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 …

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 …

An elegy for peace

India and Pakistan have recently celebrated their respective independence anniversaries.  Self-declared pundits took it upon themselves, again, to re-examine the context and outcome of the Partition in 1947.  In Northern areas of either country nearly every family is able to relate personal tragedies from this period.  “It was”, as Dickens had written much earlier, “…the …