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Publisher’s Note Dear Readers, Another year is ending and we at The Times of Canada look back at 2017 with fond memories, and satisfaction. We have learnt a lot, made new friends, reconnected with long lost friends, and received overwhelming support from the community for our 5th Annual Diwali Gala and Awards. The Diwali Gala in October was the most talked about event around the province, it was one of the largest gala, celebrating Diwali. Eleven extraordinary individuals from our community were recognized and awarded for their community work and entrepreneurial success. I would like to thank you all who have been part of The Times of Canada magazine in 2017- readers, writers and, the patrons who use The Times of Canada magazine as a medium to reach thousands of community Vinay Sharma members not only in the Lower Mainland areas but across the province. Besides advertisers, magazine also depends on its writers who take time out to share their knowledge and experience with our readers, I thank you all and look forward to collaborating with you all in the next issue. We are happy to bring this edition of the magazine, and we hope that once again our effort will be warmly received by our readers. Wishing you all the joys of the season and happiness throughout the coming year. Happy New Year 2018! Best wishes,

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The Dog – Man’s best friend – as a mountain rescuer, a farm worker, a protector of property or a faithful or loyal pet, he certainly does great deal for humanity. And some of his qualities will be evident in his special own year.

trology Dog is very complicated zodiac sign, also relates to occult and underground activities – likely to generate terrifying underground activities and accidents – especially in mining, excavation, archeology, and underground traffic system.

This year focus will be on the matter of security and the maintenance of law and order. Another feature of this year is that interest groups will be very much active, with historical rallies and campaigning. This year initiatives will be launched to help areas affected by drought, disease and disasters. Politically, Dog year generally favored Left and is likely that several countries will see socialist politicians winning increased support. It was in the DOG years that PORTUGAL and ITALY became republics, French republic was formed, EGYPT became independent, South African constitution came into force, Nelson Mandela elected President. So, several countries are likely to see the important changes in their leadership.

Fire element that usually represents motivation, enthusiasm, optimism, love and happiness is missing or gone underground due to two big earth elements are taking control of the Year, is going to have negative impact on business, economy and overall mood of the people. We need to be more careful in second of the Year or during fall months as 2018 Year of the Dog represents “Grave of Fire”. When Fire element is almost missing, there is no light so Year is considered as DARK year or people will go blindfold in decision making.

Another issue, which will feature prominently will be the ENVIRONMENT. Key issues will be Global warming and dramatic change in weather pattern. As two earth elements are colliding indicates Earth disasters such as – massive earthquakes, landslides, avalanche, fatal road accidents, structure collapses etc. As two earth elements are in conflict indicates Security breach at higher level. Dog relates to religion, spirituality and culture and when elements are in conflict may bring tension and conflict between the two religions. In Chinese Feng Shui Dog is consider as “Gate of Hell” (while Dragon is Gate of Heaven) where Angels do not tread, so more likely we will be experiencing more Horror events. In Chinese As-

So, what left for us is to have strong Feng Shui remedies implemented in our Home and at the same time get aligned ourselves with Cosmic Energies. During 2018, we need to be safe and protected in all areas of life the best thing we can do is to turn power of Cosmic Energies in to our favor to be successful, to stay healthy and make more money as we cruise through the troubled year, while making home feng shui stronger and we are getting more spiritual. Signs Dragon, Ox and Goat are entering in to three earth penalty relationship, will have challenging year ahead. During 2018 famous and influential people like Queen, Donald Trump and J. K. Rowling will be under negative influence of the year. Signs Rabbit, Horse and Tiger will have very encouraging year. Rat will be another sign that will experience pressure,

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tension of the year. Rat year born people need to be extra careful in money and health matters as they get in to the year 2018. Rest of the other signs will have mix result year. RED will be the lucky Color of the year in 2018 will help bring success to those who will get associated with, it will also help you keep away the problem and dangers of the year. Additionally, it is highly recommended to carry pendant of Rabbit as protection to protect against negative influence of the year. History shows during Dog year world has always experienced the remarkable advancement in the areas of space science and technology. It was the same earth Dog Year when Madam Curie discovered the Radium, USA launched the first satellite Explorer, Russia also sent Sputnik into the orbit, MGM movie Gigi got 9 Academy Awards, Earth’s magnetosphere was discovered, Instant Noodle and Pizza Hut got launched. As overall it shows that it won’t be a peaceful year as dangers and devils will be on rampant. General safety and survival will be the key issues for many of us. This is the year to strengthen the family bonds during troubled time, stay more focus on spirituality and wellness, take career goals lightly. Remaining calm and empowering home feng shui we can defiantly achieve progress in the challenging Dog Year. However, purple star #9 that’s taking control of the center sector of the yearly ba-gua chart will bring some good news for all of us. And as Dog being the loyal friend of the human race will try to maintain balance. Knowing the Flying Star chart of the year we can turn our Desires into Destiny by getting best out of the Strong sectors of our Home. Simultaneously Spirituality Feng Shui will help us acquire the sixth sense of the Dog to see the future. Remember, 2018 the Year of Dog will reward the individuals those who believe in spirituality, family values, group activities and loyalty and those who are individualist, looking for short term gains will be much disappointed. Love and Blessings, Deeapk Jayakar Feng Shui Master & Designer CEO – Design Einstein Inc. Cell: 604 760 4858


Kids Play Foundation is a non-profit organization that continues to work hard for our community by working towards keeping our youth away from a lifestyle of violence, drugs and gangs. Through organizing sporting events, community events and hosting informative conferences, the team continues to push towards their goal of providing all youth a fair chance at an alternative path, regardless of circumstances. This year the organization was able to successfully launch their Youth Kabaddi Portfolio, headed by Amrit Chahal, alongside with Ninna Sandhu, Ron Narayan and Avi Johal. Kabaddi is a sport of South Asian descent but continues to push boundaries on an international level. Kabaddi is still a newer sport to the youth community, but it has strong ties to the older generation in the South Asian community. Amrit saw the potential for a youth Kabaddi organization in Surrey, BC and decided to team up with Kids Play Foundation to bring a formalized approach to Kabaddi, hopefully bridging that gap between the youth and older generation. In addition to having an existing youth men’s team, Amrit saw the importance in bringing a women’s team to the sport, to promote the equality the west coast needed. “Toronto had an existing women’s team, and we knew we could easily put together something here as well!” Amrit tells us. The team tells us the long-term goal is to have Kabaddi recognized as one of the competing sports in the BC Summer Games. They have worked on an approach to get there and having a female friendly,

gender-equal youth tournament was their first step. Amrit and his team set out to host Kids Play’s first ever Kabaddi tournament of its kind, or ever of its kind in the Lower Mainland. With Amrit’s existing Kabaddi background, the team worked together to coach two female teams, allowing them to host a women’s match. In addition to the women’s match, Surrey’s existing or new youth teams were able to sign up and play, regardless of previous experience or playing history, making all participating youth eligible for multiple scholarships. Kids Play Foundation and their Kabaddi portfolio were able to successfully host their first tournament and plan on continuing to host annual tournaments on an even bigger scale in following years. Through hosting their first tournament, the team found that there is still a lot for the community to learn about Kabaddi and changes that need to be made for it to be a more inclusive sport. Unlike other sports tournaments, the culture of Kabaddi tournaments does not exactly lend itself to be the most female friendly, or even family friendly for that matter. Amrit’s team worked hard with community leaders and the media to spread the word on how the priority for this tournament was that it be a family friendly experience. This was very important to the team as they were adamant on breaking down the existing culture to make the sport more accessible and approachable for all those interested, including families and other races. Amrit’s team was happy to see a diverse group of families present at their tournament to support the diverse group of players. The Kids Play

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Foundation Kabaddi portfolio was able to then subsequently take their Youth men’s team to Toronto to participate in the Canada World Cup, an experience of a lifetime for the team. Amrit and Avi accompanied a team of ten to Toronto as the team’s coaches and managers, where they fiercely competed against some of the world’s top contenders in the youth division. Amrit expressed how this was definitely a highlight for the portfolio so far, as it allowed their youth team and the Foundation to be recognized on such an elevated level. It was a great accomplishment for the Kabaddi portfolio to be able to work with the tournament organizers and take an entire youth team to compete with absolutely no cost to the players. With Kabaddi season currently in it’s down time, Amrit is encouraging anyone under the age of 25 who is interesting in playing to reach out to the Foundation. Families who would like to get their kids involved in Kabaddi, female or male should not hesitate to reach out either! The Foundation is hoping to get more females involved in the coming year and even try for a U-15 team!


