This Saturday, 14 November 2020 Sikhs and Hindus around the world will light their homes and Temples with hundreds of candles in celebrations of Bandi Chhor Divas and Diwali.



Bandi Chor Divas (Day of Liberation), marks the day on which the sixth Sikh Guru, Guru Hargobind Singh Ji, was released from wrongful imprisonment and returned to the community. Bandi Chor Divas is celebrated with great joy as it was a time when “right” prevailed over “wrong”.

According to tradition, Guru Hargobind Singh Ji was offered release from prison, but only agreed on the condition that 52 other unjustly detained prisoners would also be released. These prisoners were being held without trial or any other legal process. Emperor Jahangir offered release on terms, that those who clung to the Guru’s coat would be set free, intending to limit the number of prisoners who could be released. However, in a masterstroke, Guru Hargobind Singh Ji had a coat made with 52 tassels attached to it so that all of the princes could leave prison with him.




The festival of lights? Diwali is celebrated by Hindus to honour the Lord Rama-chandra. It is believed that on this day Rama returned to his people after 14 years of exile during which he fought and won a battle against the demons and the demon king, Ravana. People lit their houses to celebrate his victory over evil (light over darkness).

The reasons Sikh and Hindus celebrate Bandi Chhor Divas and Diwali on the same day is because Guru Hargobind Singh Ji arrived on Diwali at the Harmandir Sahib in Amritsar, India (also known as the “Golden Temple”) which was lit with hundreds of lamps and he was received in the same way as the Lord Rama and the day came to be known as the “Bandi Chhor Divas” (the day of freedom).



We’ve created a handy explainer about the differences, the history and what both festivals are about, along with who Sikhs are, and how they contribute to Australian society

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The marriage hadn’t provided her with real love or something else she had always wanted

CHAPTER ONE Betsy had had quite enough of pleasing other people, especially her ex-husband. He had left her for another woman, which was bad enough. Betsy thought he showed a poverty of original thinking when it turned out to be his secretary. In any case, she was very glad her father gave her a sizeable amount of ‘blue chip’ stock before he died. At least that provided her with a substantial income, even if it didn’t warm her bed. Even before she had ever met her husband, she had looked forward to the day when she would be the proud mother of a pretty little girl. Instead he had left her with a twelve year old boy to raise by herself. But that was about to change.


Of course he had no idea what was in store for him

Men always wanted a son when they got married to perpetuate themselves into the future even after the father died. A boy that would grow up to be like his father?! Not while she was alive! Betsy was about to take steps to insure it would never happen! And since her son was just starting his 1953 summer vacation, it was the ideal time to begin changing her little boy into something that would both fulfill her desire to have a little girl, and serve as the supreme thwarting of her ex-husband’s wish: her little boy was about to become a sissy! What else would you call a boy that acted and dressed like a nice little girl? But she was determined that he would be wearing a dress and learning to act like a nice little girl before the day was over!

His name was the same as his father’s. Edward. That would be the first thing she’d change. And it certainly wouldn’t become Edweena, Edwina or Edna. She e as hers, Elizabeth. But where her nickname was Betsy, she would call her little boy ‘Beth’ from now on. Besides, he wouldn’t be a boy much longer; at least, not your usual type of boy.

At ten a.m., Eddie came in the back door looking for his usual pre-lunch snack. “Hi Mom,” he sang out from the kitchen.

“Eddie, it’s too early for snacks,” she replied. “Besides, there’s something we have to do today.” He came in and sat down on the couch next to her. She smiled down at him. He was a small for his age at four feet, five inches.

“We’re going to go shopping, dear, and it’ll be lots of fun. This summer your hair is going to be blond, just like mine.”

“So it’ll be just like mine Eddie,” she answered. “And that’s only one of the changes we’ll be making to you today. When we go shopping, you’re going to get a whole new new wardrobe of pretty dresses, poufy bouffant slips and panties, girl’s shoes and socks, and some other things for pretty little girls.

“Mom, I’m not a sissy. I don’t want to be a girl,” he replied. “Why do you want to make me be a girl? I’m a boy, and I want to stay a boy.”



But before we do that, I’m taking you to a beauty parlor to get your hair done

“I know dear,” said Betsy, “but girls are much nicer, and prettier, too. You’ll like being Mommy’s little girl after a while. From now on your name is Beth, almost the same as Mommy’s name.”

“I suppose you don’t now,” said Betsy, “but after you see how nice it is, you’ll be glad I turned you into a girl. And you’d better behave and do as Mommy tells you if you don’t want a spanking. We have to be on time at the beauty shop. But first you’re going to take a quick bubble bath so you’ll smell pretty like nice girls do.” She gave him a quick bubble bath, and afterwards she had him wear his Sunday pants and a clean shirt.

Online CV checks


Are you currently looking for a job and need help reviewing your CV? Do you need help re-entering the job market once the COVID-19 pandemic has subsided? We’ve got just the service which can help, and it’s free!

