1. My Grandfather used to have a friend when he was a child by the name of Allah-rakha, who, like many muslims during and after partition moved to Pakistan. They kept in contact and wrote letters to one another and one day the letters stopped. About 15 or so years ago my grandfather visited Pakistan and lamented that he was too late in visiting his friend as he had died before he could fulfill his promise of meeting him again. "Its saddening and frustrating," my grandfather would tell me few years ago when we were both in India at the same time last year while looking into the distance at a green fertile plain divided by barbed wire representing the division between India and Pakistan, "we lived so close but yet we could not meet." Not all war stories are about hate, some are about friendship and love, some are about unwanted separation and longing to meet again.
This google ad about reunion between two friends separated by the India-Pakistan partition, which by the way was the largest mass migration in human history, reminded me of my grandfather's story but also gave me hope. In this day and age, even with technology, there is still a lot of stereotyping and misinformation about people on either side of the border. But its nice to remember that there some who recall a different history and have experienced human kindness even in turmoil.
2. Staying on the theme of Pakistan. I wanted to share with all of you one of my favourite photographers, Mobeen Ansari. His ability to capture the essence of Pakistan [and now India] through his photography is uncanny. His portraits offer a glimpse into the real people of Pakistan's many different and vibrant communities and his landscape and architectural pictures are a stepping point into hidden back alleys of Old Lahore or the beautiful mountains of the north.
3. On a lighter note, I really want black oxfords to add to my collection and have recently fallen in love with majority of the ones on Urban Outfitter's website! Opinions?!!
4. October 10th was World Mental Health day and we found that this comic perfectly explains depression to those that struggle with sympathizing and even more, empathizing with others that have mental illnesses. If you really love it, there is also part 2! Its an issue that needs to be openly discussed and treated with a lot more urgency and seriousness than it has been, lets start talking.
5. October 19 is Election Day in Canada. GO VOTE! We need a change in this country.
On Footnotes and Finds this week:
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3. UBC Perch Opening
4. 5 ways to get better sleep
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