This is what Sameer says was happening with him in 1985 in Chandigarh- India.
“Going back in the times to 1985, it was a defining moment in my life in some ways when I think about it now. I was all of 8 years old and got introduced to the game of ‘GOLF’. What I didn’t know at the time when I first picked up the club that it was a sport that will become my passion for years to come and be an important part of my life. We were 2 young boys on the Chandigarh Golf Course and in a few months almost everyone knew us by name. I learnt the lesson of hardwork, perseverance and sportsmanship in those growing years. In the next few years I was fortunate to go represent India and play the Nationals. My learning’s have stayed with me and those life skills at the Golf Course have served me well of the course as well. They say life comes a full circle and here we are settled in San Francisco and I have my adorable 6 year old twins who are excited to start their journey with GOLF and exploring for themselves if this is going to be their passion or not.”
Chandigarh, also known as The City Beautiful, is a city and a union territory in the northern part of India that serves as the capital of the states of Haryana and Punjab.
My grandparents lived in Chandigarh for a few years and a lot of my summer holidays were spent there.
It is truly a beautiful city and I love the food there ! The north Indian cuisine is rich, spicy and full of flavour. Parathas, Tandoori Chicken, Paneer, Maa Kee Daal are all typical foods of this northern city.
I remember my various visits to the Gurudwara ( Sikh temple ) with my grandparents on Sundays and the delicious langar I ate there. Langar is food which is served to everyone who visits the Gurudwara.It is always vegetarian and somehow tastes just divine 🙂
The institution of the Sikh langar, or free kitchen, was started by the first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak. It was designed to uphold the principle of equality between all people regardless of religion, caste, colour, creed, age, gender or social status, a revolutionary concept in the caste-ordered society of 16th-century India where Sikhism began.
In addition to the ideals of equality, the tradition of langar expresses the ethics of sharing, community, inclusiveness and oneness of all humankind. “…the Light of God is in all hearts.“