Join us for our 20th Anniversary Celebrations.
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@ LAKESHORE CONVENTION CENTRE
806 Southdown Rd, Mississauga, ON, L5J 2Y4 Canada
P: (905) 855-5222 F:(905) 855-5223
Hope you had a great time at the ABC Diwali gala held at Canadian Convention Centre on Friday, November 4th, 2016. The event was a SUPER SUCCESS and well attended by around 390 people. The Diwali coordinators, Arun Agarwal & Shashi and their team worked very hard to put an action packed and amazing event for all of you and hope that each one of you that did attend the evening, enjoyed it as much. A Big Shout out to all our Sponsors as well without who this event would not have been possible.
We the Board have received great feedback from one and all regarding every aspect of the event during and after the gala. It was a Grand evening overall with elegant décor, Superb entertainment, delicious food and a very enthusiastic crowd !!!!!!
Please continue to provide us with your feedback such that we can incorporate them into our planning sessions for the next time around. We would also be very interested in knowing if any of you are keen to join or volunteer for any of our upcoming activities. If so, please let us know.
Looking forward to hearing from you soon. Thank you to all of you for participating enthusiastically in ABC Annual gala !!!!
ABC Board & Annual gala Event coordinators (Arun & Shashi Agarwal)
Canadian Convention Centre
79 Bramsteele Rd, Brampton, ON L6W 3K6
Member Gold: $55.00 | Non-Member Gold: $60.00
Members Silver: $45.00 | Non-Member: $50.00
Group Discount – Table of 8 gets 5% off
Kids : (3-9) : $35.00 | Kids Under 3 are free.
Hips Don’t Lie Dance Co!
By: Ritika Gupta
On Sunday July 26, the ABC family hosted its annual picnic at the Bronte Creek Park in Oakville. It had been years since I attended the picnic and I had more fun than I could have imagined. Going beyond 33 degrees celsius, it was a scorcher outside, however this didn’t hinder the fun, it just added to it. Upon arriving, I was greeted by all of my family-friends and had a cup of fresh mango juice, or aam panna, handed to me. With my electrolytes in the restoration process, I decided to settle down on a shaded picnic bench with a few friends. I took it upon myself to come prepared with a few activities that would keep me entertained. The fear of boredom is a strong one, and besides, the great outdoors and I never got along well. Anyways, I pulled out my adult colouring-book (trust me, they’re increasing in popularity) and began colouring a design in. I wasn’t even two minutes into colouring before I was sucked into conversation. I quickly abandoned the page and immersed myself into the energy around me. People were laughing, chatting, and most importantly, they were eating. The food was cooked fresh on-site, by Malkit Best Catering. For appetizers, the chef prepared crowd-pleasers like freshly-fried and perfectly-crisp pakoras, as well as personal favourites like chaat-papdi and pasta. Afterwards, I noticed that there were games for every age group. On one field, I saw my dad playing Cricket with other uncles, while on the other field, I was involved in a game of Ultimate Frisbee with the kids and teens. It was lovely to see that there was something to do for everyone at the picnic, regardless of age. That sense of warmth (not literally, though it was very hot outside) and inclusivity is one that is familiar to me when I attend ABC gatherings. Beaming from my team’s win at Ultimate Frisbee, I went back to the shaded area. After gulping down another refreshment, pink lemonade this time, I was pulled into a game of Tug-of-War. This was the highlight of the picnic for me. People from every single age group were able to join in the fun and merriment. I say this without lying or any personal agenda, but my team won every single time we played. After a few rounds of the game, I went back to the picnic-site and had a lovely lunch of traditional sabzis, freshly-made naan, raita and salad. The food was delicious and the company was better, if that’s even possible. Before I knew it, it was time for me to head home. I must to admit that I was sad to go. It was only during my ride home that I realized I had scarcely coloured in a quarter of the colouring-page. If that’s not a true testament to the fun that I had, then I don’t know what is.
By: Anuraag Gupta
London, Paris, Bordeaux, San Sebastian and Barcelona
Over the month of May, I went to Europe and the UK on a 26-day tour of 8 countries. Even though it was the trip of a lifetime and I saw all of the sights, the one thing that I will never forget ever is the food.
From Fish and Chips in London, to Paella in Barcelona, everything was an experience to eat.
When in London, what else to get but Cod and Chips?
