Jun 20, 2012

Hello Ji. Kiddan? Welcome to Kanedda !

I really haven’t written anything about my travels to Canada last year, so the next few posts are going to be dedicated to that wonderful country.

 I landed at Toronto’s Pearson airport after spending two weeks in UK. I had the most marvellous time there and London is way on top of my list of favourite cities. But let’s face it, The British are a formal lot and when I landed I was more than slightly jaded after two weeks of the British stiff upper lip and 8 hours of snootiness by a BA air hostess. The reason that my spirits rose immensely upon reaching Toronto can be attributed to the fact that as soon as I entered the airport, I found myself face to face with an extremely handsome airport official. I was so enraptured by his blindingly good looks that I could barely tear my eyes from him to take the form he was holding out. I was soon to discover the Canadians are as a rule tall, rugged and rather handsome. This revelation off course played a huge role in my stay there being a success! 

Also, I felt as if I had landed right into the heartland of sadda Punjab. The immigration officer was a Punjabi and so were majority of the airport staff along with most of the passengers. I heard more of Hindi and Punjabi at Pearson airport than one would hear even at our very own IGI. And I dare say, the people around me were speaking much better Punjabi than me ! 

After collecting my bags I was looking around for a trolley when I realized that you needed to put a coin in the designated slot to pull one out. All I had with me were currency notes and for some reason, the ATM at the airport wouldn’t allow me to withdraw money. The way to the exit was quite a walk and the prospect of lugging my two very heavy suitcases till there was not a happy one. I looked around for someone I could ask for help. The nearest airport attendant at hand happened to be a Sikh. He was tall and rather plump and his white beard flowing over his ample belly made him look like a benign Santa Claus. I poured out my woes to him. He took one look at me and asked me where I was from. I had the good sense to say Chandigarh instead of Delhi. He gave me a huge smile, took out a key, released a trolley and said, "Koi gall nahi jee, le jaayo Trolley! Welcome to Kanedda !"

Needless to say, a very auspicious start to my stay :P 

13 comments:

  1. That sure was a cool welcome. Waiting to read more. Handsome Canadians eh? Makes Canada a desirable destination :|

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  2. Damn! You should have slipped and landed straight into the handsome Canadian's arms :p

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  3. Oooh I love this jee, welcome to Kaneda!

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  4. Baut wadiya jee...Jaldi jaldi aage dee kahaani dasso :)

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  5. Hello tuhanu v and I am ODAN hi ji :) and canada ahh beautiful country I jsut went once there and must say I loved it ..

    planning a motorbike ride from chicago to Vancouver via toronto lets see how that happens ...

    Bikram's

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  6. but on my first visit , I lost my luggage and I too had a hansdome punjabi sardar help me out and he promised that the luggage will be home by next day afternoon and I was surprised to find my suitcase there :)

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  7. Yeah! Canada is a very beautiful country, Love to visit some day :)

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  8. how sweet :) this reminded me of my trip to london... so many indians... heathrow airport was full of punjabis...!

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  9. Handsome men can make an otherwise gloomy day, refreshing!

    Hor jee, kiddan?

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  10. @shail – handsome men or no, Canada is anyway a desirable destination ! Off course they are a bonus :P
    @Purba – Damn now why didn’t I think of it then !
    @ Ritu – Thanks
    @Life Begins – Coming up !
    @Bikram – That motorbike ride seems like a dream vacation. I wish I could do that !
    @Kusum – Yes it sure is !
    @Ash – I got the feeling that Heathrow is rather full of Gujuratis !
    @Runaway Bride – Wadiya and welcome here !

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  11. Good you know the 'Alohomora' spell to the hearts of kind and gracious sardars! That is a facinating little piece.

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  12. Wow! It sure was a pleasant welcome! Would love to visit this country sometime!

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  13. Lucky girl..kabhi japan to kabhi Kannada....

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