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Living my Yoga

June 19, 2020

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The most glorious thing about lockdown has been that Sid is home. He is able to get off work at a reasonable hour. And because the days are long, we are able to get out for walks most days. When we bought our house three years ago, we knew nothing about the neighbourhood. We fell […]

Unexpected expense

May 30, 2020

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Since I began practicing Vipassana a few years ago, I have been called to make changes to my lifestyle. Live greener. Gentler. Simpler. One of the things I have been trying to do is to avoid buying new things. This was easy in India. If a shirt tore, we got it raffu-ed. The darning felt […]

Unbecoming – My Journey to Freedom

February 7, 2020

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In 2019, one of the books I loved listening to on Audible was Michelle Obama’s, “Becoming”. This post is an homage to that beautiful journey. It has been exactly a year since I posted to my blog. I have heard from a few people over email, checking in to see if I was okay. I […]

New Beginnings

December 10, 2018

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As a rule, I am not a celebrator of anything. And if you have been reading my blog, you will know how much special occasions and festivals traumatize me. This year has possibly been the best year of my life.  Even Diwali wasn’t as bleak as usual. I managed to not sink into a dark […]

A Verse for Women’s Day

March 8, 2018

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To the saint and the slut, Whether you walk, run or strut, To the shy and the chatty ones, To the women that didn’t birth sons, To the ones that love themselves And to the ones that cannot. To the women who follow the rules, And the ones that didn’t go to school, To the […]

A Near Death Experience

September 20, 2017

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What if I were to die today? What if I had just a few moments to live? What would I feel? It was 5.15PM this evening. I was on a crowded subway, west bound to Kipling from Yonge. Two stops down, the train stalled at St. George. Injury at track level, they said. That’s code for […]

Life After Alzheimer’s

September 16, 2017

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My mom died when I was 19. She was 49. I stopped being a caregiver. But dementia is a shadow that continues to follow me. The summer has ended. I am relieved. I won’t have to look at pictures of people eating ice cream. Eating ice cream makes me anxious. I don’t mean feeling guilty. I […]

A Poem for My Daughter

April 30, 2017

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My writing is the single-most important thing in life that has helped my healing. This blog has literally seen me grow up in the last 11 years. I was going through my archives and I came across this post that I had completely forgotten. So, re-posting. ____ As posted on Nov. 22nd 2009 My mum […]

The 5-min self care plan

April 27, 2017

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I was speaking with a client about a month ago. She lives with chronic pain, and has had two surgeries. She is caring for her mother living with dementia, who also has chronic health conditions. She was also supporting her father who had dementia and died of cancer few years ago. Oh, and my client […]

10 Lessons from People l/w Dementia

March 8, 2017

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There are innumerable myths about what dementia is and how it diminishes a person. I vehemently differ from this opinion. I wanted to list down all the things I have learned, relearned and had reinforced as a direct result of working and loving people living with dementia.

A Tale of Gooseberries, Grief & Coping

December 12, 2016

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I walked into the Indian store at Dundas and Hurontario on a wintry Saturday afternoon last weekend. It was a regular day; Sid and I were just going about our business buying things we needed. There was bad Bollywood music playing. It was the complete NRI experience. And then bam, in the fresh fruits and […]

The Purple Jacket – A Story About Dementia

November 5, 2016

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I have known Luba* for the last few months. She is 77 and comes to the dementia day program daily; I see her once a week. When she started, she would tell me in English, “My English, not good.” It was pretty good. She could make simple conversation. She has the sweetest personality; she greets […]

My Husband’s Boss

September 30, 2016

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My husband has been working for the consulting practice of a Big-4 firm since 2011. He first came in contact with his current boss, JD*, in 2013 while attempting to transfer from the US practice to Canada. JD is a partner at said firm. He has at least three decades worth of experience in the […]

A Year of No Shopping

January 31, 2016

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I grew up wearing wearing hand-me-downs from my sister or mom’s friends’ children. I remember always being excited when we got huge bags of previously worn clothing and mixing and matching whatever caught my fancy. Shopping for new clothes was limited to occasions – close family weddings (for other weddings, we borrowed or repeated our outfits), […]

Home is where…

January 14, 2016

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The husband and I took a road trip from Toronto to Coralville, Iowa to spend Christmas with our favourite aunt. The drive was very uneventful, yet romantic. We listened to podcasts and our favourite music. Our holiday found us rottenly pampered – our aunt made our favourite food and we ate dessert for every meal. We […]

What I Received From Mentoring Young Girls

May 12, 2015

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I am no stranger to the self-esteem issues faced by (young) women. I blogged about some of my personal experiences in my post, “Celebrating My Fat (Fabulous) Body” last year. I consider myself to be a confident, self-aware and strong person for the most part. My social work education and years of experience working in […]

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