Summer fun

Summer is drawing to a close and so is my favorite seasonal fruit – the mango. While the Mexican mangoes or those sourced from other countries can be picked from most supermarkets’ shelves, the exquisite varieties of seasonal Indian and Pakistani mangoes have now practically disappeared from the local ethnic grocery stores. My readers from …

Summertime

Ambling around last evening, my wife and I were amazed to notice a few leaves on a neighborhood maple tree exhibit the brilliant hues of fall foliage. While premature and not expected to last beyond the next few days, the sharp dip in the temperature allowed us to turn off the air-conditioning, open the windows …

Dawdling

I admit to being a procrastinator. Grant me two weeks to complete an assigned task and I will likely only get started at the eleventh hour. Delayed actions can sometimes have a lasting impact. This fact was driven home to me sadly, a couple of weeks ago. As a palliative care volunteer at a special …

Independent … and free?

India and Pakistan celebrated their Independence Days on August 15 and 14, respectively. Amidst parades, civic receptions and celebratory cultural events, national and local level leaders delivered rousing speeches extolling everything from age-old civilizational virtues, landmark achievements during the past few years and grandiose plans for the future. Leading national and international publications provided extensive …

Stress busters

A dear family member visited us recently and it was wonderful to catch up. Between drives around the countryside and (of course!) Niagara-on-the-Lake vineyards and the Falls, we enjoyed chatting about the family, our kids, her role as a popular Executive and Leadership Coach and other mundane things like my retirement lifestyle and activities that …

Stars in the sky

Life has come a full cycle, I feel.  Our four-year old granddaughter J was staring intently at my silver-white hair while I read to her in bed, the close-to-grand-finale to our bedtime ritual.  She reached out and very softly patting my head sagely pronounced, “Nana (grandfather), you have some black hair.  People who are really, …

Pity The Nation

A friend based in Vancouver called and we chatted for over an hour, nostalgically meandering through the lanes of our childhood years. This week I had planned to write about these resurfaced memories and the countryside of the Punjab with its mud-brick village houses which, although cramped, housed people with large hearts whose generosity and …

A poser

This week I have a poser for my readers. I am hoping that there might be an ornithologist out there who could shed light and help resolve the “mystery of the robins’ missing eggs”. Just over two years ago, I had written about a pair of robins who felt comfortable enough to select and grace …

GOOOOAAAALLLL!

Once again, the quadrennial month of heartbreaks is upon us. The FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) World Cup 2018 premier soccer event is underway. People the world over look forward excitedly to the prospect of seeing their beloved heroes in action. Each move, every facial expression is intently watched, analyzed and commented on. Expectations, …