Feeding the Soul: The Sikh Legacy of Guru ka Langar

Feeding the Soul: The Sikh Legacy of Guru ka Langar

By Author

Published on January 5, 2024

In the heart of Amritsar, where spirituality meets selfless service, lies the Golden Temple – a sanctuary for the soul and a symbol of Sikh values. At its core, the tradition of "annadhanam" or serving free food, known as "Guru ka Langar," unfolds as a tapestry of compassion and equality.

Initiated by Guru Nanak Dev Ji in 1481 and further established by the 3rd Guru, Sri Guru Amar Dass Ji, at Goindwal, Guru ka Langar is more than a meal; it's a gesture of love and community. Picture this: the Mughal King Akbar himself, surrounded by his nobles and servants, sitting among ordinary people to share a langar meal. It's not just history; it's a vivid portrayal of equality in practice.

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This institution serves the community in myriad ways, ensuring the active participation of women, children, and the broader community in the act of service. In the Golden Temple's Community Kitchen, an average of 100,000 devotees or tourists take langar daily, and the number doubles on special occasions. Can you feel the buzz?

The Langar doesn't discriminate; it welcomes all. It's a weekly act of generosity, with families volunteering to provide and prepare the Langar, creating a warm and inclusive environment. The preparation, cooking, and washing-up – all done by volunteers or voluntary helpers (Sewadars). It's a beautiful symphony of selflessness.

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Now, imagine the scale – more than 100 Quintal Wheat Flour, 25 Quintal Cereals, 10 Quintal Rice, 5000 Ltr Milk, 10 Quintal Sugar, and 5 Quintal Pure Ghee used daily. It's a logistical marvel fueled by the dedication of hundreds of employees and devotees.

The Langar isn't just about food; it's about fostering a sense of sameness, providing a welcome sanctuary for all. It echoes the words of Bhai Desa Singh in his Rehitnama, emphasising the duty of Sikhs to serve their neighbours and travellers devotedly.

In the heart of Sikhism, the Langar is a living testament to the Sikh ideal of charity. Maharaja Ranjit Singh's grants, similar endowments by other Sikh rulers, and the presence of Langar in practically every gurudwara today showcase the enduring legacy. Sharing a common meal in a pangat is not just an act of piety; it's a celebration of equality.

So, next time you step into the Golden Temple, let the Langar be not just a feast for your stomach but a feast for your soul – a reminder that in the act of giving, we receive the truest blessings.


Experience Cantonese Weekend Brunch at The Lantern, The Ritz-Carlton, Bangalore

Experience Cantonese Weekend Brunch at The Lantern, The Ritz-Carlton, Bangalore

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on May 23, 2024

Looking for an exquisite culinary experience this weekend? Look no further than The Lantern at The Ritz-Carlton, Bangalore. Every Saturday and Sunday, from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm, indulge in a delightful Cantonese Weekend Brunch curated by Chef Kevin and Chef Yong Chong Tay.

At The Lantern, you're not just dining; you're embarking on a culinary journey filled with flavors and traditions. Chef Kevin and Chef Yong Chong Tay, masters of their craft, infuse passion and time-honored techniques into every dish they create. From classic Cantonese delicacies to hand-crafted cocktails, each element is thoughtfully prepared to tantalize your taste buds.

The restaurant offers a sophisticated ambiance with Private Dining Rooms for intimate gatherings or business meetings. If you prefer dining al fresco, the outdoor section provides a refreshing escape surrounded by lush greenery.

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The Cantonese Weekend Brunch menu is a culinary symphony featuring an array of dim sum delights like Chicken Shanghai Xiao Long Bao, Prawn Har Gow Dumplings, and Truffle Edamame Dumplings. For mains, savor the Treasure Vegetables in Kim Yam Sauce or indulge in Singapore Chilli Lobster, a true specialty. And don't forget to end your meal on a sweet note with options like Chilled Pumpkin Puree with Coconut Ice Cream or Dark Chocolate and Mandarin Mousse.

Ready to elevate your weekend? Join us at The Lantern for a brunch experience like no other.

Details:

What: The Lantern Brunch

Where: The Lantern, The Ritz-Carlton, Bangalore

When: Every Saturday & Sunday, 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm

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Price:

Brunch Selection and Soft Drinks | INR 3,200* plus taxes per person

Brunch Selection Hops and Grapes | INR 3,999* plus taxes per person

Sparkling Wine Brunch | INR 4,500* plus taxes per person

Champagne Brunch | INR 6,000* plus taxes per person

Reservations: Call or Message at +918951400640 or 9035416155

Experience culinary excellence at The Lantern, The Ritz-Carlton, Bangalore. Book your table now for an unforgettable weekend brunch experience.


Varchas Premium Spirits Triumphs with Dual Star Awards at Spirit Of Craft Awards

Varchas Premium Spirits Triumphs with Dual Star Awards at Spirit Of Craft Awards

By Nishang Narayan

Published on May 22, 2024

Varchas Premium Spirits, a distinguished name in the world of fine spirits, recently celebrated a significant achievement at the 2024 Spirit Of Craft Awards in Singapore, where it was awarded two stars. This recognition places Varchas among an elite group of spirit producers, highlighting the brand's exceptional quality and commitment to crafting superior beverages.

