Thoughtful Silence

She who must be obeyed is currently away.  Silence resonates through the empty house and for now, home is but a quiet dwelling.  Familiar sounds, that act like socks stuffed in a suitcase to fill up empty corners and cushion the contents from bumps, are missing. Running water in the kitchen sink or washroom basin, …

Starting afresh

New to Canada in March 1996, we were unsure of just about everything.  Among others, two very special couples helped to familiarize us with life in this country.  These four wonderful souls made us feel welcome here.  Suspending pre-judgment and accepting us for who we were, they patiently offered advise and guidance every step of …

Fleeting time

Another year draws to a close.  At 23:59 HRS or 11:59 pm local time across different time zones on December 31, we will pause in an attempt to dam the flowing river of time to “bring in” the New Year.  Just like going forward to receive a guest hesitating at the threshold, who must be …

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 …