Monday, November 27, 2006

Snow, Snow Everywhere...

My cellphone was ringing. I lazily got up, picked up the cell and went to bed again. It was Mom on the other line. I don't remember what I talked with her. She may have told me about my future hone-waali and who knows I may have said "Yes", because I don't remember a thing. I kept the cell down and went to the kitchen for some water, when I saw "it". I said something like, "What the heck?". It was snowing, my first snow of the season. All my sleep went off my mind and I enjoyed the first snow of the season from my window.

There is something romantic about snow that rain cannot match. It has a certain softness, gentleness, pureness to it. There is something mystic about it, as it cleans everything around. Its almost a way for God to purify and beautify the world he created.

Victoria is not a snow-ready city. It hardly snows here and that too for a week or so. In fact, the city does not even have a working plow. I suddenly realized that it was almost time to get ready and leave for University for a meeting. I got ready and went to take the first bus. The bus was almost late by 20 minutes but the bus stand was more like a gossip-station with everyone telling their favorite snow story. I got down to catch my second bus and again there were couple of people in the bus stand exchanging snow-stories. There was this one snowboarding guy from Alberta, one local girl from Kootneys and myself. We almost became friends before realizing that it has been more than 1 hour since any bus came on this route. So, we decided to walk to University, which is a good 20 minute walk but became 50 minute because of the snow. On the way, we kept laughing at car sliding all over or stuck in some ditch. By the time I reached my lab, I almost looked like a Santa

Anyways, here are few pictures of the first snow of the season...

Waiting for the sun???

We won't get our mails soon. A mailman was stuck somewhere.

Winter Wonderland

Merry "early" Christmas!!


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Parliament House engulfed in snow

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This used to be a baseball field...

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Victoria under siege...

I am still stuck in snow but atleast it is not snowing and buses are running. I will be heading back home soon, thinking on the way, who did I say "Yes" to in the

Update: I came home to notice that there was no electricity which means, no gas, no candles, no heat, no nothing. I just cuddled in my bed, got up next day and still there was no light. Also, came to know that Victoria was closed for the day with no transportation, no school, no work. Finally, the sun came out and then the lights and am back to normal.


Blogger The Bhandari's said...

Kya baat hai me first this time :D

5:27 PM  
Blogger The Bhandari's said...

beautiful......... comments araaam say doungee, abhi office time :D

5:34 PM  
Blogger Riddhi said...

you're right ji...bhery romantic shomantic...
the pics are awesome!

6:04 PM  
Blogger MoonStruck Tempest said...

Congrats on the new blog...
And well, what do we have? A snow storm?? Innit craziness??
The pics look so nice. Even I was like 'aaww snow' but I know once it really arrives I will start whining...hehehe
Hope you enjoyed the no-electricity phase. Everything just feels so simple then, eh?

7:55 PM  
Blogger ektaran said...

New Pinch ...for the new blog :)

ohhh I too love a very cozy feeling....with a cuppa kappi sitting beside the fire place n gossiping...:P

But at the same time...I find winters pretty late evenings...just be stuck inside the house all the time..& also cuz I become double lazy during winters....& in school/college I was soooo damn difficult to get up in the morning during winters...I would keep on saying 'Mamma, bas ek aur minute'...

So, I have this love-hate relationship with the winters...

The pics are magical...absolutely fabulous...which reminds me of Christmas & Presents :) know as a kid in Mumbai I used to decorate a Christmas tree @ my place n mom dad used to give me the pics remind me of those days...

oye hoye...Kaneda mein no power...:P


8:00 PM  
Blogger faith said...

Aah! welcome to the blogspot Champ !

As you guessed.. lovely post.. beautiful pics .. thanks for giving me a *smile* early morning..

Yes, 1st snowfall is always special.. donno but there is something about it... its just most beautiful... though i enjoyed all falls but 1st is 1st.. now iam missing NH.. boo hooo hoo !!
i want snow.. *smiles*

uii champ! snowman nahi banaya? lazy boi :P

8:13 PM  
Blogger Reema said...

wow.. woww! Mubarak mubarak.. miss ur old page, but all good.. cuz its u still writing naa! :D
it snowed alreadyy.. yaha toh u cant even tell december is almost abt to start.. :|
awesome pictures.. good post.. ho-ho-ho santa claus!! :p

9:22 PM  
Blogger Reema said...

n oay hoye! no liight.. yeh toh hum bechaare developing country waale logo ka scene haii.. good good, had fun?! :p

9:24 PM  
Blogger Reema said...

ohhh n, yeshhh snow is *siigh* veryy romantic! :)

9:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kuch yaad aaya ke aunty ko Yes kyun bola tha....kudi da chakkar nahin sure....