On a rainy November evening, I walked into Seva Thrift Store to interview Raj Arneja about the store. I had my questions ready, the usual why, what, how, who…but when I entered the store, warm smiles of volunteers welcomed me. Store’s ambience was so positive that the cold and grey feeling of rain just disappeared. Seva Thrift store is a bright, happy place re-selling clothing and items ranging from lifestyle, décor, and home. Seva Thrift Store is based on the concept of re-using, sharing, and contributing towards the well being of the community we live. The store serves the diverse community of Surrey, where people from different countries live, work, and raise families. Proximity to Vancouver makes Surrey a preferred destination for new immigrants, the city prides itself to welcome almost 1200 new immigrants every month and it is all set to be the largest city of western Canada in the next decade. Therefore, a store like Seva Thrift is ideal for such a vibrant and growing city. Talking about the concept behind the store, Raj said, “The idea to setup Seva Thrift store came when Jas, Kiran, and I were discussing what to do with our Indian ethnic clothing that we don’t want to wear anymore. Yes, we can recycle and donate to charity many items of clothing that are western and can be used by someone else, but what to do with our Indian wear.It was Jas Gill’s idea to setup a thrift store. Seva Thrift is not just limited to Indian clothing, we also accept and re-sell western clothes, jewelry items, home décor, kitchen appliances, items for new born and kids, menswear, shoes, bags…everything.” Like the wise say, charity begins at home. Jas, Kiran, and Raj first started talking with their families and friends, seeking donations for gently used Indian clothing, the response was amazing. Raj adds, “We started talking to our extended friend circle and families, and it was amazing how people came

forward to donate and volunteer. The floor of this place was full of packages and we worked round the clock to sort and price the items. All this was possible because we have hardworking volunteers and amazing board team, where every member works dedicatedly to make Seva Thrift Store a success. Each board member brings in unique set of ideas and experience which has helped us streamline our operations in a very short time of the launch and surpass our goals for the first year of operation. I would like to specially mention the Store Manager Inder Randhawa. She has taken it upon herself to run the store. Inder makes sure that the volunteer shifts are adequate and she takes care of the general organization of the store.” Recapitulating the experience of volunteering at at a thrift store in Abbotsford, Raj narrates,” Before setting up this thrift store, we had setup a Seva Thrift room at Second Chance Thrift store in Abbotsford. They wanted us to help them with the Indian section – pricing, sorting items, because their team did not know how to display a Salwar kameez or a saree. The

experiment was a great success, that made us more determined to open a store in Surrey, which has large a Indian population. Explaining the store operations, Raj says, “We sort and price every item that comes in. The prices are very low and affordable, for example, we re-sell suits and sarees for as low as $25, which might have a retail price of $ 200. Sorting and pricing are the most tough tedious task. We go through each and every piece that is donated and check its quality, we only re-sell those items that can be worn. Ideal donations items are suits, sarees, jewellery that has been worn only couple of times and still have their original quality intact. We also get donations of brand new items, some of them even have the original tags intact, which we re-price to a lower value. After sorting, it is the pricing that takes up a lot of our time. We have developed our own formulas to ensure that the buyers are able to afford quality products. Our success can be measured from the fact that within a year of opening we have donated $10,000 to Surrey Memorial Hospital. It is not a small feat for a new charity. We salute our volunteers who have given their numerous hours in Seva and made this a success. We hope to continue expanding our inventory, adding more items and keep serving the diverse community of Surrey.” One year after its opening, Seva Thrift Store is a running like a well-oiled engine. They have a very transparent system of pricing the items and reselling them. The operations are mainly run by volunteers who do shifts in handling the store. If you are looking to buy an Indian ethnic wear, or get a home décor item at a decent price, then Seva Thrift Store is your best bet. You can also volunteer at the store and contribute towards your community.

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A new year fills all us with new energy and hope. The trend to make resolutions to yourself and make promises to your loved ones for the new year is as old as humanity or at least since we have been using calendars!

up your dream business. So, save today to build your future. Make lifestyle changes and proactive choices that will help you stay healthy and spend less, such as when going for grocery shopping go with a list and stick to it.

Some call it wishful thinking, but many actually work towards achieving their goals. Health resolutions are always in trend, people want to lose weight, become more fit, and change some unhealthy habit. Next in line are professional goals. To learn a new skill, to get a new job or to grow business. If you haven’t yet decided, here are some resolutions which might inspire you…

Volunteer … give back to your community In 2018, choose a charity close to your heart and commit volunteer time for it. Experts says, people who volunteer are happy and happy people are healthy both in body and mind.

Stay in touch … meet people in real life Staying in touch with family and friends is good for emotional health, and over all health. So in 2018, make an effort to stay in touch with your friends and family. Call them, message them and if possible go and meet them. Staying in touch on social media is good… but this year promise yourself to meet more people in real life. Save money … spend smartly You work hard to earn money and it is important to spend it smartly and save it for future life goals like vacation, retirement, going back to school, or setting

Go back to school … update your skill set Find a course you always wanted to take and in 2018 go ahead and enroll in it. Going back to school will also help you connect with new people, new ideas and reinvigorate your life. Experts says adults who keep on learning new things reduce the risk of dreadful old age disease such as Alzheimer’s. Become a musician … learn to play an instrument In 2018 take music lessons, make a resolution to learn an instrument, at least try, who knows you might excel in it! Music is a therapy, it is fun and it is a stress buster too. Studies show that playing an instrument lowers your heart rate and blood pressure. Plus you will make some real friends who share your passion for music.


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A Historic Milestone

FIFA U-17 World Cup, India 2017 By Vijay Kumar Sharma, International Footballer

Football is the most popular sport in the world. 209 nations are directly affiliated with its governing body, nicknamed FIFA. It was a milestone decision by FIFA when on the 5th of December 2013, the hosting rights were awarded to India. The FIFA U-17 men’s world cup was started in 1985 in China, its 17th edition has been allotted to India. It was decided in a voting process, in which India defeated four other nations that were bidding for it. Sports loving people in general and football fanatics in India particularly welcomed this decision in an enthusiastic way. It was decided by the All India Football Federation, that it will be organized at six venues, in six different cities in India from October 6 to Oct 28. Among them was the Salt Lake stadium of Kolkata, considered to be the best stadium in India, and well renowned over the world, Jawaharlal Nehru stadium of New Delhi, D. Y. Patil stadium of Mumbai, and Nehru Stadium of Goa, along with international stadium of Guwahati, and Nehru Stadium of Kochi of Kerala. Twenty-four countries qualified to participate in this mega event that was held in India. They were divided into six groups of four. Sixteen of the best teams advanced into the knockout rounds. Three countries were participating for the first time in this tournament, including host India, Niger, and New Caledonia. India played all their three matches in front of

their fans, in stadiums packed to their capacity, averaging more than 49,000 spectators in Jawaharlal stadium in New Delhi. In their first match against the heavy weight USA, they played in a defensive mode, and were losing 1-0 at half time. By the end of the match, they lost 3-0. In their second match against Columbia, India played in good spirits, and showed a lot of resilience and they played without any fear of the superiority of the Columbians. Although they lost this game by 2-1, Jeakson Singh inscribed his name into history by becoming the first Indian football player to score in a FIFA world cup tournament. Goal keeper Dheeraj Singh, played well and thwarted many 1-on-1 chances and came up with a dare devil display of his talents. Although they were knocked out at the group stage, the crowd at the Nehru stadium applauded their fighting spirit. In this tournament, Iran played with aplomb and earned 9 points, defeating all their opponents including power house Germany by a margin of 4-0 in the group stages, but they succumbed to another European power house in Spain in the knockout phase by a score of 3-1. Nigeria is the most successful country in this age group category, winning five times this coveted trophy, but could not qualify this time around. Brazil on the other hand, qualified ev-


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ery time but once, and won this age category tournament three times. Ghana and Mexico have won twice. Soviet Union, Saudi Arabia, France, Switzerland, and England have won it once. Mali defeated Ghana by 2-1 to enter the semi finals. England defeated USA by 4-1 to enter into the semi finals. Spain thrashed Iran by 3-1 to advance into the semi finals. Brazil won in a nail biting match with heavy weight Germany. England defeated Brazil 3-1 in the semi finals to enter into the finals for the first time in this tournament’s history. Spain outclassed their opponent Mali, with an identical margin of 3-1. The final match between England and Spain was really a treat for the fans to watch. It was a full house as Salt Lake stadium was packed to its capacity. 66,684 spectators turned up to witness the historic and pulsating final between two European giants. England became the new champion of this event, beating Spain 5-2. This tournament was attended by more than 1,347,000 spectators and set the new world record, beating the record set by China in its first edition. Another record was broken in this tournament of goals scored, surpassing the previous record. There were 183 goals scored in this tournament, which is

more than ever before in the U-17 FIFA world cup. The head of FIFA’s governing body, Gianni Infantino was the chief guest in the final. He declared this mega event a great success. Congratulations to the All Indian Football Federation for hosting this historic event, with great success.


