to find prospective partners and what did they value in those prospects? I didn’t know, so I asked. My informal survey of 10 women found that nine considered family gatherings to be the preferred opportunity for seeking partners, followed at some distance by work and internet dating sites. Dates arranged by parents and blind dates were at the bottom of the list. That these young women trust family and work environments suggests that they are looking for partners with similar experiences and values to their own without their being too familiar (arranged matches) or too random (blind dates). As for the attributes young women seek in a mate, the following words came up again and again: empathetic, kind, compassionate, respectful and loyal. These were followed by secondary attributes such as ambition, work ethic, and motivation. A good job, good looks and fitness


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The women want to be treated as equals in their relationships, with an equal distribution of domestic tasks. They spoke of an expectation that their mates be available both emotionally and physically. were in the ‘nice to have’ rather than the ‘must have’ columns. At the same time, there were clear attributes that high-achieving young women did not want in a mate. Controlling and aggressive behaviours were huge turn offs, followed by narcissism, self-absorption, and arrogance. When these women spoke of their expectations of a partner, they thought he should be true to himself, respectful of himself, his family and his ethnic roots. The women want to be treated as equals in their relationships, with an equal distribution of domestic tasks. They spoke of an expectation that their mates be available both emotionally and physically, and that they make the effort to be open and communicative. It wasn’t all seriousness. The women also expected that their partners have a sense of humour and a sense of adventure. Those do not seem like impossible expectations but they are more difficult than they might appear. Men have expectations of

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relationships, too. As more women have been succeeding in university, men have been struggling and losing their dominance in the workplace. This can lead to their need to feel dominant at home, which might engender the controlling and aggressive behaviours women consider a huge turn off. A New York Times report showed that millennial men were more likely than the previous generation to want a stay-at-home wife. Also, a number of surveys have shown that the relative earning-power and career success of high-achieving women can lead to unhappiness at home. A University of Chicago report found that in marriages where a wife earned more than her husband, divorce rates increased. Another study found that a man who was financially dependent on his partner was more likely to cheat. I take it as a positive that the young women I interviewed are searching for mates in family settings. Cross-cultural marriages are increasingly common today, and many of them work, but they can also lead to clashes. In fact, culture and ethnic upbringing seem to be one of the factors that confer vulnerability for domestic abuse. The women I spoke with seem to appreciate the need for shared values and experiences. There is no turning back the clock on women advancing in education, job status, and financial achievements, and their expectations of relationships are entirely legitimate. We hope that they find happiness but, at the same time, all of us have both an opportunity and a responsibility to make young women aware of how to navigate the minefields of their new social realities.

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email to Nike was after I founded Surviving Hijab, which was August 2014, and it gave me a voice and the confidence to reach out and tell bigger brands: “Hey look, we exist, there is not enough Muslim woman representation currently on the sports front, and the question is ‘Why’?” There are so many beautiful women out there changing the sport of their relative countries, and I was lucky enough that my email hit the right person at the right time, and the rest is history.” In a short period of time, Surviving Hijab grew into a strong 622,000-member community, urging Facebook to invite Rosom to give a talk at their headquarters in

MANAL ROSTOM The Surviving Hijab Story By GARIMA GOSWAMI

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anal Rostom, the 40-year-old Egyptian athlete is the first hijabi woman to be featured by Nike to promote their sports hijab line. In 2014, Rostom created a women-only online community called Surviving Hijab, a strong group of hijab-wearing women that share their struggles, insecurities and hardships, and support one another to hold on to their veil. As the community expanded, Rostom propelled on her mission to build representation of hijabi women in non-conventional spaces such as sports gear. In an interview with The Student Newspaper, Rostom mentions, “So, my

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Dubai, UAE. Speaking about her group’s sudden shot to fame, Rostom mentions to Harper’s Bazaar Arabia, “It came from a very dark and desperate place. I was bullied by a society that was making me feel uncomfortable because of my personal choices to exercise faith by covering up.” Later in 2018, Rostom won the Facebook Community Leadership Award and won $50,000 USD to enhance the activities of her group and lead her Facebook community efficiently through the required resources. “The first time I stood on stage I was so emotional I cried. I honestly don’t know how I did it, but I received a standing ovation from the 5,000 people in the audience. I was so honoured to be there amongst people who didn’t necessarily know anything about me or my religion, yet still really got behind me,” Rostom told Harper’s Bazaar Arabia. A major milestone for this trailblazer was the climb to Everest Base Camp this year. She invited members from Surviving Hijab to join her in this expedition and the response was phenomenal. Women of different age-groups from all over the world joined Rostom in the two-week adventure. “People don’t get it, they don’t understand. I want to change the false perceptions that assume hijabi women are boring and uneducated, women who don’t play sport or travel. I am hoping by reaching base camp of the highest mountain


A major milestone for this trailblazer was the climb to Everest Base Camp this year. She invited members from Surviving Hijab to join her in this expedition and the response was phenomenal. Women of different age-groups from all over the world joined Rostom in the two-week adventure.

in the world that my message will make a lot of noise and echo for years to come,” Rostom adds as she narrates her Everest Base Camp vision to Harper’s Bazaar Arabia. Rostom is on a mission to become the first Egyptian woman to climb the Seven Summits and complete all six major marathons by 2020. She is regularly seen running local and international marathons with the recent ones being Dubai Marathon, the China Wall Marathon, and the New York City Marathon. She is already making great strides with her unwavering zeal. “I hope that every woman who gets inspired by me uses that energy to not let anyone stop her from achieving her dreams, goals, anything you’ve thought about that’s really crazy and people have thought that ‘she’s crazy’, whatever. Just go after it with all your heart and soul. There will be loads of roadblocks, but if I can do it, you can,” she tells Photos: Manal A Rostom/Facebook

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SFU Diwali Gala Simon Fraser University hosted its 12th annual Diwali Gala at the Crown Palace Banquet Hall in Surrey. The event drew over 300 business, government, academic and community leaders, along with SFU students, faculty, staff and alumni.

Celebration of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th Birthday Thakore Charitable Foundation (TCF), Institute for the Humanities, J.S. Woodsworth Chair in the Humanities at Simon Fraser University (SFU) and SFU W.A.C. Bennett Library celebrated the 150th birthday and the life and vision of Mahatma Gandhi on October 2. The event included a garlanding ceremony; a theater program followed by dinner; and the Gandhi Commemorative Lecture and presentation of the 28th Thakore Visiting Scholar Award to Raffi Cavoukian and Mahatma Gandhi Annual Student Peace Award. The Consulate General of India, in association with SFU and TCF also organized “The Gandhi Photo Exhibition” at Teck Gallery, from October 4-7.  

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Ank by Amrit Kaur at Vancouver Fashion Week Ank by Amrit Kaur presented their captivating new collection, Tangerine Sky, at the Vancouver Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2019 Season. Tangerine Sky is a compendium of extravagant bridal wear designed especially for destination weddings.


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Canucks Celebrate Diwali The Vancouver Canucks celebrated Diwali Night, presented by TD, on October 25 when the Washington Capitals visited Rogers Arena. Some of the entertainment for the celebration included dhol drummers and 100 flash mob dancers in traditional dress; Bollywood-style Canadian anthem by singer Kirti Arneja; live musical performance by award-winning Bhangra superstar, Jazzy B; as well as other activities.

Spark 2019 Global Summit UAE Students of the Spark Philanthropy Program visited the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and learnt from pinnacle models for sustainable philanthropy in the sectors of health, education, humanitarian-aid, and entrepreneurship and innovation.

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Bridal Fashion Week Wedding Industry Dinner

The Surrey Board of Trade (SBOT) organized the 23rd Annual Surrey Police Officer of the Year Awards. The Surrey RCMP along with Surrey’s Auxiliary, civilian employees and volunteers joined members of Surrey’s business community to celebrate those individuals who have been chosen by their peers and the public to receive the Award.

Parvesh and Jai of Raasleela hosted the second annual Bridal Fashion Week Wedding Industry Dinner at Silk Dinner Lounge and Restaurant. It was an evening to interact and network with industry people and business elites from Vancouver. Photos: Aziz Ladha

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Guru Nanak Sahib Revolutionary in Oneness Conference Sikh Research Institute produced an eye-ppening conference on the life and legacy of Guru Nanak at SFU’s School of Sustainable Energy Engineering. The conference brought in a few hundred guests to listen to a wide array of presenters from around the globe in celebration of #Nanakshahi550. The conference ended with a Q&A between the panel of presenters and attendees.

Gurdas Maan concert in Abbotsford Gurjit Bal Productions presented a live concert in Abbotsford featuring folk music singer and actor, Gurdas Maan. He performed some of his superhit songs during the successful show.

Nitin Mukesh Remembering Mukesh Concert KVP Entertainers hosted well-known playback singer Nitin Mukesh at Bell Performing Art Centre in Surrey for Remembering Mukesh by Nitin Mukesh concert. It was an evening of classic melodies evoking cherished memories of yesteryear actors, lyricists and composers. Photos: Aziz Ladha

Grand Opening of PB Wealth Management company’s new office Finance planning expert Paul Boparai recently opened a brand new office for his company, PB Wealth Management, in Surrey.

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Ray of Hope Charitable Society’s Unite Against Cancer Gala Ray of Hope Charitable Society hosted their 2nd Annual Gala on October 5. It was a wonderful evening of generosity, giving, caring, awareness and support. The event raised over $225,000 after being matched by a donor and doubled.

Diwali Fest 2019 Diwali Fest, a popular event in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland, included interesting events like music and dance performances; an Indian style bazaar featuring local crafts; cooking classes; rangoli room; and Diwali Downtown celebrations in Surrey and Vancouver.

