Saturday, April 13, 2013

Happy Baisakhi

I know I have already posted today ("L" day of the A to Z Challenge) but because today is a special day for the people of Punjab, here I am again. :)

April 13th marks the birth anniversary of the Khalsa (the pure) which has been traditionally correlated with the beginning of the harvesting season (wheat crops) in Punjab, India. It also marks the beginning of the new year for the Sikh community.

On April 13, 1699, the tenth Sikh Guru (Guru Gobind Singh Ji) chose the town of Anandpur Sahib as the birthplace for the Khalsa. He chose 5 devout Sikhs (Bhai Daya Singh, Bhai Dharam Singh, Bhai Mokham Singh, Bhai Himmat Singh, and Bhai Sahib Singh) also known as the "Panj Piyare" (5 Beloved Ones) whom he baptized as the very first members of the Sikh Khalsa and they, in turn, baptized him. 

English: A depiction of Guru Gobind Singh init...
A depiction of Guru Gobind Singh initiating the first five members of the Khalsa (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This Basisakhi, I would like to take some time to greet everyone.

Wishing all of you a very Happy Baisakhi.
May Wahe Guruji accept your good deeds,
Bring all the years full of love and contentment.
May you come up as bright as the sun,
As cool as water and as sweet as honey.
Hope that on this Baisakhi, 
You get to fulfill all your wishes and desires.
Happy Baisakhi!!


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Book Review: Lies (Gone Series Book 3)

Lies by Michael Grant
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Michael Grant's third book in the Gone Series is Lies. This third book is more exciting than the first two. It tells the story of the children now trapped within the FAYZ (Fall-Out Alley Youth Zone). With no adult in sight, they have worked so hard to survive. There had been many casualties and there have been battles. They nearly starved. And now, problems just keep piling up one after another threatening their survival once again.

The young girl Orsay, who has the power to see other people's dreams now claim that she can see the dreams of those people outside the FAYZ walls. She tells kids about messages their parents (who are beyond the wall) have for them. But the question is... Is she for real or is she telling lies.

Lies (Gone, #3)Astrid, the genius, who leads the town council insist on telling everyone on the council that Orsay is telling lies...Is she asking the council members to tell lies? Britanny has been "seen" by several kids but she had been already dead and buried many weeks before... Are the kids who report the sighting telling the truth or telling lies? Drake has also been reported as being spotted by some kids...Truth or lies?

Zil is teaming up with Cain and is causing so much trouble that Sam wants to deal with him once and for all. But Astrid insists it is not his decision alone -- the FAYZ needs systems and laws but the town council seems to be taking forever to make them and Sam is getting listless.

Drake is back and is merged with Brittany's body and things are definitely going from incredibly bad to massively worse for the FAYZ kids. Caine is still hell-bent and coming after Sam. Sam has had it with what he perceives as Astrid's selfishness -- why is it that when things go south that he has to deal with it and she is never there to actually do anything.

I enjoyed reading Lies. And can't wait to finish the next book in the Gone Series "Fear."

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