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Kirti Arneja is a gifted vocalist from Vancouver who has signed up with Mika Singh for 2 years. She has a unique voice that enables her to sing in a range of genres. She can sing Sufi, Indian classical, Punjabi folk, Rock or Pop flawlessly and ease. Kirti has been featured as a solo artist at the BC Children’s Hospital telethon for several years and continues to captivate audiences with her live performances. Her other performances include like Dine Out Vancouver at Vij’s, The Vancouver International South Asian Film Festival, and many more community events. She has been recognized for her accomplished solo performances of Hindi ghazals at the Mushtari Begum Festival too. In March & May of 2016, Kirti headlined at ISHQ - A Live Concert at The Hard Rock Casino in Vancouver. These concerts showcased Kirti’s vast talent as she sang Hindi & Punjabi classics in her Sufi style. Kirti has opened for both Mika Singh & Sonu Nigam’s concerts as well as performed for many superstar’s including Kailash Kher, Salim Merchant, the late Jagjit Singh and most recently director, Anurag Kashyap. This year in April, Kirti released her song “Jogi” with Mika Singh. She recently has toured in the USA, Canada, Dubai, Pune, & Jaipur. tour with Mika Singh and his band. She had been singing “Jogi” on tour and wowing audiences. Her association with Mika Singh started with Mika Singh in 2015. In October 2015, Kirti Arneja sang during the intermission of King Mika Singh’s show. Though Mika Singh didn’t hear her that night, Kirti she got a second chance to sing the next day while at a dinner party in honour of Mika Singh. He talked to Kirti suggesting that she come to India and when she does come, to contact him. In Mika’s words, “Kirti has a beautiful voice; I’m looking forward to seeing her sing on stages everywhere.” Exactly 2 years after the meeting with Mika, Kirti decided to go to India and explore opportunities of singing professionally. She contacted Mika, who remembered her and asked her to come and meet immediately. He asked her to sing a Sufi song and once Mika heard the recording, he informed Kirti that he wants to launch the song in India and this is how a Punjabi Rock fusion song ‘Jogi’ was created. Kirti’s first song with Mika Singh. The Times of Canada interviewed Kirti Arneja to learn more about the talented star of Surrey.


Q. Kirti, please share your journey and experience so far in Mumbai, especially in Bollywood. I’ve actually been living in Gurgaon for the past few months. I have been to Mumbai a couple of times to record some cover songs in Mika Singh’s studio. I’m working with a Mika Singh and slowly experiencing a little Bollywood limelight. A highlight was when I met Asha ji during her last concert in Gurgaon. Q. We all know you started off your career in Bollywood with star singer Mika, so are you part of his band or you will be going on individual tours too? I’m one of the back up vocalist who sings harmony with my lead vocalist, Mika Singh. I’m part of the band and I’m having an experience of a lifetime working with him. He is a great mentor and has introduced me to a new world of entertainment: singing live on stage. I’m exhilarated every time I walk off stage. I hope to do some individual concerts sometime soon. Right now, I need to ride this wave and along the way, learn about the music business. Q. You have spent most of your life in Canada, so how easy or difficult it was to settle in India, especially a city like Delhi and Mumbai. I have visited India several times with my family so life here wasn’t culture shock by any means. I love


the vibe of Delhi plus I have a very loving and supportive family who live nearby. Adjustment hasn’t been overly difficult. I love my home, my family and my country, Canada but I’m making myself feel at home here in Delhi because I’m doing what I love. This is where I want to be right now. Q. Your parents have been very supportive of your career in music, were they ever in doubt about you moving so far away. Was there any pressure to pursue in Punjabi music industry while living here in Surrey? My parents were extremely supportive for me to move to Delhi. As a matter of fact, my mom came with me to India last year. She helped me find my path that lead me to an opportunity of singing with Mika Singh. Her encouragement and my dad’s blessings made me feel confident to stay here. I am Punjabi; I have always sung Punjabi songs. It’s in my blood, so it comes naturally. I love to sing old Punjabi songs for my grandfather. Sometimes he sheds a tear when I sing; I feel warmth in my heart. Q. Define your style of singing? You have a Sufi style, which impressed Mika, but is there another dimension to your singing style which world has not yet seen? I have a lot that I want the world to hear from me. I love to sing ballads in any language. Singing in English brings out a whole new realm in me too. I sing many genres of music, classical Hindi, Sufi, Punjabi, English Pop, Rock, and even Shabads. So, I’ll be sharing a lot of this as time goes on! Q. Have you taken any formal education in music? I’ve had a couple of local teachers in Vancouver who have taught me some basics in voice and raags. I’ve got a keen ear for sound, so I pick up on music notes pretty quick. I’m meeting up with a Guruji here in Delhi once a week and having some ongoing voice training. Regular morning riyaz has been ongoing for me. Q. What your fans in Surrey can expect from you in 2018? In 2018, I will release new songs. Some covers too. In Vancouver, I will be having a soulful Sufi night con-

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cert sometime in early summer. Otherwise, watch out for me on tour around the world with Mika Singh. His concerts are so upbeat and lively. I love being part his band; we get the best vibe from audiences all around! Q. Indo Canadian residents of Metro Vancouver have been dealing with lot of drug and gun violence. What is your message for the youth here? I had my own issues in school. I was bullied for many years. I had a strong support system which were my parents. But my parents could only be my support because they knew what was going on. If I didn’t tell them, I would have suffered more and possibly not finished high school. My message to youth who cannot cope, or are going in a direction they know is not right is, tell someone. You will find someone who will listen. And that person will help. Your leaders who are directly involved in day to day life such as teachers and counselors, they mentor you, so they will listen. Parents play a huge role too. We wish Kirti all the best for her journey in the music industry!

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When computers were developed in 19th century, little did the inventors realise that one-day computers will be a reason for some health issues. Computers were developed to make the life and work of humans easy. Computerisation or digitization as it is known today has indeed eased our work, the long gruelling hours spent in accounting, designing and typing have been reduced, but the advancement of technologies has not reduced the time we spend sitting and working. We now are spending more time in front of the screen, using our eyes and hands while body stays inactive. Sitting in one position for long hours deprives you of energy and this is creating a unique set of vision and muscular problems, plus the continued staring at a screen leads to dry eyes and eye-strains. Computer can cause you chronic Fatigue Syndrome. This fatigue syndrome can last for several months too. Its commons symptoms can be headache, muscle pain, inability to concentrate, tenderness in lymph nodes. Other risks of sitting in front of a computer screen for long hours are:

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Eye strain Respective Stress Syndrome (RSI) Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Constant Headaches Dizziness Breathing problems


Dealing with computer fatigue requires preparing your work day with short breaks, simple exercises and proper nutrition. Along-with perfecting your selfcare routine, setting up your work place correctly can eliminate fatigue by reducing unnecessary stress on your body.


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Sriracha sauce and the honey. Keep them aside. Place the chicken in a reasonable plastic bag and add remaining sriracha sauce and the lime juice. Seal it; turn bag to coat chicken. Let it stand for 15 minutes. Grill chicken on the greased rack of a covered gas or charcoal grill directly over medium heat for 30-35 minutes or until done (at least 175-degree F), turning it 3 or 4 times. Remove chicken to a plater, brush with honey mixture. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Sprinkle with cilantro.

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There are many sumptuous snacks that make your mouth water even on mention of their names, Mattar ke Kebab is one such snack. It takes only half an hour to make delicious kebab of peas and spinach. Check out the recipe below: INGREDIENTS Spinach (Blanched and squeezed) : 500 gms Boiled Peas : 500 gms Whole Red Chillies : 2-3 Chopped Green Chillies :2 Ginger (Chopped) : 1 tablespoon Black Paper : 1/4 tablespoon Chickpea flour : For dusting Kababs Salt: According to taste

METHOD 1) Blend peas, spinach, ginger, green chillies and bread in the blender and make puree . 2) Mix salt and black pepper. 3) Shape the mixture into rounds and coat with chickpea flour. 4) Heat oil in a frying pan and brown the Kebabs on both the sides. 5) Serve the kebabs with the onion rings.

