Thursday, March 30, 2006

The perfect merger - at the harbourfront





more of Toronto...



Wednesday, March 29, 2006

century

I just realized that the last post was my hundredth psot on this blog. It's title actually sums up this short, yet significant journey on a bloggersworld. Writing is therapeutic as all know and probably experience. I think, blogging soon will join the list of natural reinforcers. In this very short time, I've experienced all the highs and lows of writing - strangely! There have been times I had too much to say, but found it difficult to sum; others when I couldn't come up with anything to talk about or add to this blog. Times where I was writing/posting pics for others, and times when it was just a ramble with streams of consciousness. I just wanted to take a moment to thank Satguru for
- intiating me into the bloggersworld, which gives me innumerable chances to connect to Him
- for the wonderful people I came to know through this medium
- the immense and precious knowledge I gain by visiting the wonderfully diverse and content rich blogs online
- for adding meaning to pensive moments
- for providing a medium to contemplate ideas and morals and gain the much needed feedback
- last but not the least for the superprecious and extraordinary 'Sangat' - the missing link of my life

~ Smilez all the way!
Satnam Waheguru!!! Chardi Kala!

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

A peaceful pause

The mighty pawn

Thursday, March 09, 2006

The constant gardener (nothing to do with the movie!!)

Deep Chand - A very poor man from Bihar who works 10/12 months in Punjab away from his family, in a room shared by 6 men, to earn US$2.00 a day as compared to the US 75 c. in Bihar. [you can read his story on http://www.pingalwaraonline.org/about_pingal/deepchand.htm].

(Heart breaks). There are hundreds of such or even sadder accounts on the Pingalwara site (one that I refer to all the time). Corny they sure are many a times, but my point of concern is not the melodrama it takes to move peoples' hearts today, but the one of sharing responsibilities, breaking norms and taking the 'road not taken'.

Childhood spent in oblivion and innocence, youth spent motivated towards achieving an economic goal, middle age spent doing the hard earned job and raising a family and old age cherishing the memories made through life - this is my image of the life schedule for the "normal" world that i'm accustomed to. This is a pretty intense schedule if you conceive the idea thoroughly and I'm sure none of my readers here have skipped or shall skip any of these steps. So how do you make a difference?

My all time favourite shabad kirtan is: "Bahut Janam Bichde The Maadho, Aeho Janam Tumhare Lekhe". Whose lekhe have you set your janam? These swaas are way too precious to be spent in oblivion. Even if you "choose" to lead a life of set norms, or you just don't choose to lead a life off the traditional route, what is one thing exceptional, that you shall credit to your life for eternity?

I said earlier, and I'll stick by it, leading this life of accorded norms is hard, very demanding and very consuming and none of those tasks are unimportant and yes! I remember Satguru asked us to lead the normal life, not to renounce the world. I just wanna clarify that I aint pro-world-renouncing...'cuz what else are we here for if not to engage in this life with the world around us.

But I think life gains meaning and hard work becomes inspirational, when we have clearer goals. The spirit moves towards a natural calm, towards 'Light' when you choose ONE thing that'll be greater than life itself and make a difference, something that you'll consider YOUR legend!

Satnam Waheguru!

Sunday, March 05, 2006

My beloved backyard


I know these pics are long overdue...but hey, never too late :) I've begun with my backwyard for it is my favourite part of the house - i love the ravine (which is frozen right now) and the fact that the fields will escape mass murder of construction for at least 10-15 yrs :) The lovely mother nature...