Khabran – Sikh Internet News and Information Dashboard

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Today I’m glad to finally announce the beta launch of one of my small side projects: Khabran

Basically it’s a one-stop easy to use single page where you can go and peruse all the latest Sikh Internet buzz. Right now it’s full of Sikh News and some blogs, but if you have any RSS feed you think would be useful to add, either comment here or shoot me an email and I’ll add it if I agree :)

Check it out, please give me some feedback, don’t get too upset if it breaks every now and again as I add features and fix bugs.

A small note about the advertisements: Basically the story is this – I’m broke. If putting up one small set of adverts can help pay my internet bills, I’m inclined to try it. If you know any other way I can get some meager funds (mostly to pay for food, this and future projects, etc.) please contact me directly: mail@sikhnerd.com

Introduction: Gurbani Groups Project

So at Saanjh 2009 we were split up into several large groups and given a problem, and several steps to a real-world solution. Below I’ve embedded the presentation my group gave with our proposed solution. In the coming weeks I hope to move quickly forward on this project, and hopefully meet all the long-term goals outlined in the presentation.

If ¬†you’ve got some input, or would like to help in this effort, or just have a quick suggestion – PLEASE reply in the comments so we can get in contact with you. There are allready meetings in Houston and Atlanta that exist, and THIS Friday there will be a meeting in San Fransisco area. Later this month there is one planned for Los. Angeles. If you are interested in any of these, just get in contact with me and I will put you in touch with the appropriate people.

Amazing looking planned Gurdwara

Check out this video of the upcoming Gurdwara in Dubai:

Hopefully I get to go check it out one day!

iSikhi – Gurbani Search App for iPhone

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After using Gurbani Anywhere on my phone for the last few weeks, my little brother has been getting pretty jealous of all the cool things I could do with it sitting in Diwans, Kirtans, or anytime on-the-go. So Yesterday I grabbed his iPhone and installed the iSikhi iPhone app, which promises to

  • Work on iPhone, iPhone 3G, and iTouch devices
  • Search Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji and view shabad(s) line by line with english translations
  • Search with either First Letters or First Letters Anywhere
  • Simple to install like any other iPhone application through App Store. No need to JailBreak your iPhone or any other modifications are required.

Let’s have a look at version 3 of this software. One thing to note is that my brother has the iPhone 2G, but is running version 3.0 of the iPhone OS. I suggest you view these pictures in order:

So the application is extremely clean and well-made. The gurmukhi keyboard and input work wonderfully. One thing I did notice is that performance on this older iPhone was definetly slower than expected, but not enough to bother me too much, or deter me from further use. The application makes good use of the iPhones screen real estate, and viewing the shabad in landscape mode with a slightly increased font makes it perfect for balancing on top of the vaja while practising kirtan.

There are some features from Gurbani Anywhere (which has an upcoming iPhone release also) are the transliterations, favorites, increased viewing options, and searching Bhai Gurdas Vara and Dasam Granth. Hopefully the iSikhi dev team can add some of these and more in upcoming releases.

Head on over to the iSikhi website, install it, donate, and post on the forums for help, comments, and support

Waheguru Knows We Are Retarded

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I think it’s awesome cool that guru knows we’re retarded, every shabad tells us a little more, but repeats the last part a bit cause probably we still didn’t get it. Everytime in a different way cause we all relate differently to different situations (e.g Merchant/mom/dad/begger/rich person) Tells us the same/similar thing again and again until our dumbasses get it.
(maybe)

Every Saturday morning I get together with some like-minding Singhs and Kaurs to go over some bani. Currently we are going through Anand Sahib, trying to get some understanding of what this essential part of our nitnem is trying to teach us. It really strikes me sometimes how maybe in one pauri I don’t really get what’s going on (yes, I’m a dumbass) but by the time we’ve read the darpans explanation of the next pauri I totally “get” what’s going on in the last two pauri’s, all because every pauri is related to the other!

I’m sure many of you have come to similar revelations when going over bani, I just think it’s absolutely amazing that I have that revelation again, and again, and again everytime we read some more shabads, tukhs, or even sakhis!