“Loki Ki Kehen Ge?”: Gurbani, Liberation, and Subverting Cyclicalities


  • Tavleen Kaur California State University, Fullerton




domestic violence, Gurbani, healing, liberation, sculpture, Sikh, intergenerational trauma


This short piece, comprising of a poem, reflection, and sculptural art, is a love letter to wanting more out of life. While “loki ki kehen ge?” (“what will people say?”) is a fear felt by all who have ever been encumbered by this violent sentiment—either as the oppressor or the oppressed, this piece offers a peek into all that is possible beyond fear. Inspired and informed by Gurbani, the wordplay poem, personal reflection, and metalwork sculpture collectively demonstrate how perspectival shifts in our perception make the difference between surviving and thriving, and between fearing “what will people say?” to imagining “what could people say?”.


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Author Biography

Tavleen Kaur, California State University, Fullerton

Tavleen Kaur is an Assistant Professor of Asian American Studies at California State University, Fullerton. She holds a Ph.D. in Visual Studies from the University of California, Irvine. She researches contemporary hate violence that is exhibited onto the bodies and buildings of racialized communities of color. In addition to teaching in Ethnic Studies and Asian American Studies, she researches contemporary Asian, Pacific Islander, and Desi American (APIDA) architecture and urbanism, community theater, desi ecologies, pan-ethnic solidarity, and migration.




How to Cite

Kaur, T. (2024). “Loki Ki Kehen Ge?”: Gurbani, Liberation, and Subverting Cyclicalities. Sikh Research Journal, 8(2), 24–29. https://doi.org/10.62307/srj.v8i2.6