What about Sikhs abroad?
THIS refers to the excerpt from Khushwant Singh’s book The Sikhs (July 1). The writer discussed the lifestyles of Sikhs living in India but did not say anything about the ones living abroad. Sikhs living abroad have adjusted well to the demands of living there but have still managed to keep their identity intact. They have made major contributions towards the economies of the countries they live in and also towards the Indian economy. A mention of Sikhs living abroad would have been appreciated by all.
Tony Rana, via e-mail
Moments of silence
This is with reference to the article "Fewer and fewer moments of silence" by Mohinder Singh (July 1) in which the writer says that silence is becoming an increasingly scarce commodity nowadays.
The significance and benevolent effect of silence cannot be overemphasised. It is said that it is through the door of silence that you travel into yourself and transcend the senses. We require silence for recharging ourselves as well as for self-analysis and introspection. It is only in silence that we can meditate and understand the great mysteries of life and the universe. It will certainly be well worth it if we manage to control noise pollution and have more moments of soothing peace and comfort.
Amrit Pal Tiwana,
In the complex world of today we cannot think of life without cell phones, pagers, scanners and car alarms. Tranquillity becomes the first casualty of such a lifestyle.
We have lost touch with silence. The experience of silence is in danger of being lost forever.
We should restrict the use of modern communication devices so that we do not impinge on the silence of others. If we do not do this we are doomed to live forever in a hell of man made noise.
P.L. Sethi, Patiala
In India, the virtue of silence has been given great importance. It is treated as one of the vrats (fasts) i.e. maun vrat. Our great rishis had realised the importance of silence in our lives long ago. The psychological aspects of silence play an important role in our lives.
O.P. Sharma, Faridabad