Sunday, May 26, 2024
ADVT 
Spotlights

Introducing the First Sikh-Punjabi Winner of Big Brother US Jag Bains

Naina Grewal Darpan, 29 Jan, 2024 03:33 PM
  • Introducing the First Sikh-Punjabi Winner of Big Brother US Jag Bains

In a historic victory, Jag Bains emerged as the winner of Big Brother 25 (US) in 2023, etching his name in the reality show's records as the first Sikh-Punjabi contestant and winner in the American franchise. Hailing from the small town of Omak, Washington, Bains' journey has been not just about winning a game; it has been an encapsulation of breaking stereotypes, celebrating diversity, and making history.

Bains' strategic prowess during the game faced early challenges putting him at risk of eviction. However, a lifeline from an ally marked a pivotal moment and the beginning of Bains's impressive comeback, as he seamlessly floated through the game, forming alliances and dominating competitions. Bains's efforts culminated in a convincing victory, and his triumph went on to mark him, by date of birth, as the youngest finalist and winner, but also as the first Gen Z winner in Big Brother US history. In fact, he not only shattered the all-time competition record with 10 wins in a single season, but also established a new benchmark for the all-time veto record, amassing an impressive 7 vetos in the same season.

Beyond the game, Bains’ significance lies in being a trailblazer for representation. He shares, "My family was the very first Sikh family in my town, so I immediately knew what it meant to stand out. Showcasing my Sikh identity and representing my community on a national platform was the most important part of this entire experience. This shaped my entire game as well; I knew I wanted to play a game with integrity and loyalty, not only because that's the way I personally wanted to play, but because I knew that's the message I wanted to send out when showcasing my Sikh identity." 

Family has also played a pivotal role in Bains’ journey, with every decision driven by the question, "Would my family be proud of me?". Bains emphasizes the importance of staying true to his values, a sentiment echoed by his family's overwhelming pride in his representation. Today, post-Big Brother, Bains is venturing into music, blending Punjabi and English in his original songs.

For those embracing new challenges, Bains advice entails overcoming self-doubt and exploring hidden potential. Whether applying for Big Brother or stepping into uncharted territory in life, he stresses the importance of self-awareness, urging people to confront fear and take chances, “Know who you are, know your story, and know your why. If it's the right thing to do and if it's something you'd regret not taking a shot at, then do it scared, but do it anyway. You'll thank yourself later for taking that leap of faith!”

MORE Spotlights ARTICLES

Local Hero A Story of Resilience, Recovery and Hope Rupee Kainth

Local Hero A Story of Resilience, Recovery and Hope Rupee Kainth
In the heart of Surrey, BC, the vibrant beats of Bhangra echoed for years through the walls of BC Cultural Bhangra Academy, a testament to the indomitable spirit of its founder, Rupee Kainth. His journey from a determined child dancer to the visionary leader of one of Canada's largest cultural academies is a story of passion, dedication, and the unwavering support of a community that has rallied behind him.

Local Hero A Story of Resilience, Recovery and Hope Rupee Kainth

The Extraordinary Pursuits of Peter Bance Preserving Sikh Heritage and Beyond

The Extraordinary Pursuits of Peter Bance Preserving Sikh Heritage and Beyond
In a the fascinating tapestry of Sikh history, Bhupinder Singh Bance, known as Peter Bance emerges as a luminary figure whose passion for preserving the legacy of Maharajah Duleep Singh, and beyond has left an indelible mark on the historical landscape of Sikhism, Punjab, and beyond. 

The Extraordinary Pursuits of Peter Bance Preserving Sikh Heritage and Beyond

Surrey's Princess Margaret Team Heads to NASA: Seeks Community Support

Surrey's Princess Margaret Team Heads to NASA: Seeks Community Support
A team comprising ten eleventh- and twelfth-grade Princess Margaret Secondary School students has qualified for NASA's Human Exploration Rover Challenge (HERC). They are one of the 72 teams globally and the only team from Canada to qualify for this challenge, which involves creating a human-powered rover capable of navigating Moon and Mars-like terrains, accommodating two individuals, and folding into a compact 5" x5" cube for transport to NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama.

Surrey's Princess Margaret Team Heads to NASA: Seeks Community Support

Meet Multi-Talented Visionary: Kanika Sasan

Meet Multi-Talented Visionary: Kanika Sasan
Meet Kanika Sasan, a true multi-talent, seamlessly combining her love for acting, fashion, and entrepreneurship. From a young age, she has been drawn to the performing arts, a path she found to be deeply connected with her inner self. Her artistic endeavours reflect a deep passion and a creative spirit that guided her through a multifaceted career.

Meet Multi-Talented Visionary: Kanika Sasan

Ten Extraordinary Achievers 2023 

Ten Extraordinary Achievers 2023 
Deserving of praise and recognition, the award recipients across different categories shared their journeys, motivations, and insights with everyone attending the event with the hope and intention of inspiring others and paving the way for an even brighter future where extraordinary achievements continue to define the community's legacy.     

Ten Extraordinary Achievers 2023 

Singer Suresh Wadkar named for Maharashtra's 'Lata Mangeshkar Award'

Singer Suresh Wadkar named for Maharashtra's 'Lata Mangeshkar Award'
The Maharashtra government has selected veteran playback singer and National Award winner Suresh Ishwar Wadkar for its prestigious 'Gansamragini Lata Mangeshkar Award' for 2023, Cultural Affairs Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar announced here on Saturday. A Sangeet Natak Akademi laureate (2018), Wadkar, 68, will be presented with a cash prize, a commendation and a memento as part of the award at a ceremony later, an official said.  

Singer Suresh Wadkar named for Maharashtra's 'Lata Mangeshkar Award'

PrevNext