The city of Calgary


Calgary is a very beautiful city in Alberta province of Canada. Its one of the best tourist destinations in North America. The weather is quite characteristic with snowfalls from October till March/April. It has a long winter followed by a very short spring and summer with rains. I’m expecting to see fall colours during Autumn.

The city has a convenient system of C-Trains which is quite unique. There are numerous parks – a feature which I love the most about the city. The Calgary Public Library is one of the assets of the city with a very helping staff. It runs several programs throughout the year for people of all age group and ethnicity. It is one of the best places to visit if you are a newcomer and you want to become familiar with the city (and for your survival in an alien land). The superstores are Safeway (food and daily needs), CO-OP(Food), The Walmart (for everything else).

Wait, do you know that sometimes, temperature reaches to -40*C in winters, so how do people walk in that much of chill?? Well, Calgary has a very beautiful system of +15 Walkway which connects almost all important office buildings from one or another way, eateries, medicals, The beautiful Devonian Gardens (Indoor Garden), The TD square or the core shopping complex and others. So, just enter at any end of +15 walkway and reach your destination without coming out in the chilly weather. WOW !! That’s something marvelous !! A brilliant idea combined with engineering for Human Survival. Kudos to Calgary and its people for that !!

Well, penning down for today, but there’s much more stuff to see and explore, so come along…..

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A cup of Tea…..

This post is dedicated to all TEA – LOVERS.

A lovely morning is never complete without a cup of tea. A beautiful evening is all alone without a cup of tea. A movie break is a perfect time for a cup of tea. Need a break from studies? Have some tea. A rainy day cannot pass without a hot ginger tea. Sit at a place from where you can watch raindrops falling on a tree, with your favourite cuppa and you don’t need anything else. Winter is welcomed with Tulsi - Ginger tea. Sometimes, the best remedy for a headache is a Tea……

Once I read few lines about tea , I don’t remember where exactly but they were too good and I’m sharing….

“The first bowl soothes the throat, while the second banishes lonliness. At the third bowl, I search my soul and find 5,000 volumes of ancient poems. With the fourth bowl, a slight perspiration washer away all unhappy things. At fifth bowl, my bones and muscles are cleansed. With the sixth bowl, I am in communication with the immortal spirit. The seventh bowl? It is forbidden : already  a cool , ethereal breeze begins to soother my whole body.”

Well, its time for tea :-)  ….

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Winter Wonder…

Every season has its own charm. The Winter is most charming , I must say. Think of winter and what comes to my mind is foggy mornings, dew and mist, several cups of hot tea, geyser and of course woollens. Sun becomes the best friend. My grandmother used to put all woollen clothes in sunlight for 2-3 days before we started putting them on. Days become short but full of activity. You can roam in daylight without any problem. Everyone comes out for Sun. All outdoor games become pleasant.

Another reason why winter is good is that it brings Green Peas (Matar). I’m not that kind who loves to get everything round the year. I don’t like the concept of frozen peas. Get a bunch , open the pods and eat fresh or cook aaloo-matar (ghugnee) or choora-matar (matar poha) or make matar stuffed paranthas. Another typical curry of matar is Nimona which is my favourite.

The New Year arrives in winter, the dates start repeating with another year and there is much excitement about new calendars and new diary. Christmas decorations add more beauty to winter. Cakes and gifts for kids and friends and sending new year greeting cards to near and dear ones. I still send greeting cards to my loved ones. I feel internet is not able to create that magic of a card, with a message written with hand.

Then comes Makara Sankranti - A significant festival and a celestial phenomenon. The Sun ends its southward journey and start moving towards north i.e., towards tropic of cancer. Sesame seeds (til) and jaggery laddoos , gajak, khichadi with dahi – choora come into the picture. The more beauty is added by the colourful kites.

Few things like Amla,  sweet potato (shakarkand) are gift of winter. Nature is so beautiful and systematic that if a change in weather occurs, it also brings the suitable kind of vegetation for the season. So, lets stay warm and enjoy winter with your favourite cuppa……………

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Finally, there will be a Telangana it seems. Cheers to those who were supporting it and sorry to those who were against it. Personally, I don’t like divisions in India.

If formed, Telangana will be the 29th state of India. There will be 10 districts – Adilabad, Nizamabad, Karimnagar, Medak (near Maharastra), Khammam (near Chhattisgarh), Mahbubnagar (near Karnataka), Warangal, Ranga Reddy, Nalgonda and Hyderabad and 5 of them qulify for backward region grant fund.