France is considered the food capital of the world, and the critics don’t lie. The food here is phenomenal. There is excellent classic fare such as French Onion Soup, Snails and Frog Legs. Everything French is worth trying.
French Onion Soup
Cheese Quiche and Salad
Escargot with Garlic and Pesto
Duck L’Orange and Scalloped Potatoes
Cheese Plate of Brie
Chocolate Torte and Custard
Bordeaux is a world famous wine region in France. Some of the best wine in the world is made in the grape fields here. It is also the place where I tried frog legs for the first time. Yes, it does taste like chicken but it’s a bit on the off-tasting side. If you ever go to France, before you leave you must try frog legs as it’s considered a delicacy in France. Moreover, the experience of saying to people that you ate frog is totally worth it.
Frog Leg Salad
Rack of Lamb
The city of San Sebastian in Spain is a gorgeous city known for its fantastic beaches, its architecture and most of all, for its pinchos bars. A pinchos bar is a variations of tapas bar (Spanish finger food). The restaurant makes all the food beforehand and they display it on the bar. People come in, find a table, and sort of like a buffet they come up to the bar and take what food they find appetizing and the patrons at the bar watch the food that people take. After the meal is finished, the guests are charged for what items they took from the bar.
Pinchos Bar Fare
Beef Cheek (San Sebastian speciality)
Patatas Bravas (A Must try)
Kalimotxos (pronounced Kalimochos)
(One part red wine, one part Coke)
Barcelona, one of the largest cities in Spain is an altogether an eclectic mix of the modern and the ancient. With Sagrada Familia to the Gothic Quarter to Parc Guell, you can’t go wrong. The food culture here is no joke either. The best thing to have in Barcelona is paella. Paella is a rice based stew that you can either have with meat, seafood or veggies. Or if you’re really hungry you can have all three mixed in to your paella. Paella is a Spanish delicacy and must be had when you go to Spain.
aella. Paella is a Spanish delicacy and must be had when you go to Spain.
In conclusion, when you travel to really get the vibe of the place you’re visiting, you have to eat the food. The experience of eating a new dish in a new place is one that you will cherish for years to come.
By: Nupur Agrawal
In today’s society, it is undisputable that emphasis in education has leaned toward the more factual; science, mathematics and language are seen as vital components in a child’s schooling, especially in the South Asian community. My contention however is that the arts “drama, dance, music and visual arts” are just as important and we should treat it with the same status.
Canada’s education system was founded on the idea of academic ability. Upon closer analysis, this is due to the fact that there were no public systems of education before the 19th century. When modern schooling was introduced, it was created to meet the needs of industrialism. Therefore, this ‘hierarchy’ is rooted on the idea that the most practical subjects for work are at the most important.
For instance, you were most likely steered away from things you liked at school when you were a kid on the basis that you would never get a job doing so. Your parents may have said something like “don’t do music, you’re not going to be a musician or don’t do art, you won’t be an artist”. With the profound changes taking place within the younger generation however, this opinion is long outdated.
To begin with, science can give us practical facts and try to formulate theories with those facts, but it’s the artists who turn them into narratives with moral, emotional and spiritual meaning. Artists tell stories; they essentially help us make sense of our world by broadening our experiences and understanding. The arts enable us to imagine the unimaginable and help us understand the past, the present, and the future.
The interesting thing is when you travel around the world you realize that most education systems have the same hierarchy of subjects. For instance if a hypothetical pyramid were imagined, mathematics and languages would be at the top, followed by humanities and then at the bottom are the fine arts. The sad thing is, during difficult economic times, arts programs are the first to be cut. In all honesty, there isn’t an education system in the world that teaches music every day to children the same way we teach them mathematics. Why is that? I believe that both math and music are of equal importance. In fact, it is scientifically proven that listening and playing music can stimulate both sides of our brain and all of our senses at once.
While I understand the practical aspects of math and science in everyday life, why is it necessary for every child to know how to solve for ‘x’ or how to find limits when the Fine Arts teaches you to think outside the box? Not only do the Fine Arts teach one discipline and creativity, but also carve responsibility and historical knowledge within its students.
To conclude, I agree that Mathematics and Science are a vital part of our curriculum but I also think that the Fine Arts are of equal importance, as it instills life skills that will carry with you through the rest of your life.
“Life beats you down and crushes your soul and art reminds you that you have one” Stella Adler.
