Red Finch In My Yard

I was talking with AT of Dubai yesterday, when I told her about the birds that would come chirping in my backyard, making sure I am up early even on weekends (my bedroom window overlooks the backyard). She wanted to know the kinds of birds- I told her about the pigeons, sparrows and blackbirds and occasionally the shy Finches that would show up….

Right on cue, here is what awaited me this morning….

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Notice how she sits apart from the rest, cautious and shy and curious all at once…..within few seconds she decided to swoop down have a few pecks and fly away. I couldn’t capture her swooping down or flying away she was way too agile for me…


Happy Birthday GB

A Birthday Workout

Hike across green Ireland;
Bike the USA;
Backpack through New Zealand,
But don’t call it a day…
Do yoga in lovely Paris;
Jump rope in Katmandu;
Avoid Italian pasta,
(Well, maybe taste, but don’t you chew!)
Climb atop Mt. Everest;
Do aerobics on China’s Wall;
Lift weights on Mexican Beaches;
And honey, that’s not all…
Shake your booty with native dances
In Fiji and Bora Bora;
Move your body and exercise
Like you’ve never done befora.
Okay; that’s good; you’re finished;
Now you can take a break;
You’ve finally burned enough calories
To have your birthday cake!

– By Joanna Fuchs

PS: It’s  a wish that “Your Special Day Usher In Many More Blessings This Year And Every Year To Come”

Aaja Naachle, Naachle (IIFA) In Toronto

Bollywood Fever Grips Toronto

The Globe & Mail report:

The Bollywood fever gripping Toronto is simmering and just waiting to explode as the Indian International Film Academy Awards take centre stage Saturday night.

Some 22,000 fans are expected to watch the star-studded awards ceremony live at Rogers Centre. Tickets for the shows sold out within 10 minutes of going on sale, and the IIFA awards are expected to have a 700 million viewership worldwide.

Yeeup, almost all the top Bollywood-bigwiggies are here: lots of movie-premieres,star-gazing, autograph-hunting, spicy food and nachle-nachle all lined up…If interested you can watch the show live here

I won’t be attending any show, but may catch some on TV later tonight. Sorry, I have other stuff to do. ALSO, TOO…I’m just not that into this!

Saving Chilly Lily

Remember the lovely lillies from this August 2009 post, which the Wascally Wabbit decimated in few days?

Since then a few lily plants would come up only to be eaten up by the Wascal all over again. So this year I was determined to outsmart him. yeah, right I was in the game to outsmart a bunny.. God, help me!

Anyway, while digging and pruning my flower beds in the month of May this year, I found some lily plants beneath the white Cotton Candy flowers in my backyard. I patiently transplanted them into left-side planter box.



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I then wrapped chicken wire all around it to prevent the notorious Wascal and his lovely partner from enjoying a buffet of lillies and……

Today, just under three weeks, the planter looked like this…

‘Mission Accomplished

5 Key Trends ….

…………………..Likely To Shape The World Of Work in Coming Years.

The Globe and Mail reports:

GREYING WORK FORCE: An aging population, more people opting to stay on the job and the elimination of mandatory retirement ages mean workplaces should prepare for the age of “unretirement.”

GOING GLOBAL: Overseas experience, familiarity with other cultures and the ability to speak multiple languages will take on ever-greater importance in this globalized economy.

COLLABORATION: Technology, including social media and a need for innovation, will spark more collaboration – employees will work on teams within organizations and together with suppliers, customers and even rivals.

CONTRACT WORK: The long-term shift toward temporary or contract work is expected to accelerate as employers favour a more nimble work force. That may bring more flexibility for free-agent workers – but also more insecurity.

REMOTE WORK: Forget showing up for the 9-to-5 grind. The changing face of work will mean using more mobile technology to work at the coffee shop, at home in pyjamas or while in transit.

Kudos for depicting a powerful, sari-clad Indian woman to symbolize ‘going global’. None better than the desi ‘naari’ (in a sari) to adapt, adjust and adopt globalization!! Very proud to be one!!