Mulligatawny

Dusk is a very special time for me and the Urdu word “Udaasi” comes to mind as it best describes the mood I associate with dusk.  A literal meaning of Udaasi is melancholy or sadness; however, in the Sikh’s Guru Granth Sahib it also denotes a contemplative state of mind. As another crisp Fall day comes …

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 …

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 …