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Tiramisu is a popular Italian custard dessert. This coffee-flavored dessert is made of ladyfingers dipped in coffee. Many say tiramisu originated in 1960s in the region of Veneto, Italy, at the restaurant "Le Beccherie" in Treviso, Italy. Tiramisu quite literally means, “a pick me up.”Tiramisu is a sumptuous Italian dessert made with delicate ladyfinger cookies, and layered with espresso or instant espresso, mascarpone cheese, eggs, sugar, Marsala wine, rum and cocoa powder.

INGREDIENTS Cream Egg yolk Sugar Vanilla extract Mascarpone cheese (soft) Heavy whipping cream Italian Lady Fingers Strong Coffee Coca for dressing

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Combine egg yolks and sugar in the top of a double boiler, over boiling water. Cook for about 10 minutes at low heat, while stirring it. This is your Sabayon, remove it from heat and whip yolks until thick and lemon-colour. Allow it to cool before mixing in mascarpone. Add mascarpone to whipped yolks, beat until combined. Whip cream to stiff peaks in a bowl. Gently fold the whipped cream in the mascarpone sabay on mixture and set aside. The mascarpone does not have to be at room temperature (but it will get mixed easily at room temperatures). Mix the cold espresso with the coffee liquor and dip the lady fingers into the mixture just long enough to get them wet, don't soak them. Arrange the lady fingers in the bottom of 9-inch square baking dish. Spoon half the mascarpone cream filling over the lady fingers. Repeat the process with another layer of lady fingers. Add another layer of Tiramisu cream. Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight. Dust with Cocoa before serving.



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A CLASSY RESTAURANT FOR FOOD LOVERS OF LOWER MAINLAND Pinch of Spice a well-known restaurant in Delta, which is equally famous among the residents of Surrey. Located at 8701, 120 street, Delta, Pinch of Spice is an established, and popular restaurant known for its unique ambience and lavish menu coupled with the excellent customer service. While talking about the ambience, a smile came on Gunjan’s face. She said, “No customer can go untouched by our friendly ambience. We make sure that our customers are comfortable, we even monitor lights and music too, and try to make everyone seated in the restaurant at a given time happy and relaxed.” Pinch of Spice has a very innovative menu as they keep on providing variety of cuisines to their customers. Besides lunch, they have lot of BBQs, Chinese Starters, Indian Curries, which they claim is their specialty among dining cuisine. Tandoori Seekh, Butter chicken, and Butter Paneer are some of the famous dishes on the menu.

Gunjan says, “We take immense pride in our service and quality. Our dishes have consistency of taste because our chefs have been part of our team since the day we started the business. Which is not the case with many local restaurants. Our patrons know that when they step to eat a Butter Chicken, a Seekh Kabab or any other dish on the menu, it is going to taste the same as last time. This is the reason we get lot of referral traffic. People recommend our restaurant to their friends and families for which we are very thankful to our patrons.” The dining area of Pinch of Spice is huge, they can cater upto 350 people at one time. The huge parking lot makes it ideal dining spot for small and large families. Right now, Pinch of Spice is promoting its elaborate Lunch menu. There is a special promotional scheme going on in which the restaurant provides unlimited coke or free full up drinks and no value bread too. So, if you are in the area during the lunch time, then step into Pinch of Spice for a stylish lunch with friends, family or even business colleagues.

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If you are planning a birthday party or a small celebration, Pinch of Spice is the best place to go to in the North Surrey- Delta area. The restaurant has a big party hall which can easily accommodate 60-70 persons. Besides, Ala-carte menu, they cater to special request buffet also. Pinch of Spice is all set for the Christmas and New Year parties. They have started taking reservations up to 10-20 people for the weekends. Their whole team is fully equipped with their innovative, unique cuisine along-with their wonderful ambience. So, if you are planning a party in 2018, then reserve your date now with Pinch of Spice! Gunjan shared very special information about the menu, she said that Pinch of Spice has different Chefs for each cuisine. Moreover, they are also planning to hire more skilled and experienced chefs for the coming year. No doubt, Pinch of Spice is going to rock next year with lot of new dishes for food lovers. Concluding our conversation with Gunjan, we found that Pinch of Spice is a very classy restaurant, the team of Pinch of Spice believes in providing quality services to their customers, sumptuous recipes which taste same every day and great customer service.



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Blend Mango and cardamons together in a bowl to make a paste. Add sugar, milk and heavy cream into the mixture (Sugar can be added according to the taste). Add vanilla Ice-cream and mix it thoroughly to make a thick mixture. Set the mixture in moulds and garnish them with pistachios. Freeze it for 7-8 hours. After the required time, take them out and bring the ice-cream out of mould. Serve it with love.

Tofu, also called BEAN CURD, has grown quite popular over the years especially among vegetarians. It is considered a very good source of proteins. Tofu is made from Soy and majority of the time soy is bad for you, but only few people know that. According to Dr Kaayla Daniel, author of the book ‘’The Whole Soy’’ is not a health food. The important thing to know about Soy is that soy products fell into two groups; Fermented and Non-Fermented. Non-Fermented soy products include tofu, edamame and soy milk. All soya beans naturally contain antinutrients, toxins and plant hormones. However, fermentation is what makes soy-products health promoting. Without fermentation what is tofu? It’s just a rubbery, white piece of questionable non-meat protein. People wonder what is tofu made of? The process of making tofu is relatively similar to the way that cheese is made from milk. Per serving; it is low in fat and calories, yet high in proteins, amino –acids, iron and calcium. But still what’s tofu downside? There are actually many different types of tofu including fresh, soft or silken tofu, processed tofu, dried tofu and frozen tofu. The healthiest options are the fermented varieties. Here are eight main considerable reasons to avoid tofu……

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Genetic Modifications Phytoestrogens and Breast Cancer Thyroid –Disruption Antinutrients Cognitive Problems Vitamin B12 and Vitamin D deficiencies Digestive Difficulty

Concluding the effects of Tofu on health: Dr. Axe strongly recommend avoiding unfermented soy products like tofu for the sake of our health. Fermented soy products like natto have been shown to have positive health effects like lowering blood pressure, but unfermented soy like tofu have been linked to various health problems. This article has been sourced from The information in this article is not a substitute for a professional medical advice, please consult your family doctor or a medical practitioner for any health issues.


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Kareena Kapoor, an everlasting charm of Bollywood get into her (pants) jeans back after her delivery. Her Gym work is quite inspiring for all Gym-lovers. Bebo is always a hit, when it comes to make rocking style statements. Karina says, my motherhood has not changed my work life. While going an interview to a leading magazine, Film Fair, 37-year-old Kareena, revealed that she has always been a family-oriented person, so since the start of her career, she has managed to balance between work and family.

“Tiger Zinda Hai”, shows an amazing chemistry again between Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif. Choreographer Vaibhari Mechant is ensuring the actors return with a bang. She has made Kaif shake her belly yet again for the track. Swag Se Swagat, which is repeat of the action much loved in Mashallah {Ek the Tiger}.

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Padmavati Controversy Rajput Pride versus Bollywood

Grand film starring Shahid Kapoor, Deepika Padukane and Ranveer Singh, may not release this year. Maharastra Minister asks for ban on Padmavati. Ranveer Singh says, I am 200 percent with Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Director of the movie. This movie’s earlier release date was December1. Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana all BJP ruled states and Punjab, ruled by the Congress, have already opposed the release of the movie. Romantic dream sequence between Padmavati and Alauddin Khilji’s character has instigated Rajput community alleging that this film distorts history and hurts the sentiments of the people. Deepika is playing the role of Padmavati, Shahid Kapoor as Maharawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer Singh as Sultan Alauddin Khilji in this movie.

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nt to Comedy is a serious business. The tale is a skill make others laugh is not common, it lity, a that cannot be learnt, it is an inherent qua dance it person is born with it. Under right gui a, the can be polished and improved. Deepak Raj t mix famous comedian from India is a brillian crazy of smart humour, clever storytelling and Deepak comedy, he is really funny. These days et with is in Canada and we had a chance to me interhim and learn more about him. In a candid ourite view, Deepak talks about his life, his fav comedian and much more...

