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Experience Sikhi Podcast

Experience Sikhi Podcast

By Experience Sikhi
The Experience Sikhi Podcast presents real and inspiring stories from Sikhs who have navigated their way through struggles and have paved pathways for generations to come. By sharing their stories, our guests bring a voice to common (but sometimes stigmatized) topics in our community. By coming together and sharing honest stories – no armour, pretence or sugar coating – we aim to help our listeners learn and heal. The goal is to dig deep inside of us and share what is in our heart, mind, and soul.
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S2 Bonus - Jaskanwal Singh
Because Jaskanwal Singh’s story is such a deep one, we’ve added a bonus episode just for you. We will be going into a deep dive of Jaskanwal Singh’s book and other topics that we weren’t able to address in this episode such as feminism, toxic masculinity and self-worth vs. ego. 
48:28
March 19, 2020
S2 EP11 Balwinder Kaur - Software Engineer
Balwinder Kaur studied at the renowned Indian Institute of Technology most commonly known as IIT, and is currently working on a startup within the IoT space. She has previously worked at T-Mobile and AppDynamics which was acquired by Cisco. Balwinder was a pioneer in Android technology when it was being brought to the consumer market. In her spare time she volunteers as a Board member for Khalis Foundation who is responsible for apps such Sikhitothemax. She is also an organizer at Code.org.
1:05:56
March 19, 2020
S2 EP10 Avneet Kaur - Lawyer
Avneet Kaur Dhanoa is a Staff Lawyer at Legal Aid Ontario (LAO). At LAO, Avneet has founded the Superior Court of Justice Counsel program, managed the Mental Health Appeals and Test Case programs, and practiced as Criminal Counsel. Avneet has also worked as an Eligibility Officer at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in New Delhi, India, and as a legal intern at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Ottawa. Avneet enjoys travelling and has participated in research delegations to Rwanda and Venezuela. She completed her LLB at the University of Ottawa and undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto. Avneet also volunteers her time as a mentor at Experience Sikhi's annual Sikhia Career Development Retreat.
51:58
March 19, 2020
S2 EP9 Dr. Amardeep Singh - Doctor
Dr. Amardeep Singh is a medical physician who specializes in internal medicine at North York General Hospital and a part-time lecturer at the University of Toronto. Many of you may also recognize him from the ‘Dr. Deepy Show’ on Sikh Channel, where Dr. Singh uses his platform to bring awareness to many health issues that are prevalent in the Sikh community. Lastly, Dr. Amardeep Singh is a respected tabla player whose love for Sikhi and Kirtan is recognized across the continent. Born in Africa, raised in California, and now practicing in Toronto, Dr. Amardeep Singh has had quite the journey into the medical profession. We hope you all will draw inspiration from his unique journey and learn from the many struggles Dr. Singh has overcome to get to where he is today.
2:05:46
March 19, 2020
S2 EP8 Ishnan Kaur - Editorial Designer
Ishnan Kaur is a retired Editorial Designer. She immigrated to Sudbury Ontario in 1963 with her family during a time when the Sikh community was quite small. After high school, she moved back to India to connect to her roots and ended up staying for 10 years. During this time, she completed a Bachelors and Masters degree in Science but subsequently began working in journalism. She started her work as an editor for Ajit English in the years leading up to 1984. In this podcast, we’ll highlight the work she did during this important time for the Sikh panth. We’ll also touch on the impact her father, Professor Uday Singh and her mother, Bibi Surjit Kaur, had in the Sikh community. Ishnan Kaur has had an extraordinary journey and we can’t wait for you to hear it
1:32:03
March 19, 2020
S2 EP7 Harinder Kaur - Deputy Sheriff
Harinder Kaur Khalsa is a Deputy Sheriff who previously worked for the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office. In 2009, she was told she cannot wear her dastaar while in her Sheriff's uniform. For years, Deputy Sheriff Khalsa took a non-uniformed desk assignment that kept her segregated from the public. In this podcast, we talk to her about the struggles she faced as both a dastaar-wearing Sikh and as a woman. She has inspired many young people to fight for what they believe in despite outside noises. We can’t wait for you to hear her story.
