A subtle yet bold foray into Sikhism through the mind of a postmodern thinker, The Sikh Way is I.J. Singh’s second such collection of essays. He leaves little on the table within; most of the current big questions
A scientist by training, yet discreetly imaginative, Dr. Singh avoids the repackaging of oft-used cultural clichés in his essays; to wit, his elaborations on the distinct nature of the Sikh world-view present fresh and often brutally honest vistas to readers accustomed to reading uniformly laudatory paeans on Sikhism by Sikh authors. Dr. Singh, moreover, avoids being overly reductive while, at the same time, accounting for the complexity that is inherent in a discussion dealing with the nature of history as it pertains to Sikhism or in a commentary on what may be learned from the idea of miri-piri in a United States led by a President who supports a greater interaction between the two.
However, I.J. Singh’s ultimate goal as a writer is not to provide answers - something that he acknowledges is often not possible - but rather to catalyze discussions that promote the use of "critical thinking" in a progressive search for answers. In such a way, even disagreement can be a step in the appropriate direction as long as "one does not become disagreeable in the process".
Written in a prose style that is conversational, yet precise, Dr. Singh’s take on Sikhism in the postmodern era is 21 movements of finely orchestrated observations that are, at once, hopeful yet honest. Faith must be married to reason; energy in the form of discussion must be constantly generated if we are to grow as a community; controversial issues must be met with critical thinking and tradition honored unless unequivocally discredited; these are some of the thoughts one is left with at the end of the last essay. The Sikh Way indeed heralds the presence of an important essayist among the Diaspora Sikhs.