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India Trip 2011 - Meeting Giani Harbhajan Singh; Holla Mahalla
								

Meeting Giani Harbhajan Singh jee Shatrana



Bhai Kulbir Singh jee doing Veechaar with Gyanee Harbhajan Singh jee 'Shattranay Valay'





Maybe Bhai Kulbir Singh jee can write up what Gyanee jee was sharing at this moment. I remember Gyanee jee discussing Jyot Vigaasi avasthaa and Bhai Sahib Randhir Singh jee.


Jatinderpal singh


Gurmat Conversation with Giani jee

Thanks for sharing the pictures Jatinderpal Singh jeeo. I don't know when you took these pictures but I do remember what Bapu jee was talking about at that time. As soon as he came and sat down, he immediately spoke about Naabh Kaval and how it is of utmost importance that the Naabh Kamal becomes straight and that Charan Kamal of Vaheguru jee appear in the Hirda. I wanted some Gurmukh Pyare to shed light on this topic and as per Karnee of Guru Sahib, Bapu jee spoke about just what was in the mind of this insect.

Bapu jee repeated what he has mentioned several times before. He said that a Gursikh has to give all his mind and body towards achieving the spiritual goal of Jyot Vigaas. He has to Japp Naam day and night, with full vigour. The arrow of Naam never misses it's point. At the time when he was talking about this, his eyes were looking downwards, towards the floor and his face had a special Tej. I too was gazing the floor near his Charan and my inner intention was to sit in his Charan and then listen to the Brahm Vichaar he was giving but that would have offended him as he is extremely humble by nature. He said that once a Gursikh has to give his all energy to Naam Abhyaas and once he attains Jyot Vigaas, then Bhagti is easy to do and occurs automatically because of the Rass one gets in doing Bhagti.

I had to take leave from Bapu jee and mentioned to him that I would come back at a later date. Then I kept getting busy and at one time thought that I won't be able to meet him again. Then Bapu jee asked another Gursikh about me and if I was going to come. He asked this more than couple of times. When I found out, I knew that come what may come, but I would have to meet him before leaving. Guru Sahib blessed me with one more chance to have Darshan of Takhat Sahib and then Bapu jee. We arrived at Takhat Sahib early morning and as we came to Takhat Sahib, right in front of us was Bapu jee. We said Fateh and after parking our car rushed to Takhat Sahib. What a great morning that was. The Takhat Sahib was full of Naam. Bairaag overcame us as soon as we entered. When the thought came to the mind that our beloved Satguru jee, right at this place, used to sit and did the first Amrit Sinchaar, the whole body and mind trembled in love.

After doing Prakarma of Takhat Sahib, we sat behind Bapu jee and started enjoying Kirtan of ilaahi Gurbani. The Shabad that was going on at that time was from Dasam Granth - Tum ho Sabh Rajan ke Raja|| O Vaheguru!! What a Shabad it is and what a great job the Kirtanis did singing it. After the bhog of Siri Asa kee Vaar we arrived at Bapu jee's house and then we were blessed with good few hours of Gurmat Vichaar. Bapu jee narrated several Saakhis of Bhai Sahib Randhir Singh jee. I wished that time would stop and this Brahm Vichaar may just continue forever.

Another Gursikh, who is a Manzoor-e-Nazar of Bapu jee, at another occasion, gave more details about the inner mystical journey and said that the first thing that happens to the Abhyaasi Jan is that his Naabh Kamal opens up. He used the word "Naabhi Khul Jaandi hai" and what he meant was that the Naabh Kamal that is inverted for Manmukhs, becomes straight and points upwards and Dib-Lateef Charan Kamal of Vaheguru jee appear in the Hirda of the Gurmukh. Then Anhad Shabad can be heard from Dasam Duaar and finally Amrit-Rass drops from the Dasam Duaar. The Anand at that time becomes unbearable. Then he became bairagmai and stopped for some moments. He continued by saying that for many Gurmukhs, all the above stated 3 mystical incidents happen simultaneously, at the same time.

The above is still fresh in my mind and I thought it to be prudent to share it with Sangat now as opposed to later on.

May Guru Sahib bless us with the mystical incidents that His Gursikhs enjoy.