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DIVERSEcity Entrepreneur and Small Business Fair The fourth annual DIVERSEcity Entrepreneur and Small Business Fair was held during Small Business Week, on October 23 at Surrey City Hall. Almost 300 people attended the fair.


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ost people become overwhelmed when it comes to buying a new car. But what if it didn’t have to be so bad? There are steps you can take as a savvy consumer that can make you more prepared and better informed so that your car-buying experience is as smooth as possible. What should you know?

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Know how much you can spend Sit down and work your monthly budget before you walk into the dealership. The last thing that you need to do is get in over your head because you’re so excited about a car that somebody talks you into buying, but that you can’t afford. Spend no more than 20 per cent of your net income on a monthly car payment.

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Pull your own credit report and review it for errors. Know what your credit score is when you visit the dealerships so they can give you more accurate quotes. When the dealerships pull your credit report, it is considered a “hard inquiry,” and when combined with other hard inquiries, it may hurt your credit score.

Call your insurance agent There are so many variables in the insurance business, including whether or not you have teenage drivers or a poor driving record as well as classification of the car you’re looking at. For example, if you’re going from a minivan to a sports car, there are many reasons why your insurance cost is going to increase. Not only is the car’s classification important, so is the fact that the car you’re looking at is more valuable.


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Sit down and work your monthly budget before you walk into the dealership. Spend no more than 20 per cent of your net income on a monthly car payment.

Negotiate the final price of the car, not the down payment or monthly payment If you start negotiating separate parts of the transaction, a dealer can ‘Rob Peter to Pay Paul.’ Always negotiate the final price of the car. So many dealers want to work with you based on your monthly payment and down payment, not the final price of the car. Absolutely do not fall into that trap; work your car deal first.

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Beware of pre-closing questions Salespeople are trained to ask you pre-closing questions to help you visualize yourself owning the car before you really do. Watch out for questions like, “Can you see yourself driving this car?”, “Does this car work for you?” and “How does this car make you feel?” This is persuasion 101 and it works. Similarly, the salesperson might ask you what your favourite kind of music is, and then bring the car around with that music playing.

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DARPAN FEATURE In fact, up until late 2010, plant-based diets were not regarded as a way to stay healthy. However recently, around late 2018, there has been a spike in the positive interest surrounding plant-based diet. According to Peter Joe, Vice President of Marketing at Sunrise Soya Foods, plant-based diets have gained mass appeal with meateaters mostly because of a “combination of consumers being more curious, healthconscious, and plant-based foods being more readily available” in grocery stores and restaurants. He also mentioned that plantbased diets seem to be more of a trend than a diet, explaining that “as more consumers are becoming aware of the health benefits associated with plantbased proteins like soy… [there is] a positive future for plant-based eating.” So, what are plant-based diets? Firstly, let’s cover what they are not. Plant-based eating is not expensive, it does not mean bland meals, and most importantly, it does not mean becoming vegetarian. Plantbased eating allows for quantities By Gurleen Kaur Bajwa of meat, fish, poultry or diary – something that many people might not realize. Additionally, plant-based diets can vary drastically from person to person. The newly surfaced interest surrounding this type of eating are possibly one of the oldest can be attributed to many iet is a difficult thing diets in existence. Several factors. Plant-based diets are to perfect. Seemingly, cultures around the world have now taken more seriously every season or every adapted to plant-based diets than they were in the past. year brings new popular diets, over time, including many The health pitfalls associated that are first replicated, then eastern countries such as India with meat products are mimicked, and finally criticized and China. On the other hand, completely eradicated. for their lack of scientific in the western world, such ideas Additionally, several health reasoning. Several of them were met with ridicule and benefits have been linked to managed to survive the years. hostility. There was a negative plant-based diets, including a A diet that has just recently connotation with plant-based reduced risk of heart disease, started increasing in prominence diets, as being the ‘poor’ man’s certain cancers, obesity, diabetes is the plant-based diet. diet and its followers sometimes and cognitive decline. Several Plant-based diets are the faced social alienation, being athletes have even supported opposite of ‘new’. In fact, they called ‘overly sensitive’. the diet, helping alleviate the

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misconception in sports nutrition, even today, that animal protein is required to perform at a high level. Secondly, eating plant-based can also reduce your carbon footprint. It is quite apparent that a more plant-based diet would decrease the number of animals being killed, but the indirect benefits of this might not be as obvious. There is a reduction in greenhouse emissions, since some animals release methane gas which helps with greenhouse gases, and it also takes less energy to transport and preserve plants than meat. There is also a reduction in fossil fuel for the same reasons (less transport and preservation). Lastly, by choosing more plants over meat in diets, water use is decreased, since animals kept in captivity for processing would normally be taking more water. For most people, switching over from a meat-heavy platter to a plantbased one can have an adjustment period. Plant-based diet can vary from person to person, but mostly they focus on minimized processed foods, limiting animal products, and increasing intake of plant sources foods such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, seeds and nuts. This means a reduction in fast food, desserts, refined grains, packaged food, and processed meat. There are many tips and tricks to transitioning into this lifestyle. For instance, instead of eliminating certain foods, it might be more worthwhile to find the plantbased substitutes instead. If you must have take-out or fast food, choose the ‘veggie’ alternatives to many meat dishes. Another hack is tofu. According to Joe, tofu from soybeans, is not only “one of the best sources for plant-based protein as it contains all the essential amino acids [needed] for health,” but it is also “naturally low in saturated fats, [and] cholesterol.” All in all, for all these reasons, and many more, it might be worthwhile to switch to a more ethical, healthy way of eating.


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Preparation • Cut tofu lengthwise into half inch slices. Place in a dish with pesto and oil, cover, refrigerate for eight hours or overnight. Preheat oven to 175ºC (350°F). In a large frying pan, heat oil on medium high heat.

• Dip each piece into beaten eggs, then into seasoned bread crumbs. Carefully place tofu slices in the hot pan and pan-fry both sides until golden brown on both sides.

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Celery Root & Pear Soup with Roasted Red Pepper

Cashew Crostini

Ingredients • 7 cups cubed peeled trimmed celery root (about 2 small) • 3 cups cubed cored peeled Bartlett pears (about 4) • ¼ cup olive oil • 1 tsp salt • ½ tsp black pepper • 2 onions, chopped • ½ tsp each cinnamon and nutmeg • ¼ tsp ground ginger • 6 cups PC Plant-Based Chickenless Broth • Half baguette, trimmed and cut diagonally into ½-inch (1 cm) thick slices • 1/3 cup PC Plant-Based Roasted Red Pepper Cashew Dip • 1 cup PC Plant-Based Kefir Dairy-Free Probiotic Fermented Coconut Milk

Preparation Recipe by Celebrity Chef Craig Harding/ President’s Choice

• Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).

paper-lined baking sheet. Arrange in a single layer. Roast, stirring halfway through, until tender and golden, for about 40 minutes.

• Heat remaining two tablespoons of oil in large saucepan over medium-high heat; cook onions, stirring often, until softened, for four to five minutes. Add cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and remaining half a teaspoon of salt; cook, stirring, until fragrant, for four to five minutes.

• Add celery root, pears and

broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium; simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes.

• Meanwhile, arrange oven rack in

top third of oven. Preheat broiler. Arrange baguette slices on foillined baking sheet. Broil, turning halfway through, until golden and crispy, for four to six minutes. Let cool completely. Spread one teaspoon of cashew dip onto each crostini.

• Purée soup using immersion

blender until smooth. Stir in kefir Toss together celery root, pears, two until combined. Ladle into serving tablespoons of oil, half a teaspoon bowls. Serve with crostini on the of salt and pepper on parchment side.

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• 1 cup hot brewed espresso • ½ cup coffee-flavour liqueur • ¼ cup granulated sugar • 3 pkg plain dairy-free cream cheese-style spread, such as PC Plant-Based Plain Coconut Cream Cheese-style Spread • ½ cup PC Dairy-Free Plain Cultured Coconut Milk Probiotic Yogurt • 3/4 cup icing sugar • 18 vegan sugar crisp cookies or other plain biscuits • Cocoa powder, for dusting

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and granulated sugar in a shallow bowl until sugar is dissolved. Refrigerate until cooled, for about 10 minutes.

• Meanwhile, beat cream cheese in a large bowl using an electric hand mixer on medium-high speed until fluffy. Beat in yogurt until combined. Beat in icing

sugar until smooth. Set aside.

• Dip cookies in cooled espresso mixture, turning once, just until soaked through, for one to two seconds per side. Discard remaining espresso mixture.

• Arrange half of the cookies in

a single layer to cover bottom of eight-inch square glass baking dish. Spread half of the cheese mixture over top. Repeat layers once. Cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate until cookies are softened, for about four hours. Dust with cocoa powder before serving. Chef’s tip: Tiramisu is traditionally prepared with egg-based ladyfingers. When selecting a vegan substitute, look for a crispy hard-baked cookie that’s light and airy, which will allow for optimal absorption of the espresso mixture. - Recipe by Celebrity Chef Craig Harding/ President’s Choice


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Tofu Miso Kale Salad Ingredients

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• 1 pkg Soyganic Smoked Tofu Original sliced into medium sized cubes • 1 bunch kale, stems removed • 2 tbsps olive oil

• In a bowl whisk together all the

For the dressing

dressing ingredients.

• Remove stems from kale, and slice thinly, place in a large bowl. Add two tablespoons of olive oil over the kale and massage the salad with your hands (this enhances kale’s flavour and softens the leaves).

• 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil • 3 tbsps lemon juice • 1 tsp lemon zest (optional) • 1 tbsp miso paste • 1 clove garlic, minced • 2 tsps stone-ground mustard • 1 tbsp maple syrup • Pinch of pepper • Pinch of salt

• Toss with the dressing and the sliced tofu and serve.

