I am an professor (English) at a university in Toronto. I specialize in the field of Renaissance Literatures, Shakespearean drama and world cinema. I never planned to be professor, but somehow it happened. I was supposed to take care of our family business in Delhi, but I got spoiled by Dostoevysky, Shakespeare and Co. and ended up doing a Masters and an M.Phil (English) both from Delhi University. I chose to come to Canada for my PhD, and published a book on European travel narratives, which ended up being loads of work, but something I really indulged in, since there was no other option in Kingston! May be I should not be mentioning this here, but thanks to the intense loneliness in Kingston, I came up with the idea to launch LIMCA (Lonely Indian Male Cricket Association) to keep myself and my fellow friends, both Indians and Canadians, busy with the art of cricket. The LIMCA league was launched in 2001 with the help of 6 Indian PhD students, and now it is proudly the biggest Cricket League in North America with 6 different nations fighting annually for the coveted LIMCA trophy in Kingston. The loneliness ended when I moved to Toronto in 2005 for my current job, and it’s been great fun working here, but it came at the cost of resigning from the position of LIMCA’s president. Although I do get invited to Kingston every year to do the honours at LIMCA’s annual celebrations when I hand over the trophy to a group of the most deserving lonely cricketers in North America. You are most welcome to be my partner at the annual ceremony, and like a true hero from every cheap Bollywood film I will make sure that no villainous cricketers hit on you. (This is all obviously a joke: LIMCA is a small group of PhD students at Queen's who are tyring to figure out what to do with their lives). (I LOVE RUNNING, GOING TO THE GYM, BUT I DON’T SIT IN FRONT OF THE TV WATCHING CRICKET OR HOCKEY ALL DAY)
Toronto reminds me of Delhi a lot, not because of the growing number of corrupt fellow Indians taking over the city, but because, Toronto, like Delhi, is full of life. I was fortunate to grow up in Delhi, since the university was mostly on strike, and therefore I was always at a film festival or at a music concert. The current university where I teach does not go on strike, but I do end up indulging in loads of theatre, music concerts, talks etc., and I get paid for it, since it is all a part of my job! (We Profs. are really spoilt- and we call it "research"). I also work as a freelance journalist writing on cinema, theatre and sports (used to be a long distance runner and love going for a jog). I have also done workshops on Shakespearean films and acting.
Luckily I do get to travel a lot, since my work takes me to conferences all across the world. It's been a very busy year, but I am planning to travel to Stratford, England to watch loads of plays for my current book on contemporary Shakespearean drama and films. (So, I am currently in hiding going over Coles notes to make sense of most of Shakespeare’s plays).
I am looking for someone who is fun, who is passionate about her work, and who will effortlessly drink a few litres of coffee with me, and happily pretend to smile and look interested when I make nonsensical connections between Shakespeare and hmmm....????.
Please feel free to ask me more questions, or to send you more pics- although I would love to meet in person. If you contact me or want to chat online, then please make sure to send me your pic.
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What I’m doing with my life
I say above that somehow I ended becoming a prof., but now I am one out of choice. I love teaching, fighting for my students; brining down the tuition fees (students are treated like slaves in the ‘West’); going on (fake) hunger strikes, but getting the job done.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
This section can be endless: We can talk about the long list of books/writers both fiction and non-fiction when we meet. I can add just one for the moment: one of my big favourites is Dostoevysky's The Brothers Karamazov. I wish I could read all 900 pages of it everyday.
I am a huge film buff. I have done courses on world cinema from FTII (Film and Television Institute of India). I love going to the TIFF, but I am also a fan of mainstream cinema. Music - Everything from Mozart to MJ.
The six things I could never do without
My nephews (they are obviously not "things")
On a typical Friday night I am
There's no such thing as 'typical' Friday night for me. I am lucky
to have flexible-fun job!