MMM: Durga Puja

Mostly Montreal Monday

Shots and thoughts from my new home of Montreal

This past Monday was Canadian Thanksgiving, or as it is called here, Thanksgiving.  We did not have any plans so I was grateful to see the Montreal Bengali Association’s Durga Puja fall on the same day.  Our opportunities to celebrate Bengali traditions are few, the most recent being last October’s Annaprashan for Farrah Star.  Vain as I am, my mother-in-law had gifted me an outfit to wear in lieu of a sari and I was eager to try it but really I was just eager to do something different and go someplace new, as always.

Durga Puja

Durga Puja

Durga Puja

Durga Puja

Durga Puja

Durga Puja

It was a strange and beautiful morning and though I didn’t understand it, I enjoyed being witness and weaving another thread in the fabric between my in-laws and my children.

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Durga Puja

Shona Shona my darlings.

The Best Things I Saw All Week

It was a beautiful week, all autumn color and summer temperatures which allowed for much exploring of our Plateau.


Bird Watching Birds


City schools.  They’re different.


OBEY because you never know who’s watching over you.


I’m sure this building’s facade is famous, or infamous, and I wanted to learn all about it but googling “Montreal All Night Peep Show” sent me down a different kind of rabbit hole.








I am always grateful for attention that’s paid towards the shorter population of the city.  This gorgeous piece happens to decorate a garderie’s (daycare’s) facade but anything that’s at my toddling toddler’s eye-level is a thing of beauty in my mind.

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Bon Weekend Dear Readers, and a special and genuine thank-you to those who’ve followed BPS recently.   Welcome!



What’s on the Inside

This week’s Travel Theme from Where’s My Backpack is the compelling “Interior”.  I nearly passed on this theme as my photos are shot outdoors (as I’ve yet to learn my external flash) but culling my archives proved otherwise and as always, it was a pleasure scrolling down memory lane.  Thank you WMB!


Prague, 2009


Arlo’s Crib, Bermuda, 2010


“Twenty”, North Carolina, 2010

realized view from our condo.

North Carolina, 2010


Seeking Shelter through Hurricane Igor, Bermuda, 2010


Hotel Del Coronado Housekeeping, California, 2010

Chicago 117

Chicago, 2007

An Shang, China 2002

An Shang, China 2002

Thanks for checking out my insides.


Parallelogram: What to Wear Here |

Montreal is all leather and scarves while Mayaguez wears wedges and skinny jeans.  Fashion, north and south in this week’s PolarRico Parallelogram:

Parallelogram: What to Wear Here |.


How I Lost Six Pounds in Thirty Days

I have the best weight loss tip for you.

It’s not moving your family to another country.

It’s not unpacking and decorating your new home.

It’s not breastfeeding your 18-month-old.

It’s not eating at least two sleeves of Pimms on the daily.


It’s not biking back and forth to preschool and walking everywhere else because you’re too scared to drive.

It’s not worrying about your firstborn.

It is none of those things.

It is this:

I have lost six pounds in thirty days by not owning a garbage disposal.

It doesn’t matter how clean you think you are there’s always something lingering for fruit flies to enjoy.  They will congregate and procreate and they will feed, feed, feed upon everything you yourself would like to eat.

I shall be waif by spring.

MMM: Mt. Royal

Mostly Montreal Monday

Shots and thoughts from my new home of Montreal

Mt. Royal Park is the Central Park of Montreal and that’s really obnoxious to say except that the guy who designed Central Park designed Mt. Royal Park.  True story.

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Mt. Royal

It is a large, beautiful park and I imagine we’ll have many outings there so here is the first of … many.

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The Mount Royal cross:  The first Mount Royal Cross was placed there in 1643 by Paul Chomedey de Maisonneuve, the founder of the city, in fulfillment of a vow he made to the Virgin Mary when praying to her to stop a disastrous flood. Today, the mountain is crowned by a 31.4 m (103 ft)-high illuminated cross, installed in 1924 by the Société Saint-Jean-Baptiste and now owned by the city. It was converted to fibre-optic light in 1992, and then to LEDs in 2009. The cross is usually lit in white, but can now be changed to any colour, including the purple traditionally used upon the death of a Pope. – Wikipedia

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It’s autumn, the sun was shining and it was a good day to get out of the house.  Like everyday!  We had our ups and downs -

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like everyday!  – but with the views of our new city, the blanketed footpaths and the two limp cheese sticks from being in my pocket since the day before, we had a lovely morning.

Peace to you fellow Monday Warriors.  Hope you are enjoying your green, yellow, orange, red and brown spaces.

The Best Things I Saw All Week

It’s fall!


I’m not sure what to glean from this but it speaks to me.


This too:


Gaw.  Alright.  Enough already.


Old school ablutions on Mt. Royal:


And from the internet:

This lunch box is “For School Kids/boys/Girls”.  Someone at ColorfulBagsCA needs to be investigated.

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“Drenched” from Josh Daniels Photography.  I love this photograph and not just because the subject looks like a cross between my husband and Jesus.

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And finally, this is the shot I’m always searching for when scanning Montreal street art:

Folkstone Man. By Javier Molina. Digital photography.

Folkstone Man. By Javier Molina. Digital photography.

Amazing, no?

Have a good week seeing good things!



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