A Brown Man in Vancouver

Mar 12

New Mexico State’s Sim Bhullar Named WAC Freshman of the Year

Sim Bhullar first came to the attention of the general basketball public as a 7’5” (with a size 22 feet and a 7’11” wingspan) monster in the middle, for Canada’s U-19 FIBA Championship squad in 2010. Although he didn’t play much, the few minutes that he did earn left quite an impression. He played 17 minutes in a loss to the loaded US squad, but put up strong numbers: 14 points, and 4 rebounds along with 4 blocked shots. That tournament in San Antonio was the launching pad for what may be the first significant professional basketball player of Indian descent.

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Feb 26

Florida Sikh Man Shot in Likely Hate Crime

Just over a month after a California Gurdwara was the target of an armed robbery, a Sikh man may have been the target of a hate crime on America’s other coast. Last Saturday, around 11 p.m., 46-year-old Kanwaljit Singh was driving home from work with his teenage son, when was approached by a dark, late model Ford F-150 near the Dunlawton Bridge of Port Orange, Fla.

The pickup opened fire on Singh’s car, unloading a total of six bullets in the driver’s side, before speeding off, and Singh stopped on the bridge. Only then did he realize that he was shot, twice: once in the thigh and once in the torso. Mercifully, the 13-year-old boy was uninjured. Singh was rushed to Halifax Health Medical Center, where he remains in critical condition after regaining consciousness Sunday night.

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Jan 26

Centenarian Marathoner Fauja Singh to Retire

Legendary Sikh centenarian marathoner Fauja Singh has decided to hang up his spikes for the last time. Singh was in Beas Pind, Jalandhar before emigrating to Illford, England, a suburb of London. After losing his wife, and two adult children in the mid 1990s, Singh turned to running as a coping mechanism. In 2000, at the ripe old age of 89, Singh ran at the London Marathon, his first.

13 years later, after setting five world records for his age group, racing in exotic locales like Hong Kong & New York City (and last year, Surrey), raising thousands of dollars for charity, running a leg of the Olympic torch relay, starring in a commercial with David Beckham & Muhammed Ali and even receiving a telegram from Queen Elizabeth, Fauja Singh is saying goodbye to the marathon world.

On February 25th, Singh will participate in his final 26.2 mile race, the Standard Charter Hong Kong Marathon. On raceday, Singh will be merely 5 weeks shy of his 102nd birthday, an incredible feat. After that he will run in shorter races in Mumbai, Mauritius, Toronto and Singapore.

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Jan 21

Fashion Report: 22K Gold Shirt Edition

Move over Mr. T., there is a new king of gold in town, and he’s got everything but the crown. Pictured above is Dhatta Phuge of Pimpri-Chinchwad, Maharashtra, India modelling his latest purchase: a nearly 7 lb. shirt made entirely of 22K gold that he commissioned. The price tag for such a unique article of clothing? An estimated $228,000…

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Jul 19

Two Links, One Post: Brown Women in Film

I have never hidden the fact that I am a huge fan of brown women. Too long have entrenched gender stereotypes held South Asian women down, and prevented them from using their talent to fulfill their potential. 

However, attitudes have changed dramatically in the last 30 years. Areas in which Indian women didn’t typically have power, have become fewer and fewer. This week’s TLOP looks at two such women, finding unprecedented success in western cinema: one in front of the camera, and one behind it. 

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