Deepak Raja was one the top 7 contenders out of 50 contestants for the 1st The Great Indian Laughter Challenge that was aired on Star One in 2005, directed by Pankaj Saraswat and judged by Navjot Singh Sidhu and Shekhar Suman, the show was a huge hit. It was the pioneer in the stand-up comedy shows in India. Deepak Raja was competing with the likes of Sunil Pal, Ehsaan Quereshi, Raju Srivastav, Naveen Prabhakar, and Bhagwant Mann. Those who follow Indian stand-up comedy and comedians, know that The Great Indian Laughter Challenge one was a very tough competition, and to be in the top ten out of the fifty best comedians of the country is an amazing feat. After the Laughter Challenge, Deepak did not look back. A world of opportunities or should we say laughter creation opportunities opened for him. He has since then worked in numerous movies, plays and of course done some very successful Comedy tours across the country and around the world. Deepak has done more than 3000 lives shows across the world, he has travelled to various countries to present his shows, but this is his first visit to Canada. Sharing his happiness, Deepak says, “I am thankful to Vinay Sharma, MD of The Times of Canada and Singer Teji Sandhu for inspiring me to come to Canada, and I must say this is a very beautiful country and

Canadians are kind and big-hearted people. I am so grateful to the warm welcome I have received here.” Talking about his journey, Deepak says, “I was a student at the Doaba College Jalandhar, during my college days, I have represented Guru Nanak Dev University in youth festivals and won three gold medals for best artist in comedy and theatre category.” Like an alchemist makes gold, a mentor polishes the artistic talent and ensures the talent of an artist is recognized by everyone. Similarly, Deepak Raja’s talent was polished and nurtured by his teachers and mentors at Doaba College and later working at Doordarshan Kendra Jalandhar. Talking about the influencers in his life, Deepak says, “I am indebted for life to Gurpreet Ghuggi, Chacha Raunki Ram, Prof. Gulshan, and Jaspal Bhatti saheb for making me who I am. I have learnt nuances of comedy from India’s finest. I consider myself truly blessed that I got a chance to work with Bhatii saheb. He was a gem of a person, he was spontaneous artist with the heart of gold. Sunil Grover and I were part of Bhatti saheb’s team and worked with him on numerous live shows, and movies like Jija ji which were a great learning experience.” Deepak has also worked with Kapil Sharma on his show, Comedy Nights with Kapil as actor and writer. He says, “Working with Kapil on


his hit show was a great experience. This show is a milestone in my career. I have reached a new level of success after doing the hit comedy show with Kapil.” Deepak Raja idolises Charlie Chaplin, Kishore Kumar, Johnny Lever, and Govinda. He says, “These artists are flawless, their timing of comedy is perfect, and I have always been inspired by them.” Deepak Raja is a multi talented artist. He is an anchor, writer, director, and now he is stepping into movie making too. Next year he will be presenting his new Punjabi comedy play Putt Thagan De (Son of Fraudies). Deepak is the writer and director for this new show which will be released world over, and he promises that it is going to be a laugh riot. “Satire is also a dimension of art, and I use it at times to get across my feelings towards some social issues, such as female infanticide. I believe in doing comedy which has an underlying message. Yes, I want people to laugh at my jokes and acts, but I want them to take away a lesson from it too. They will remember my stand-up act longer if it is able to leave a mark on their heart too, and I always try to do that.” Speaking about his

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family, Deepak says, “I am grateful to God for a very loving and supportive family. My parents, brothers & sisters, and my wife are my pillar of support. My wife, Harpreet (Jyoti) is also very talented and accomplished artist. She has participated in superhit show Boogie Woogie and she has done her masters in Classical Dance. She now runs her dance academy in Lokhandwala, Mumbai. For me, my parents are my God and as long they are happy with me, I am happy.” There are many people Deepak gives credit for his success, he says, “I am fortunate to have met and worked with some very good people in this world. I will take this opportunity to thank Karate King Sanjay Sharma, Director Rajendra Kashyap, Comedian Deputy Raja, Chandan Prabhakar, Singer Teji Sandhu, Promoter and Producer Bunny Sharma, The Times of Canada Group, Parminder Singh Pali (Golden Hill Entertainment), NGO Pahel President Prof. Lakhbir Singh, Journalist Dharmendra Tiwari, and famous bodybuilders Dr. Diepak K. Prashar & Dr. Ravi Prashar (Libra Health Club, Ludhiana) for their support and faith in me and my talent.”

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Anjali Gandhi is the recipient of Basant Motors Scholarship 2017. She is a grade 12 student at Enver Creek Secondary. She has successfully executed many leadership roles and participated in various programs. Currently, she is the grad council president and organizes all grad fundraisers and events to ensure that her grad class has a memorable last year in high school. Sharing more about her activities, Anjali says, “Couple of weeks ago I organized a carwash and bottle drive. We successfully raised over $900.” Apart from grad council, Anjali also tutors grade 8-10 students in the Homework Den Program. She offers younger students tips and studying techniques that she has acquired overtime. Talking more about her interests, Anjali says, “Dance is also one of my passions and I express it through the 3 dance teams I take part in; Jazz, Hip Hop and Bhangra. Counselling has always sparked an interest in me. Hence, which is why I was offered the opportunity to take a selective peer counselling class. During my free time and spare classes, I counsel students who are not comfortable sharing their problems with adults.

For about 4 years, Anjali has been volunteering at Laxmi Narayan Temple Vedic Hindi School. Every Sunday morning, she assists kids with reading and writing concepts and proper pronunciation. Anjali adds, “I also volunteer at the Cloverdale Zion Park Manor Senior home. There, I assist seniors with meals, activities and medication. Working with seniors who have dementia and Alzheimer’s is a completely different experience. It has helped me with my communication skills and has increased my patience and appreciation for the life I have today. I also enjoy volunteering at my Constituency Youth Council. There I work with fellow youth council members and Member of Parliament Ken Hardie to discuss issues within the community. We voice our opinions about the voting age and environmental concerns. We also gathered together to plant trees and create a federal policy proposal for environmental change.”Anjali wants to work in the medical field in future. She has passion for serving others and desire to make a difference in peoples’ lives. She is planning to take Bachelors of Science for 3-4 years and then apply for Medical School and once she is accepted in a program, she plans to do major in medicine and minor in counselling.


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Like miracles, lottery rewards follow no protocol, anyone can be a winner, it is just a matter of chance. Mr. Harjinder Jassal, C.E.O. of Jassal Signs was in for as surprise when he participated in the Times of Canada car contest. He won a brand-new Honda Car in Diwali Gala 2017 organized by the Times of Canada in collaboration with Save On Foods, Zee Canada and Surrey Honda. When the Times of Canada team spoke with the Jassal family, Harjinder Jassal, his wife Jaz Jassal, their son Ronit and daughter Avneet, they said it was a pleasant surprise to win a brand-new car! Before winning, Mr. Harjinder always thought that lotteries are pre-fixed, fake, but when he won a car at the “Car Give Away Event”, he was happy that he participated. Mr. Harjinder Jassal was speechless when he was announced as the winner. It was almost unbelievable for him and hard to digest this good news. While talking to the Times of Canada, he was very excited and thankful to the Times of Canada and all the other sponsors associated with this huge event.

Mr. Harjinder very proudly said that this event has changed his belief about the lottery system. He said, “We all think that this kind of reward winning lotteries are just eye wash, but the Times of Canada Diwali Gala Car giveaway has changed all my old beliefs about it.” Mr. Harjinder said, now I would encourage and motivate others to participate in such event. Mr. Jassal gave lot of blessings and good wishes for the coming year to all, he specially thanked the Times of Canada team and all the sponsors. He said, “The Times of Canada makes miracles happen.” He said as in Diwali Goddess Laxmi comes to our home, so as this car has come to our home as a kind of blessings from Goddess Laxmi. While talking about his business, he said that presently he runs three branches of Jassal Sign, one in India, one here, and one in Edmonton. Very soon, a branch will be opening in Calgary.