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• ¼ cup Greek yogurt • 1 tsp ginger-garlic paste • 1 tsp red chilli powder • ¼ tsp ground turmeric • ½ tsp garam masala • Juice of 1 lemon • Salt to taste • 12 medium shrimp, cleaned • 2 tbsps butter (melted) • 1 tsp mustard oil • ½ tsp red pepper flakes • Chaat masala spice mix • 2 tsps chopped cilantro leaves (for garnish)

• In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients, add salt to taste. Add shrimp, toss to coat. Refrigerate for about three hours.

• Preheat the oven to 350˚C on a baking sheet, toss the marinated shrimp with the melted butter, mustard oil, red pepper flakes, and a generous pinch of chaat masala.

• Bake until cooked, for five minutes or so. If you prefer not to use the oven, you can sear the shrimp on a hot pan.

• Garnish with cilantro and freshly squeezed lime, serve hot.

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aurav Anand, chef, caterer and owner of three critically acclaimed and internationally recognized New York City (NYC) restaurants, is one of the youngest restaurateurs in the city. His restaurant Bhatti Indian Grill soon celebrates its 10-year anniversary; Moti Mahal Delux restaurant was awarded two stars by the New York Times; and Awadh restaurant showcases a unique dum pukht-cooking style common to the city of Lucknow, India. Awadh was rated the best Indian restaurant in NYC by Village Voice. Chef Anand has been praised by numerous media outlets for the authenticity and innovation he brings to Indian cuisine. He has created sold-out dinners at the prestigious James Beard Foundation and has been a guest chef at the New York Wine and Food Festival. Chef Anand is also a wedding caterer and has catered to numerous medium to large sized weddings in NYC and worldwide. He has had numerous television appearances, including Good Day New York (Fox 5), Dining Deal with Tony Tantillo (CBS NY), The Best Thing I Ever Ate (Cooking Channel), Neighborhood Eats with Lauren Glassberg (ABC7), and many others.


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DARPAN RECIPES

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Ingredients • 6 tbsps pure ghee • 4 tbsps vegetable oil • A handful of whole spices (green cardamom, bay leaves, cloves) • 1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste • 1 cup yogurt (whipped) • 1 tsp cinnamon powder • 1 tsp black cardamom powder • ½ tsp nutmeg powder • 1 tsp green cardamom powder • ½ tsp yellow chilli powder • ¼ tsp saffron • ¼ tsp kewra water (optional) • Salt to taste • 2 tbsps fresh ginger (juliennes) • Fresh green chillies (cut thin and long) to taste • 6-8 mint leaves • 2 cups basmati rice • 16 ounces chicken (boneless pieces or thighs and leg pieces)

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Biryani Gaurav Anand has been praised by numerous media outlets for the authenticity and innovation he brings to Indian cuisine.

• Add the ginger-garlic paste and nutmeg powder; add half a cup of water to avoid burning, add yellow chilli powder and sauté for one minute.

• Once the chicken is cooked, strain and remove from the above sauce. Keep the chicken aside.

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water (optional) till the rice is about 75 per cent done.

• Place the cooked rice over the cooked chicken, top with a dash of the kewra water and seal the pot tightly with a lid (no steam should escape). Cook for about 20 minutes on a medium flame

• Serve hot with raita (yogurt). • Add the whipped yogurt,

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powdered spices and one cup of water to the gravy and cook for five minutes.

• Soak the rice in water for about one hour, while the sauce and chicken cooks.

• Heat the ghee and vegetable

• Add the cooked chicken back to the sauce along with ginger juliennes, green chillies, and mint leaves.

oil in a pan, add the whole spice, and wait till they crackle. Add the • Cook the soaked rice chicken and salt to taste, cook separately in another pot with for four to five minutes. the whole spices, salt and kewra

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Flu Shots By Gianni Del Negro

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to get the flu shot is not just to protect yourself, but to protect those who are most vulnerable such as newborns, young children, pregnant women, and people with chronic medical conditions or compromised immune systems. Getting sick with the flu can put you at risk of getting other infections such as viral or bacterial pneumonia and flu-related complications such as asthma attacks. Getting the flu vaccine only takes a few seconds, yet it can have a big impact by protecting against these life-threatening and serious complications, especially for those who have compromised immune systems. Many people mistakenly believe there’s no need to get a flu shot because they are healthy. But good health is not an excuse to skip the vaccine, especially if you may be in

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effective tool we have in protecting against the flu, preventing its spread and ultimately it saves lives. While there are lingering misconceptions about the flu shot, eight in 10 (79 per cent) Canadians surveyed through a recent Insights West survey say they recognize the importance of getting one every year to help protect those who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness – like babies, young children, the elderly, and people with certain health conditions. Flu shots are especially important for the elderly and young children, who are more susceptible to flurelated complications that can lead to serious health problems or death. Even healthy individuals should get a flu shot because the higher the rate of vaccination, the greater the protection for the most vulnerable individuals. The key reason for this being Herd close contact with people who Immunity, meaning that the more may be vulnerable to influenza. people who are immunized against As well, many Canadians the flu, the more protection the might not get a flu shot this vulnerable have against the flu. year due to misconceptions As in previous years, the standardabout the benefits of receiving dose, which most people receive, a flu shot and concerns about typically includes immunization the safety and efficacy of the against both the H1N1 and H3N2 vaccines. The reality is that the influenza A virus strains and either flu shot is safe and it is the most one or two influenza B viruses.


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when anxiety is too severe or occurs too frequently, it become debilitating.” In simpler terms, when routine activities become difficult to execute and daily life gets impacted to a point where one is constantly worrying, it cannot be overlooked. When it comes to why anxiety occurs, the reasons range and

The phenomenon is more common than you may think, with nearly half of the Canadian population suffering through anxiety.

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ANXIETY before an exam is one thing, but prolonged symptoms are problematic and cannot be ignored. Sidney Philip, Correctional Mental Health Worker at The Salvation Army Harbour Light, describes anxiety as a mental and physical reaction to perceived threats. He elaborates, “In small doses, anxiety is helpful. It protects us from danger and focuses our attention on problems. However,

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When undergoing anxious thoughts, here are some actions that can help calm the uneasiness:

Physical activity Go for a quick jog, play your favourite sport or skip the rope. Exercise can release endorphins that aid in subsiding the negative emotions.

APPROACHING pit in your stomach, frequent restlessness, and unexplainable lightheadedness – anxiety can creep up in unexpected forms. That said, the phenomenon is more common than you may think, with nearly half of the Canadian population suffering through anxiety. For the other half, anxiety can be difficult to understand. Feeling anxious

health issue, such as depression. Regardless, to cope with anxiety, we can look at tools from two lenses: short term and long term.

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arguably revolve around a variety of themes such as genetics, a life-altering event, personality, or even over-thecounter medications such as Advil. Furthermore, seasonal changes may also be related to anxiety. Sofia Walia, a nursing student at the University of British Columbia, explains, “In winter months, everyone gets busy and you don’t interact as much with others. Thus, these seasonal changes can allow one to feel isolated; the highest rate of loneliness is during winter time, which then correlates to anxiety.” Philip summarizes that anxiety can be caused by factors such as conflict, health problems, dangerous situations, death, and unmet needs, spiritual problems, or false beliefs. Although anxiety should never be ignored, it is essential to recognize if the anxiousness is the condition or the symptom. Rather than an anxiety disorder itself, anxiety may be a sign or symptom of another underlying

Calm breathing Philip suggests slowing down the breathing when feeling anxious or stressed to help cool down. Imagining yourself in a happy place and letting your muscles relax is a great addition to this exercise.

Try Art Writing, drawing, painting and even singing can channel your energy into creativity and help see the positive side of things.

Indulge in a hobby or activity Be it a warm bath, reading a book or cleaning your room, taking your mind off the current situation can be a quick deterrent.

Talk it out Reach out to a trusted friend or family member to verbalize how you are feeling. Confiding in somebody can lift off half the burden and lessen the anxious nerves. If someone shares their story with you, be an active listener and do not dismiss their feelings. Instead, ask how you can be of help.


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Reach out to a trusted friend or family member to verbalize how you are feeling. Confiding in somebody can lift off half the burden and lessen the anxious nerves. If someone shares their story with you, be an active listener and do not dismiss their feelings. Instead, ask how you can be of help. While the above can assist in immediate help, the fix is temporary. Undoubtedly, stigma is the biggest problem for someone dealing with anxiety. Acceptance begins from the self. If anxiety persists as an ongoing issue that interferes with your ability to perform daily tasks, it is time to evaluate yourself. Reflect on your lifestyle to see if you are getting enough sleep, consuming moderate levels of caffeine, connecting with loved ones and exercising regularly. Once you complete the internal checklist, seek help from external sources – and they do not necessarily implicate medication. Walia describes a common approach used by professionals known as cognitive-behaviour therapy which equips one with tools that can empower an individual to become better versions of themselves (i.e. apps). The behavioural element involves tackling specific behaviours to identify toxic thinking patterns and irrational beliefs. Just as with any other condition, prevention is key and early detection is the best way to help yourself. As you set foot into the end of the year, take time to understand your feelings. While it is not healthy to diagnose otherwise normal behaviours as anxiety, it never hurts to check in with yourself. Help is closer than you think!

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or the uninitiated, few aspects of fitness and exercise are as mysterious as supplements. You’ve probably seen them in their colourful tins and bags boasting exciting names like “Turbobooster” or “MuscleMachine,” or an array of seemingly nonsensical letters. And you might have seen other people at the gym mixing these strange powders into their water before, during, or after their workouts. So now you’re wondering — what do these fitness supplements do? And do they really work?

Let’s take a look at a few of the primary supplements and see what benefits they do or don’t have to offer.

