Thinking places-Canoe Lake Algonquin 2022-July

The writer John Maxwell said- If you have a designated time and place to think, and make the commitment to go there, you will shape your thinking to a different level.

Last Sunday, we went to Huntsville and Canoe Lake, Algonquin. July has been a hectic month, with Sagar shifting to New York. So at the end of the month, it was a nice few hours in Canoe lake, one with the elements of nature, reflecting and trying to assimilate the different lessons which we learned during our New York trip, and the shifting of Sagar to a new city.



Huntsville-Avery beach- has been a thinking place where we came in 2017-August. It brought us closer to the life and work of Tom Thomson. The Group of Seven artists’ works we had seen at Art Gallery of Ontario over the years. Now, seeing the landscapes which shaped their work was a different experience. This reminded us of the works of the Caravaggisti in Malta or the Company school in India and the museums and Roman time cities in North Africa.


Canoe lake diary

The wind would take our canoe to the shore where it got stuck amongst the trees, rocks. It took us some time to figure things out. However, we did not take the help of the life-guard who came near us, and asked us three times whether we are OK.

Winds carried us to the shores and we got stuck in the rocks at times-July 2022

Yesteryears – Bobcageon-2020-August-we had done Canoeing.




Sagar-Computer Engineering, Sahil-Mechanical Engineering with distinction

With graduation, Sagar shifted to follow his career in New York City

We went to Marble Collegiate Church and prayed in front of the statue of Dr.Norman Vincent Peale. I first started reading his works in the 1980s. These books we gathered at the book stalls in Connaught Place-Delhi near Regal cinema. “Pray to the God who made you, to remake you” is one of the prayers /aphorisms which have led to many reflections and course changes over the decades.


Pray to the God who made you, to Remake You- Dr.Norman Vincent Peale (May 31, 1898 – December 24, 1993) He served as the pastor of Marble Collegiate Church, New York, from 1932, leading this Reformed Church congregation for more than a half-century until his retirement in 1984

We used the DOCTOR tool to see what our direction is, organization, cash/time involved, tracking, overview, refinements in the different tasks we have been doing jointly and individually.

As an example, we did a short review of our gardening at Candlestick circle and our relation with parks and conservancy movements in North America.

D-Direction : 1. Ornamental trees and roses at Candlestick

                      2. Be a part of a conservancy group  (Rouge Valley, Riverwood, Bronte Creek,

Niagara, Algonquin)

O-Organization: 1-Trees at Candlestick: One cedar tree did not survive the winter, returned it to Sheridan Nursery and got smaller plants ( a Juniper)

               2-Conservancy group- Decided to adopt a Gorilla. We also prayed and read at Dr.Frank Schofield park-where the connections between Toronto zoo and Seoul zoo (sister zoo of Toronto) are explained.

Cash/Time-   1- A zoo trip takes around 6 hours from Mississauga

                      2-Last year we went to Bronte Creek-where we came to know about farmhouses of Late Victorian period and Tobermory-the Northern point of the Bruce Trail

TOBERMORY-April 2021

Tracking-   1-Garden- the weeds have to be done at least twice a week

                   2- Gorilla- the natural habitat section of the zoo, has parallels with the Natural sections of the Royal Ontario Museum which has some exhibits like the Bull-the-Rhino

Overview-  These nature and museum walks are part of increasing our awareness of the connections between different species, habitats of our planet

Refinement- Readings at Natural parks can be more theme focussed.

   FIFTY YEARS OF MAN ON MOON-JULY 2019-Readings from Chris Bonnington’s Quest for Adventure – at Port Credit (Ben Machree trail)

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Around Father’s Day-2022

This Father’s Day, went to pray at the Erindale park, Mississauga, and remembered similar trees in Shimla region of Himachal India, where we used to go for summer vacations from Pune in 1970s. Thoreau (1861) said of the white pine “There is no finer tree”.


I had taken my sons to Erindale in spring, and we had heard some old Hindi songs which were my father’s favourites. As I remember the walks in Lullanagar, Pune in childhood, I am filled with gratitude for the gift of the morning hour, when night turns into day, which my father and maternal grandfather gave me.

Flashcards, meditations, museums, 100-day plans, calendars, walks, tables are some of the other gifts which have enriched my life, which were given to me by my father.



