The Funny Side

Thieves steal entire road, inspiring us to think big (The Funny Side)

By Nury Vittachi Every so often, people ask if I am like my columns in real life. I reply: “Yes, I’m silent and... (more...)

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Moo-ving series of cow-on-the-run tales (The Funny Side)

By Nury Vittachi A rural friend was worried that his hens might come down with bird flu. I was about to say: “Give... (more...)

Motivational speakers have wrong message for business listeners (The Funny Side)

By Nury Vittachi I once sat in a seminar where the motivational speaker kept saying: “Accept yourself as you are.”... (more...)

Ladies’ room set to vanish as equality laws bite (The Funny Side)

By Nury Vittachi Ladies: enjoy the women’s room while you can – it could vanish forever. The high-speed spread... (more...)

Learning dog logic enables understanding our pets (The Funny Side)

By Nury Vittachi My dog spends hours visualising her dinner, licking her lips in anticipation of it and walking in and out... (more...)

Extreme tech-addicts have a new leader (The Funny Side)

By Nury Vittachi A nosy co-worker read my screen over my shoulder and was shocked that I had 12,141 unread emails. I told... (more...)

Ancient wisdom can keep us from cursing (The Funny Side)

By Nury Vittachi Your narrator was inspired to create a piece of Zen wisdom the other day: A journey of a thousand miles... (more...)

Moving stories about taking ashes on the road (The Funny Side)

By Nury Vittachi Sometimes I worry that sitting at my desk eating snacks is not real exercise. But then again, the pies I’m... (more...)

Worrying tales of the world’s worst cops (The Funny Side)

By Nury Vittachi I so hate that Eminem song that uses a police siren as an instrument. Every time it’s on the car radio... (more...)

The day an escalator ate my pants (The Funny Side)

By Nury Vittachi My wife says that instead of answering her questions, I always go and ask the readers of my column. I don’t... (more...)

Vancouver Canucks

Whitest Brown Guy: Not your typical Hockey Dad

RANDY SANGHA VANCOUVER DESI So here I am at the tail of end of the ice hockey season.  No, not those guys…what are they... (more...)

Be warned: We have entered the age of over-reacting (The Funny Side)

By Nury Vittachi A colleague accused me of having a tendency to over-react, so I have no choice but to burn down his house... (more...)

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weight-loss

Do we need to exercise more or eat less?

JILL BARKER MONTREAL GAZETTE A battle is waging in the scientific journals between several prominent health and fitness experts. In one corner are physicians Aseem Malhotra,…
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Identical twins’ mark sheets almost as identical and the story of a courageous young achiever

HINDUSTAN TIMES AND VANCOUVER DESI They are identical twins and, interestingly, even their mark sheets look almost the same. Ranchi twins Aporupa and Anorupa Chattopadhyay …
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India-pharma-under scanner

U.S. lawsuit puts generic drug imports from India under scanner

IANS Washington – A U.S. class action lawsuit accusing India’s Ranbaxy of large-scale deception on its generic drug applications puts a question mark on drug…
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100 year journey

Apart from the overwhelming cold, Sucha Singh Bagri has fond memories of his first few days in B.C.

SPECIAL TO VANCOUVER DESI Sucha Singh Bagri arrived in Canada with his father Harnam Singh Bagri on Feb 2, 1935, on the Empress of Russia,…
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Blogs

Indian chef-recipes

Food blogger’s delicious global recipes influenced in part by her Indian heritage

LAURA BREHAUT POSTMEDIA NEWS Kitchen notebooks are often sauce-splattered and dog-eared. The best contain shortcuts, secrets, and tried-and-true recipes. They are valuable records, illustrating changing…
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Marathon Running for the First Time with World Vision

On May 3rd 2015, I took part in a marathon for the very first time in my life. As a teenager, I enjoy exercise whether…
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CHOPRA ADDICTION AND WELLNESS BLOG: Finding the Mother Within

NIRMALA RANIGA VANCOUVER DESI Everyone is born from a mother. And, even if individuals are separated from their biological mothers after birth, ideally they receive…
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Sexual abuse allegations against Bollywood choreographer Shiamak Davar

Two lawsuits have been filed against the famous Bollywood choreographer Shiamak Davar in British Columbia, Canada. Two former students and employees of Shiamak Davar allege…
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Pioneers

football-100year journey

B.C.’s South Asian pioneer Ranjit Mattu mentored many football stars

SPECIAL TO VANCOUVER DESI Even as a child, Ranjit Mattu knew he had game. From his first play on the field of Mount Pleasant Elementary,…
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Dharm Singh Gill changed the way Sikhs were regarded for wearing turbans at work

SPECIAL TO VANCOUVER DESI Little did Dharm Singh Gill realize that an act of heroism would change the way Sikhs were regarded for wearing their…
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Sky was the limit for B.C.’s South Asian pioneer Karm Mattu

SPECIAL TO VANCOUVER DESI Karm Singh Mattu was born to fly. As a teen in the 1930s, he ran away from his Vancouver home to…
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100 year journey

Harchet Hari made his way to Vancouver and then Calgary with his grandparents in 1932

SPECIAL TO VANCOUVER DESI Harchet Hari His mother and father had already successfully settled into a new life in Calgary from their previous one in…
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right to vote

B.C.’s South Asian pioneers kept aside their differences to gain the right to vote

SPECIAL TO VANCOUVER DESI “The government took our vote away in 1907. We got the Dominion vote in 1946 but you couldn’t vote in the…
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Health Check

The B.C. Centre for Disease Control is looking for new immigrant women to participate in a health study.

New immigrant women sought for B.C. Centre for Disease Control health study

BURNABY NOW The B.C. Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) has put out a call for Greater Vancouver women from India, China, Taiwan and Hong Kong…
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weight-loss

Do we need to exercise more or eat less?

JILL BARKER MONTREAL GAZETTE A battle is waging in the scientific journals between several prominent health and fitness experts. In one corner are physicians Aseem Malhotra,…
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The strength of your grip may be a more accurate predictor of your risk of a heart attack or stroke than the standard blood pressure test.
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Why a weak handshake is bad news for your heart

LAURA DONNELLY THE DAILY TELEGRAPH The strength of your handshake could indicate the chance of a futureheart attack, a major study suggests. Researchers found that…
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India-pharma-under scanner

U.S. lawsuit puts generic drug imports from India under scanner

IANS Washington – A U.S. class action lawsuit accusing India’s Ranbaxy of large-scale deception on its generic drug applications puts a question mark on drug…
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