Pre-workout aka Caffeine Fitness enthusiasts who are looking to get the most out of every workout session will often take some sort of pre-workout drink about 30 minutes before hitting the weights. Pre-workouts are intended to give you more energy as well as greater focus and endurance.

The primary ingredient in any pre-workout is good old-fashioned caffeine, which is leveraged to give you an extra boost of energy. This can be bolstered by a range of ingredients, such as niacin, vitamins B6, B12, and C, folic acid, beta-alanine, and more. Different products deliver different results, but pre-workouts tend to do what they promise. If you find yourself lagging in the gym, this is the supplement for you.

Creatine For a long time creatine had a bad reputation due to anecdotal tales

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If you’re working out hard, your body needs plenty of protein to repair and build muscle. But it can be difficult to consume enough protein via your typical diet. This is where whey protein comes in. There are a variety of different protein supplements out there, but studies have shown that whey-based protein products are the easiest for your body to utilize. It’s best to take it within an hour of working out, and if you’ve been lifting really heavy, you can maximize your muscle gain by taking a scoop before bed or right after waking up.

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of negative side effects, but modern studies have shown that it is not only safe, but highly effective at delivering a big boost to muscle growth. What’s more, it can provide energy during workouts and improve memory and focus. The important thing to keep in mind with creatine is that you can’t just drink a scoop and get results. You need to let it build up in your system over time. That means either taking 5/g a day over the course of a month, or doing a “loading phase” of 20/g a day for a week, followed by 5/g a day after that. If you decide to go with the loading phase, be sure to drink lots of water as creatine draws extra water into your muscles, which can leave other parts of the body dehydrated.

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BCAAs Few supplements are as controversial as BranchedChain Amino Acids, otherwise known as BCAAs. Supposedly they help create the ideal conditions in your body for burning fat and building muscle, and many athletes swear by them when it comes to muscle recovery and easing soreness. That being said, there isn’t much science to support their effectiveness. Research has shown that while people who exercise do benefit from BCAAs, the reality is that the vast majority of people already get plenty of them in their diet. Chicken, beef, eggs, milk, nuts, brown rice, and a range of vegetables are all rich with BCAAs, so a lot of experts say supplements are unnecessary. That being said, there are plenty of trainers and athletes who are diehard BCAA proponents. So this might be a case where it’s worth giving it a try and seeing if it’s right for your body.

Keep in Mind… It’s important to understand that fitness supplements will not make you fit! They are there to supplement a healthy diet and promote a more effective workout routine. You can’t simply eat a ton of whey protein and build muscle. If you’re not working out enough to use all that protein, then not only will the muscles never grow, but you’ll actually gain fat due to the added calories. So eat a healthy diet, build a solid workout routine, and use supplements like these to gain an extra edge. They’re not magical — merely supplemental. About the Author Native to the Pacific Northwest region of the United States, Nick Hildenʼs career has spanned fiction, travel, advertising, journalism, biography, and more, and his work has appeared in publications such as the LA Times, Vice, LiveStrong, and Global Living Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter @theDisembarked

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he topic of body hair has been a hotly debated feminist issue for more than four decades and remains one. There’s a movement, especially among millennials, of thumbing their noses, or rather their underarm and leg hair, at a society that they insist pressures women to remove all traces of body hair — to the point of shaming women when they don’t. Even celebs have jumped on board. Madonna was one of the first back in the ‘80s, then came Julia Roberts on a red-carpet reveal, and most recently, Miley Cyrus flashed

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Dr. Amanda Lau, co-founder and medical director of Skinfolio in West Vancouver’s Park Royal. Dr. Lau says that IPL is actually a photo facial that removes brown spots and is helpful for rosacea. “It is good technology but it isn’t a true laser technology.” Melody Leskun, clinic manager for Ideal Image MedSpa in South Surrey, describes IPL as light therapy. “It will remove the hair temporarily, but it will come back,” she says. The laser is “going down to the blood supply and removing the hair follicle completely,” Leskun explains, which is why the hair removal is permanent. The IPL process is not only temporary but is limited to people with very fair skin and ultra-dark hair. True laser technology such as Nd:YAG laser which Skinfolio uses, while Ideal Image uses both the Nd:YAG and [dio]laze lasers, can treat a wider range of skin tones and hair shades. “With that laser we’re able to hit a very specific target which is the hair follicle at a particular phase [of growth]. Only when the hairs are growing, are they receptive to the damage,” says Dr. Lau. Leskun adds


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results for blonde and grey hair can vary but it depends on the individual. Dr. Lau says if they manipulate where the energy is going and how deep it’s going they can get different results. She cites a setting on the laser machine that is effective for skin rejuvenation but can also affect fine facial hair. “There are settings that stimulate the collagen which I think will actually help with the peach fuzz because of the bandwidth we are using,” she explains. “It’s like a side effect from the collagen stimulation which is why we won’t do it for a man. If a man is looking for collagen stimulation, we try not to treat his beard area.” One of the most common questions Leskun is asked is ‘does it hurt?’ But the hair needs to be both “We used to say it was like a snap coarse and dark for the best results. of a rubber band. It’s like a pop of Leskun observes that even fairpain but then as soon as the laser is skinned, blonde people can have not touching that area, the pain is darker hair in various parts of their gone,” she says. “It’s very manageable. body, for instance the bikini line. I’m not going to say it’s pain-free and To be certain that the treatment it depends on your pain threshold but will be effective, Ideal Image has a it’s a very brief ping of pain and then consultation for each prospective it stops.” client. “We have them meet with Ideal Image also can suggest a our RN [registered nurses]. numbing cream that clients can ask So, our RN will assess them and their doctor to prescribe if they’re make sure that the hair is treatable concerned. The treatment will take because not all hair is treatable,” six to 10 sessions (sometimes more), Leskun explains, noting that only depending on the amount of hair RN’s perform the treatments at and the area of the body for the hair Ideal Image not aestheticians. removal and takes place over the As there can be only limited course of months or even a year. success treating grey, red and Leskun says once it’s determined blonde hair with lasers, Ideal the person is a good candidate, Image doesn’t consider those hues they can have the first treatment treatable. Dr. Lau admits that immediately if they’re free of sun

exposure. “You need to wait six to eight weeks until the next treatment. There are different phases of hair growth,” she explains. “[If] a man with a full chest of hair gets a treatment, it’s not going to be gone when he leaves. That may be the misconception that some people have. They’re not leaving hair-free immediately. That hair will shed out over the next few weeks and we’ll wait for that next cycle of hair growth to come in… to be treated again.” Dr. Lau emphasizes that people have to commit to coming in every month to achieve effective results. “They have to be diligent and come in when we’re catching all the new-hair growth,” she says. In addition to laser hair removal being permanent, are there any other advantages? In her family medical practice, Dr. Lau has seen many patients with ingrown hairs from waxing and shaving. Both methods can also pose risk of infection. “Yes it [laser hair removal] costs more up front but you’re going to run into less risk over time. Every time you shave, every time you wax, you’ve opened up that follicle to the outside world. You’ve introduced abrasion and there’s potential for that to get infected.” With safety not an issue, it is the cost that deters many people from getting laser treatments. Both Ideal Image and Skinfolio have different payment options that can make the cost more manageable for an average budget. For an area like a bikini line, each treatment can range from $100 to $150. Ideal Image often offers special promotions too and also has a guarantee on the services. Dr. Lau acknowledges it can seem expensive but offers that a lifetime of shaving and waxing isn’t cheap either and laser hair removal doesn’t have the consequences as other methods. She’s absolutely convinced of both its safety (in physician-directed spas) and its efficacy, and not just from a business perspective. Photos: iStock, Ideal Image MedSpa South Surrey

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There are really no boundaries or rules when it comes to fashion and I think it’s one of the most beautifully liberating ways to express yourself.” ~ Zara Umrigar

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How do you define fashion in your own words? Fashion to me is one of the greatest forms of expression, the freedom to portray exactly who you are without ever having to use your words. There are really no boundaries or rules when it comes to fashion and I think it’s one of the most beautifully liberating ways to express yourself.

What is the inspiration behind Reign? Reign is inspired by the powerful women in the Game of Thrones. An ode to one of my favourite TV shows of all time, this collection is fierce, bold and intricately handembroidered. From beaded birds and capes, to power shoulders and dramatic silhouettes – the pieces depict flight, freedom and power. It’s all about the rise of powerful women to the top!

What has been your most memorable moment or collection till date? There have been so many exciting moments in my career so far but the biggest one would have to be my first show at Paris Fashion Week (PFW). It was an overwhelming and gratifying feeling to showcase my pieces on such a massive platform and to also receive recognition for it. I returned to PFW for the second time this September.

What is the fashion forecast for 2020? I think 2020 will be all about exaggeration. Dramatic, statement aspects of outfits like power shoulders, bows and capes will continue to take over the runway.

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According to Sandeep Ravi, a New York-based designer, “Tartan’s history tells a story about identity, used to differentiate one Scottish clan from another. This versatile print was seen all over the runway this season, with each designer interpreting it in different ways. From hefty buffalo checks to exaggerated glen plaid the print adapts itself to any style be it mid-length skirts, sculpted blazers, over-sized outerwear to just sneakers. You can always pair this style with denim for a casual day out or pair it with another co-ordinate tartan print,” he says. This timeless trend is a perfect camouflage-style especially this winter. Mix and match between scarves, jumpers, coats, suits, skirts, to showcase grunge, punk or bohemian fashion. Bright, vibrant, and attractive, plaid prints come in different variants ranging from the most popular and the

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DRAPE THAT SCARF Add spunk to the most mundane clothes by draping a soft, purled ended tartan scarf, this winter. We are talking a multi-coloured scarf – this shield of warmth is sure to make you stand out in the crowd. How does a pairing of chiffon skirt, a simple plain silk top, and a scarf sound?