India’s Manushi Chhillar is the new Miss World. At the 67th edition of Miss World pageant held in a glittering ceremony at Sanya City Arena in Sanya, China, Manushi was crowned Miss World 2017. 118 contestants from around the world competed for the coveted title and it was India’s Manushi who won the crown. Manushi Chhillar became the sixth Indian woman to win the crown and the first since Priyanka Chopra won Miss World 2000. Her win has made the nation of billion once again very proud and happy. Reita Faria was the first Miss World from India, she won the title back in 1966. Film star Aishwariya Rai

Bachchan won in 1994, Diana Haydon in 1997, Yukta Mookhey in 1999 and Chopra in 2000. She was previously crowned Femina Miss India 2017 on 25th June 2017 which set her on the path to Miss World title. Apart from the main title, Manushi also won the “Beauty with Purpose” award. Manushi was ecstatic and emotional. She was crowned by Miss World 2016 winner, Puerto Rico’s Stephanie Del Valle. Born in Sonipat, Haryana, on May 14th, 1997, Manushi is multi-talented. She is a trained classical singer, she is an excellent dancer, and well trained in

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Kuchipudi dance form. Apart from arts, Manushi is an adventure junkie and loves paragliding, bungee jumping etc. Manushi did her schooling from Delhi and is currently pursuing medicin at a college in Sonepat, Haryana. Her parents Dr. Neelam Chhillar and Dr. Mitra Basu Chhillar both have been pillar of her support and encouraged their daughter to pursue her dreams. Manushi has been actively associated women's safety and empowerment and has started program called "Shakti Project" through which women are made aware of hygiene during menstruation. She has changed lives of 5000 woman by visiting more than 20 villages. In an interview after winning the title, Manushi told media persons that she was always focused on her studies and wanted to be a doctor but like every girl, she would also dream to be at beauty pageant at least once in her life. According to Manushi, her initial growing up years and schooling in Delhi played an important role in gaining the confidence required for a beauty pageant. She said "I did train myself a lot and it wasn't easy. Each contestant competing for the title was brilliant. Since we all came from different regions, we all had our own strengths." According to Manushi, Delhi girls are brave, confident and bold who know how to voice their opinion. Recently, she was announced as Brand Ambassador of Anemia Free Haryana at the 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Summit held in Hyderabad and her "Beauty with a Purpose" campaign "Shakti" was given support for Rs. 18 crore and expansion by ensuring availability of sanitary napkins for all girls in the government schools of Haryana by Chief Minister of the state. Awards and honors have been pouring for her, Manushi was also honored with the Special Achievement Award at the 2017 CNN-IBN Indian of the Year Awards for winning Miss World 2017. The Miss World contest is not just about the looks as the pageant judges the contestants on various other aspects of the personality. The spontaneity and intelligence with which the contestants answer the questions asked in the final round is a key factor that influences the outcome of the pageant.

In the round of five of the competition, she was asked which profession according to her deserved the highest salary and why? She answered, "I think a mother deserves the highest respect and you talk about salary, it's not always about cash but I feel it's the love and respect that you give to someone; my mother has always been the biggest inspiration in my life. All mothers sacrifice so much for their kids. So, I think it is the job of a mother that deserves the highest salary." Her whole family was present at the gala and they were joyous and proud of their daughter and her answer. This was the answer which touched everyone's heart and made Manushi winner of Miss World 2017. According to Manushi's website, she aims to become a cardiac surgeon and wants to open a chain of nonprofitable hospitals in rural areas. Miss World Manushi Chhillar says she would love to work with Aamir Khan as this superstar is known to make socially relevant film. She said Aamir has done some real challenging roles that connect to society. Among actresses Priyanka Chopra is her favorite. Manushi said for now the Bollywood is not on her mind as she will be travelling and visiting the next year the whole world. She said we will be spreading awareness about menstrual hygiene where I will be joining my other Miss World Sisters.

Fashion trends and style are all so personal and as unique to any person as is your personality and sense of dressing. Still, we all want to be up on the latest trends and styles and so here goes. 2017 saw some unique and highly versatile trends in the Indian Fashion industry that saw the modernization and westernization of the traditional Indian look that is a better fit to the image of today’s modern woman. As we ring in 2018, the edgy glam look continues and grows. Gone are the days of heavy embellishments and in are the days in favour of more minimalistic and comfortable outfits. There’s a more 80s vibe in the fashion world with a custom twist to Indian wear that allows you to meld the outfit to fit the occasion as opposed to the occasion determining the outfit. More westernized approaches and looks to Indian wear are prevalent and seem to continue to gain momentum as we add our own personalities to the outfits we pick, we want and we wear. Lenghas and sarees remain the trendiest but with a change in colour preference where in the past darker traditional colours were favoured the new trend is more inclined to fresher, lighter hues, and pastels. Golds are a favourite and work for every occasion as they add a touch of elegance and luxe to any outfit. Renown designer Ritu Kumar says, “Rich, opulent shades of champagne gold are a stand out this season.” Ready-made or pre-made sarees are hitting the runway hard this season. For every woman that loves the look of a saree but struggles with finding the time to drape the piece this pre-styled saree works perfectly. Pair with a funky shoulder cut out blouse or jacket and write yourself a brand-new chapter in the modern saree style. Pair the saree with a crop top for a contemporary fun yet sexy look that allows you to switch up and mix and match blouses to any and every saree.


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For the more traditional look, silk sarees are and will always be number one! New banarasi weaves coupled with contemporary designs and vibrant colours means a lighter silk saree that is easier to wear and timeless in design. Capes and jackets have made a huge come back this season, be them embellished, sheer or just plain. Worn over a lengha, pants or saree and this trendy look instantly transforms an old tired look into a trendy funky new look! From a design and print perspective cute sporty pet caricatures are back with a bang! Paint it on, print it on or just plain wear it on. The cute is back in fashion this season! How about your sleeves? This season we see floor touching and knee length sleeves that make a bold statement and add flair to your outfit along with stripes, pinstripes, banker’s stripes, wide stripes or thin stripes. Stripes of all types work with any body type and fit any occasion be it a casual dinner party to a more elaborate wedding event. Forever classic!

Asymmetrical layers continue to make the rounds this season. Add a long asymmetrical jacket over pants and a top and go from day to chic night without batting an eye lid. The playful fun sexy look adds pizzazz without too much fuss. Add a fun belt and accentuate that waist for a sexy hour glass shape that takes the outfit along with your self-image and confidence to new heights. Bows and lace and frills and crystals are all back again too! The look has transformed to a more feminine yet bolder, sultry look with softer, nude tones and accessories like thick chokers to complete the look. At the end of it all, style and design are unique to YOU. Wearing what flatters your shape and adds to your self-confidence is what fashion and style are all about. Here’s to some very fun, flirty, bold designs and styles for 2018! Writer: Tami Esmail Satya Paul Surrey e: fb: Satya Paul Canada


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Everybody is born with it. It is not a talent, it is intrinsic to human nature. But the society tries to destroy it; it is afraid even of the sense of humor. We teach children to be serious. Seriousness is praised, highly praised. In fact, seriousness is a kind of disease; it should be condemned. Every child brings a sense of humor in the world, but we destroy it, at least we repress it. We don’t allow him to enjoy it; we don’t allow him to share it with us. We don’t encourage him to help it grow because we are afraid; if he becomes too non-serious then he will become dangerous to the serious society. Then he will start rebelling against many things, because a sense of humor is an essential part of intelligence. You don’t see donkeys laughing, you don’t see buffaloes enjoying a joke. It is only man who can enjoy a joke, who can laugh. Your saints are like buffaloes and donkeys! They have fallen below humanity; they have lost something of immense value. Without laughter a man is like a tree without flowers. But the society needs serious people: presidents, prime ministers, vice-chancellors, professors, popes, shankaracharyas, ayatollahs, imams, all kinds of priests, teachers, commissioners, Collectors, governors.... Everybody has to be serious. If they have a sense of humor the society is afraid efficiency will be lost. If they have a sense of humor they Will become human. They are expected to be just like machines. The way Adolf Hitler walks is mechanical. Just see his pictures -- the way he stands, the way he walks, the way he takes the salute, the way HE salutes. It seems almost mechanical, as if he is not a man but a robot. His face, his gestures, all are robotlike, and he made the whole of Germany robotlike. He destroyed Germany more than he destroyed anybody else. But he created a very efficient army. The efficient army is possible only if people lose all intelligence and all that intelligence contains.

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A sense of humor is one of the very essentials of intelligence. The moment you lose it you lose intelligence also; the more you have it, the more intelligent you are. There is no question of how to open the sense of humor; you simply remove the barriers. It is already there, it is already the case. You simply remove a few rocks which your parents, your society have put to prevent it. The society teaches you self-control, and sense of humor means relaxation. Book Source Guida Spirituale - Chapter-3                       Osho Meditation Group ( 

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Elders, who are considered to be the backbone of a family are nowadays getting neglected and abused in several homes. Family, which is considered a small unit of our society is losing its values and culture. Increasing number of cases of ‘Elderly abuse’ have come to light in recent months where elders are being abused and neglected in their homes by their own children or by the very staff meant that is meant to care for them.

