November 27, 2013

Toronto: World’s most Youthful city

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Original post can be found here, on TVO’s website.

Management guru Peter Drucker said, “The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said.” This is the case for Toronto.

Toronto is a by-product of Canada’s formidable governing institutions: government, schools, hospitals, legal system and mass media, which produces an effective civil society and strong social trust. (Toronto’s fame as one of the most diverse cities in the world, yet a remarkably low level rate of crime is a testament to that).

But Toronto’s ace-up-the-sleeve is the forward-thinking leaders who use their networks to further the cities interests, rather than solely accumulate private capital. Toronto Life featured a few of these power brokers, including John Tory (CivicAction), Gord Nixon (RBC & MaRS), Rahul Bhardwaj (Toronto Community Foundation), Carol Wilding (Toronto Board of Trade), and Peter Munk (Barrick Gold & philanthropist). As a result, many of the cutting-edge ideas are emerging from places on the intersection of traditional industries.

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October 5, 2013

Why Nina Davuluri Matters

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Please see original link in Vancouver Sun. Published October 5th, 2013.

 

After Nina Davuluri was crowned Miss America, the first of Indian descent in the pageant’s history, the news elicited some predictable reactions. The initial surprise was followed by a sense of satisfaction that attitudes were moving in the right direction, but the feel-good mood was soured by a torrent of racist slurs from social media trolls, who referred to the beauty queen as a “foreigner” and even a “terrorist.”

Supporters quickly responded with condemnation of these detractors as “ignorant” and “uneducated,” and bolstered Davuluri’s star status. Reactions to her triumph and, to some extent, the spectacle itself, provide insights into our society — specifically, the evolving role of citizens of Indian descent and of the media.

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April 12, 2013

Strictly Canadian: What are the ‘Canadian values’ we continue to champion?

(The Literary Review of Canada recently asked readers to respond with short essays to the question: Does labelling something Canadian — an idea or, say, a cultural product — mean it is doomed to fail? Finalists, including the writer, were invited to appear April 13 at the inaugural Spur Festival in a panel, hosted by Star film critic Peter Howell, titled “Strictly Canadian = Doomed to Fail?”. Please see the original link (with picture) – published in Toronto Star.

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“Canada is the greatest country in the world,” my father would utter to me as an adolescent, in a soft, deliberate and thoughtful tenor.

It was paradoxical, because his memories were often a source of pain. He was sent to boarding school from ages 6 to 16, to a private school in rural India, and just as finding a light in darkness, had to grapple with the powerful emotions of loneliness and isolation.

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January 21, 2012

12 for ’12: From Toronto’s Goan Soccer League to Europe’s Elite


The views expressed don’t representative the Goan Soccer League, but of the author, and were written for entertainment purposes. I encourage you to post a comment below, or get in touch with me. Thanks.


Four years ago, I wrote Goan Soccer 2008 All Star List (Unofficial),” an article inspired by my desire to promote the league. Time has passed, and Indian soccer has developed exponentially. Four Goan-based clubs have won 6 of the past 7 I League Championships including Dempo SC, whom has partnered with Danish club FC Midtjylland. Manchester United, Arsenal FC and the Dutch Football Association (KNVB) have begun developing academies for youth in Goa, with the Red Devils offering a place in its Soccer School to starlet Brandon Fernandes, now at South Africa’s Cape United Academy. Tony Fernandes, a Malaysian of mixed-Goan descent, and CEO of AirAsia is the owner of English Premier League’s Queen Park Rangers. Things are just as accomplished on the women’s side where Goan Maria Rebello became the first women to join the Asian Football Confederation’s elite referee panel, on her way to joining FIFA.

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July 25, 2011

Why are so many Students going to University?

As high school graduation nears, thousands of students’ will continue their educational journey as they are granted admission to many of Ontario’s esteemed universities. Dreams of lifelong friendships, personal growth, professional contacts and the spark for a new career will bestow the future generation. But beyond intangible benefits, a more serious discussion needs to occur – why are so many students pursuing a university education. Continue reading

November 22, 2010

Jai Ho, Cultural Voyeurism & Poverty Porn: a critique of Slumdog Millionaire

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When I was 12 years old, I embarked on a journey with my family to India to visit ‘the homeland.’ My only cultural reference point was the binary Eurocentric images portrayed in the Western media – the undeniable beauty of the Taj Mahal sharply contrasted to the despair and gloom that roamed over the slums. Seeking an authentic experience, my family stepped out of the suggested ‘tourist’ hot spots in Delhi, and took transportation with the locals. While waiting on the railway platform, I saw something that shook me.

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November 7, 2010

A Wall Between Us: the Dichotomy in Education

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Two months ago, the Toronto International Film Festival became the beacon for the city drawing an urban, Bohemian crowd while boasting an eclectic mix in cinema of political, economic and cultural realms, yet it was a film about education that became the apex of media attention.

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March 22, 2010

The Arsenal Football Club Conundrum

Several weeks ago, an uncertainty entered my mind that would greatly stigmatize me as less of a Gunner fan if shared – am I really an Arsenal Football Club fan, and if so, is it really worth supporting them? I quickly discarded the thought for fear of prejudice, and proceeded on my way. Several weeks later, the question still resonated with me and I was determined to find an answer.

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February 8, 2008

Scouting Football: RB Errol Brooks (Central Tech)

Football highlight tapes often tend to be very biased. They only display a limited view of an athlete and ignore many areas of a football player – game consistency, versatility, work ethic, weaknesses and so forth. When a highlight tape is short, it also is considered suspicious as it does not show a running back’s ability in pass blocking, receiving, wear-and-tear and possibly against better teams. It is much better to watch a player live to see a better understanding of the skill set and athletism an athlete possesses. While Central Tech RB’ Errol Brooks’ highlight tape is extremely short at 3:36, one thing is for sure: he has potential.
December 2, 2007

Wendall’s PokerStars Adventure!

All the stars were out for some poker

Leading up to the 95th edition of the CFL’s Grey Cup Championship this past Sunday were a variety of events and festivities throughout the week that celebrated the return of the Grey Cup to Toronto for the first time since 1992. One of these events was the PokerStars Grey Cup Poker Tournament which was held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on Thursday, November 22nd, and included CFL stars like Calgary Stampeders quarterback Henry Burris, Edmonton Eskimos quarterback Ricky Ray, Argos’ pivot Damon Allen and none other then world-renown poker superstar Daniel Negreanu.

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