Decorations

Every apartment and house that I have visited here has some plants growing on pots, creeping up walls, whatever.

Even the pig sty where I spent couple of months had some plants which the gals diligently watered.

 

My friends get so much pleasure buying all these cute pots and bottles to stick plants into and paintings and pictures and stickers for their walls.

 

Me! The only thing I got for my room was a sticky hook from which to hang my coat 😛

 

Of course being a lazy person helps. Plants require water and to be correctly placed for Sun. Wall hangings need to be dusted and kept clean.

 

Even my room back in Chennai only has a couple of poster that are stuck to the wall and does not require any dusting. Oh! And a temperamental clock, which does not like to be touched and runs fast or slow based on the weather, but hardly ever shows the right time

 

While I really do have a lost of respect for my friends’ interest in beautifying their abodes. They don’t really do anything for me. Give me body decorations to house decorations anytime!

 

And now its Christmas time and the whole town is getting decorated. My office lobby and actually all the office lobbies in this area are twinkling with lights and pine trees.

The path also looks ever so pretty. Been wanting to take photos of it, but feel a little awkward doing it by myself.

Guess I will have to pull VA or TJ along with me. Will take photos and upload soon… 

Santa Claus Parade

Being a relatively new country, Canada does not have many festivals and functions to celebrate, so they make up stuff to enjoy.

For eg:- In February they have a family day, there really is no specific reason for this holiday except that there are no holidays in all of February and as it’s the coldest month folks would be irritated if they do not get a break.

They also had the 108th Santa parade, the longest running parade in the world on Nov 18th. Santa along with Mrs. Santa and many cartoon characters and elves paraded down the Toronto Downtown and it was broadcast live all across on TV too.

The day before on Nov 17th, it was the Cavalcade of lights, when TorontoCity hall was lighted with a show of dazzling firecrackers, officially opening the lighting of the Path and the City for Christmas. Yes Folks! Now that everything else is over, Toronto is all ready for Christmas.

 

On Movies and More…

When I was working all these weekends and late hours, the one constant companion I had was movies. I did see Skyfall in the theater and really liked it, despite Daniel Craig. I didn’t like the end. I am a big fan of M, don’t want a new one L

I surprisingly liked Thuppaki. Vijay has actually tried to act and despite the romance placed in all the wrong places it was an enjoyable entertainer.

 Now Jab Tak Hai Jaan. I could not see it for more than half the movie. As Baradwaj Rangan says “ [Shahrukh] … looks too old, too tired to be doing what he did with Kajol in Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham. And what can we say of Kaif? She’s staggeringly ineffective, and she gets countless close-ups to offer us repeated proof of the fact. How can such a heavy role be entrusted to someone so lifeless in front of the camera? She’s like a little girl with an Easy-Bake Oven trying to manufacture loaves for multitudes gathered on a mountaintop. That’s a miracle beyond even Sir Jesus.”

There was a charm to Shah rukh (along with his overweening arrogance) in K3G or DDLJ when he romanced the heroine. The charm seems to have fallen along the way and he just looks arrogant and as Baradwaj Rangan says too old and tired to be romancing Kaif.  The movie basically fell between Blah! and Gah!

Moving on, another surprising entertainer was Son of Sardar. It’s a comedy and entertainer. A total no brainer, requires no emotional interference. Just sit through and enjoy the movie. Surprising because I cannot stand Ajay Devgn in any of his avatars and Sonakshi Sinha, the less said the better. Juhi Chawla and Sanjay Dutt were just too cute.

I saw Aiyyaa and Student of the year too, and I don’t even want to talk about it. I mean, seriously!!!

I am home…

I know I have gone incommunicado for what (at least to me) feels like ages and ages but I am back now.

 Before anything else, I need to say it snowed today. First time for me .. well! almost first time. I first thought kids were throwing some confetti or something from the top of a nearby building and then when a few fell on me.. I was so thrilled. I am sure the folks standing at the signal, with me, waiting to cross the road were wondering why I was looking at the sky and grinning like crazy. Oh! Who cares!

 

Anyways coming back to my excuses for going invisible. every time something happened I would think of how it would translate in here as a post but would not find the time to do so.

It has been an unbelievably stressful and hectic couple of months. Have worked without even weekend breaks for  almost a month. 18-20 hour days were the norm until I literally ground myself to a stop becoz my brain was a mush that was not doing anymore thinking.

Had stopped talking much to parents and actually refused friends on outings (now friends will know how extremely rare it is for me to refuse to go anywhere).

 

But it has not all been bad.

Wore Salwar for Diwali to work and it was fun.. considering that it has been nearly 5 months since I wore one. Some one at work had brought somewhat stale samosas, and kaaju katli and varieties of other sweets and I understood that Canadians are crazy about samosas. They loved it.

So two days later when we had another party for them we bought loads of samosas, mixtures, murukkus and just 1 sweet, coz they find our sweets to sweet and I can totally agree on that. Fun was had by all and they asked us to do this kind of stuff again. J

 

My shopping (and I have to say I had been keeping the Canadian economy very healthy) has reduced and has almost ground to a stop, basically because I seem to have bought out all the shops anyways 😀

 

For the first time I hated Canada yesterday when my housemates messed with the thermostat and the temperature dropped to 13C and the vents were blowing cold air. None of us knew how to correct it and was stuck freezing my ass off for over 10 hours huddling inside my comforter. Then some of the other housemates returned and kindly set it back upto 30C. It was now freaky hot but I was not going to complain. Oh! To have some Chennai heat!