Kulbir Singh



Holla Mahalla Account by Kulbir Singh


Just attended the Holla Mahalla at Siri Anandpur Sahib, I can confidently say that there is no bigger event in Punjab. For a full week leading up to Holla Mahalla, whole of Punjab is coloured in the colour of Holla Mahalla. People from all walks of life, and Sikhs in particular, arrive at Siri Anandpur Sahib. All roads leading up to Siri Anandpur Sahib are full of Langars arranged by local village Sangats. It is amazing to see the hospatility spirit amongst the Sewadaars of these Langars. Most Sewadaars are youth and beg commuters and travellers going or coming from Siri Anandpur Sahib to partake some Langar.


There are hundreds of such Langars throughout Punjab and they serve Lakhs and Lakhs of devotees everyday. The food they serve at Langar is not just simple food but very rich and delicious foods including Jalebiaan, Ghulab Jamun and what not. On our way to Siri Anandpur Sahib we were stopped numerous times by Sewadaars who very humbly requested us to take some Langar. Some Sevadaars would lie down on the road to stop our car. Others would fold hands, prostrate before us to have some Langar. Such humble treatment was not limited to us but everyone was treated in such Gurmukhi humble manner. We had to deny their requests with equally humble gestures. The spirit of Sewa is just amazing.

When we saw their Sikhi spirit we were both happy and sad. We were happy of course to see how humbly and earnestly they were doing Sewa and we were sad because how little they knew about Sikhi. Most of the youth who was doing Sewa were also doing Be-adbi of Kesh i.e. were cutting either their Kesh, beard or both. Our Parcharaks are doing absolutely nothing. The soil of Punjab is so fertile for Sikhi Parchaar. Last time around, we practically found out that if you inform the youth about the importance of keeping Kesh and doing Paath, they listened very carefully and actually adopt your Gurmukhi preachings. Previously we stopped at many Langars and through small lectures, told them about Sikhi including Kesh, Baana, Paath etc. Many told us to come to their villages to do Parchaar. Many promised to keep Kesh and do Paath. The idea is to do something. Around Holla Mahalla, massive Parchaar can be done in Punjab. What you need is youth from foreign dressed in Gurmukhi Baana and armed with Gurmat knowledge. Then see how much Parchaar you can do.

If someone wants to see Chardi Kala of Khalsa and Baana, one should come to Siri Anandpur Sahib. There are countless Singhs with full Baana there. Jathe dee apni hee Shaan hai. The Jatha Samagam is amazing and countless sangat comes there for Laaha. Kirtan is out of the world experience. The spiritual vibrations are abound and Naam starts effortlessly within.

Presented below is an article published in Tribune, about Sewa spirit of Sikhs around Holla Mahalla:

Kulbir Singh


Holla Mahalla Account by Tribune India Newspaper

Hola Mohalla celebrations
Devotion beats inflation
Megha Mann/TNS

Anandpur Sahib, March 19
It began with a modest serving of tea and food in 1978. Now, the elaborate ‘Neher Wala Langar’, organised as part of the six-day Hola Mohalla festival, even serves juice along with regular food items.

But, the most praiseworthy is the indomitable spirit of the villagers that has kept the annual community lunch going. Lakhs of pilgrims are served food here daily during the festival, the skyrocketing prices of vegetables, pulses and other ‘langar’ (community lunch) ingredients notwithstanding.

Organised beside Nangal Hydel Channel near Barapind village here, initially not many women were willing to cook, the venue being a forest area. So, men took over the job.

Today, besides people from Barapind, villagers of Beli and Falahi Kotla also serve ‘langar’ round the clock during Hola Mohalla. Inspite of the high prices of vegetables and pulses, more than 15 ‘langar’ organisers have been taking care of the food requirements of the lakhs of devotees en route from Ropar to Anandpur Sahib.

While ‘Neher Wala Langar’ is a joint venture of three villages, the one at Alipur village is run by the natives themselves. Here, even fresh sugarcane juice is served.

Sewa Singh, a villager, says the ‘langar’ gets around 60,000 devotees in six days. “Ours is a small village of 650 voters. All of us contribute either in money or kind. Most of us are farmers and we contribute all kinds of crops that we grow. Two years ago, we started serving sugarcane juice also to the pilgrims. Ever since, their count started growing,” he said.