41:36
March 19, 2020
S2 EP6 Gurlin Kaur - Teacher
Gurlin Kaur is an elementary school teacher currently teaching in the Peel District School Board as a Long-term Occasional Teacher. Anyone who knows Gurlin Kaur knows she is a natural-born teacher. She has worked in a range of environments where she learned valuable lessons that she’ll be sharing with us today. She talks about the importance of the arts and how social media and technology impact a child’s education. She’ll also touch on important topics that teachers face, such as the recent strike in Ontario and the struggles teachers have when looking for work in Ontario. This is a great resource if you’re looking to become educated on one of the most important careers in our society.  
1:51:43
March 19, 2020
S2 EP5 Dr. Raminder Kaur - Obstetrician-Gynecologist
Dr. Raminder Kaur is a board certified obstetrician and gynecologist (ob/gyn) who is currently completing her final year of a Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellowship. She is also pursuing a masters degree in clinical and translational research. She has taken quite a long journey to get to where she is at in her career. In today’s podcast, we’ll talk to her about that journey, the challenges she faced and how Sikhi played a role in her path. This is definitely a podcast that you’ll want to listen to, especially if you are interested in the medical field.
55:38
March 19, 2020
S2 EP4 Bhai Onkar Singh - Pilot and Business Owner
Bhai Onkar Singh Ji is the President of Aura Kitchens and Cabinetry. He started off his career as an engineer and eventually got into cabinet making. He went through many hardships to eventually own a successful business. He also has a pilot’s license and flies regularly across North America. In today’s podcast, we talk to him about the hurdles he faced in becoming a business owner as well as the experiences he has being an Amritdhari pilot. Bhai Onkar Singh Ji is an inspiring Gursikh who has also been blessed to do Amrit Sanchaar Seva across North America as well as be a father to two children. He is a veteran in his field and we can’t wait share his wisdom with the rest of you!
1:25:16
March 19, 2020
S2 EP3 Brampton Grand (Eakamjit Singh) - Influencer
Eakamjit Singh is a 24-year-old social media influencer from Brampton, Ontario. He attended St. Augustine Catholic Secondary School and started his online presence during his last semester of University in 2018 with the hope to make people laugh. Since then, Brampton Grand has grown immensely and become a household name. Today, we’ll talk to him about his business ventures, how Sikhi influences his work and where he plans on taking Brampton Grand in the future.
1:20:47
March 19, 2020
S2 EP2 Gurnish Singh - Nurse
In 2016, Gurnish Singh graduated from Ryerson university with a degree in nursing. Since then, he has worked in the Emergency Department and is now in the Intensive Care Unit. In this podcast, we'll talk to him about what it's like to work in a female-dominated field and how his Sikhi saroop affects his everyday work. He'll also address the challenges that come with working in both departments and how he uses his Sikhi to overcome those challenges. It's going to be a good one and we hope you enjoy it!
1:19:37
March 19, 2020
S2 EP1 Jaskanwal Singh - Poet, Author and Lawyer
Jaskanwal Singh recently published his debut book titled Feminism Saved My Life (And It May Just Save The World) and has also been featured in a BBC video about his journey into Sikhi. He has a law degree from the University of Ottawa and also publishes poetry on his Instagram page @jaskanwal.singh. During this podcast, he’ll share his experiences as a law student, a poet and an author. Because Jaskanwal Singh’s story is such a deep one, we’ve added a bonus episode just for you. This first episode will focus on our theme of Sikh professionalism but please also be sure to check out the bonus episode where we will be going into a deep dive of Jaskanwal Singh’s book and other topics that we weren’t able to address in this episode.
1:11:43
March 19, 2020
S2 EP0 Introduction to Season 2
Welcome back to the Experience Sikhi Podcast. We are so excited to be back. In Episode 0, we'll reflect on the overwhelming positive feedback we got on Season 1, we'll introduce our new hosts and talk about the theme for this season, Sikh Professionalism. Enjoy!
