Monday, August 18, 2008

Sikhi To the Max - Tips - Easy searching

I am not fluent at reading Gurmukhi so I have always found it difficult to use the Sikhi To The Max software.

Last weekend I was given an invaluable tip to make finding Shabads much easier. (Sorry if this an obvious tip but it has helped me so I hough I should pass it on)

In the search section of SikhiToTheMax click on the option 'First Letter (from start)'. This will let you type in the first letter of each word of a line.

For example: If you are looking for the Shabad with the following line in it

jis kae sir oopar thoo(n) suaamee so dhukh kaisaa paavai ||
When You stand over our heads, O Lord and Master, how can we suffer in pain?

Then all you need to do is type in the first letter of each word in the line like so


Press search and the above line will appear as the only search results.

This is so much easier and quicker than typing each word every time.

This tip will work for the online line and the standalone version of sikhitothemax.

The Sikh Course

The Sikh Course has been developed to tell people about the fundamentals of the Sikh religion.

Here is a quote from the website.

Discover the fundamentals of the Sikh faith in a FREE one day course. The Sikh faith is an unknown to many people and yet it is full of gems which can dramatically improve your life and the lives of those around you. To register and find out more, simply visit:

The next course is at the Chapeltown Gurdwara, Leeds, UK on 13th September 2008. It is well worth going.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Jonah Takalua

Jonah Takalua is a 13-year-old school boy in year 8 at Summer Heights High. He is of Tongan descent and lives with his father. Jonah, however acts up at school, treating his teachers with disrespect and bullying younger students. He is at serious risk of being expelled. Summer Heights High is Jonah’s third school after being expelled from two others in eighteen months for setting fire to a student’s locker and defacing a staff member’s car respectively. Jonah attends “Gumnut Cottage”, a remedial class for students at Summer Heights High who have reading difficulties and he is stated to have a reading level of an eight year old.
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I felt compelled to write something about Jonah after watching Summer Heights High on BBC Three and Youtube.

On the face of it Summer Hieghts High is a normal, albeit a very funny, send up of various fly-on-the-wall documentaries. However throughout the series, it tackles many issues that affect urban schools and society.

Some of the issues that are covered through the Jonah Takalua character:

How Polinesian children are treated in Australian schools. (Generally how minorities are treated in schools)
How teachers are intentially or unintentially racist.
How school inititives for disruptive kids are shallow and not supervised properly.

There are probably more which I haven't picked up on.

I think the Jonah character struck a cord with me because I could see many friends and other kids from school in the character. These were kids who were very bright but did some stupid things and fell into a spiral in which they got into more and more trouble.

This is such a sad situation because the kids failed to live up to their potential and in some cases it could affect them for the rest of their lives. In alot of cases they were very talented like Jonah with his breake dancing and rapping.

On a lighter note the series has some great one liners in it and is very funny.

Thanks to Chris Lilley for this series and I hope to see more of Jonah in the future.

"Puk you, Sir"