HNY and Happy Pongal

Hello All and a very Happy New Year!

How has the new year been treating y’all?

I started it with a Bang.. literally! Was standing with the thousands of toronto-vasis at midnight in the Nathan Phillips square, freezing but still revved up to see the firecrackers welcome the new year.

But since then it has been one (mis)adventure after another. 😛


=> The subway station was soo crowded, early 1st morning, that we could not even get into the station. So smart gals that we are, VM and I, decided to walk to the next station and get into the train.. Only we didn’t realize we were walking on the wrong road until we had walked for some 20 minutes. But we did have fun playing in the huge drifts of snow on the way.


=> I was sooo looking forward to my first snow. I thrilled to see the flakes fall on me the first time. My client was very amused at my expression of wonder when I stopped working to see snow fall.


=> This was of course the first few days. And then once there was enough snow piled up, the roads were a slushy mess. The winds were brrr cold. The cars were going fast on the roads and splatting mess on the pedestrians. Shoes were so messy, one could not go into the house wearing them. Cleaning shoes everyday itself was a major pain and the worst of lot was that the snow in front of my house (my house being the only one in the whole road which had snow un-shovelled) had turned into ice and .. did I not say I started the year with a bang?


=> There was no point buying new clothes during the huge sale during the boxing day (not that it stopped me from buying.. and I also got this super cute Guess watch :-D) because nothing is seen by anyone. We are so covered by layers after layers of clothing, that it does not matter what you wear.


=> But it has not been all bad either.. I shifted to a bigger place. And when you don’t have to walk on it, the snow is ever soooo pretty. Being in downtown they clear off the sidewalks and the roads a minute after it snows. And I still walk out on the sidewalks instead of the underground Paths.. just to breathe in the fresh, ice cold air.


 => I have gotten so much more comfy with the underground path here. I used to feel like I was left alone in a maze the first few months… but now I am happy to say I don’t get lost much at all. Feels like a huge accomplishment.


 => The gal who used to shiver when the temp reaches 22deg in Chennai is so comfy with -16 deg. And how cool is that (pun intended). My parents are still disbelieving that I am ok with the weather here. But it really has been an experience for me.


=> Did I tell you that I went to Niagara over the weekend to see the festival of lights? The first time was almost a divine experience for me. But I guess I got spoiled for the second one. These Canadians are a wizard with lights. Where you get to see Ganesha, Durga and Balaji in huge colorful lights in Chennai during festival season, here we get to see flowers, animals, cartoon characters and very pretty decorations. Whole roads and cities filled with lights.


=> Speaking of divine experiences, had lunch at Saravana Bhavan… oh Yummm!!!!!!

That’s what has been happening in life the last coupla months. Also folks Happy Pongal!