Guru, Kaur & Dastar

This weekend I had the honor of presenting a paper at Jakara’s Sikholars Conference at Stanford. It was a great experience. It was wonderful learning from the much wiser and hearing about the cutting edge research Sikhs in academia are perusing. The paper I presented was, “Guru, Kaur, & Dastar: An exploration of breaking conventional gender…

Why Kesh?!

  Why do Sikhs keep long, un-cut hair? Seriously, give me a good reason! What’s the point of my kesh? Kesh, or uncut hair, is considered to be an essential part of Sikhi. Yet, no one has given me a convincing answer as to why it is essential or why the Gurus commanded Sikhs to keep long hair. Throughout…

The Ideal Sikh Man, Destroyed

How Mainstream Culture Destroys the “Ideal Sikh Man” Throughout my blog, I’ve written a lot about how American and Indian cultures can make it difficult for a woman to be a strong Sikh and follow the Khalsa path, but I haven’t yet addressed the challenges these cultures present to Singhs. I’m not referring to the beard or the turban.…