First – If you have never read any of Cynthia Mahmood’s books, go do that. I suggest this book:
You can check out a nice preview of this book at google books
Second – set aside a good half hour of quite time and read this article on Sikh Chic wherein she explains the amazing motivation behind her Sikh Studies. This could possible be one of the best articles I’ve ever read, and it’s one of the most moving stories I’ve heard in a long while.
Seriously. Go read it. Now.