Founded by Varchasvi Shankar and distilled by Shankar Distillers in Michigan, Varchas Premium Spirits has made a notable impact in the beverage industry by marrying traditional American whiskey-making techniques with innovative blends. The award-winning bourbons, including Varchas Straight Bourbon Whiskey and Varchas Reserve 102, are celebrated for their rich flavors of caramel, vanilla, oak, and complex spices, all enhanced by aging in charred oak barrels.

The accolades at the Spirit Of Craft Awards are a testament to Varchas Premium Spirits' meticulous production processes and their dedication to flavor excellence. Varchasvi Shankar, the founder, expressed immense pride in this achievement, noting that it reflects the brand’s longstanding commitment to innovation and quality.

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Shankar Distillers, known for its pioneering approach to combining Eastern and Western distilling philosophies, continues to push the boundaries of spirit production. With plans to introduce new spirits like Vodka, Gin, and Tequila, the distillery remains at the forefront of the beverage industry, promising exciting developments for spirit enthusiasts worldwide.

The Spirit Of Craft Awards recognition is not just a win for Varchas Premium Spirits but also a nod to the growing prominence of innovative spirit production practices that Shankar Distillers embodies. As Varchas continues to expand its presence both in the United States and internationally, spirit connoisseurs can anticipate more exceptional and award-winning offerings from this dynamic brand.

For more information about Varchas Premium Spirits and their range of products, visit their official website.

Visit Varchas Premium Spirits to explore their award-winning collection.


Celebrate World Whiskey Day: Must-Try Cocktails in Mumbai

Celebrate World Whiskey Day: Must-Try Cocktails in Mumbai

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on May 18, 2024

Hello Mumbai! World Whiskey Day is upon us, and what better way to celebrate than by exploring Mumbai’s finest whiskey bars and their unique concoctions? This city-wide whiskey crawl promises to take you on a journey through smoky sensations, tropical twists, and classic comforts. 

Here’s a guide to some of the best whiskey cocktails Mumbai has to offer:

Amazonia

With the “God Father”, do not hesitate to channel your inner Don. This smoky mix of whiskey, dry vermouth, and pineapple is sure to kick off your whiskey adventure with a bang. Bonus, enchanting rain-forest theme.

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Neuma, Colaba

Neuma in Colaba offers a classic start with the “Manhattan Project” or an Italian flair with the “Boulevardier.” For something truly unique, try the “Clayman’s Song,” blending whiskey with tamarind for an Indian twist.

La Mar, Worli

At La Mar, the city’s first “super restaurant,” you’ll find playful twists on classics. The “Bee’s Knees” combines whiskey with homemade liqueur, lemon chillo, and coffee bean, while the “Smoked Whisky Sour with Mango Tree Woods” adds a touch of smoky intrigue.

Gaylord, Churchgate

The iconic Gaylord brings a selection of whiskey cocktails that are both familiar and exciting. The “Apricot Sour” balances bourbon with apricot, honey, and citrus, while the “Cinnamon Old Fashioned” adds aromatic bitters and cinnamon smoke. “The Royal Mysore” blends bourbon with cherry, sandalwood extract, and a hint of cinnamon for a regal experience.

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One8 Commune

Modernize your whiskey experience at One8 Commune with the “Banana Old Fashioned,” offering a tropical twist, or the dessert-inspired “Tiramisu Monk.”

Yazu

Yazu steps up the whiskey game with innovative creations like the "Holy Smoke," featuring smoky notes from curry leaves and cacao. The "South Asia" uses betel-nut-washed whiskey and rose syrup for a unique Asian experience, while the "Shiitake Old Fashioned" offers subtle umami notes.

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Koa

Celebrate World Whiskey Day with a coastal detour at Koa. The “Coastal Crush” is a refreshing mix of whiskey, honey, and lime, perfect for a warm evening.

Pa Pa Ya

Groove at Pa Pa Ya with the “Honey Herd Old Fashioned,” a complex blend of 100 Piper whiskey, honey liqueur, jägermeister, and rosemary.

Cray Craft

For those who crave the classics, Cray Craft’s “Boulevardier” combines American whiskey, sweet vermouth, and Campari, satisfying any purist’s palate.

Ditas

Spice things up at Ditas with the “Pepper Palette,” a fiery blend of bourbon, Aperol, jaggery, lime, and bitters for those who like a kick in their cocktail.

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Sesame, Hyatt Centric Juhu

Don’t miss Sesame’s “Bourbon Sour,” an exquisite mix of Jim Beam bourbon, aromatic bitters, and egg white for a frothy texture.

The Glenwalk Scotch Whisky

Get creative with The Glenwalk Scotch Whisky by crafting inventive cocktails. Try the refreshing “Leafed Glenwalk” with ginger, curry leaves, and citrus, or the “Glenwalk Fashioned” with green tea, lemongrass, and kaffir lime.

Charlee

Nestled in Santacruz, Charlee offers the ultimate whiskey experience with their classic “Whiskey Sour,” a perfect blend of whiskey, simple syrup, citrus, and bitters.

Sante Spa

For a healthy twist, check out the “Matcha Highball” at Sante Spa, combining whiskey, lime juice, honey syrup, matcha powder, and soda.

The Nines Juhu

End your evening on a sweet note at The Nines Juhu with their “Creme Brulee Martini,” a dessert cocktail of whiskey, roasted hazelnut, and sweetness served in a chilled glass.

From smoky masterpieces to tropical twists and dessert-inspired delights, there’s a perfect whiskey concoction waiting for every palate. Cheers to a World Whiskey Day you won't forget!

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