Life Is A Balancing Act

Today was an amazing day. It started off with a session at the International Festival of Authors about short story writing. After that session I went to one with Christian Bok, who translates poems into genomes. The last session of the day was called “Modern Refugee” and it featured three authors that write about the experiences of refugees. I was inspired by the words of Giuseppe Catozzella, who talked about how we will transcend our differences and find a better way to connect with one another, recognizing that we are all the same. That at one point, we all came from somewhere else to the land that we are living in now.

After that I met up with my friend Neesha and we walked around harbourfront. It was absolutely beautiful and magical. We felt like we were in our favourite show “Once Upon a Time”.

While we were walking back along Queens Quay, we stumbled upon the most spectacular cabaret show called Empire. It was a fantastically shocking experience. Full of sex and humour and magic and acrobatics and it also had a spiritual element. I can’t even write about it because my mind is still blown. Here are some of the amazing pictures that Neesha took:

The guy that balanced the pieces of wood with a feather at the end confounded me. How did he do that? Were there magnets on the pieces of wood? How did he balance everything like that? So incredibly cool and shows the tremendous power that lies within us.


Overall a spontaneous Sunday filled with many beautiful moments! Oh I forgot to mention the stunning full moon. Makes sense that there was a full moon because I was high off some crazy universal energy.


There’s A Whole Lotta Rhythm Going ‘Round

Today I went to the Vegetarian Food Festival at Harbourfront. I’ve gone pretty much every year since I’ve lived in Toronto, and it’s such a treat every time! The hippy music, the kind-hearted, compassionate people, the great food. My favourite place to eat is Zen Gardens – they serve ‘meat’ skewers, drumsticks, dumplings, and other delicious meat-like items. Didn’t get a chance to attend any of the talks, but it looks like they had some great speakers (including my friend Tushar who gave a talk on nutrition).

While I was at Harbourfront, I picked up brochures for the upcoming International Festival of Authors and The Word on the Street Festival. I was excited to see that one of my favourite authors/journalists, Asne Seierstad, will be attending. She wrote The Bookseller of Kabul which I read not too long ago. It’s about a well-known bookseller in Afghanistan, Sultan Khan, who sells books underground during the time of the Taliban. Asne stays with his family for three months (post-Taliban), and documents their way of life, feelings, hopes and dreams. I couldn’t believe what I was reading most of the time (my jaw literally dropped at some parts). Far from an unbiased account, Asne is honest about her fury and judgment while witnessing how women are treated. She says that never in her life has she been as angry as she was during those three months.

In the afternoon I went to City Hall for the 50th anniversary celebrations. I was excited to see Jordan John play – I’d first seen him years ago when he opened for Aretha Franklin. He’s not even 30 and already an amazing blues musician. His father is Prakash John (legendary Canadian bassist). It was nice to see people out celebrating and enjoying live music on this cold, rainy day. He ended his set with “We want the funk” and we all sang along and danced.

You’ve got a real type of thing going down, gettin’ down
There’s a whole lot of rhythm going round.