17:28
March 19, 2020
EP8 Gurkeerat Singh Part II - The Role of Gurbani in Mental Health
 This is Part 2 with Gurkeerat Singh.   Please subscribe, rate and review the podcast. Send your questions, comments and feedback to podcast@experiencesikhi.com. Follow ExperienceSikhi on social media and use hashtag #experiencesikhipodcast. www.experiencesikhi.com Music for the podcast is by The Lost Strings.
51:22
April 8, 2019
EP7 Gurkeerat Singh Part I - The Role of Gurbani in Mental Health
 Born and raised in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Gurkeerat Singh is a student of the Damdami Taksal and has dedicated his life to learning and sharing the teachings of Sikhi. In his 26 years, he has had the privilege of having great Gursikhs such as Bhagat Jaswant Singh Ji (Bhagat Ji) and Giani Bhagwan Singh Ji Bhindranvale as his teachers. In this podcast, we’ll discuss his struggle with dyslexia, trouble focusing in school, and the suicidal thoughts and other low points which shaped the person he is today. Don’t forget to follow him @kothaguru on Instagram!  *** If you or anyone you know is in a crisis or may be having thoughts of suicide, please contact Crisis Services Canada or call 1-833-456-4566.  If you are in the US, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or call at 1-800-273-8255. Please subscribe, rate and review the podcast. Send your questions, comments and feedback to podcast@experiencesikhi.com. Follow ExperienceSikhi on social media and use hashtag #experiencesikhipodcast.  www.experiencesikhi.com Music for the podcast is by The Lost Strings.
59:28
April 8, 2019
EP6 Prabhjot Singh - Fighting Stigma Through Empathy
 Prabhjot Singh (@__prabhjotsingh) is from San Jose, California, and works as a special education teacher for students with severe behavioural and mental disorders. Currently, he is pursuing a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership at San Jose State University.  Prabhjot Singh’s approach to destigmatizing mental health issues is empathy and in this podcast, he talks to us about how we can become more empathetic as human beings and as Sikhs. Other key topics include gratitude, introspection, and the role of parents in a child’s mental stability.   *** If you or anyone you know is in a crisis or may be having thoughts of suicide, please contact Crisis Services Canada or call 1-833-456-4566.  If you are in the US, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or call at 1-800-273-8255. Please subscribe, rate and review the podcast. Send your questions, comments and feedback to podcast@experiencesikhi.com. Follow ExperienceSikhi on social media and use hashtag #experiencesikhipodcast.  www.experiencesikhi.com Music for the podcast is by The Lost Strings.
1:13:16
April 8, 2019
EP5 Kiranjot Kaur - The Reality of Postpartum Depression
Kiranjot Kaur (also known as @thatsikhmama) is a mother of three little ones and a lifestyle blogger that focuses on all things motherhood, parenting, and mental health. Her goal is to create a platform where she can be honest and authentic about the struggles of motherhood and parenting. Through her blog, she also strives to shine light on her struggle with postpartum anxiety and depression – something that she still copes with today. In this episode, we’ll discuss her mental health, her relationship with Guru Sahib, the self-love and self-care that she practices, and her future projects!    *** If you or anyone you know is in a crisis or may be having thoughts of suicide, please contact Crisis Services Canada or call 1-833-456-4566.  If you are in the US, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or call at 1-800-273-8255. Please subscribe, rate and review the podcast. Send your questions, comments and feedback to podcast@experiencesikhi.com. Follow ExperienceSikhi on social media and use hashtag #experiencesikhipodcast.  www.experiencesikhi.com Music for the podcast is by The Lost Strings.