One pic is missing in this looking like Santa...

10:36 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

so beautiful... i wanna visit victoria...

12:41 AM  
Blogger Princess Au Contraire said...

How gorgeous! Absolutely fabulous!

Also, you might need to edit the option on who can post comments on your posts. At present you MUST be a blogspot user since no other option is available and one cant post ananoymous comments! Or maybe this is your way to convert EVERYONE to blogspot! hehe! I know you can allow bloggers from other blogs to post...check it out...

1:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

beautiful.. description n pics

2:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey,remember me?

New pinch!
Lovely post,amazing pics..but not a very nice feeling to get stuck at home..with no power etc.

3:14 AM  
Blogger Vaibhav said...

awesome pics man! btw congrats for the knew blog:D

9:37 AM  
Blogger Colors said...

Congratulations! I am glad you finally switched to blogger. I wish you and your blog 10 times the success that you had in the prev one.

10:21 AM  
Blogger Colors said...

Wow ...the pics are amazing....who took 'em? :P ;)
The pics make me long for the can magically turn even a drab shabby place to a picturesque spot! But then I remember the splashy, muddy, slushy filth it leaves behind and all the hardships of traffic and cold....brrrrrr. I am glad the weather's still good here...but how long will it last?

10:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi ricks.. whats up?

10:46 AM  
Blogger Nupur said...

Wow... .love the pictures.
Ricky... I dare to disagree tho that snow "cleans" everything around! :P I guess... it "covers" everything... making it look all white spanking new!!! :D But I know what you mean, when you say that rain cannot match snow... totally agree with that.

Congrats on the first snow. and lets have these posts coming.
LOL - how did you manage without electricity/gas?

6:41 PM  
Blogger Pinks said...

congrats on ur new blog...i cud almost visualise the snowfall...n the pics r jus wonderful...n ya ven r u tying the knot..mujhe jaroor bulana :P

5:26 AM  
Blogger Akshay V said...

Awesome pics..

1:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awesome pics ..not seen snow fall ever before :((

1:26 AM  
Blogger Kishley (Dolly Sapra) said...

this place looks grrrreaaaattt!!! straight out of a fairy tale..
congarts on new snow and new blog too.. :)

9:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said... not going to add anything....will have to repeat myself like the other readers: ur pics are exquisite.
by the bye, i liked the name 'seventeen tomatoes' :-)

10:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

**By the time I reached my lab, I almost looked like a Santa Claus** so cute... lovely pics Ricky!

8:08 PM  
Blogger Ricky said...

the bhandari's - Aapne toh kamaal kar deeya iss baare.

Kab aapko time milega aur kab aap comment karoge...he he. It's nice to see you here, anyways :-)

riddhi - Thank You jee. Hum hain toh romance toh hoga hee na jee ;-)

cosmic dust - Thanks!! Yea, a snow storm indeed and we are still reeling from it. Yea, I like snow for only one Simple, oh well I didn't knew what to do. Felt so dis-connected with the world around me. Read some books, slept, ate :P

3:16 PM  
Blogger Ricky said...

Mehak - Ouch!!! Thank You :-) Yea, aa gayee tere ko Mussorie ke yaad [:D].

Yea, I like winters but only for things you mentioned like fireplace and getting cozy but hate getting up early morning for work.

Oye, same pinch. My Ma-Pa also used to give us presents on Christmas and Ma got these beautiful stockings from US, which she would use for putting our gifts. The excitement of getting up in the morning and finding the gifts would be awesome.

3:37 PM  
Blogger Ricky said...

faith - Thank You jee!! I am glad I could put a *smile* on your face. Its my pleasure all the way. Main yahan se thodi snow bhej doon kya? [:P]

Aree main khudh snowman bann gaya tha...he he.

reema - Shukriya Shukriya!! Yea, its still 40 year old Mother of two, Does it snow in Karachi? Thank You Thank You!! Ho Ho Ho!!