Notably, the state advisory price (SAP) of sugarcane is Rs 215 per quintal for 2011 and about 60 quintal of sugarcane is crushed daily here. Apart from the contributed sugarcane, villagers also buy it from the open market to meet the demand.

The prices of other items used to prepare the ‘langar’, like cauliflower, cabbage, pulses, garlic, etc, too are sky-high nowadays. “The prices don’t matter during ‘sewa’ (service). We don’t know how, but God manages the entire funds and we serve the devotees. We have never audited our expenses for these six days, as we know our vessels will never go empty,” says Teja Singh, who has been part of the ‘langar’ near Panj Piara Park in Anandpur Sahib for the last over a decade.

Apart from the expensive food items, high cost and paucity of the cooking fuel is also a matter of concern. But the villagers either rope in fuel filling station owners or contribute from their spare quota of LPG cylinders. Even biomass fuel is now being used to prepare chapattis

Holla Mahalla Account by Jatinderpal Singh

I was fortunate enough to accompany Bhai Kulbir Singh jee and family to the Holla Mohalla smagam. What Bhai Sahib writes about the atmosphere and journey is absolutely true. We saw sangata loaded on trucks, tractors, cars, and buses and even walking on foot carrying Nishaan Saahibs all the way from Siri Amritsar Saahib three days in advance to attend Holla Mohalla at Siri Anandpur Saahib. It was an amazing sight!

We had a very pleasant journey which started from Jalandhar at the early hours of AmritVelaa on the morning of Holla. We were met with clear empty roads and we reached Siri Anandpur Saahib in a couple of hours. It was amazing and shocking to see that even during those hours, sangata were walking on the side of the roads without street lights or natural light all the way to Siri Anandpur Saahib. Some people walked alone, others in pairs and others in groups. To say the least, we saw amazing and mind blowing scenes on the way there and some very dangerous ones. Luckily, Bhai Kulbir Singh jee is an expert driver and saved many lives with his powers otherwise we would have been looking to pay for many funerals.

The actual day was a little too much for someone like me who enjoys a quiet and peaceful atmosphere. As Bhai Saahib wrote, it's Punjab's biggest Mela and the number of people that attend is huge to say the least. The whole day consisted of loud speakers, Keertans, Dhadhis and dharmic geets being blasted on every speaker possible. The crowd’s upto Takht Saahib were so big that doing darshan inside Takht Saahib was like a battle.

After enjoying some veechaars and delicious food with Gyanee Harbhajan Singh jee, we reached the place where the Jatha Smagam was taking place. Keertan of Siri Aasa Kee Vaar was going on and the feeling there was beyond words. As Bhai Saahib wrote, "Jathe dee apni hee Shaan hai". It couldn't be put any other way. As soon as you stepped into the Keertan venue, everything around you became bareable and the speakers became sweet. Seeing Singhs filling the car park, tamboo's and Darbaar Saahib was worth all the troubles I complained about whilst walking through the loud and bumpy crowds.

On the way back from the Raensbhayee Keertan Smagam and taking rest we left for Jalandhar at Amritvela. Leaving Siri Anandpur Saahib, we witnessed the same ordeal over again where at every few kilometres another set of Langar sevadaars would plead with us to stop and eat. Even at 4am, these langars were still running and vehicles and sangat on foot were being stopped. This one instance is worth mentioning here. Just as we got into our journey, we were met with a Langar stop. Bhai Kulbir Singh jee had no option but to stop and exchange Fateh. These Sevadaars who were in their teens/ early twenties were full of life went absolutely crazy! They were shouting Jaikaaray loud as possible and ten of them stood in front of our car and ten at the back whilst numerous of them stood on the sides forcing us as to part take in Langar with so much love and desperation. Their spirit was amazing and the love they showered upon us was beyond words. They even lay in front of the car banning us from leaving until we would dismount from the car. We were met with countless stops like this one but Bhai Kulbir Singh jee was able to explain we had already taken Langar before leaving. The spirit and want to do sevaa on the sevadaars part left us all speechless.

The only disheartening part was what Bhai Kulbir Singh jee wrote regarding no parchaar and Punjabi youth cutting Kesh. There is no doubt that the potential with these people is huge and that parchaar is needed urgently. There is no doubt that the Punjabi youth we encountered on our way there and back and at Siri Anandpur Saahib itself, have huge potential. Something needs to be done to encourage and educate them.


