Welcome to New to Sikhi community
I've always been a student of foreign languages, religions, and cultures. I've lived in Europe and Asia (though never India), and have always appreciated the different ways in which people live their lives.
Now comes the mildly funny part. Since I was child growing up in Southern California, I've always had a weakeness for Bollywood movies. I would get up on Saturday mornings to watch cartoons, and after they were over I'd watch the Bollywood movie clips on a TV show called Namaste America.
A few months ago, I was watching a Bollywood film in which the main character was a Sikh. I realized that of all the studying I'd done of various religions throughout the world I knew nothing about Sikhism, other than the 5 K's, the importance of the Golden Temple, and the tragedy of Operation Bluestar.
So, I started studying and kept getting drawn further into it. It's a little tough to find meaningful things to read when I don't speak Panjabi. I'm working on that, but it's slow going. I do a little every day. There aren't a lot of good resources for Panjabi second language learners. I used to be a French teacher and have a degree in Russian as well, so learning other languages is really fun for me.
I downloaded some apps for my iPhone that have Gutka, Nitnem in Panjabi, Nitnem in English, and another app of Audio Nitnem in Panjabi. Would really like to get my hands on a Guru Granth Sahib Ji in dual Panjabi/English that won't kill my bank account.
Anyway, that's enough about me for now. Oh, and the movie? Rocket Singh.
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