HUG YOUR JACKETS A light-weight woollen delight is a wardrobe essential this winter. Let your attire scream sophistication with a little mix-andmatch. A tartan jacket with a plain blouse, boyfriend jeans and boots is how you nail a look. Don’t hesitate from experimenting by sporting a plaid jacket on a leather dress or a skirt. Also in favour this season is the longline coat. Whether you are wearing a dress or simple denim and a tee, this can fix any look!

TRENDY TROUSERS This might just become your favourite outfit this winter. Wear a pair of tartan trousers for any occasion – an evening party or an office meeting. Throw in a blouse or a matching plaid jacket, waistcoat, or a subtle jumper, we bet you are melting the snow with your sizzling style. From a straight-leg tartan trouser to slim, regular, or wide leg, these trousers are going to crawl into your wardrobe. Be a showstopper wearing a suit with matching prints. A tartan suit can be sassy and is on top of the trend game.

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PONCHO LOVE This winter put your best fashion foot forward wearing a lightweight poncho/ cape. Let your Royal Stewart poncho be a conversation starter on those brutally cold days. For something more subtle, go with pastel-shaded ponchos. Grab eyeballs in a finesse cashmere poncho and pair them with cigarette pants.

PLAY DRESS UP Bring out the diva inside you by opting for one of these – shift, shirt, high neck or a wrap dress in tartan prints. If you want to play it safe, you could go with just a simple gown. An off-shoulder tartan dress and a woolen hat can be perfect for a chilly date night. An A-line cut dress with a heavy-duty belt around your waist adds a touch of class to your look. Polish it off with a pair of standout stilettos. Our favourite is the plaid pinafore dress – cute yet swanky! DECEMBER 2019 104 NOVEMBER/ Reflecting The South-Asian Lifestyle

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A tartan skirt is as 1950ish as it can get. Imitate the Betty Draper style of fashion with a tartan skirt and pair it with a turtleneck shirt. Want something hotter? Try a red and black mini pleated kilted skirt. If you want to take the unconventional route then opt for a yellow and black skirt instead.


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Vancouver is the West Coast’s premier design show. We just wrapped our 15th year, and as always, the show was full of exciting new makers, art installations, and of course, design inspiration for every taste and every budget. HERE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVOURITE EMERGING TRENDS:

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Solid furniture with soft, curved edges rather than sharp corners is something I’ve enjoyed seeing offered more and more as of late. Stained dark black or smoky walnut are popular with solid wood furniture as are two very opposite, very light woods; white oak or ash. It’s not just curved – edged furniture with softer lines have been appealing to us all these days, archways are still delighting us and were prevalent at last year’s IDS Vancouver. This year designers have taken the trend farther. The entrance of our VIP Lounge designed by Vancouver-based firm LIV Studios had a beautiful arch as did Union Wood Co.

Natural, local materials and simple unfussy forms are a nod to the region’s natural resources. This was evident under the archway in the tunnel of Union Wood Co. with their beautiful, long table, stump stools and wood shavings. Barter’s collection of homewares was a delight. Also, Portlandbased Hew have a beautiful offering of handmade spoons and serving vessels.

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Marset Follow Me lamp With real estate prices being what they are, less people are owning their homes and are in turn investing in structural upgrades. Opting for more portable lighting options that you can take with you from home to home rather than hardwiring in pendants and show-stopping chandeliers, companies with beautiful lighting solutions have launched versions of well-loved classics to better suit the growing rental market. Floor lamps and compact, powerful lighting solutions are good looking and can move with you. I adore my versatile Menu Carrie LED light that we are able to easily charge at our off the grid cabin as it uses just a USB charger. To further make my point, when we sold our home, we showed it with a Tom Dixon pendant in the dining room. Rather than write into our sale agreement that the pendant was not included in the sale of the house, we were advised to just let it go. I miss that light!. Okay, but colour and texture are a good thing too. A standout collection was by Paolo Lenti in collaboration with the popular Vancouver Showroom, Livingspace. A feast for the eyes, Paolo Lenti’s bright, bold outdoor furniture and the screen of beautifully textured, garland-like, strung fabric that housed it was show-stopping. Designing and making their own materials including the fabrics, ropes and fibres the furniture is made with, the brand did a lot of research to find the proper fibre, and then modified it for their outdoor furniture. Paola Lenti furniture, both outdoor and indoor, is known for its bright, vibrant colours. One can find pops of colour in the most delightful places and objects these days including in works by artist Dina Gonzalez Mascaro. Her vessels are organic in shape and surprisingly bold in colour..

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We don’t necessarily know where the quote originated, but Gagan often says that we “shouldn’t compare our insides to other people’s outsides,ˮ and this really resonates with both of us.ˮ

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I’ve said yes! The first time was in March of 2018 when Gagan and his family came to my house and together asked for my hand in marriage, it was very sentimental and sweet. The second time was a few months later in September when we were doing our ‘Save the Date’ photoshoot, he took me completely by surprise. The third (and final) time was in India when we were wedding shopping. We all headed to Udaipur for a couple of days where Gagan had set up a “family photoshoot” at the Oberoi Udaivillas. Gagan proposed with both our families there and it was a moment I’ll never forget.

Q: Describe your wedding Q: What do you love most about one another? day. What was your favourite moment? The ability to make each other laugh no matter what the situation. It really helps put a perspective on our daily lives and gives us the ability to handle anything that comes our way.

Q: Could you share your proposal story? Shalu: It’s quite funny because he’s actually proposed to me three times and each time

It’s hard to pick out one single moment from the wedding day. I’m sure most couples have said in the past how things go by so fast on your wedding day, but both of us did a great job on checking in on each other throughout the day to make sure we were appreciating the moment. Our favourite moment was probably after the fourth and final lavan when the photographers caught us fist-bumping each other.


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enjoyed to the fullest. The decorations turned out exactly as we envisioned (thanks Décor By Polly!) and it was amazing seeing so many of our family and friends share our excitement about the wedding. Gagan himself had at least 150 friends there from high school, university, and medical school at the reception After six years of dating and it was so much fun to (four of which were celebrate with old friends long-distance with and new alike. an eight-hour time difference), it was Q: Can you describe amazing to finally be your outfits? able to solidify our relationship and start Both of us had a very specific the next chapter of idea of what we wanted to our lives together. wear for throughout the week We couldn’t be happier – traditional yet regal. Even to finally be able to live though it wasn’t planned, for in the same home in our wedding day we both the same time zone and ended up gravitating towards not having to rely on Rimple & Harpreet because FaceTime so often. their designs incorporated the traditional looks we were hoping for, while still giving Q: Could you off a very royal look. tell us about

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on a few hikes, ate our weight in food, and drove around the island in our zippy Mini Cooper convertible – it was perfect. It was really nice to enjoy some sun and get a break before getting back into our daily routines.

Q: What are your favourite quotes? Shalu: We don’t necessarily know where the quote originated, but Gagan often says that we “shouldn’t compare our insides to other people’s outsides,” and this really resonates with both of us.

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Shalu: Both of us are very cognisant of the fact that we are very early on in our marriage so it wouldn’t be appropriate to identify what our strengths are at the moment. That being said, after being together for so long we are definitely going to integrate some principles from when we were dating to make sure our relationship brings out the best of both of us. Q: Where did One of those principles is the you honeymoon? importance of having dedicated time Shalu: Due to Gagan’s work for activities throughout our weeks schedule, we were only able to that are not necessarily together – escape for a few days to Hawaii we found that not only does this after the wedding. We went give us an opportunity to socialize


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with our friends, but it also “energizes” our relationship because it offers us an opportunity to talk about something new on a regular basis. For Gagan, these activities usually involve playing some sort of sport (especially ice hockey), and for myself it is often trying out a new spin studio or workout class.

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o trip through Southern Spain is complete without stopping in Granada. While most travellers arrive here just to see the Alhambra, this compelling city is a destination in its own right. Seeping with centuries of history, Granada melds elaborate Islamic architecture and Arab-infused street life with monumental churches, bohemian bars, and a thriving tapas scene. Once deemed one of the greatest Islamic cities in the medieval world, Granada was the last bastion of the Moors in Spain when the Catholic monarchs captured the city in 1491. Today, this translates into a breathtaking blend of architecture and styles, most spectacularly seen in the Alhambra. If you’re planning a trip to this gritty and mystical Spanish city, prepare to leave thoroughly enchanted.

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Explore the Alhambra Without a doubt, the Alhambra is one of the most visited attractions in Spain – and for good reason. Set against the Sierra Nevada mountains, this alluring palace complex dates back to the 12th century. With its Islamic décor, elegantly landscaped gardens, and spectacular 360 views of Granada, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is one you shouldn’t skip. Plan ahead and book tickets well in advance as they sell out. It’s recommended to book your tickets at least two months prior to your visit, if you are travelling in high season (June–September). The complex has three main parts, which will occupy most of your day once you arrive. There’s the fortress Alcazaba, where you can see the site’s original 13th century citadel. Then there’s the Nasrid Palaces, the centerpiece of the entire complex, with its stunning facades of glazed tiles, stucco and intricately-carved wood. Finally, there are the Generalife gardens, with its sultry courtyards and pools. It’s recommended to either book a tour or rent an audio guide to make sense of this sprawling attraction, as signage is limited.


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cathedral. Known for being the last resting place of Spain’s Catholic Monarchs, Isabel I de Castilla and Fernando II de Aragón, the chapel has their monumental marble tombs on display. The sacristy also hosts a small museum inside, with some impressive pieces and an art collection, which contains a masterpiece by Botticelli.