Jatinderpal Singh





 
 
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Meeting Giani Harbhajan Singh jee Shatrana



Bhai Kulbir Singh jee doing Veechaar with Gyanee Harbhajan Singh jee 'Shattranay Valay'





Maybe Bhai Kulbir Singh jee can write up what Gyanee jee was sharing at this moment. I remember Gyanee jee discussing Jyot Vigaasi avasthaa and Bhai Sahib Randhir Singh jee.


Jatinderpal singh


Gurmat Conversation with Giani jee

Thanks for sharing the pictures Jatinderpal Singh jeeo. I don't know when you took these pictures but I do remember what Bapu jee was talking about at that time. As soon as he came and sat down, he immediately spoke about Naabh Kaval and how it is of utmost importance that the Naabh Kamal becomes straight and that Charan Kamal of Vaheguru jee appear in the Hirda. I wanted some Gurmukh Pyare to shed light on this topic and as per Karnee of Guru Sahib, Bapu jee spoke about just what was in the mind of this insect.

Bapu jee repeated what he has mentioned several times before. He said that a Gursikh has to give all his mind and body towards achieving the spiritual goal of Jyot Vigaas. He has to Japp Naam day and night, with full vigour. The arrow of Naam never misses it's point. At the time when he was talking about this, his eyes were looking downwards, towards the floor and his face had a special Tej. I too was gazing the floor near his Charan and my inner intention was to sit in his Charan and then listen to the Brahm Vichaar he was giving but that would have offended him as he is extremely humble by nature. He said that once a Gursikh has to give his all energy to Naam Abhyaas and once he attains Jyot Vigaas, then Bhagti is easy to do and occurs automatically because of the Rass one gets in doing Bhagti.

I had to take leave from Bapu jee and mentioned to him that I would come back at a later date. Then I kept getting busy and at one time thought that I won't be able to meet him again. Then Bapu jee asked another Gursikh about me and if I was going to come. He asked this more than couple of times. When I found out, I knew that come what may come, but I would have to meet him before leaving. Guru Sahib blessed me with one more chance to have Darshan of Takhat Sahib and then Bapu jee. We arrived at Takhat Sahib early morning and as we came to Takhat Sahib, right in front of us was Bapu jee. We said Fateh and after parking our car rushed to Takhat Sahib. What a great morning that was. The Takhat Sahib was full of Naam. Bairaag overcame us as soon as we entered. When the thought came to the mind that our beloved Satguru jee, right at this place, used to sit and did the first Amrit Sinchaar, the whole body and mind trembled in love.

After doing Prakarma of Takhat Sahib, we sat behind Bapu jee and started enjoying Kirtan of ilaahi Gurbani. The Shabad that was going on at that time was from Dasam Granth - Tum ho Sabh Rajan ke Raja|| O Vaheguru!! What a Shabad it is and what a great job the Kirtanis did singing it. After the bhog of Siri Asa kee Vaar we arrived at Bapu jee's house and then we were blessed with good few hours of Gurmat Vichaar. Bapu jee narrated several Saakhis of Bhai Sahib Randhir Singh jee. I wished that time would stop and this Brahm Vichaar may just continue forever.

Another Gursikh, who is a Manzoor-e-Nazar of Bapu jee, at another occasion, gave more details about the inner mystical journey and said that the first thing that happens to the Abhyaasi Jan is that his Naabh Kamal opens up. He used the word "Naabhi Khul Jaandi hai" and what he meant was that the Naabh Kamal that is inverted for Manmukhs, becomes straight and points upwards and Dib-Lateef Charan Kamal of Vaheguru jee appear in the Hirda of the Gurmukh. Then Anhad Shabad can be heard from Dasam Duaar and finally Amrit-Rass drops from the Dasam Duaar. The Anand at that time becomes unbearable. Then he became bairagmai and stopped for some moments. He continued by saying that for many Gurmukhs, all the above stated 3 mystical incidents happen simultaneously, at the same time.

The above is still fresh in my mind and I thought it to be prudent to share it with Sangat now as opposed to later on.

May Guru Sahib bless us with the mystical incidents that His Gursikhs enjoy.

