Where is here?

In the course of familiarizing myself with Canadian literature, I discovered essays by literary critic, university professor and editor Northrop Frye.  He had explored the “garrison mentality” theme common in Canadian literature, assumed to arise from part of Canada's cold climate, northern wilderness and colonial mentality and fears of the emptiness of the Canadian landscape and …

Chak de India

The Hockey World League matches currently underway in India have taken me back to my high school days. In High School at Nangal, our PT (Physical Training) and Punjabi language teacher was “Giani ji” (literal translation – one who “knows”, a scholar well-versed in Sikh religious scriptures and the Granth Sahib.)  I cannot recall his full name, but …

A child's Christmas

Christmas is around the corner and retail stores have gone into overdrive.  Research indicates that the convenience of shopping online is encouraging shoppers to check out the “sales” from the comfort of their home or office, while avoiding traffic, parking hassles and overcrowded malls.  Marketers offer enticements to online shoppers to track internet users’ proclivities …