A PART-ING OF THE WAYS

Today, the hard-working residents’ association of our apartment complex, Multitech Towers, held a path (paart) to bless the building. A path is a Sikh prayer session that comprises a priest, or giani (ghee-arr-nee) reading from the Sikh holy book, the Guru Granth Sahib. Following the readings, musicians, or ragis (raa-ghee) play music and sing hymns. According to tradition, before the part ended a giani handed out a morsel of Kara Parshad (kara pash-ard) to everyone there. This blessing is offered to all visitors to every Gurdwara around the world. Kara Parshad is a dark, sweet paste made from equal parts flour, ghee (clarified butter), water and raw sugar, and I like it. A part like this, usually, lasts around two, or so hours. A buffet meal always follows. 

All residents today thanked heaven for the part because it pressured the developer of the complex to fit windows and paint the walls in the community room on the ground floor. The area, however, is still far from finished, but it looked good today as a temporary Sikh place of worship called a Gurdwara.

Completion of the entire Multitech Tower complex is way behind schedule too. It’s being built according to Indian Standard Time. That is; it’s already four years overdue and looks like being another four, at least, till its finished. I suggested to one of the association committee members that we should stage a part every Sunday in an area that is unfinished. Maybe that’s the only way we’ll get towers C and D, plus the swimming pool, gymnasium and underground car parks completed. God’s helping-hand wouldn’t go amiss either. Heaven knows; we need all the help we can get!

Us two at the part

Us two at the part

The boys on one side ...

The boys on one side …

The girls on the other

The girls on the other

The giani reading from the Guru Granth Sahib

The giani reading from the Guru Granth Sahib

The Ragis

The Ragis

Handing out the Kara Parshad

Handing out the Kara Parshad

The langar begins

The buffet begins

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