Kya fun without light but yea I had awesome sleep [:D]

3:41 PM  
Blogger Ricky said...

Mehak - Tere Aunty ke plan tere Aunty ko hee pata honge. Oye, mazak udatee hain mera...HO HO HO!!!!

Anks - Aa jao anytime. You are always welcome :-)

Princess Au Contraire - Thanks!! [:D] Done jee!! Aapka hukum kaise taal sakte hain hum :-)

Payal - Thanks Payal!!

4:17 PM  
Blogger Ricky said...

Ragz - I remember your name but it has been so long since that I don't remember much but I know that you used to visit my old blog. Thank You for visiting me again and do leave me your contact in case you are again blogging.

Thanks for liking the pictures and post but living without power was a good experience too after years.

Vaibhav - Thanks Vaibhav!!

4:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW! Beautiful pictures..loved winterwonderland pic the best! So you have finally bid adeau to rediffblogs as well huh..good!

NC is not really snow ready as well..but it hasnt snowed yet..I cant wait!

9:04 PM  
Blogger Ricky said...

colors - Thank You for your lovely wishes. A guy with a camera took them who else ? [:P] Yea, it has its bad side too because now it has become dirty and yesterday I had a nice slip in slow

preeti - Hi Preeti, Nice to see you at this space. Missed you all this time.

nupur - Thanks Nupur!! It cleans guy-style, upar upar se...he he. Yea, I will try to be regular. Don't ask, it was like going back to stone age. I didn't knew what to do. Biscuit khayee, fruit khaya...he he

9:50 PM  
Blogger Ricky said...

pinks - Thanks Pinks!! Aapko zarror bulanga jee par abhi usme time hain, 2 years atleast [:D]

Akshay - Thanks Akshay!! Welcome to my blog!!

sayaa - Thanks!! I hope you see it atleast once. Its magical.

kishley - Thanks Kishley!!

marlee - Thanks Marlee and Welcome to my blog!! I hope you can be regular.

9:55 PM  
Blogger Ricky said...

aindi - Thanks Aindi!! Aree kya cute? Sachi was looking like Santa. Ho Ho Ho!!

kaush - Thanks Kaush. I didn't wanted to bid it Goodbye but it just became very irritating. It snowed in Texas. I hope you get your snow too soon :-)

9:58 PM  
Blogger Fursat said...

sarkar hamka maaafi dedo sarkaar...


sorry..i read ur post earlier too but before i cud comment light went cudnt sorry... snowfall ki baat ho rahi humne kabhi nahi dekhi..coz it doent happen in Delhi :D

but the pics are amazing..speacially that gal one where she is waiting...

and u said yes to someone..yeah!!! let me call aunty and confirm :D

yahoooooo and congrates for new blog...aap bhi aa hi gaye yaha :D

5:57 AM  
Blogger Ricky said...

fursat - Waise toh hum maafi dene main thode kanjoos hain par jao, humein tumhara naam "fursat" pasand hain, toh maaf keeya [:P]

Tu aur teri light aksar yeh baatein karte, "Aye light tu aati kab hain aur jaati kab hain"


Oye aunty ke chachi, if you find something then tell me...he he

2:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

abbe..u took this pictures????

no Seriously....u clicked these....
no i mean..
u had a lovely view like that right before ur eyes...????

am so jealous...

and update mein....u shud ve also mentioned...whom u smsed in the no light no gas situation:P


11:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You also have shifted from rediff to Blogspot. I hope you have shifted with all you bag and baggages :P

Wish you all the best for your New URL.

Snow! Snow!! Snow!!! Everything whitest!! Beautiful paintings by Nature itself.

Nice pictures :)

2:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You also have shifted from rediff to Blogspot. I hope you have shifted with all you bag and baggages :P

Wish you all the best for your New URL.

Snow! Snow!! Snow!!! Everything whitest!! Beautiful paintings by Nature itself.

Nice pictures :)

:) Juneli

2:41 AM  
Blogger Ricky said...

Sonali - Yes, this view was right before my eyes. Yea yea, you were one of the lucky ones to get my sms before my cell died [:P]

Juneli - Yea, but not with any bag and baggages. The old blog remain their itself :-)

Thanks for your wishes. I am sure it must snow in your part of the world too :D

2:36 PM  
Blogger Sherry said...

reached ur blog thru neetie's. nice place. lovely pics.

11:16 AM  

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