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Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Indian cowboy loving Alberta career

Monday July 3rd, 2006

The Calgary Sun (link)

Indian cowboy loving Alberta career

EDMONTON -- He's not your typical Albertan cowboy.

For starters, he's a Sikh who goes by his childhood nickname "Pancake."

He doesn't eat beef or pork for religious reasons. And instead of wearing a Stetson, he's got a bright yellow turban.

But none of that has stopped Paramvir Singh Chattwal, a 32-year-old resident of India, from coming to Canada and working on the Alberta chuckwagon circuit this summer.

"You have cowboys and urban cowboys, but you've never had a turban cowboy --so here I am," Chattwal told the Sun yesterday from Ponoka.

Despite a disagreement with his original employer, Chattwal is enjoying Alberta and prefers to focus on the positive aspects of his six-month work experience with new boss, WPCA driver Troy Dorchester.

That includes his impending trip to the Calgary Stampede and the acceptance he says the chuckwagon community has given him, as well as the "pure natural beauty" of Alberta women.

"They're absolute goddesses," said Chattwal, who recently visited his first Hooter's restaurant in Calgary.


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