Archive for June, 2008

Southall

June 12, 2008

It is not easy to get something off your memory when it is weird and strange.  My childhood friend lives in a palce called Southall.  This is the name every Indian should remember if they are new to London.  It is the hub of activities where you will see more Indians behaving like Indians and carrying out their daily business activities.  You can feel the true Indian busy market in Southall.  There are shops for clothes to groceries everywhere. Most of these shops are owned by Indians, who are mostly Sikhs.  I met a few pakistanis also who were very warm and welcoming.  

You would agree with me if I call it ‘Chandni Chowk’ or ‘Karol Bagh’ of London. You will not realize it is London until you see  the beautiful buses and trendy cars.  The Indian car drivers seem so cool and patient behind their wheels.  It seems Indians know about discipline, but they are too childish at their home.

These are but a few thought that came out of my mind after I visited Southall on a few occassions. I may have something interesting to share for my blog in the coming days.

 

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Its London again!

June 12, 2008

I have been in love with anything happening around English, though I couldn’t seriously take on English literature.  When it is English, it has to be England or it is the England English that Indians are too familar with.

It is really amazing to realize sometimes how your life unfolds opportunities for you when you least expected of it.  Three years back, I could have only dreamt of going anywhere outside my own country, forget about London. 

It was a kind of miracle for me to get not just one but three opportunities to come to London and stay here for very short durations and work in this lovely and warm country.  Something which I saw in dreams were all in front of my eyes. I was seeing the colour of English culture all around me.  

There is something about London that attacts such a mamooth of visitors ever year.  There is something in the management of the UK Govt. that keeps everything still in its place despite so many people with different background and cultural experiences living in and out of every corner of this country.

Weather isn’t too bad, though some sudden and unexpected cool breeze may force you to consider an umbrella or a jacket all the while you are away from your home.  I havent come across any place here that I can complain about too much.  Central London still has its shine though it is getting more crowded with visitors. 

This was just a ramble about things that crossed my mind.