Category Archives: Life and all that stuff

Washing dishes and writing words

July is the hottest month, breeding weeds in my tulip pots, mixing energy with ennui, stirring deck chairs with thunderstorms. You can see I’ll never be T.S. Eliot, and for that, I suppose, we should all be grateful. But seriously, … Continue reading

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Toronto Street Art

The other day, I was walking down Queen Street with my sister, who insisted on playing Pokémon Go the whole time. It was mildly annoying – I can’t abide games myself, and refuse to buy a smartphone (I know, I … Continue reading

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Talking of School

August! Another couple of weeks and schools will open, and I shall (hopefully) get back to a more writerly routine. Hello, alarm clock. I have not missed you. Talking of school, I came across an old photograph a few days … Continue reading

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Komagata Maru – an apology at last

Have you all heard of the 1914 Komagata Maru ‘incident’? A Japanese steamship called Komagata Maru, full of hopeful immigrants from Punjab, India, sailed from Hong Kong to Vancouver, Canada. At the time, India was still under the yoke of … Continue reading

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Celebrating non-violence in a violent world

Today is Gandhi Jayanti, the 144th birth anniversary of a man who is variously called Bapu, the Father of the Indian nation, and ‘Mahatma’, or Great Soul. No matter what epithet we give to him, he remains one of the … Continue reading

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The Columbia mission: Dreams, life and the magic of hard work

A few days ago I visited the Seattle Museum of Flight. Just outside the museum, I paused, and there was this moment that made the entire trip west worthwhile – the ghastly little propeller plane from Calgary, the nauseating three … Continue reading

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A brush with real estate

The voice on the phone is female, crackling with confidence. “Hi! I’m Sophia and I’m calling to set up a viewing time with you for the Burns Road property.” “But,” I say, confused, “I thought someone called Leonard was showing … Continue reading

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