Self-neglect is when an elderly person engages in behaviour that threatens their own safety, such as failing to provide themselves with adequate food, water, clothing, shelter, medication (when needed). According to Nursing Magazine, nearly 50 percent of elder abuse cases are the result of neglect. Research suggest that 700,000 to 1.2 million elderly people are subjected to elder mistreatment in US only and there are 450,000 new cases annually in the country.

Shunned or abandoned by their families, many ‘Senior Citizen’ face the prospect of a lonely death at homes or at homes for the aged, with staff having to attend to funeral proceedings. Often, the elderly is reluctant to visit their families, in homes they built for their children. In family after family, the story is the same. Sons and Daughters driving their elderly parents out of the house, once the property has been passed to them and possession granted.

Recent research has found that: • 551,011 persons age 60 and older experienced abuse, neglect in a one-year period. • Hard as it is to believe, the great majority of abuses are family members, most often an adult child or spouse. • Abuse can also be occurring at a long-term care facility such as nursing home or assisted-living residence. Employees and the temporary staff who have an direct contract with residents are the most frequent perpetrators. Other offenders may include other family and old friends, newly developed “Friends” who intentionally prey an older adult are service providers in the positions of trust. Study shows that a family member was the perpetrator of abuse or neglect in 90 percent of reported cases. Twothirds of the perpetration were adult children or spouses.

In broader term, neglect can be defined as a when a caregiver does not provide for an elder’s safety or for his or her physical and/or psychological needs. Physical neglect can mean failing to provide an elder with adequate and necessary medication or physical therapy, not taking care of an elder’s personal hygiene needs, or forcing an elder to live in unsanitary or potentially harmful conditions. Psychological neglect means leaving an older person alone for long periods of time or failing to provide social contacts, activities or information.

Abuse can also be occurring at a long-term care facility such as nursing home or assisted-living residence. Employees and the temporary staff who have an direct contract with

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residents are the most frequent perpetrators. Other offenders may include other family and old friends, newly developed “Friends” who intentionally prey an older adult are service providers in the positions of trust. Study shows that a family member was the perpetrator of abuse or neglect in 90 percent of reported cases. Two-thirds of the perpetration were adult children or spouses. Causes identified for Elderly Neglect: Caretaker stress is a factor that can trigger elder neglect. Some sources of caregiver stress include depression, lack of support from other potential caregivers and perception that caregiving is a burdensome or without psychological reward. Adult children who have no financial resources for providing health care other than those of their aging parents are especially vulnerable to stress. Caretakers and family members who are solely responsible for the bulk of a senior’s case may become isolated from relatives and friends. This can be dangerous because it cuts them off from the support they need to cope with caregiving and isolation also makes it harder for other people to intervene when a senior is being abused or neglected. Solution: If you suspect that a senior is being neglected abused by his or her caretaker contact your city’s Adult Protective Services Unit such as SAIL in British Columbia or call 9-1-1 if you think the abuse is very serious and immediate intervention of police and law is needed. All calls to SAIL are kept confidential. If you are a caretaker and seek therapy, take help from other family members too. Many state and non-profit agencies also offer respective service to provide members with temporary relief from the stress of caring a senior. Stay healthy and get medical-care of yourself, when necessary. Find a support group for caregivers of the elderly, which can provide a forum to discuss the issues around caregiving. Alleviating caretaker stress in many cases, the first step towards preventing elder neglect.

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WELCOME OR NOT ROHINGYA REFUGEES TO INDIA By Harmesh Sidher These days there is a lot of discussion about Rohingya refugees in India. Majority of the refugees coming to India from Myanmar are Muslims. Rohingyas are Bengali Muslims brought to Burma by the British to supress the Burmese and resist the Japanese invasions. Buddhist-Muslim tensions, however, date back to India’s pre-independence days, when the former backed the incoming Japanese Army, and the latter remained loyal to the British. Azad Hind Army formed by Subhash Chander Bose had many sympathisers and followers in this region.

Army (ARSA)”, responsible of attacking and killing Burmese soldiers and is also suspected in the killing of 45 Rohingya Hindus past few weeks makes life more difficult for the genuinely displaced people from the Myanmar’s troubled region. Thousands of Rohingyas have taken refuge in Bangladesh and India cannot ignore the geo-political circumstances to protect its security and sovereignty. The Fear of radicalisation is real, particularly after the call of support to Rohingyas by Zakir Musa, who is leading the Al - Qaeda faction, Ansar Ghazwat-ul Hind in Kashmir.

According to some reports, there are more than 40,000 Rohingya refugees already settled in India since 2009. They are spread all over India including Jammu and Kashmir. But many people question the settlement of Rohingyas in the state of J&K. Though Kashmir has a special status, but immigration, foreign policies and defence comes under New Delhi. Article 370 prohibits any Indian to settle in Jammu and Kashmir but Rohingya refugees are allowed to settle on humanitarian grounds. Was it really a humanitarian gesture? The 1990 killings of 3000 Kashmiri Pandits and forced exodus of more than 100,000 Kashmiri Pundits to other states exposes the hypocrisy of the state and central governments. Since then Kashmiri Pundits are living as refugees in their own country and are not able to return to their home state, but Rohingya refugees have been allowed to settle in J&K.

In 1971, with the formation of Bangladesh India accepted more than ten million Bangla refugees. It was not easy for India to provide food and shelter to such a big population. Those refugees settled in almost all the states of India. Since then, uncontrolled refugee settlements in Eastern and North-eastern part of India has destroyed the economy of these regions and caused massive demographic changes. The forced change in the population structure of these regions are the cause of frequent communal tensions because politicians and governments have preferred to see refugees as voting banks.

India has welcomed refugees/foreigners from time immemorial. Most of them came with good intensions but quite of them came with hidden agendas and thus exploited the goodness of Indians and resources of Indian sub-continent with sword and greed. The fact that Rohingyas have a well-established terror group called “The Arakan Rohingya Salvation

Vivek Canada is working with the third generation of Bengali refugees who came to India in the early 70s at the time Bangla Desh was formed. Now they are residents of India. They are very hard working and some of them have established businesses and own land as well. But most of them are landless labourers and live around the forests lacking the basic amenities such as education, health and housing. Vivek is providing free elementary education to the girls and boys and also develop small projects for empowering the women. Vivek Canada a registered charity based in Surrey runs three out of its four schools in the forests of Puranpur tehsil in Uttar Pradesh, India.


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Rohingya refugees at all, but we are aware of ground realities in India and we believe that India has had its share of refugees when it took more that 10 million Bengalis who are still struggling for the last 47 years and now is time for rest of the world to accommodate Rohingyas. Harmesh Sidher is president, Vivek Canada. Vivek members visiting village KhirkiaBurgadia school

These forests are designated as Tigre Zone which lack health, education, and economic facilities. Some areas do have these facilities, but lack of proper infrastructure and fear of wild animals scare the people to serve in this region. Vivek Canada started these schools in 2008 in small huts with thatched roof and in 2015 converted all the schools into all weather and lockable brick rooms. This year, Vivek Canada provided 100 solar lamps to the needy, school supplies, boots and T-shirts to all the school kids. Although we are not dealing with the

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When I look at a painting, I look for depth and narrative. What is the story here? Does the painting transcend its static medium to draw the viewer into its story? Does it come alive? Does it take us beyond the superficial to something much more profound? At first, Drizzling Moments seems to capture a snapshot in time. A man and a woman are walking away from us on a path through a park dotted with trees. It is raining, an ethereal drizzle seemingly concentrated around the couple. In the foreground behind them is an empty bench they have ostensibly left as the sky began to descend on them in a silvery shower. The veil of droplets creates a mist in front of them obscuring the path ahead. Beyond the mist we can see the city skyline and a bridge arching high and to the left. The bridge extends to the edge of the painting and in the imagination beyond it to some unknown destination—or destiny. We see the couple from behind. Immediately, they are mysterious. Who are they? Perhaps they are all of us. The man holds an umbrella over the woman, sheltering her from the elements. The umbrella, slightly off-centre, is nevertheless the focal point of the painting. Its segmented structure invokes the lotus-shaped dome of a temple, imbuing it with spiritual—or divine—significance. It suggests protection from a higher source. Whose umbrella is it? Its magenta hue matching the woman's choli

and pallu implies that it is hers; but the scene further implies that the umbrella is the man's duty. The magenta hues flow from the umbrella through the woman's sari, its reflection in the stream of water on the path behind her, to the floral display on the tree beside the bench. In some symbolic schemes, magenta is considered to represent “universal love at its highest level.” This theme runs through the whole painting, connecting the couple to nature, the elements, and under the umbrella, to each other. Intriguingly, the man is dressed all in black, suggesting that women have a closer affinity with nature, but that men connect with nature through their own capacity to love. As the painting draws us in and its narrative begins to unfold, our initial impression is the fragrance of the mist suffused with the nectar of the flowering tree. We feel the refreshing droplets of rain on our face and raise our gaze toward the source. It is a moment of connection with the elements, yet it holds within it the portent of an impending deluge. The path is an allegory of life. The mist clouds the future, making it unknown, mysterious, an unpredictable adventure. The cityscape suggests they are heading toward shelter in a comfortable setting. But the bridge, foreshadowing futures to come, becomes an ominous reminder of our immortality, that the path of life leads in only one direction and is not eternal. It is a reminder that the moments drizzling away in


