Kirtan … Say What?

July 14, 2009


Earlier this week we went to a Sikh temple, also known as a Gurdwara. While there, we enjoyed the singing of the hymns from the holy book—something called Kirtan. Other than being inspired by hearing it, the passion in the eyes of the musicians really made me want to capture it on film. Hence, one of my stories is a photo essay on Kirtan and the music of the Sikh religion.

Also, while at the Kirtan, we were guided to the Langer hall, where they served us d-e-l-i-c-i-o-u-s food. Let me just say curry, lentil soup and hands-down-the-best-tea-I’ve-ever-had make Lauren a happy camper.

Snaps to the people at the Gurdwara for their graciousness and patience with us taking endless photos and video while we were there. Snaps to the Kirtan players for vocalizing their connections to God. And snaps to the chefs in the kitchen for making some truly excellent food.


Sikh Happens!

July 12, 2009



On Saturday, two of my fellow Cronkite-Europers and I spent more than two hours walking around London’s Hyde Park in search of a protest rally that we had heard about on the Web site The site claimed that thousands of Ravidasi Sikhs would be protesting the murder of one of their gurus about a month ago.

We got to the park about 12:30 p.m. and walked around with the assumption that despite the size of the park, there was no way we could possible miss thousands of Sikhs protesting. Read the rest of this entry »

Back Story 3

July 7, 2009


I am officially finished with the Cronkite Euro stories! I have been extremely busy since we have been home, and it has been hard to get back in the swing of things. I have had to tell people stories from the trip, show them pictures and answer the same questions over and over again, such as: What was your favorite city? (Paris) Did you have an amazing time? (YES!) Do you want to go back? (Yes!) Read the rest of this entry »

From Inspiration to Fruition

July 3, 2009


I stroll around St. Paul’s Cathedral, my footsteps echoing. The ceilings seem endless. The air inside has a cool tinge to it, even though the front doors remain closed.

A group of what looks like fifth graders hurries past me, whispering and trying to keep up with their absent-minded teacher.

In the time between when I arrive at the cathedral and when I sit to enjoy evensong, I muddle through my thoughts. I think about religion and God—and what religion is meant to do in our lives. Read the rest of this entry »

Back Story 3 — London

July 2, 2009


I am finally home, working on the last bits of my term paper, which I believe will turn out great! I am eager to finish it because I have ben working on it for six days now!

While I sit and work on it, some memories from my experience come back to me. I am so happy I went abroad and met all the wonderful people I did. I saw so many amazing things and listened to some really interesting people as well. BBC was wonderful to visit, and ITN was so much fun.

I am writing my paper on the future of journalism in Britain, but it mostly talks about BBC’. I really enjoyed listening to Pete Clifton at BBC! He was great!

Anyway, I am sad that we had to leave Europe. I wish we had more time over there! It was a great experience, and I would hope that I am able to travel overseas sooner rather than later!

Back Story 2 — London

July 2, 2009


I am doing my last story I’ll every write in London. I am doing a photo feature with pictures and music to go along with it on St. Bride’s, also known as the Journalists or Printers Church.

I take the day off and head over to St. Bride’s on Fleet Street. I arrive and take a few pics of the church looking beautiful in the afternoon. I walk up to the front, and they are having a service. I am told its OK to walk around and take pictures as long as I am quiet, but I decide to come back later to make sure I get all the pictures I want without bothering anyone.

I come back around 6 and begin to take pictures. I notice that the church may be tiny, but it is most definitely charming. There are many placs all over the church dedicated to journalists. I get all the pictures I need and head back home to put my piece together.

Back Story 1 — London

July 2, 2009


In London we visited one of the most interesting places I have ever been—a Sikh temple, or Gudwara. As we walk up to the beautiful place of worship, I find myself a bit curious as to how this experience will unfold. I have never been to a Gudwara before!

We walk in and are told to take our shoes off and wrap a cloth around our heads before entering the Gudwara. We walk up a few stairs and found ourselves inside. There is a beautiful cloth on the ground leading to this magnificent Sikh altar. Read the rest of this entry »