Friday, October 03, 2008


One of the traits of indigenous British culture is privacy, and I often find people are afraid to enquire about the faiths of other people or even visit their temples or gurudwaras. They may be very interested, but are afraid to ask even though these places are open to the public seven days a week. There is also a belief that a visitor may infringe on the rules of behaviour and somehow offend the faith.

This is far from the truth. Forgiveness is central to many faiths, and where a visitor is coming for the first time, their innocence and enquiry is welcomed. Also hospitality and guests are honoured in many faiths, and people would be more than happy to guide visitors if there are any questions.

If people do not take these 'risks', they are losing out big time in learning about other cultures and enjoying the Diversity of Britain. Examples of beautiful places to visit in London are and and and all are free and open to visitors, with the Sikh Gurudwara even giving a free meal to guests at any time.

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