VARINDER SINGH -A JOUR­NAL­IST PAR EX­CEL­LENCE GLOBAL SERV­ING PUNJABIS

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Varinder Singh, a Pun­jab (In­dia) based jour­nal­ist is well-known as a multi-faceted per­son­al­ity— quintessen­tially a hu­man­ist, an am­a­teur singer, a sea­soned jour­nal­ist armed with an event­ful and rich ex­pe­ri­ence in var­ied fields and shades of me­dia. Varinder has been a well-known face be­yond the bound­aries of Pun­jab more as a jour­nal­ist work­ing with the pres­ti­gious North In­dian daily-- The Tri­bune. He has reg­u­larly been ap­pear­ing on TV, par­tic­u­larly on Do­or­dar­shan In­dia’s pub­lic ser­vice broad­caster as an an­chor, an ex­pert on cur­rent af­fairs, as a judge for cer­tain va­ri­ety pro­grammes and as a com­men­ta­tor on po­lit­i­cal and so­cial is­sues con­cern­ing hu­man life in gen­eral, and touch­ing the lives of the down­trod­den in par­tic­u­lar. His opin­ion on im­por­tant po­lit­i­cal and other so­cial af­fairs is sought from time to time by for­eign me­dia too. His jour­nal­is­tic ca­reer took off in 1995 as a re­porter with the daily In­dian Ex­press. Sub­se­quently, he grad­u­ated as a Se­nior Staff Cor­re­spon­dent with Chandigarh based daily The Tri­bune, where, he has been

serv­ing for last more than 22 years and has had stints as an In-charge of im­por­tant re­gions of Pun­jab hav­ing based at cities of Chandigarh, Ja­land­har, Pa­tiala, Am­rit­sar. Cur­rently he is work­ing at Bathinda as a Prin­ci­pal Cor­re­spon­dent. Be­sides, his ed­u­ca­tional and lit­er­ary pur­suits, Varinder also un­der­took a short course in film-mak­ing with an urge to ex­plore var­ied me­dia. His ex­po­sure to different fields has been help­ing him broaden his grasp of prac­ti­cal jour­nal­is­tic re­quire­ments and his ef­forts to re­late to the minds of peo­ple.

Hav­ing a cos­mopoli­tan out­look, Varinder is re­garded as a ‘rep­re­sen­ta­tive of peo­ple’ of the North In­dian re­gion since, he is known to have ham­mered out a num­ber of im­por­tant so­cial and other is­sues with full vigour and re­gard­less of his lim­i­ta­tions as a jour­nal­ist and hav­ing faced a num­ber of hur­dles on different fronts. Hard times— as a jour­nal­ist and as a hu­man be­ing— have in turn, blessed him with an essence com­ing out from an ar­ray of life-time ex­pe­ri­ences which he keeps en­joy­ing without any com­plaints. What makes him different from others is that he has a pas­sion for life and loves to look at life and take on tardy sit­u­a­tions with a smile. He loves life for its vi­brance and spon­tane­ity, its ro­mance and beauty, na­ture for its colours and wildlife.

In his never-end­ing quest for ex­plo­ration of na­ture and knowl­edge of different cul­tures, Varinder has sought to at­tain ce­les­tial-cum-prac­ti­cal ex­pe­ri­ences through his vast jour­neys deep through Canada, U.S.A, Tai­wan and Nepal. What has been mak­ing him re­joice in colours of life were colours of fall in the back­drop of scenic Canada coun­try­side and the love show­ered upon him by one and all—fam­ily, some spe­cial friends, col­leagues at work, and se­niors.

Varinder has a pas­sion­ate link with Pun­jabi di­as­pora liv­ing in every nook and cor­ner of the world and he keeps rais­ing im­por­tant is­sues con­cern­ing them. Dur­ing a re­cent visit to Toronto, he ap­peared on mul­ti­ple me­dia plat­forms and at­tended nu­mer­ous com­mu­nity events where he shared his in­sight on the state of af­fairs im­pact­ing the lives of Indo-cana­di­ans.

Be­liev­ing in hu­mil­ity to the core, Varinder al­ways be­lieves in seek­ing bless­ings and wishes of his revered men­tors, ever-well-wish­ing friends, sup­port­ive fam­ily mem­bers, teach­ers, guid­ing se­niors and col­leagues.

“Life goes on and on and so is its jour­ney,” says a smil­ing Varinder with a child-like sim­plic­ity and cu­rios­ity. His slo­gan in life is—keep Walk­ing with a Smile.

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1. WITH THE LATE GHAZAL KING JAGJIT SINGH 2. AP­PEAR­ANCE ON DO­OR­DAR­SHAN IN­DIA CUR­RENT AF­FAIRS SHOW 3. AT THE HOLLYWOOD 4. WITH CGI IN TORONTO AM­BAS­SADOR DI­NESH BHA­TIA 5. WITH CHILD­HOOD BUDDY VICKY DHILLON AND KANWERJIT GILL 4

4 WITH ON­TARIO MPPS VIC DHILLON, HARINDER MALHI AND HARINDER TAKHAR

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6 6. WITH WIFE GAURI AND SON ANDY 7. AT THE NHES TORONTO 8. WITH THE GREAT KHALI 9. EX­PLOR­ING POP­U­LAR IN­DIAN TRAN­SIT MODE 10. AT THE 5AAB TV STU­DIO TORONTO

AT AN EN­VI­RON­MEN­TAL SEM­I­NAR

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