The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*** by Mark Manson is a guide to living your best life, but not as you know it. As the title of the book suggests, it is a no nonsense kind of book which is an antithesis to all the ‘positive’ self-help books out there. We’ve all heard the phrase, ‘when life gives you lemons, make lemonade’. Well, Mark’s theory is that life is not hunky dory all the time and being positive and upbeat whilst you are drowning in the sea of life is actually not very useful at all. A bitterly honest and practical read, full of wit and real wisdom.
Most of our weekends in September were dedicated to Empire of the Sikhs – a free exhibition by UK Punjab Heritage Association (UKPHA) at SOAS university, London. Whilst this is not much of a ‘what’s on’ post as the exhibition finished last weekend, we still feel it our responsibility to share all the wonderful work the Kashi House team do. They are the team who brought us the GT1588 exhibition about the Golden Temple and Empire, Faith and War about the Sikh contribution to World War One. Empire of the Sikhs featured never before seen relics from the Sikh Kingdom as well as offered really insightful talks ranging from music and dance from the Sikh Kingdom, and who owns Sikh heritage. We are sure the Kashi House team have plenty more up their sleeve in terms of publications and exhibitions, so do follow them on their page to keep an eye on future projects and updates. In the meantime, we need to find something else to occupy our weekends!
MUSIC ON REPEAT
It was about this time last year the wonderful ladies at Funoon London asked us to perform at the Funoon Salon in Bloomsbury London, alongside Sounds of Kolachi – a Pakistani based band who beautifully blend raag, rock, folk, funk, blues and ghazals. We were honoured to do so, and it was one of our best musical performances. Ahsan Bari, the lead singer, composer and guitarist of the band is inspired by the Sufi poet and musician Amir Khusro, and is all for collaborations and experimentations within the performance. It was simultaneously an electrifying and divine experience. Recently his band, Sounds of Kolachi collaborated with Coke Studio for a really stunning song: Illallah. It has graced the speakers of our phone, laptop and mini speaker over a hundred times since we first heard it yesterday, and is one of those songs that make you feel hopeful and blissful.
FILM & TV
Aside from a good book, we love the magic of the movies, and don’t really watch TV unless it is a documentary or a cooking programme. That said, we have been completely hooked on the Indian Netflix series, Sacred Games, which stars Saif Ali Khan as the lead - (we also just caught onto the hype now!) Raw acting and a gripping script, we watched the entire first season almost in one sitting. Really glad to see Saif Ali Khan’s character (a turbaned Sikh) in an unconventional role. Often Hindi films stereotypically portray Sikhs as raging drunkards or the butt end of the joke. Saif Ali Khan’s character, Sartaj Singh is composed, sensible and seems to have integrity. Looking forward to the storyline unfolding in series two
DATE FOR THE DIARY
Word on the street is (aka Sunrise Radio), the Mallika of Sufi Music, Abida Parveen is coming to london to grace us with a live concert at the Hammersmith Apollo on Friday 26th October. We are super excited for this as we have never seen her live, and cannot wait for her raw vocals to soothe our soul
New to the gram (aka Instagram) is Davinder Toor - collector and dealer of Indian and Islamic. He has been decorating his page with objects and images from the Empire of the Sikhs exhibition on his page, as a few of the artefacts were on loan from his collection. He has also published a book, ‘In Pursuit of Empire: Treasures from the Toor Collection of Sikh of Art’, which you can purchase from Kashi House. Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of Instagram Davinder - there’s no going back now!