Toronto, Ontario, Canada Today was the day for visiting Toronto downtown and soaking up the city as much as possible. The city leapt up on me with its vibrance, colours and people, coupled with my daughter’s enthusiasm to show me around, she has made Toronto her temporary home in the last 9 months. I experienced people in Toronto as vibrant and cheerful but not loud; they are quiet in their own way. We started the day by going to downtown Toronto. We took the metro from Dupont station to Eaton Centre – to the Apple Store with my iPad that needed urgent attention. This was my first experience of an Apple store ever! Great experience for a fangirl! We had to register ourselves first and were told to wait for twenty-five minutes or so. However we soon received a message that our turn was up…only to wait for someone to turn up at our table …. then came our Apple
My paternal grandmother Kumudini Dasgupta was a special woman. I did not really know her well nor did I make an effort to get to know her well while she was alive. I always found her to be distant and a bit of a critical snob. She was a dispassionate looking woman, who maintained her widowhood by wearing stark white saree , kept her hair short, eat only boiled food or really bland food without any onion, garlic or even much spices. All of these were as per the rotten and inhuman customs for Bengali widows, which she and others believed in (or so I thought). She died at 96 years and I wonder, how did she live for that long, with that diet? Anyway, to come back to talk about Kumudini (it means white lotus or moon) … she indeed was a remarkable woman … which I realised rather late, almost 43 years after her death.