Wander around the Albayzín and Sacromonte Visit the Cathedral de Granada and Capilla Real The next day, stroll down to the heart of the city to visit the Cathedral of Granada. Built on top of a former mosque after the conquest of Granada by the Catholics, the cathedral is considered a masterpiece of the Spanish Renaissance style. It is surprisingly large inside, with impressive facades, a grand altar and several exquisite chapels. Audio guides are included in the price of admission (5€/adult) and direct you to some of the more important works in the building. You can visit the Capilla Real (or the Royal Chapel) afterwards, which is located right beside the DECEMBER 2019 118 NOVEMBER/ Reflecting The South-Asian Lifestyle

Granada has two distinct historical neighbourhoods you should definitely add to your list. The Albayzín is Granada’s Moorish district, full of winding cobblestone streets and steep hills, where you’ll catch glimpses of whitewashed caremenes (mansions with walled gardens). It’s an ideal place to spend a relaxed afternoon; just wander around, soak in the distinct

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atmosphere or stop at a teashop. You’ll also find a lot of medina-style stalls here if you’re looking to pick up a souvenir or two. For some Instagramworthy views of the Alhambra, you can walk up to Mirador de San Nicolas. This labyrinthine area is also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Another unique neighbourhood you must explore is Sacromonte. Nestled in the hills above Granada, this is home to the city’s thriving Roma (Gypsy) community and is famous for their whitewashed cave homes. An interesting stop is the Cave Museum of Sacromonte. It’s an open-air museum where caves have been recreated as they were 100 years ago, so visitors can learn about the living conditions and trades of its inhabitants. Both these historical neighbourhoods are accessible by foot. You also have the option of booking a walking tour if you’d like more of a guided experience.


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Granada also has some of the oldest baths in Spain and this is another quintessential experience to enjoy while you’re there. There are several to choose from in Granada where you will be able to enjoy traditional hammam.

Experience a Flamenco Show and a Turkish Bath Round off your experience in Granada with a flamenco show. This Andalusian art form consists of tragic yet beautiful singing, guitar playing and passionate dancing which all culminates into one unforgettable experience. A popular venue for authentic flamenco is La Casa del Arte Flamenco, located in the city centre. You can also head up to Sacromonte to experience a show in a cave. Granada also has some of the oldest baths in Spain and this is another quintessential experience to enjoy while you’re there. There are several to choose from in Granada where you will be able to enjoy traditional hammam: hot and cold water baths, steam rooms, massages, and mint tea. Granada’s Hammam Al Ándalus is a popular choice for travellers. Be sure to book a few days in advance to ensure availability.

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Enjoy Granada’s Tapas Scene As my tour guide informed us, if you had to pay for your tapas, you’re not eating tapas. You’re just having Spanish food. Granada may be one of the few places left in Spain that honours the time-old tradition of tapas – whenever you order an alcoholic drink, you’ll get a scrumptious snack on the house and each successive drink secures an even more elaborate tapa. In Granada, the free tapas ranged from hefty servings of croquetas de jamon (breaded and fried bechamel fritters with Spanish cured ham), fried shrimp and fish fritters, sherrysoaked clams, and even paella. A great place to experience this is Los Diamantes. This tiny tiled café may look unimpressive but is always packed with locals and tourists alike. Their drinks are reasonable at 2€-3€; be sure to arrive early if you want a spot to sit. For a traditional bar, head to Bodega Castañeda, known for its floor to ceiling barrels of wine. It’s mostly standing room only but it’s well worth it. For tapas with a twist, visit Om Khalsum, which serves up Arabic tapas. Enjoy bite-sized versions of falafel, shawarma and various other classics in beautiful Moorish surroundings – complete with tiles, carved arches and cushioned benches. Finally, don’t leave town without having churros and chocolate for a sinfully delicious breakfast. Both Café Fútbol and Torres Bermejas are great places to indulge and are beloved by both tourists and locals. Photos: iStock

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his sixth-generation rear-wheel drive sports car emerges quite a bit larger than the outgoing model gaining 85-millimetres in length, 75 in width and 13 in height. The wheelbase, however, is actually shorter by 26 millimetres, and coupled with an aluminumintensive double-joint spring strut front and five-link suspension rear setup, handling is the sharpest it has ever been. The M40i is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre inline

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A familiar eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission takes care of shifting duties, and includes a launch control function to help achieve the 4.5-second 0 to 100 km/h time. six-cylinder producing 382 horsepower, an additional 47 compared to before, and 369 lb-ft of torque. A familiar eightspeed Steptronic Sport transmission takes care of shifting duties, and includes

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HIGHLIGHTS MSRP: $56,100 Horsepower: 248 @ 5,000 rpm Torque (lb-ft): 273 @ 1,600 rpm Gearbox: Seven-speed auto Layout: All-wheel drive Fuel economy: 11.6L/100 km city and 9.3L/100 km highway

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will be honest; I am generally not a big fan of Sport Utility Vehicles (SUV). The Macan on the other hand, is the first SUV that I really had a lot of fun tossing about. Other SUVs I have driven handle well but are not exceptional, whereas the Macan drives well and suits all the household needs. Honestly, DECEMBER 2019 126 NOVEMBER/ Reflecting The South-Asian Lifestyle

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which I really liked as for the first time I could really see what one got for the base $56,100 price tag. This Porsche had all the luxury features that one expects plus a few things Porsche feels is necessary for their cars. As this is an SUV, it has four doors and a hatch at the

rear. The seating is for five but four is just that much more comfortable on a longer journey. The front seats are heated buckets with eight-way power assist which I found easy enough to get comfortable in, and I am picky about comfort. There was plenty of fore and


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horsepower giving this SUV a 0 to 100 kph time of 6.7 seconds which isn’t bad for an all-wheeldrive vehicle weighing in at 1,859 kg. Putting all that power to the road is a seven-speed automatic that shifted flawlessly as you might expect from a Porsche. For those hills around North Vancouver, the Macan is also equipped with a hill holder feature which is nice when the vehicle behind you is too close. Overall, I found handling better than the average high-end SUV but a firmer ride than most. But one does not buy a Porsche for a luxury ride anyway.

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aft movement for taller drivers in the front. In the rear, the seats are comfortable and fold in a 40/20/40 configuration, making it possible to carry larger items with people in the rear. Seat coverings are vinyl and Alcantara centres which is a high-quality suede-like material. The controls, like all Porsche vehicles, were well-placed and easy to get at, and for the most part, easy to learn their functions. The tach is placed front and centre, traditional to all Porsches and other controls are placed along the centre console. Power for the base Macan is a 2-litre turbo with 248

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Holding this base Macan on the road are 18-inch allow wheels with 235/60R18 on the front and 235/55R18 on the rear. I found them more than adequate for everyday driving and the odd bit of spirited driving. If you desire to tow, the base Macan will handle up to 2,000 lbs. One other nice feature if you have people and gear in the Macan are the self-adjusting/levelling headlights. The powerful LED headlights level themselves when the vehicle is loaded. Personally I could live with the basics when it comes to this Macan. I don’t need all the bells and whistles to enjoy this fine SUV. If it is within your budget, the base Macan is a good place to start. At $56,100 base, the Macan gets you a fine handling SUV that can keep up with many cars worth a lot more. I like to think of the Macan as a practical vehicle that is fun to drive.


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ike with Ford during the introduction of the EcoBoost Mustang, naysayers had a field day when Chevrolet originally announced a turbocharged four-cylinder version of the sixth generation Camaro. Now three years old, it just got a facelift and we took the boosted model out to see if the term muscle car is still appropriate.

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So what’s new for 2019? The front end of our 1LT is definitely meaner looking. The mesh grille, housing slimmer LED dual element headights, extends much deeper into the bumper than before, and the lower central intake connects to the ones in the corners. Our Riverside Blue Metallic tester had the optional 1LE Track

HIGHLIGHTS MSRP: $35,660 Motor: 2.0-litre turbocharged four cylinder Horsepower: 275 @ 5,600 rpm Torque (lb-ft): 295 @ 3,000 rpm Gearbox: Six-speed manual Layout: Front engine, rear-wheel drive Fuel economy: 14.3 L/100 km mixed city/highway (observed) Performance Package installed (+$5,195) that gives the complementary twin lamp taillights a really cool colourless smoked appearance to them. The bundle also adds a blacked-out front splitter, hood wrap, subtle trunk spoiler and wide 20-inch alloy wheels, among a whole host of interior and performance upgrades. The cabin has a good blend of raciness and usability, featuring a suedewrapped flat bottomed steering wheel and shift knob, and a seven-inch touch display — running the latest Chevrolet Infotainment 3 software — which is curiously angled downwards, presumably to mitigate glare on a sunny day. Another unique design choice is the placement of the hazard light toggle directly ahead of the shifter. More than once I turned them on whether via an


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www.darpanmagazine.com accidental poke or having my phone slide and hit the button under braking. Finally, unlike pretty much any other vehicle I’ve been in, changing the temperature and fan settings involves twisting the ring around the central two circular air vents. Definitely interesting. The fabric seats provide great support. A high-definition backup camera is standard, and really comes in handy given the sliver of a rear window and the blind spot created by the girthy C pillar. Surprisingly, trying to crack the window end up is a bit of a chore due to oversensitive switches. Pressing down even a little too hard results in triggering the auto-down feature. Circling back to engine, yes — this Camaro is powered by a forced-induction four-banger. Would one know it by driving it? Maybe. Rated at 275 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, the output is certainly there. As with most turbo applications, a tad of lag upon acceleration is discernable. Things pick up in a hurry, though and the 1LT can move. If only the compact motor generated the same sound the V8 in the SS grade makes. In addition, thanks to the aforementioned track pack, the spec DARPAN drove possessed Brembo brakes, limited slip differential, uprated suspension (larger diameter front and rear stabilizer bars, stiffer dampers and more) and a better cooling system. The car also benefited from a precise-feeling six-speed manual transmission, although some sort of lockout mechanism would be nice to prevent an unintentional shift into reverse instead of first gear. On the road, the Camaro behaves as expected. Cool and composed when driven conservatively, but turn the wheel and quickly push the gas pedal down at the same time and the rear will try to come out and say hello. That said though, even over several days of consecutive rain there were no sketchy moments behind the wheel. Planning on handing the keys to a youngster? Chevy’s innovative Teen Driver mode is equipped, allowing parents and guardians to set limits on various vehicle functions and receive a generated report card detailing operator behaviour.

