Monday, May 19, 2008

Best Friend... Who?? Books, of course!

I have lost track of many things after having come to Canada. Those little chores that were routine for me back home, seem to have just faded away from my routine.
I would wake up at 5:30 in the mornings (no matter however late I would sleep), get ready and would be off to my gym, the place that I love! I miss Endurance :( Though it was 10kms away from home, I never complained. Then the next stop would be the fergusson college ground for lawn tennis. And, I would love to ride on my zma this early in the mornings as I could ride at a speed that would be just short of flying.
Then a ride back home by 9 or 9:30, newspaper, breakfast... It was a set routine. The daily chores would follow. I would start with a busy day right from 5:30 in the mornings until I slept!
Things have changed dramatically now. I have never seen the mornings before it is time for the lecture(except during exams). Newspapers are only once in a while. (Everything here is just internet. tv, news, just everything! It was exciting to watch all this on the comp, but now somehow I dislike it. It can never give the excitement of reading a newspaper!!!)
I would always be in touch with so many friends daily when I was in Pune! Now, one has to be careful when choosing friends and most of them will maintain a give-and-take relationship.
However, as it is said, books are man's best friends. And rightly so! You can get books anywhere and just be by yourself and get engrossed in reading. This is exactly what made me write all this. One can keep in touch with friends, family, work, on and off... But books, they can always be with you!
I am a John Grisham fan, and have been lucky to spot couple of his books at cheap rates :) Just finished reading one of them last night- The Street Lawyer. It took almost 2 months for me to finish reading it, as I was preoccupied with number of assignments and other college related work. But last night I felt so nice to have finished reading it! It is very difficult to keep away a John Grisham book for another day! Every page, every line keeps raising your interest and curiosity levels until the last word left to read.
Hey, now it is time for another John Grisham at his best novel! The Brethren.

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Writing after a very long time... Time flies!

When I sit and think of days gone by in Canada, it gives me shivers all over. I had landed here in the coldest season Canada has had in the past 25 years! Never imagined I could survive such cold, as I would get jitters even in the winters of Pune.
Life has been very busy here. It is already the 5th month of my stay in this country. It has been a very different experience and I am surprised with myself to have been able to cope with life here. Learnt some good things and have indulged in to laziness. Still trying to cope with the independent life. I mean, living away from family and friends.
Back home, I knew I have my people behind me everytime. But, here I have to be all by myself. Not that my people aren't with me, just that they are not here physically present with me. I sometimes wonder how everything changes just by the mere presence or absence of your people.
That apart, experience here has been amusing as well :)
I have learnt to keep a check on the grocery in the house, the other things required. And yes, learning to cook few things as well :) Trying to cope with the microwave oven and the electric gas stove as opposed to what I have used back home.
I had never travelled by public transport in India. Now, I am part of the public here travelling through the sub-way trains, the busses. I have also shifted from having a bike in India, to having a bicycle here. But, believe me, cycling has been a pleasure ride for me. So much so, that I even cycled when it was snowing here! Feels bad at times when I spot few bikers zooming on the road. But, I am not complaining coz I am in love with my bicycle.
One thing that caught my sight was, the respect that pedestrains get here. People actually stop their vehicles for pedestrians to go first. Even the bus drivers! I felt obliged as I was at the receiving end of experiencing such hospitality! People back in India, especially in Pune have lots to learn about this aspect of trafic sense.
Anyways, enough written for now. Rest for later... Time to read a John Grisham book...