Ex-Brit MP Jonathan Aitken's daughter living like a Sikh warrior
London, August 27 (ANI): Conservative MP Jonathan Aitken's socialite daughter Alexandra, who had married a Sikh warrior and was converting to Sikhism, has completely transformed herself to comply with the culture and traditions of her husband.
Her nuptials, which were announced in Hello! magazine, had been greeted with bemusement and scepticism in society circles.
Miss Aitken, whose former lifestyle consisted mainly of falling out of nightclubs in revealing dresses and on one memorable occasion, posing naked in GQ magazine, is now staying with a sect of yoga Sikhs in the Punjab village of Bani.
The Sikh customs she has adopted could not be further removed from her old life. She is no longer allowed even to cut her hair and uses only a wooden comb.
The woman who was often seen in the company of royalty at polo matches now spends much of her time in prayer, apparently, often helping to scrub the temple floors with holy water at the end of each day.
She is also, by all accounts, learning Punjabi and studying Sikh religious history and her husband - Inderjot Singh, is a so-called 'warrior' Sikh (or Nihang Sikh).
Even though few Sikh women carry ceremonial weapons, very less own an iPod, which has left many in the village puzzled.
She has not been seen with Singh of late and according to locals he is no longer with her at the ashram. Neither did Aitken attend the recent funeral of Mr Singh's father, leading some to wonder if the couple might have split up.
The two met at the Golden Temple of Amritsar in 2009 when Aitken was on a trip to India.
She even explained her conversion to Sikhism in that newspaper interview last year.
"I don't really think of Sikhism as a religion, more a path for anyone who is looking for something more spiritual," the Daily Mail quoted her as saying.
"We live in a computer age where life is increasingly stressful . . . people are desperately trying to find a way to relax, to escape from everything.
"As I see it, you've got one of two options: you can either find a drug dealer, or you can find something that's going to give you a natural high. Everyone is looking for something. I've found Sikhism.
"But I didn't just jump on the first bus going. I did my homework; I've read just about everything.'
"Frankly, if someone had told me ten years ago, when I was living the party girl lifestyle in London, that a decade later I'd be a teetotal vegan [living in an ashram], I wouldn't have believed them," she added. (ANI)
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