Kulbir Singh



Holla Mahalla Account by Kulbir Singh


Just attended the Holla Mahalla at Siri Anandpur Sahib, I can confidently say that there is no bigger event in Punjab. For a full week leading up to Holla Mahalla, whole of Punjab is coloured in the colour of Holla Mahalla. People from all walks of life, and Sikhs in particular, arrive at Siri Anandpur Sahib. All roads leading up to Siri Anandpur Sahib are full of Langars arranged by local village Sangats. It is amazing to see the hospatility spirit amongst the Sewadaars of these Langars. Most Sewadaars are youth and beg commuters and travellers going or coming from Siri Anandpur Sahib to partake some Langar.


There are hundreds of such Langars throughout Punjab and they serve Lakhs and Lakhs of devotees everyday. The food they serve at Langar is not just simple food but very rich and delicious foods including Jalebiaan, Ghulab Jamun and what not. On our way to Siri Anandpur Sahib we were stopped numerous times by Sewadaars who very humbly requested us to take some Langar. Some Sevadaars would lie down on the road to stop our car. Others would fold hands, prostrate before us to have some Langar. Such humble treatment was not limited to us but everyone was treated in such Gurmukhi humble manner. We had to deny their requests with equally humble gestures. The spirit of Sewa is just amazing.

When we saw their Sikhi spirit we were both happy and sad. We were happy of course to see how humbly and earnestly they were doing Sewa and we were sad because how little they knew about Sikhi. Most of the youth who was doing Sewa were also doing Be-adbi of Kesh i.e. were cutting either their Kesh, beard or both. Our Parcharaks are doing absolutely nothing. The soil of Punjab is so fertile for Sikhi Parchaar. Last time around, we practically found out that if you inform the youth about the importance of keeping Kesh and doing Paath, they listened very carefully and actually adopt your Gurmukhi preachings. Previously we stopped at many Langars and through small lectures, told them about Sikhi including Kesh, Baana, Paath etc. Many told us to come to their villages to do Parchaar. Many promised to keep Kesh and do Paath. The idea is to do something. Around Holla Mahalla, massive Parchaar can be done in Punjab. What you need is youth from foreign dressed in Gurmukhi Baana and armed with Gurmat knowledge. Then see how much Parchaar you can do.

If someone wants to see Chardi Kala of Khalsa and Baana, one should come to Siri Anandpur Sahib. There are countless Singhs with full Baana there. Jathe dee apni hee Shaan hai. The Jatha Samagam is amazing and countless sangat comes there for Laaha. Kirtan is out of the world experience. The spiritual vibrations are abound and Naam starts effortlessly within.

Presented below is an article published in Tribune, about Sewa spirit of Sikhs around Holla Mahalla:

Kulbir Singh


Holla Mahalla Account by Tribune India Newspaper

Hola Mohalla celebrations
Devotion beats inflation
Megha Mann/TNS

Anandpur Sahib, March 19
It began with a modest serving of tea and food in 1978. Now, the elaborate ‘Neher Wala Langar’, organised as part of the six-day Hola Mohalla festival, even serves juice along with regular food items.

But, the most praiseworthy is the indomitable spirit of the villagers that has kept the annual community lunch going. Lakhs of pilgrims are served food here daily during the festival, the skyrocketing prices of vegetables, pulses and other ‘langar’ (community lunch) ingredients notwithstanding.

Organised beside Nangal Hydel Channel near Barapind village here, initially not many women were willing to cook, the venue being a forest area. So, men took over the job.

Today, besides people from Barapind, villagers of Beli and Falahi Kotla also serve ‘langar’ round the clock during Hola Mohalla. Inspite of the high prices of vegetables and pulses, more than 15 ‘langar’ organisers have been taking care of the food requirements of the lakhs of devotees en route from Ropar to Anandpur Sahib.

While ‘Neher Wala Langar’ is a joint venture of three villages, the one at Alipur village is run by the natives themselves. Here, even fresh sugarcane juice is served.

Sewa Singh, a villager, says the ‘langar’ gets around 60,000 devotees in six days. “Ours is a small village of 650 voters. All of us contribute either in money or kind. Most of us are farmers and we contribute all kinds of crops that we grow. Two years ago, we started serving sugarcane juice also to the pilgrims. Ever since, their count started growing,” he said.

Notably, the state advisory price (SAP) of sugarcane is Rs 215 per quintal for 2011 and about 60 quintal of sugarcane is crushed daily here. Apart from the contributed sugarcane, villagers also buy it from the open market to meet the demand.