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The springs and dampeners can be individually adjusted at each wheel allowing for a handful of neat functions. For example when activated, CURVE leans the GLE into the direction of a turn to counteract body roll and minimize occupant discomfort. When off-roading, a rocking mode causes the entire mid-size crossover to bounce up and down to reduce the ground pressure of the tires and improve traction. Not only does this create the potential for escape from being stuck in sand, snow or dirt, but looks absolutely hilarious. We haven’t yet touched on appearance, and I’m happy to report the vehicle is gorgeous. The aforementioned long wheelbase, short overhangs, large upright twin-louvered grille and accoutrements like chunky wheel arches and roof rails combine to provide a luxurious yet outdooradventure-approved aesthetic. The interiors of our test pilots were all class boasting plenty of leather, untreated wood and satin-finish aluminum. Dual 12.3-inch widescreen displays serve the role of visual centerpiece as well command centre for the instruments and the intelligent Mercedes-Benz User Experience infotainment system. The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 and 450 are in dealerships now. Interested in some more kick under the hood? An AMG-tuned GLE 53 4MATIC+ model is available, delivering 429 horsepower, unique styling and sportier AMG ACTIVE RIDE CONTROL suspension.

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riven by high-concept subjects, masala entertainment, and some of the most talented actors, the coming months in Bollywood are nothing short of a treat to film aficionados. The movie-coaster kickstarts with Ayushmann Khurrana’s socially relevant and extremely thoughtful satire – Bala, which is followed by a quirky wedding

comedy starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Athiya Shetty. Close on the heels is another film promising a good dose of laughter – the remake of Sanjeev Kumar’s classic hit – Pati Patni Aur Woh. And then comes the hotly-awaited film of the year, Dabangg 3, starring the Bhaijaan of Bollywood, Salman Khan. Finally ending the year on a good note is Akshay Kumar’s Good Newwz. Now isn’t it a delectable spread?

DABANGG 3 Release date: December 20 Starring: Salman Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, Arbaaz Khan, Mahie Gill

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he third instalment to the popular Dabangg franchise is undoubtedly the most-awaited film of the year and the excitement around it is palpable. After all, it brings back the most beloved screen cop ever – Chulbul Pandey, played by none other than the massy hero – Salman Khan. While the makers are tight-lipped about the film, it is learnt that the film will show Chulbul Pandey’s back story and will be high on action and drama. Speaking about the film, director Prabhu Deva said, “It is a typical Salman Khan film. Doing a Dabangg film was a challenge to me. I was new to the Dabangg universe. Everyone else (in the unit) had worked in the first and second parts of the series. Of course, I had seen both the earlier films. So, I made an effort to get into the groove. Luckily for me I didn’t fall flat.”

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wedding comedy revolves around a 36-year-old man trying to find a wife and a young girl whose only aim is to find an NRI husband and settle abroad after marriage. Interestingly, this is the first time Nawaz is playing a character like this. Speaking about his character in the film, Nawaz said, “When I read this script, the oddly, straight faced and unintentionally funny Pushpinder, really stood out. His desperation to get married drives him a little crazy forcing him down some insane alleys of life. I had a great time playing a character like him for the first time and working with Athiya Shetty was a delight.” Nawaz has never disappointed on screen and Motichoor Chaknachoor definitely seems to be worthy of our time and money.

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uch to the chagrin of chain movie theatres, purists and Steven Spielberg, Netflix is positioned to do very well in the upcoming awards season. The streaming service’s end-of-year roster features the film to beat – The Irishman – and strong contenders in acting categories. Except for

one movie, all Netflix titles will hit specialty movie houses a couple of weeks before becoming available to subscribers (Vancity Theatre in the Greater Vancouver Area). Here are the must-watch titles to be on top of the upcoming gold statues cavalcade.

JOJO RABBIT November 1 in theatres Now that Disney purchased Fox, the House of Mouse finds itself in the strange position of having to release a comedy featuring Adolf Hitler. Not to worry. Jojo Rabbit is as sweet as a fable set in the waning days of WWII go, starring a kid who starts as a true believer and slowly becomes aware of the hate Nazism has imbued in him. Oscar odds: As terrific as Jojo Rabbit is, to reward a film that casts Hitler as someone’s imaginary friend is a bridge too far for the Academy.

THE KING November 1 in theatres and Netflix Timothée Chalamet has opted to pursue quality projects instead of cashing in on his heartthrob status. His latest, The King, is loosely based on Shakespeare’s Henry V, with more up-to-date references and a less romantic approach to war. In a brilliant bit of casting, former Twilight poster-boy Robert Pattinson is the villain of the piece as the Dauphin of France. Oscar odds: Not fantastic. Normally historical dramas fare well at the Oscar, but this year the competition is formidable.

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THE IRISHMAN November 15 in theatres; November 27 on Netflix The dream team of 70’s movies has finally assembled: Scorsese, De Niro, Pacino, Pesci, Keitel. The plot – the rise and fall of the assassin perhaps responsible for the murder of Jimmy Hoffa – is fascinating in its own right, but the main attraction is to watch these heavyweights interact one more time. Oscar odds: De Niro and Pacino have starred in a number of clunkers in the last decade (I see your Dirty Grandpa and raise you Jack and Jill), but early word is that they’re in top form. TM

FORD V FERRARI November 15 in theatres Two of the strongest Gen-X actors star in a movie engineered to hit the Academy soft spots: A car designer (Matt Damon) and a daredevil driver (Christian Bale) put behind beefs and personal demons to build a vehicle fast enough to beat the über powerful Ferrari machine at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. James Mangold (Logan) directs. Oscar odds: Reception at the Toronto Film Festival was lukewarm at best, but given the talent involved it is worth paying attention.


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November 29 in theatres; December 6 on Netflix A couple’s disintegration is captured in detail by director Noah Baumbach (Frances Ha) in this equally painful yet oddly amusing romp. Career high for Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson. Oscar odds: Both leads should be on the running, same as script. As a whole, the scope is too narrow next to the likes of Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood and The Irishman.

RICHARD JEWELL December 13 in theatres The conservative alternative this award season, it tells the story of a security guard first hailed as a hero for discovering a bomb that could have killed dozens, but was later vilified by the press when doubts about his innocence emerged. Eighty nine-year-old Clint Eastwood came up with this.

November 22 in theatres

CATS December 20 in theatres The play has no plot, a clowder of forgettable felines and just one decent song. The trailer somehow looks worse (fur everywhere, but human noses?).

A year ago, a documentary about Fred Rogers reminded the world the enormous good the man in the cardigan did for generations of kids. Now we get the scripted treatment with the only actor up for the task: Tom Hanks. Bring tissues, a lot of them. Oscar odds: If nothing else, Hanks should return to the Kodak Theatre.

Oscar odds: LOL. No.

Oscar odds: Presumably Jon Voight is going to like it.

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LITTLE WOMEN December 25 in theatres Greta Gerwig’s adaptation of the literary classic differs from previous incarnations by emphasizing the feminist aspects of the book. Gerwig, whose previous directorial effort – Lady Bird – was nominated for best picture, put together a dream cast to portray the March sisters: Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh and Eliza Scanlen. Oscar odds: Greta Gerwig is the real deal and the time is right to reappraise Louisa May Alcott’s magnum opus. Could be this year’s dark horse.

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We are witnessing considerable social unrest in different corners of the world. Do you think this obeys to particular circumstances or are there common elements?

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business (FutureMap), a company

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Indians around the world have made significant contributions to their immigrated countries. What do you think of this accomplishment? There is something about cultural openness. Indian immigrants tend to assimilate very quickly in different societies. It’s the second largest diaspora: 40 million Indians is a number larger than the population of many countries. There is a common national pride and a sense is very important to contribute to the overall health of the (adoptive) country, whether it is economic, social or developmental.

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observation and forecasting, but also

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global issues, an intellectual who

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welfare and leads the dialogue

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of his work,

I call it the “global underclass revolt.” The common denominators are the frustration with corruption and power structures and inadequate quality of life. Young people driving these movements. They feel very marginalized by the circumstances. My next book will be about them. We’ve never had a generation that’s having less children than itself. They’re not reproducing. It has a lot to do with economics and the environment.

leaders, some of which have impressed him greatly. Former Foreign Affairs Minister and current President of

build solidarity.” He also thinks

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DECEMBER: A popular month! Everyone wants to see your face. Enjoy schmoozing with others because you will also use your ambition to get what you want. It will be to your advantage to work and cooperate with others this month. Strive to establish who you are in your friendships as well as in groups. (Your friends are a reflection of who you are.)

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NOVEMBER: This is your hour! With the Sun in your sign, you’re empowered. This is your chance to replenish and rejuvenate yourself for the rest of year. Old friends from the past, including expartners, are back in your world again. (Indeed, something hidden or behind the scenes is going on.) Enjoy shopping for pretty things for yourself and loved ones.

