When you are a minority community, you feel extra responsible for passing on the traditions and rituals to the younger generations so they carry them forward. Also, in these busy, hectic times, when lives cannot be taken for granted, inculcating the right values within children will help them in the long run to live better lives.
A lesser-known gurudwara in Hyderabad, the Gurudwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha at Manovikas Nagar in Bowenpally, has taken initiatives that can be lauded. For a long time, it has had activities for children that help them attune to the culture and history. Now, the gurudwara has added a library for its members.
The initiative is the brainchild of Sardar Kuldeep Singh, who is a culture enthusiast himself. He says he comes from a writing background and understands the need to have a good foundation by reading interesting books. This helps the children stay grounded, he says.
Given that the attention span of children is just about 8 seconds in today’s times, they need to be introduced to visually appealing and information-rich books, he says. For now, the gurudwara has a big cupboard filled with books. Singh intends to add 10 books a week with the help of members. The books are in Hindi, Punjabi, and English, and the borrowing and returning will be taken care of by the Sangat’s women members.
The gurudwara also holds Dastak-tying classes and learning Shabad Keertan and Gurmukhi learning sessions.