Why do we need divisions?? Why can’t we integrate?? Why can’t we merge into each other??

Anyway, I hope there will be love and peace among people of the united AP. Boundaries are not going to separate them. They all speak telugu and have common interests.

Jai Hind !!

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The Indian Idol Show

From past few weeks I was watching Indian Idol on sony and was awestruck by the preformances of the three finalists. Out of the three, the most knowledgeable was Devendra Pal Singh. Vipul Mehta had versatility which took him far. Amit was of course my third choice because he has a powerful voice but in soft songs he is not that good. Vipul Mehta won and he was awarded with so many things..Congrats to Him. He was superb in “ tu ramta jogi tu ramta jogi hai “.

Earlier, Amit was gifted a guitar and a Suzuki Hayate. Amit’s best performance was “marjaani marjaani,”

I’m feeling too sad for Devendra. He was too deserving. His best were - “Mujhe raat din, Jaane kya chahe man” and one more classical based song which i don’t remember right now, it was some Virah song. The Indian Idol show organisers should give some reward to the other two finalists also , apart from the winner. Hope Devendra Pal gets his share soon.

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Whats in a name?

Well, They say whats in a name? But I see few letters, A,A,I,N,S  creating wonders. I hope you have guessed by now. Yes I’m talking about SANIA and SAINA.

SANIA Mirza is a leading Tennis player from India. I don’t remember any other female tennis player before her from our country who had played so well. Let us not expect her to become top seeded in singles as we lack such infrastructure in our country. If it happens, it would be a miracle !! (Amen).

SAINA Nehwal has taken Indian Badminton to new heights. She was amazing at Indonesian open, recently. I wish her good luck for 2012 Olympics.

I wonder if any other permutation / combination of A A I N S is going to create wonders !!

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To my Mentors, with love.

“Guru Govind dou khade, kake laagon paavn;

 Balihaari guru aapki, Govind diyo banay.”

“Mentor and God both are standing together, whom should I respect first (by touching his feet). Then I thought mentor should be worshiped first because his teachings made someone God OR, even God has a teacher/mentor.”  -  This is the literal meaning of the lines which tell about the importance of a mentor or GURU. If you have a good teacher he will always show you a correct path in life, besides teaching good things in a good way. If you are in sports you need to have a good coach in order to learn all aspects of the game concerned.

first teacher of life - mom

Mom - the first teacher of life

The very first teacher of life is mom (or family). The basic things of life we learn from our home – what is good for us what should be avoided etc. Then comes formal education and the role of school and teachers come into play. For a kid a good , healthy and innovative atmosphere of study is essential. There should be no fear of asking questions.

But what I felt , not all the teachers are the same. Some are more liberal, some don’t give much importance to the actual role of a mentor, they just take classes for their livelihood. Some are too strict (and therefore scary) and they need only one thing in class – silence. Only a few are there who are well-balanced in and outside classroom – They are the true mentors who give us valuable advice related to our studies, career and life; for whom our head bows with respect. My geography teacher in school was one of this kind – Excellent knowledge of his subject, always used various teaching aids in order to make things simple to understand, frankly told what data we need to cram and what points we need to understand, always helped in extra – curricular activities and encouraged to participate in activities at interschool / zonal / regional levels. He was a very good speaker both in Hindi and English and had lots of responsibilities of school…. Today I’ve no idea of his whereabouts but I always remember him as one of the best teachers I had.

On Teacher’s day (5th Sept), which is celebrated as Birthday of Dr. SarvaPalli Radha Krishnanan, the students of class 11th and 12th were given charge of the whole school, they became teachers for one day !! It gave us a huge sense of responsibility. Time – tables were studied and classes were distributed accordingly. A discipline  committee made of senior students, would be vigilant all the day. Teachers just coming and enjoying their special day and watching their students playing their role. Few teachers judged the teaching method of senior students and prizes were given to best teachers (senior student teachers) of the day. After recess, a small programme and High tea were organised in respect of teachers. It was really an occasion we all students waited for the whole year !!

In college also one or two profs were good but the care and love we get at school start vanishing slowly – may be we are grown ups and don’t need that much care. We also start using our own head rather than listening to someone….Lastly, my project guide was also a genius prof. Having tremendous knowledge of his subject, he was also brilliant in other fields and always willing to learn new tools and techniques to make a subject intresting…

Just want to say, I’m thankful to all my teachers who helped me in shaping my life.

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