Although our monthly CV checks at the Gurudwara have been temporarily suspended, we are going to continue to have CV checks online. We have volunteers across the Australia and New Zealand Sikh community, as well as members of the YSPN team, who are offering online CV checks and casual career counselling, free of charge.  

For help on your CV or to find ways to improve it, send your CV and/or any questions to the email address below. We’ll reply back to you with feedback and answers to any of your questions.

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ਕੀ ਤੁਸੀਂ ਇਸ ਸਮੇਂ ਕੋਈ ਨੌਕਰੀ ਲੱਭ ਰਹੇ ਹੋ ਅਤੇ ਆਪਣੇ ਸੀਵੀ (CV) ਦੀ ਪੜਤਾਲ ਕਰਨ ਵਿਚ ਸਹਾਇਤਾ ਦੀ ਜ਼ਰੂਰਤ ਹੈ? ਕੀ ਇਕ ਵਾਰ ਕੋਵਿਡ -19 (COVID-19) ਮਹਾਂਮਾਰੀ ਖ਼ਤਮ ਹੋਣ ਤੋਂ ਬਾਅਦ ਤੁਹਾਨੂੰ ਨੌਕਰੀ ਦੇ ਬਾਜ਼ਾਰ ਵਿਚ ਦੁਬਾਰਾ ਦਾਖਲ ਹੋਣ ਵਿਚ ਸਹਾਇਤਾ ਦੀ ਜ਼ਰੂਰਤ ਹੈ? ਸਾਨੂੰ ਸਿਰਫ ਇੱਕ ਸੇਵਾ ਮਿਲੀ ਹੈ ਜੋ ਸਹਾਇਤਾ ਕਰ ਸਕਦੀ ਹੈ, ਅਤੇ ਇਹ ਮੁਫਤ ਹੈ!

ਹਾਲਾਂਕਿ ਗੁਰੂਦੁਆਰਾ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਵਿਖੇ ਸਾਡੀਆਂ ਮਹੀਨਾਵਾਰ ਸੀਵੀ (CV) ਜਾਂਚਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਅਸਥਾਈ ਤੌਰ ਤੇ ਮੁਅੱਤਲ ਕਰ ਦਿੱਤਾ ਗਿਆ ਹੈ, ਪਰ ਅਸੀਂ ਆਨ ਲਾਈਨ ਸੀਵੀ ਚੈਕ ਕਰਵਾਉਂਦੇ ਰਹਾਂਗੇ. ਸਾਡੇ ਕੋਲ ਪੂਰੇ ਆਸਟਰੇਲੀਆ ਅਤੇ ਨਿ ਨਿਊਜ਼ੀਲੈਂਡ ਸਿੱਖ ਭਾਈਚਾਰੇ ਦੇ ਵਲੰਟੀਅਰ ਹਨ ਅਤੇ ਨਾਲ ਹੀ ਵਾਈਐਸਪੀਐਨ (YSPN) ਟੀਮ ਦੇ ਮੈਂਬਰ, ਜੋ ਆਨਲਾਈਨ ਸੀਵੀ (CV) ਚੈਕਿੰਗ ਅਤੇ ਕੈਰੀਅਰ ਦੀ ਸਲਾਹ-ਮਸ਼ਵਰੇ ਦੀ ਮੁਫਤ ਪੇਸ਼ਕਸ਼ ਕਰ ਰਹੇ ਹਨ.

ਆਪਣੀ ਸੀਵੀ (CV) ਤੇ ਸਹਾਇਤਾ ਲਈ ਜਾਂ ਇਸ ਨੂੰ ਸੁਧਾਰਨ ਦੇ ਤਰੀਕਿਆਂ ਦਾ ਪਤਾ ਲਗਾਉਣ ਲਈ, ਆਪਣਾ ਸੀਵੀ (CV) ਅਤੇ / ਜਾਂ ਕੋਈ ਪ੍ਰਸ਼ਨ ਹੇਠਾਂ ਦਿੱਤੇ ਈਮੇਲ ਪਤੇ ਤੇ ਭੇਜੋ. ਅਸੀਂ ਤੁਹਾਡੇ ਜਵਾਬ ਅਤੇ ਤੁਹਾਡੇ ਕਿਸੇ ਵੀ ਪ੍ਰਸ਼ਨਾਂ ਦੇ ਜਵਾਬ ਦੇਵਾਂਗੇ.

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Creating the Society We Want to Live In with Sapreet Kaur

It’s all too easy to feel helpless in today’s era of fake news; the rapid flow of news and even faster reactions makes it easy to feel overwhelmed. Sapreet Kaur, Executive Director of the Sikh Coalition showed that the smallest actions while seemingly insignificant, can snowball into large movements over time.

Speaking at YSPN events in Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney, Sapreet illustrated how her parents inculcated values of sewa in their children through making sandwiches for the homeless. Her belief in the powerful of small, targeted actions in shifting our societies is energizing and communicates vital messages of our roles as human in being socially and civically conscious.

Simren Samrai from Indian Link, wrote about how individuals can drive lasting change, and her own experiences listening to Sapreet in Sydney, you can read more here: http://www.indianlink.com.au/sikh-coalition/