DECEMBER: Even though your primary motive this

ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19)

SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21)

NOVEMBER: A little warning: Mercury

NOVEMBER: This is a fabulous month to do

retrograde is in one of your Money houses. This is good news and bad news. The good news is money that has been owed to you from the past might come to you now. Yay! The bad news is funds that you are expecting might be delayed. (It’s frustrating and unpredictable.) Meanwhile, be patient with partners.

research. You will be successful. Study history or delve into the past (this includes remembering your childhood). Group activities are exciting and possibly competitive, especially with athletics. This is an excellent month to buy wardrobe items for yourself because you will love what you see in the mirror.

DECEMBER: You want to get outta Dodge this month!

DECEMBER: It’s your birthday, which means this is your

Do what you can to explore a change of scenery because you need stimulation and fresh discovery. Fortunately, relations with bosses and parents are smooth, so you might swing this. Be skilful dealing with disputes about inheritances and shared property. (Why be otherwise?)

chance to recharge your batteries for the rest of the year. It’s also the perfect time for you to set goals that will be future guidelines and help you make important decisions. It’s easy for you to attract money towards you this month, which is why you are spending on pretty things for yourself and others. Enjoy!

TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20) NOVEMBER: Ex-spouses, ex-partners

CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19)

and old friends are back in your world. This could be thrilling or not. You are also in the enviable position of being able to benefit from the wealth and resources of others. Meanwhile, you’re pumped to work hard and get things done.

NOVEMBER: Old friends from the past are back in your world making this a popular time for you as you mingle with friends plus groups and organizations. This popularity is timely because you are also ambitious right now, which means this could be a favourable time to make an important contact with someone. (So often it’s not what you know but who you know.)

DECEMBER: This is an intense, passionate time Nevertheless, because fiery Mars is opposite your sign, it’s easy to be annoyed with others, which in turn, creates friction. Remember: Patience is the antidote to anger. Meanwhile, grab every chance to travel for pleasure. Yes!

DECEMBER: Contradictory messages from the stars exist for you this month. In one way, you want to retire and be by yourself. You will cherish your privacy. However, both Mars and Venus will push you into socializing with others and participating in group activities. Meanwhile, this is an excellent time to define your goals and begin to pursue them. (Gasp.)

GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20) NOVEMBER: You want to be productive and efficient in your job and your work this month; nevertheless, retrograde Mercury will cause delays, shortages, confused communications, computer crashes, equipment problems and misplaced paperwork. Fortunately, Mars makes you playful and supportive. Enjoy romance, fun socializing and the arts.

AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB. 18) NOVEMBER: This month you will encounter parents, bosses and authority figures from your past. Be ready to take advantage of this encounter because it might be a chance for closure. It might also be a chance to get a recommendation or establish a future reference. Explore your desire to travel. Opportunities in medicine, the law, publishing and the media are yours for the having. Yes!

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NOVEMBER: This month you want to

VIPs this month. You don’t have to do anything special? It’s the power of the heavens! Obviously, you can use this blessing to advance your agenda and demand the advantage. Enjoy socializing with creative, artistic friends. Grab every chance to travel and get further education because you can.

energy, making you aggressive in your relations with others. (I suggest you work out at the gym or get physical exercise to blow off some steam.) Money is your focus this month and you have moneymaking ideas. Meanwhile, relations with daily contacts are affectionate and sweet.

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DECEMBER: You look fabulous to bosses, parents and

DECEMBER: Fiery Mars is now in your sign, boosting your

DECEMBER: You need more sleep this month because this is the only month of the year when the Sun (symbolically speaking) is as far away from your sign as it gets all year. Fortunately, Mars comes to the rescue, giving you abundant energy to work hard and get things done. One caveat: You might not get credit for everything you do. TM

NOVEMBER: A saucy month! You might be caught up in a swirl of romance, love affairs, vacations, parties and chances to enjoy the theatre, sports events and playful times with children. Old flames are back in your life, which will be titillating. Be patient with chaos and increased activity at home due to renovations or visiting guests. It is what it is.

travel and expand your world; however, Mercury retrograde will create delays and confusion. Therefore, double check itineraries and travel details. Likewise, allow extra time in your travels to cope with the unexpected. Romance with someone in a position of authority might blossom. Meanwhile, people will seek out your artistic advice about how to make something look attractive.

SCORPIO (OCT. 23-NOV. 21)

CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22)

month is to work hard and be productive; nevertheless, fiery Mars will bring you a busy social calendar. Yes, you still want to party and have fun! With Venus opposite your sign fine-tuning your relations with others, you can have it all.

LEO (JULY 23-AUGUST 22) NOVEMBER: Family might be camped on your doorstep this month because retrograde Mercury will attract relatives and family members to you. You might also deal with old family business. Whatever happens, you will be firm and assertive talking to others because you identify with your ideas. Fair Venus will attract romance and social diversions, giving you fun escapes. Ready?

DECEMBER: This can be a happy month for you because your primary drive is to do what you want and set your own priorities. Your attitude toward relationships is lighter. You want to socialize. You feel free-spirited. You will also enjoy fun outings, sports and activities with kids. (Admittedly, increased chaos and activity on the home front is trying.)

VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22) NOVEMBER: Mercury retrograde will create delays and mixed-up communications this month. It will encourage car problems, missed buses and transportation delays. (Ouch.) Because you will misplace things, miss appointments and run late, your best defence is to allow extra time for everything that you do, so that you have wiggle room to cope with the unexpected. Right?

DECEMBER: Home and family are your priority now. Stock the fridge because you will be entertaining and enjoying the company of family and friends. The pace of your days will accelerate because you have an ambitious to-do list. The arts, romance and creative activities are blessed. It’s a lovely month for fun and entertainment!

LIBRA (SEPT. 23-OCT. 22) NOVEMBER: Things are a tad tricky this month because Mercury retrograde is in your house of Earnings. On the upside, you might find something that you had lost? You might also close a pending deal? But more likely, financial matters will be delayed or confused. Get more exercise this month because with Mars in your sign, you’re PowerPoint on steroids.

DECEMBER: The pace of your days will accelerate this month because you have places to go, things to do and people to see. Meanwhile, work hard to make money because you are spending money, dare we say haemorrhaging? Fair Venus will attract people to your home, so have good food and drink on hand because you will entertain and yet, you will also find time to enjoy quiet hours in familiar surroundings.


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CANADIAN SHARE THEIR IMMIGRANTS STORIES “We like the people, the quality of life and clean environment (minus pollution) here. There’s no cutthroat competition where people tend to push each other off the edge and there’s better work-life balance. There is dignity of labour and respect for law,” says Manveen Kaur.

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Ameek Singh works as a Manager, Business Solutions and Member Experience, at Khalsa Credit Union, Surrey Manveen Kaur is a teacher at Khalsa High School, Old Yale Road-Surrey

Ramit Singh is 12 years old Tejal Kaur is 10 years old

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meek Singh and Manveen Kaur migrated to Canada with their two kids, Ramit and Tejal, in August 2017 seeking better quality of life and future for the family. They planned the move well in advance and rented a basement suite at an independent house in South Vancouver before their arrival, and went straight to this house after landing at Vancouver airport. Their first impressions: “It’s a country with vast natural beauty, fresh air and clean water. Canadians are polite, helpful and proud of their multicultural society,” says Ameek.

There were a few adjustments the family had to make to accept the Canadian way of living. “Drinking directly from tap water was surprising,” mentions Manveen. Additionally, adjusting to the long cold season in Canada took a while as they came from India where it usually is a hot and tropical climate. “As we came from a metropolitan city, Delhi NCR, adjusting to the general social environment has been an easy ride,” adds Ameek. Like most immigrant families, Ameek and Manveen’s biggest challenge was to find a suitable job as per their experience and skillset in their respective fields. “It took us a while for both of us to ‘get the first foot into the door’ – a cliché for job market here,” recalls Ameek. With both having educational qualification in computer engineering, back in India, Ameek worked for HSBC at Gurgaon, and Manveen worked as an Assistant Professor in Galgotias University at Noida. Yet, the job hunt here was difficult. “It was not easy to get the job role and profile of choice, but our perseverance and focus paid off in the long run. Today, we both are working in the

fields of our choice,” says Ameek. Ramit and Tejal had their share of challenges adjusting into their new school environment. “It has been a total cultural and mindset shift for them to adjust into Canadian society. But they overcame this struggle with their strong will, good guidance and help from their school teachers,” explains Manveen. The family is happy to call Canada their home. “We like the people, the quality of life and clean environment (minus pollution) here. There’s no cutthroat competition where people tend to push each other off the edge and there’s better work-life balance. There is dignity of labour and respect for law,” says Manveen, adding that the only think they dislike is the long winters and rainy season. Ameek believes their journey so far has been great. “We had a bumpy ride in the beginning but everything worked out well in the long run. We see a good life ahead for ourselves and a bright future for our children.”

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BIGGEST OBSTACLE FACED SO FAR IN CANADA: 1. Not having previous Canadian experience has been the biggest hurdle in respective fields for both me and my wife. 2. Vancouver being a very costly city for new immigrants.

RESOLUTIONS MADE FOR YOURSELF OR FAMILY: 1. Being successful while leading a good quality life. 2. Providing the best education to our kids, and guiding them to choose the best career for their future. 3. Giving back to Canadian society either through our service, charity or being involved in social causes.

ADVICE FOR IMMIGRANTS: 1. Come with an open mind, stay strong and don’t lose hope. 2. Be well-informed before coming here. Gather through friends, social circle and search over the Internet to gear up for the Canadian way of life. This will help to face all challenges (whether personal and professional) and obstacles in a better way, during the initial days of settling down in Canada.

MEMORIES OF YOUR HOMELAND: We do miss our families, friends and the social circle we built during all those years spent in our homeland. But simultaneously, we look forward to building good memories in Canada while adding new chapters in our lives.

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