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droplets of time are precious, as are our connections with the natural world and to those we love. The artist, Tejpal Singh, told me his inspiration for the painting came from an actual experience. He was sitting with the couple on the bench in Bear Creek Park when it began to rain, and they decided to head for home. As they moved off down the path, the vision of them together spoke to him. The image of their “togetherness” became an indelible one that he was driven to recreate. “I am moved by nature, by romance, feelings of love,” Mr. Singh told me. “People take so much for granted. I want to create something that will make them stop and begin to appreciate it.” In his book, A Judgement of Art, The Polish-American artist and art critic, Frederic Taubes, wrote, “In the end it is the degree of ambiguity in a painting and its nature that makes it work.” However, I would add that when the ambiguity—or mist—clears, it may suddenly solidify, revealing what was not initially seen in bold relief. All the disparate elements fuse into a grand vision of something profound. Stop for a moment and allow Drizzling Moments to enter your consciousness. You may notice that the painting comes alive and awakens within you a deeper appreciation of life, connection, and maybe even love. You can view Drizzling Moments at TSM Gallery located at 9353 120th Street in Delta.

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Thyroid problem is a very common disease effecting both men and women. The thyroid gland, is an endocrine gland in the neck, consisting of two lobes connected by an isthmus. It is found at the front of the neck, below the Adam’s apple. The thyroid gland secretes thyroid hormones, which primarily influence the metabolic rate and protein synthesis. It controls metabolism-the way your body uses energy. Thyroid disease is a medical condition that affects the function of the thyroid gland. The symptoms of thyroid disease vary depending on the type. If gland does not produces sufficient amount of thyroid hormones thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3) as a result thyroid level becomes high; this condition is called hypothyroidism (low function). If glands produces excess thyroid hormones and thyroid level becomes low: this condition is called hyperthyroidism (high function). According to Ayurvedic therapeutic science, a decrease or increase in the normal working of thyroid gland results in the ailments of hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism, respectively. Like all nija rogas (internally caused diseases).The root cause of hypothyroidism is a disequilibrium of the Doshas. There is in general vitiation in the Kapha Dosha and Pitta Dosha (water and fire body humors), Ayurveda teaches that thyroid disease is affected by diet and lifestyle discrepancies which further promote the doshic imbalance. According to Ayurveda the thyroid function is controlled by Pitta Dosha. Pitta is responsible for all of the metabolic actions carried out by the thyroid gland. The symptoms of hypothyroidism are quite variable, depending on the severity of the hormone deficiency and of course one’s constitutional makeup. But in most cases, symptoms tend to develop slowly, often over a number of years. They typically include any or all of these :Chronic fatigue, weight gain, depression, low blood pressure, sensitivity to

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unexplained weight loss, feeling wired or anxious, racing heartbeat, shakiness, excess sweating, feeling hot, itchy red skin, more frequent bowel movements than usual, facial hair and hair loss. It is beneficial to know your family history because hypothyroidism is often a genetic condition. If any of these symptoms sound familiar, talk to your doctor. Early intervention makes treatment more successful. Left untreated for prolonged periods, high or low thyroid function can cause significant health problems. Ayurveda therapy for thyroid disease is a holistic and supportive therapy that aims to correct the doshic imbalance and hence the flawed function of the thyroid gland. Therapy includes the recommendation of herbs principally for dosha balance and to some extent specifically to promote thyroid function, dietary guidance and lifestyle recommendations. Also, as these thyroid medicines help in regulating metabolism as well as detoxifying the body, you may need to increase your water intake and include a bland diet along with taking medicines meant for thyroid balancing. Please check with your Doctor or Health Provider before using any of these about allergic to any thing.


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The Symbol of Devotion and Strength

Shri Hanuman or Anjaneya or Sankat Mochan is perhaps one of the most revered and adored deities in the Hindu-scriptures. The lord is an embodiment of Shiva and amplifies strength, devotion compassion and perseverance. The tale of Hanuman has taught us numerous lessons, his selfless service for lord Rama teaches us the meaning of true friendship. His unwavering faith in the almighty reiterates the true definition of faith and worship. There are many stories related with Shree Hanuman, here some interesting stories for the life of Shree Hanuman: As per the old texts, Pawanputra Hanuman is an incarnation of Lord Shiva. Hanuman is the son of Anjana and the monkey King Kesari. Anjana was an ethereal fairy who served in the celestial place of Lord Brahma and was self-obsessed and egoistical. In her vanity, once she enraged a sage who in turn cursed her that the beautiful face would morph into one that of a monkey, the moment she falls in love. Anjani who was a ardent devotee of Lord Shiva wished for the Lord to take birth as her son. Thus, after long meditation to God, Shiva granted her the boon that he will incarnate on this earth as her offspring. On Shiva’s instruction, Vayu, the god of wind, placed the sweet offering near Anjana who was engrossed in meditation. She believed the kheer to be a blessing from Lord Shiva and consumed it. Thus, Anjana’s son Anjaneya, come to be known as an incarnation of

Shiva and son of Lord Vayu or Pawan Putra Hanuman. Meaning of Hanuman in Sanskrit is derived from two names Hanu and Man. While Hanu means Jaw, man means disfigured. When Hanuman tried to swallow the sun, as a child, thinking it to be a huge fruit, Lord Indra had to use his vajra on him, resulting in disfiguring his jaw forever. Lord Hanuman was known to be very notorious during his childhood. During one incident, an annoyed sage had cursed Hanuman, due to which Hanuman was unable to remember the powers vested in him, until when Jambavantha reminded him of his powers so that Hanuman can rescue Sita ji from Ravana. Lord Surya was Hanuman’s mentor and it took only sixty hours to become proficient in all the scriptures. Lord Surya was highly impressed and asked for Gurudakshina and when the Sun Lord asked him to be a companion of his son Sugriva. Once Hanuman went to meet Sita during her exile. Then Sita continued to serve food to Hanuman and was at verge of exhausting all the food supplied, then she prayed to Lord Ram, who advised her to add a ‘Tulsi Leaf’ in the food being served to Hanuman and finally Sita was able to gratify the hungry Hanuman.When demon king Ravan’s brother Ahiravan captured Lord Ram and his brother Lakshman. Hanuman adopted the Panchmukhi as, in order to kill Ahiravan one needed to extinguish five Lamps in different direction. The four other faces are believed to be Garuda, Narsimha, Varaha


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and Hayagriva, which face North, South, East West and the Sky. When Hanuman went to Lanka to find out the whereabouts of Sita, he found Lord Shani, imprisoned by the Ravana. Hanuman released him from the confinement. Then Lord Shani got delighted and even granted him a boon that who will worship Lord Hanuman will not be troubled by him.

fire, Hanuman went to take a dip in the sea. It was then that his sweat was consumed by a giant fish and thus his son Makardwaja came into being. It is believed that Hanuman is one among the Chiranjivis or Immortals, who according to the Hindu traditions reside in this world protecting us from the Evils………… Jai Shree Ram……………

It is said that the celestial sage, Naradmuni, was jealous of a bond between Ram and Hanuman. With the invitation of driving a drift between two Narad asked Hanuman to greet all the sage except Vishwamitra, as he is not a sage by birth. On the other hand, Narad instigated Vishwamitra telling him that it was an insult to him. Furious Vishwamitra ordered Ram to punish Hanuman for his misdemeanours. Lord Ram couldn’t contradict teacher and Hanuman was sentenced to death. But Hanuman kept changing Ram’s name and all the arrows aimed at him failed to even scratch on his skin. Ram even used Brahmastra but Hanuman’s selfless bhakti for Ram didn’t cause any harm to him. Although he was a Brahmchari, Lord Hanuman had a son- Makardhwaja. After destroying Lanka with his tail when Ravan’s soldiers set it on

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