Rest your thoughts

One year ago, around this time I had just dipped my toes in untested waters.  I retired after a working life spanning more than four decades across three continents.  I had visualized what my retirement might look like and planned for it, best as I could.  A major item in my “if possible, to do” …

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 …

Thankfully yours

India, invaded by various races – Mongols, Afghans, Turks, Iranians and the British – to name a few, was always able to absorb and enrich not just itself but also the occupying forces over the centuries through an assimilation of each others cultures, cuisines, languages and customs. For instance, the profound influence of Persian poet …

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 …