58:30
April 8, 2019
EP4 Kulpreet Singh - Navigating Adult ADHD
 Kulpreet Singh is the founder of the South Asian Mental Health Alliance (@southasianmentalhealth) – a community network that aims to engage, educate, and mobilize South Asian communities around issues related to mental health. His decision to create the network was motivated by his personal struggle with adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). For nine years, he has also been a moderator for the Mental Health Reddit forum which serves as a support network where individuals can talk openly and anonymously about mental health. The forum has now passed 84,000 members. In addition, Kulpreet Singh is a grade school teacher and focuses on increasing mindfulness and goal setting in young children through various camps. His dedication to mental health has led him to volunteer his time for workshops, conferences, panels, and discussions across British Columbia. *** If you or anyone you know is in a crisis or may be having thoughts of suicide, please contact Crisis Services Canada or call 1-833-456-4566.  If you are in the US, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or call at 1-800-273-8255.    Please subscribe, rate and review the podcast. Send your questions, comments and feedback to podcast@experiencesikhi.com. Follow ExperienceSikhi on social media and use hashtag #experiencesikhipodcast.  www.experiencesikhi.com Music for the podcast is by The Lost Strings. 
59:00
April 8, 2019
EP3 Jasmine Kaur Part II - Gratitude in a Conspicuous Society
 This is Part 2 with Jasmine Kaur.     Please subscribe, rate and review the podcast. Send your questions, comments and feedback to podcast@experiencesikhi.com. Follow ExperienceSikhi on social media and use hashtag #experiencesikhipodcast.  www.experiencesikhi.com Music for the podcast is by The Lost Strings.
46:22
April 8, 2019
EP2 Jasmine Kaur Part I - Gratitude in a Conspicuous Society
 Jasmine Kaur is a parchaarik based in Toronto who started doing workshops and katha in 2013. She has travelled across the world spreading the message of Sikhi and has recently made some major life changes. In this episode, Jasmine Kaur shares her perspective on mental health in Sikhi and in Gurbani. In addition, she talks about how she has navigated her own mental health journey, some of the obstacles youth are facing today and how we can optimize our mental health by connecting from within.   *** If you or anyone you know is in a crisis or may be having thoughts of suicide, please contact Crisis Services Canada or call 1-833-456-4566.  If you are in the US, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or call at 1-800-273-8255. Please subscribe, rate and review the podcast. Send your questions, comments and feedback to podcast@experiencesikhi.com. Follow ExperienceSikhi on social media and use hashtag #experiencesikhipodcast.  www.experiencesikhi.com Music for the podcast is by The Lost Strings.
54:30
April 8, 2019
EP1 Simrat Kaur - Mental Health of South Asians
Simrat Kaur is a psychologist and a new mom to a baby boy. After completing her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Ontario, she completed her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Irvine. Simrat Kaur has a particular interest in social psychology which is the study of the behaviour of individuals in their social and cultural setting. Join us as we discuss her experiences as a psychologist and focus on the importance of understanding mental health and how culture affects one’s view. In particular, we’ll talk about the stigma attached to mental health and therapy in the South Asian and Punjabi Sikh communities.   *** If you or anyone you know is in a crisis or may be having thoughts of suicide, please contact Crisis Services Canada or call 1-833-456-4566.  If you are in the US, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or call at 1-800-273-8255. Relevant links Family Matters Report by Time to Change - South Asian Culture https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/sites/default/files/imce_uploads/Family%20Matters.pdf A Sinking Heart by Sukhjinder Kaur Ruprai – Punjabi Culture http://roar.uel.ac.uk/5412/1/u1331813%20thesis.pdf Types of Therapy https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/types-of-therapy Please subscribe, rate and review the podcast. Send your questions, comments and feedback to podcast@experiencesikhi.com. Follow ExperienceSikhi on social media and use hashtag #experiencesikhipodcast.  www.experiencesikhi.com Music for the podcast is by The Lost Strings.
1:09:52
April 8, 2019
EP0 Introducing the Experience Sikhi Podcast
Welcome to the Experience Sikhi Podcast. This is Episode 0 where we'll tell you why we created this podcast, what our goals for it are, and what you should expect from listening to it. Enjoy! Please subscribe, rate and review the podcast. Send your questions, comments and feedback to podcast@experiencesikhi.com. Follow ExperienceSikhi on social media and use hashtag #experiencesikhipodcast. www.experiencesikhi.com Music for the podcast is by The Lost Strings.
09:18
April 8, 2019