By: Sonika Gupta
Growing up, I was not an exceptional student. I rarely did homework, I barely participated in class discussions, and parent-teacher interviews were always such a nightmare. I went to school for the socializing and that was about it. It’s not that I wasn’t smart, I knew that I was smart, I just didn’t care for school. It was towards the end of my final year in middle school when it finally dawned on me that I needed to get it together. I had to make this realization on my own though, my parents would sit me down for lectures but that only left me feeling even more unmotivated. High school was an interesting time, I raised my marks, did (most of) my homework, and I was definitely seeing the results. I did end up skipping class a large number of times but my marks mattered to me and I got things done on time.
In high school, I was taking all university prep courses and for the longest time I had this idea that university was it, college was out of the picture. There were several occasions where teachers would talk to their classes about the difference between the two. They often spoke about university being very theory based whereas college is more hands on learning. They would mention the different class sizes and teaching styles. A lot of the time, I would be sitting in my chair thinking to myself, “I like smaller classes, I don’t like reading from textbooks, and actually doing it makes it stick.” Even though I had all these thoughts in my head, I knew that university was the more socially acceptable option and it was all my parents and I had ever talked about.
The years passed quickly, and before I knew it, I was in my senior year and I had no idea what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. I was conflicted with choosing between computer science and business. My grades started to fall, I was stressed out, and I felt like everything about my future was a huge question mark—it felt an awful lot like hitting rock bottom. My marks were decent but they really shouldn’t have been just “decent”. My mom kept asking me how I planned on getting admissions into any university and I was always at a loss for words. I remember making many appointments with my guidance counselor, Mr. Lain. The man was a gem, he never made me feel bad about myself. He would open up my marks on his computer and we would talk about a variety of different options for the next year. I ended up deciding to take a “victory lap” year. I wanted to take more courses rather than rushing into anything. Three years later and I still regret nothing. That year changed my life. It was the best decision that I have ever made to date. It became clear to me that I belonged in a college environment. I discussed it with Mr. Lain and my mom and we were all on the same page. It was perfect because the programs that I was interested in had a bridging option. Bridging meaning that depending on your marks, you could get your college diploma and afterwards, enter into a degree program at the college or at one of the well-known universities that are partnered with the college. I remember feeling like I was no longer drowning, I could breathe again. I used to blast Jimmy Cliff’s, “I Can See Clearly Now” on my iPod because it was particularly relatable at the time.
I started the Business Administration advanced diploma program at Sheridan College last year. I knew immediately that it was right for me. The class sizes were perfect, the teachers were very passionate for the most part, and the work kept me interested. You know how sometimes you learn something and you ask yourself, “When am I ever going to need to know that? I’m literally never going to do this again.” Well, I am very pleased to say that I have not asked myself that in the last year.
I was talking about it with a friend of mine, Mohini, who is in the same program as me. She is a genius, in high school, her marks were golden, she could’ve gone to the University of Waterloo. Unfortunately, she has severe motion sickness and she’s paying for her education herself so Sheridan was the best suited option for her. She was telling me, “I used to talk straight up garbage about Sheridan, I never thought in a million years that I would end up here, but I’m so glad that I did.” This really got me thinking because even now, when I know that it was the right decision for me, I am still embarrassed to tell people that I go to Sheridan. Mohini agreed with me when I voiced my thoughts, she too hates telling family and friends that she goes to a college. It’s a little humiliating when everyone in your family or friends group is at one of the top universities and you’re in a college. It really frustrates me that I, along with others, are ashamed to tell our closest family and friends about it, especially when we are overjoyed by what we are doing.
In our society and in many South Asian communities, college is sadly looked down upon as there’s a stigma associated with it. It’s seen as “the easy way out” by many. Despite the fact that it’s unfavourable, over the past few years, it’s become more and more popular as people realize that they need the hands-on learning and that employers are seeking college graduates. University is wonderful, university students are extremely hard working and intelligent, but to think that college students aren’t is wrong. The learning and teaching styles are different but that’s on purpose as everyone learns differently. No one should be pressured into doing one or the other, it should be completely dependent on the type of experience that you want to have for yourself.
In case it wasn’t already obvious, I am very content with my education at Sheridan so far and I shouldn’t have to feel embarrassed when I tell anyone about my schooling. I hope that one day there won’t be so much judgment but until then, I’m choosing to embrace the “haterz gonna hate” philosophy. I encourage others in similar situations to do the same.