I’m a Princess, says #ShiningTurban ambassador

I wished that every time I would step into a gurdwara, people would quit judging and accept me the way I am - AMREET KAUR

Amreet Kaur – Photo: Sandeep Singh Pro


These were the words I was told when I was a child. True, indeed. I am a princess. And I am proud of it. However, what bothers me was the visibility of my crown on my head.

I had always believed that Sikhism is all about the beauty we had on the inside. Respect and care for every other human being, regardless the age, colour or gender. Sikhi is about learning to live and accepting the beauty of God’s creation, in its every unique way.

However, what confuses me is the enforcement on the outer look. As how I see it today, only those with the 5 Ks (kakkars) is given much respect in the community, regardless on how brutal that person could be towards those around him or her. What happened to the inner beauty of a human being?

I am not saying that our 5ks should be an issue here, but just that, I wished we would have cared more about us being human first from the inside.

I wished that every time I would step into a gurdwara, people would quit judging and accept me the way I am. I wished we give more importance on Kirt Karni, Wande Shakena, and Naam Japna. I wished all we do is learn, and accept the flaws around us.

Am I a Sikh? If you ask me that question, my answer is ‘yes’. I was born a princess, and would remain a KAUR for the rest of my breath. Because Sikhi does not define me who I am from the outside, but it loves me from the inside.

Amreet is one of the Ambassadors for #ShiningTurban2019. She was the Miss Earth Malaysia Penang  and first runners-up of Miss Malaysia Earth 2015 

Amreet Kaur – Photo: Sandeep Singh Pro



1. Post a picture or a video of you in turban on your Facebook or Instagram page, with a caption or story (what turban means, something heartwarming incident involving the turban or anything that comes to mind).

2. Add these hashtags to your post:




3. You must tag 3 friends who might be interested in joining

4. Follow us @asiasamachar Facebook or Instagram & tag us

5. Like this post (at Facebook or Instagram)

6. For an extra chance, share Asia Samachar post on your Facebook or as story at Instagram

7. Make your Facebook and/or Instagram profile public

8. Competition open to MALAYSIANS only

9. Closing Date: 30 Sept 2019 (2359, Malaysian time)

ROUND ONE: We will choose the top 30 entries based on the number of ‘Likes’ you get. (If you join at both Fb and Insta, we will take the higher number)

ROUND TWO: Our panel of judges will pick the winners based on number of ‘Likes’, photo or video and your story/caption. Results will be announced in October 2019.



  1. iPhone 11
  2. One return-ticket to Phu Quoc, Vietnam
  3. One return-ticket to Can Tho, Vietnam
  • Malaysian Gurdwaras Council (MGC)
  • Khalsa Diwan Malaysia (KDM)
  • Malaysian Punjabi Chambers of Commerce and Industry (MPCCI)
  • Sikh Naujawan Sabha Malaysia (SNSM)
  • SikhInside


Shining Turban 2019

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Father & son in shining turbans (Asia Samachar, 24 Sept 2019)

Win iPhone 11 at #ShiningTurban competition. Hurry, competition ends Sept 30 (Asia Samachar, 15 Sept 2019)

Amreet wins Penang beauty pageant (Asia Samachar, 25 Aug 2015)


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  1. You answered your own wish beta. You yearned that people would stop judging you for your exterior. And your answer is apt. ‘Accept the flaws around us’.

    We all need to accept the flaws around us and not feel intimidated. There will always be those who will be judgemental. My life’s experience has been to accept the flaws in people around us which include judging us for how we look on the exterior.

    You look like a true princess from the outside as you are on the inside. Be proud and do not worry about the others.

    My grandson gets ridiculed by others and even clean-shaven Sikh kids because of his long hair and patka. I am proud of his answer when asked why he has ‘that thing on his head’. His answer is – ‘because I am special’.

    You are special beta. We are proud of you.