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 trying to figure out what to do with their lives).
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! 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.
I am not looking for a casual relationship. I need someone 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....????.
(And the username 'Mystical Orient' is also a joke - There is nothing mystical about an Indian).
Thanks for reading.