Eating · Food and Drink · India · Places I've Lived · Writing & Memory

After the day’s fast has ended

Oh Minara Masjid at Mohammedali Road at night: a cacophony of horns and hawkers that make your head spin, women clad from head to toe in black burqas buying bras and fake diamond necklaces, the mosque incandescent with fairy lights, and the sweetshop in front hidden by towers of fine-spun sutar firni, golden malpuas, and… Continue reading After the day’s fast has ended

Bitching & Moaning · Toronto

Rogers Wireless Makes me Feel Powerless, or, Rogers Wireless Disgusts Me

I hate being bullied. I hate being taken advantage of. And yet, for the past year, Rogers Wireless has done exactly that to me. After observing my cellphone usage over the last few months, I want to downgrade to a lower plan (which actually is a new and BETTER plan than the one I currently… Continue reading Rogers Wireless Makes me Feel Powerless, or, Rogers Wireless Disgusts Me

Places I've Lived · Politics · United States of America

Let Freedom Ring

“Four score and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth upon this continent a new nation: conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. . . . It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us. . . . . . that… Continue reading Let Freedom Ring

Places I've Lived · Toronto

Heritage Toronto Blogs

. . . Or someone very special to me who serves on the board of Heritage Toronto blogs. I’m really pleased to see the site go from a mere portal to a more interactive space. And as so many urban-dwelling Torontonians are being forced into extreme awareness of the ever-changing man-made geography that surrounds us… Continue reading Heritage Toronto Blogs

Bitching & Moaning · Places I've Lived · Toronto

TTC Followup: the TTC apologizes

As promised, here’s an update on what happened with that letter I sent and reproduced on this blog for my friends. I appreciated this unfettered email apology from the Chair of the TTC, Adam Giambrone, on behalf of the Toronto Transit Commission about what happened to me last month. I am reproducing this email with… Continue reading TTC Followup: the TTC apologizes

Concerts · Music and Lyrics · Toronto

Baby, I’m Your Man!

Ladies and Gentlemen, I just saw the best of George Michael. (Lame faraway crazed-fan photo 1) After the past three weeks of sad news – losing dear friends, and having friends lose their dear ones to cancer, much light came into my life by way of tonight’s concert. George Michael wasn’t looking Wham!. He wasn’t… Continue reading Baby, I’m Your Man!

Bitching & Moaning · Places I've Lived · Toronto

To Mr. Adam Giambrone, Chairman of the Toronto Transit Commission

Dear Mr. Giambrone, I’m a regular and loyal TTC passenger who was just involved in a frightening incident on the Spadina streetcar line, and I am writing to question the judgement and training of your TTC drivers, as the driver’s response was utterly inadequate. An intoxicated white male carrying a German flag began to insult… Continue reading To Mr. Adam Giambrone, Chairman of the Toronto Transit Commission