Sikh Odyssey – A Trivia Game
A Sikh Religion and Punjab Trivia Game
William Hodding Carter, the renowned American journalist, author and activist, once said:
“There are only two lasting bequests we can give our children. One of these is roots, the other, wings.”
What roots are we as Sikhs bequeathing to our children growing in this complex information-age world? Sikh children must have a strong sense of religious and cultural identity. Strong identities include knowing who you are and where you have come from. This task is by no means easy. Many efforts are being made by parents and other organizations in order to instill a sense of an immense and vast Sikh history and religion. Amidst these efforts, a unique product has been developed by Kulbir Kaur.
Kulbir was born in India and immigrated to Canada at the age of 16. She has been in the teaching field for the last 20 years doing many different things. In raising her two children, she was looking for an entertaining way to instill the basics of Sikh religion and Punjab to her children. She felt that in this information age, the Sikh children must know about their past. Kulbir firmly believes that ‘knowledge is power.’ She felt that many Sikh children have a limited knowledge of Sikh Religion and Punjab and therefore are unable to understand their history, culture and traditions.
After a lot of experimentation and testing, Kulbir has developed a trivia game. This game is unique and kids who have been introduced to it to date find it addictive. They spend a lot of time learning when they don’t even realize that they are learning. Of course, learning is more enjoyable when it is fun. This game is in simple English so that all children can benefit, even if they are not fluent in Punjabi. And parents readily join in the fun, because many of the questions challenge them as well.
The game is about the Sikh journey, hence the name of the game: “Sikh Odyssey”. It is in the form of a trivia game. It includes 540 questions, answers and facts about the Sikh religion and Punjab. This game has something for everyone; it has simple questions for children and some interesting questions for adult’s as well. The questions are based on the Gurus, Guru Granth Sahib, Bhagats, Shaheeds, Maharaja Ranjit Singh, Sikh Women Heroes, Punjabi, Punjab, Sikhs in the diaspora, and much more. It covers the entire five cebnturies of our history and significant events and achievements that have taken place. All significant events are covered in a way that in a series of questions, the entire story is told.
This game makes a perfect gift for a Sikh family and even serves as a resource for any non-Sikh family. Many institutions are using these games as prizes for their members because educational toys make an ideal gift for the individual and family. These games can be used as prizes at birthday parties, competitions, Punjabi and Gurmat classes and even for sports events.
Businesses and individuals may sponsor this game. They may buy some games and donate. This is a great way to get Sikh children hooked onto Sikh and Punjab history. No doubt that these types of things take a lot of hard work and efforts and cannot succeed without the support of the entire community.
Here are some sample Questions from the game.