The prices of other items used to prepare the ‘langar’, like cauliflower, cabbage, pulses, garlic, etc, too are sky-high nowadays. “The prices don’t matter during ‘sewa’ (service). We don’t know how, but God manages the entire funds and we serve the devotees. We have never audited our expenses for these six days, as we know our vessels will never go empty,” says Teja Singh, who has been part of the ‘langar’ near Panj Piara Park in Anandpur Sahib for the last over a decade.

Apart from the expensive food items, high cost and paucity of the cooking fuel is also a matter of concern. But the villagers either rope in fuel filling station owners or contribute from their spare quota of LPG cylinders. Even biomass fuel is now being used to prepare chapattis

Holla Mahalla Account by Jatinderpal Singh

I was fortunate enough to accompany Bhai Kulbir Singh jee and family to the Holla Mohalla smagam. What Bhai Sahib writes about the atmosphere and journey is absolutely true. We saw sangata loaded on trucks, tractors, cars, and buses and even walking on foot carrying Nishaan Saahibs all the way from Siri Amritsar Saahib three days in advance to attend Holla Mohalla at Siri Anandpur Saahib. It was an amazing sight!

We had a very pleasant journey which started from Jalandhar at the early hours of AmritVelaa on the morning of Holla. We were met with clear empty roads and we reached Siri Anandpur Saahib in a couple of hours. It was amazing and shocking to see that even during those hours, sangata were walking on the side of the roads without street lights or natural light all the way to Siri Anandpur Saahib. Some people walked alone, others in pairs and others in groups. To say the least, we saw amazing and mind blowing scenes on the way there and some very dangerous ones. Luckily, Bhai Kulbir Singh jee is an expert driver and saved many lives with his powers otherwise we would have been looking to pay for many funerals.

The actual day was a little too much for someone like me who enjoys a quiet and peaceful atmosphere. As Bhai Saahib wrote, it's Punjab's biggest Mela and the number of people that attend is huge to say the least. The whole day consisted of loud speakers, Keertans, Dhadhis and dharmic geets being blasted on every speaker possible. The crowd’s upto Takht Saahib were so big that doing darshan inside Takht Saahib was like a battle.

After enjoying some veechaars and delicious food with Gyanee Harbhajan Singh jee, we reached the place where the Jatha Smagam was taking place. Keertan of Siri Aasa Kee Vaar was going on and the feeling there was beyond words. As Bhai Saahib wrote, "Jathe dee apni hee Shaan hai". It couldn't be put any other way. As soon as you stepped into the Keertan venue, everything around you became bareable and the speakers became sweet. Seeing Singhs filling the car park, tamboo's and Darbaar Saahib was worth all the troubles I complained about whilst walking through the loud and bumpy crowds.

On the way back from the Raensbhayee Keertan Smagam and taking rest we left for Jalandhar at Amritvela. Leaving Siri Anandpur Saahib, we witnessed the same ordeal over again where at every few kilometres another set of Langar sevadaars would plead with us to stop and eat. Even at 4am, these langars were still running and vehicles and sangat on foot were being stopped. This one instance is worth mentioning here. Just as we got into our journey, we were met with a Langar stop. Bhai Kulbir Singh jee had no option but to stop and exchange Fateh. These Sevadaars who were in their teens/ early twenties were full of life went absolutely crazy! They were shouting Jaikaaray loud as possible and ten of them stood in front of our car and ten at the back whilst numerous of them stood on the sides forcing us as to part take in Langar with so much love and desperation. Their spirit was amazing and the love they showered upon us was beyond words. They even lay in front of the car banning us from leaving until we would dismount from the car. We were met with countless stops like this one but Bhai Kulbir Singh jee was able to explain we had already taken Langar before leaving. The spirit and want to do sevaa on the sevadaars part left us all speechless.

The only disheartening part was what Bhai Kulbir Singh jee wrote regarding no parchaar and Punjabi youth cutting Kesh. There is no doubt that the potential with these people is huge and that parchaar is needed urgently. There is no doubt that the Punjabi youth we encountered on our way there and back and at Siri Anandpur Saahib itself, have huge potential. Something needs to be done to encourage and educate them.


Jatinderpal Singh





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