My Camera & My Chai: Honouring The Saint

Gurpurab. Guru Nanak

Today we celebrate the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, the founder of the Sikh religion. He was a man who did not believe in empty ritual. He believed in the essential brotherhood of man. He also believed that the trees, the water, the air were our true Gods.

This Morning

I woke up at 6 am this morning, and looked outside. I was not sure if what I was seeing was fog, or smog. My addled brain told me it had to be smog. It’s too early for fog. Anyway, with the amount of pollution we have, the seasons of fog don’t really last anything more than a few hours. We have indeed gone very far away from the teachings of Guru Nanak in this respect

These Days

These last few years have been hard in India, with the country becoming more and more divided. The good thing is that the temple issue in Ayodhya has been “resolved”, without closure. To be honest, there would have been only one solution – give the land to the Hindus – in the current political environment. People forget that Bhai Mardana, a Muslim, was Guru Nanak’s companion for over 25 years, and gave music to the hymns of Guru Nanak. Once again, we have gone very far away from the teachings of Guru Nanak.

550 & WhatsApp

On this day, his 550th birth anniversary, we shall send each other lots of WhatsApp messages, quoting the teachings of Guru Nanak. We will indeed feel happy about it, and a post like mine, will be trolled for being negative. However, the point is – if we truly respect the saint – we should live his teachings and not just quote them.

Feelin’ Good

We humans love to feel good, and there is nothing wrong with that. We do tell our kids to be good, and then condone stupid things, and tell our kids – “you won’t understand. it’s the way of the world.” At some point, we need to move beyond idiocy and start living. However, like the poet said, “talk is cheap…”

We need to honour Guru Nanak by living his lessons.


  1. You sure have to do something about that smog Rajiv. We see pictures of it on our news in Canada and it has to be awful. We got rid of some coal burning power generators and that was a big help here.

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