Work out your own salvation

Do not depend on others


Some lessons my mother taught me…

Museums with children

PALAM-1999 HUMBER-2019-Old Mills-Toronto


I have no living memory of my paternal grandfather who passed away in April 1969. Through elder cousins I came to know that he was a lover of monuments, gardens, museums, trade fairs and exhibitions. Museum walks have been a part of the family tradition for generations. I tried to pass it on to my sons. Remember the walk in Bradley Museum, Port Credit, Mississauga, in June 2017, celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of its establishment.

2014-ONTARIO SCIENCE CENTRE-Special Exhibition-The Science of Rock and Roll





Recently I met two batch mates of the Class of 1985, Army Public School, Dhaula Kuan, Delhi. “Have you seen your mother talking in such a carefree manner before” I asked the batchmate’s son, who is himself now in university. In a great compliment her son said, he has. “So she has retained her sense of humour through the years…”

Sitting in Mississauga, Ontario, we talked about the days of Delhi Ridge in the 1980s…Setting tables are something which I learned from my father in many direct and indirect ways.

MANRESA-2022-MAY…Through meditations in the Sahyadris of Western India and the Himalayas, my father introduced me to the magic of retreats.


My father would send First Day covers from Nagaland-North East of India in 1970s. He would also send butterflies and leaves which are not seen in Western India. Those collections expanded on the stamps I had started collecting in primary school. Stamps made me learn about countries in Africa (where I later spent many happy years).

Burlington Ontario-2021-January- The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

2021-APRIL-TUGS PLATFORM-TOBERMORY-Exploring Local histories

In the Bruce Trail..the Bruce trail is a public footpath spanning the entire Niagara Escarpment whose northern terminus was inaugurated in Tobermory in 1967-Canada’s Centennial Year. Named as “the trail to the Bruce” , the Bruce Peninsula and County are named after James Bruce, 8th Earl of Elgin, Governor General of Canada (1847-1854). James Bruce never had the good fortune to walk the Bruce Trail. (

My mother’s sister

Abha Mausi-ji and Mausa-ji-

Yesterday night, connected with my mother’s sister in Vasant Kunj. “ If your mother had been alive, we would have been in Palam” she said in a sad refrain. One of life’s lessons is feeling the spirit of the persons who have passed away physically. My father’s mother passed away in the 1940s when he was around five years old. But her presence was felt in our home, and my father would often talk about the mother he never had.


As we remembered the many of the extended family who have passed away before their time in the COVID19 waves, we saw some old pictures. She showed me a picture of her parents (my maternal grandparents) in Moscow in 1970s. I told her I have a version of the photograph with my aunt (the youngest of the three Uniyal sisters) with her parents. Remembered the Benares 2017 trip…the walks by the Ganga, the visit to E 10 BHU campus where the trees planted by my grandfather in the 1950s have grown tall.




Remembering yester years


The museum walks that my father imbibed from his father, and I tried to pass on to my son, evolved into family albums and art libraries. We used to follow the calendar of the Manoel theater in Malta and spent some lovely hours there watching musicals and magic shows. The walks in Lullanagar, evolved to walks in Xlendi, Gozo in the Mediterranean to Trails in Ontario.

Graydon Rock-Mississauga,2018
4 generations of our family have walked Lodhi Gardens..This was in October 1999, with Dada ji of Agra
LODHI GARDENS-2016-With Guddu Bhai..(Shri Yogendra Dobhal)


Readings,exploring silence in open spaces..some gifts from my father

Looking ahead

As my sons graduate from university and evolve to the next stage, I remember the day they graduated from High school (Gordon Graydon,2018-Mississauga).

GORDON GRAYDON-2018-JUNE…The last batch of Gordon Graydon Memorial,

Ogden Road, Mississauga.


Thoreau, Henry David (1861).The writings of Henry David Thoreau: Journal.p.33.

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Walks 2021

Our shared journeys together.

Last year we got a cycle, and I think I was riding one after almost twenty-five years.

We went to Central Island Toronto and rode the cycle through the parks. We went to Hanlan’s point on Sep 5, 2021, which  was the day in 1914 when Babe Ruth hit his first homerun. The islands have an interesting history.

Gardening, gym, kitchen, picnics, kept us busy.

Tobermory in April 2021, was the northernmost point of the Bruce Trail, which has been named after James Bruce, 8th Earl of Elgin, Governor-General of Canada, 1847 to 1854, who never had the good fortune to walk the Bruce Trail. There are many interesting histories and facts related to the Bruce Trail which can be read here.

Niagara walks, where we first came as a family in 2013 continued in interesting ways, as we stayed there and visited the historical areas nearby. Remembering history walks of yesteryears- 2017-Bradley Museum celebrated fifty years.

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