Cats, Lasers and Québécois!

IMG-20170304-WA0018 (The royal French Canadian meal)


Dear Diary,

Hello again! I know I haven’t been spending enough time with you lately. Its March and I’m going crazy. The semester is almost over, and we have a new deadline to meet every day.

Anyway, I’ll stop complaining. Because that’s not why I am writing to you today. In fact, I wanted to tell you about another amazing adventure that I recently had -exploring a new city, embracing a new culture and making new friends!

I’ll start by telling you about “Beloeil”, a suburb that’s 32 km away from Montreal. The name itself literally means beautiful view in old French. And I must say, it really is.

Wait, I need to rewind the story a little bit. Just realized that I forgot to tell you how I actually got there.

Well, it wasn’t just me who got a chance to visit this divine place – It was the 3 of us! (Habibi, Buddy and I – u guessed it right!)

Buddy lives there. And, he invited us to have dinner with his family.

Now, I’m going to begin again – right from when we started our journey.

The Plan: Saturday evening at 4pm – that’s when Buddy was going to pick Habibi and me from the metro station

The Wine: Habibi and I decided to meet a bit earlier and pick up a nice bottle of wine as a gift. We headed to the store and realized that we had no idea what to buy. Finally, it came down to 2 bottles (don’t remember the names), but we chose the one that looked prettier (it had red flowers on the label – Habibi’s choice)

The OMG, we are in heaven moment: As Buddy drove us to his place, we just couldn’t stop staring outside the window – a mountain view, a river and giant trees -this place was too good to be true!

The Magical food: Buddy’s mom made us an exotic French Canadian meal. Again, don’t recall the names of everything, but clearly, it was delicious!

The guitar performance: Buddy’s dad played his favorite instrument for us. All I could do was sit still and dream – we were in a different world for a while 😀

Laser Cats: Remember I said I made new friends? Well, I was actually talking about Buddy’s two cats. They love chasing laser beams. It makes them dance and jump super high on walls – (think I’m going to call them super cats from now on!)

Risk:  This is a game you absolutely need to play! Its where you have your own army and fight for territories. Everything depends on rolling a dice. Kept us awake till 12 in the night!

Wow, that was quite a list. And you know what, I could actually keep going on and on.

This visit was special. Not just because we had fun. But because it made me feel like I had found a new reason to be here.

I used to think that the MBA was my only motivation to move away from home. But now, I know that there is so much more waiting to be discovered in this kingdom of ice.

Wonderful people, new memories, a fascinating culture and breathtaking landscapes!

Suddenly, things have started making more sense.

I must admit; this place has won my heart.

And at the same time, I also have to tell you that I need to go: P

Should make a new to-do list for tomorrow. And talk to mom on the phone and let her know how my day was. She’s called twice already.

Will be back with a new story. Super soon, I promise!

Till then, take care of yourself.






Habibi, Buddy and I – How We Met

img-20170213-wa0030 (Sutton – Trip to the mountains)

Dear Diary,

As I promised to you last time, I’m finally going to tell you about my two best friends. Actually, I like to call them my lifelines. It has only been a short while since we all met (about a month and a half), but I already feel like they are meant to be a part of my life.

Before I tell you more about who they are, let me share the story of how we met each other.


It’s 11: 45 am and I enter class. The board in front of me reads “Managerial Economics”, and I sigh. “Hope I’m able to survive this” –  I think to myself.

After looking around for a while, I finally find the perfect spot – the second seat of the third row in the middle of class. Taking out my notebook, I stare at my phone – its only 11:50am – seems like time has stopped!

He enters the room. He’s all suited up and seems like he’s ready to conquer the business world. I glance at him and look back at my phone.

Seconds later, I hear a voice – “Hi, I’m Habibi. May I sit next to you?”

I look up and see a 6-foot-tall French Canadian man with a welcoming smile. I smile back at him and respond (I said yes!). Halfway through the class, the prof asks us to solve for the value of “Q” and “P”. There’s a long equation on the board and a chain of demand and supply graphs. I have no idea where to begin, but I still start putting in some values and writing. A while later, I end up with only one number in the equation – O (of course I did it wrong!)

I look over to see if Habibi knows the answer. His page is full of numbers. Suddenly, he draws a big line across all his calculations – “I don’t get it”, he says.

And then we laugh.

And we haven’t stopped sharing such moments ever since.

Habibi –

It’s our first orientation party and we have been invited for drinks at an Irish Pub. The music is loud and everyone’s drinking beer. I’m talking to some of my classmates and listening to their stories (where they are from, where they used to work, what they want to do in life etc. etc.). Suddenly, he joins the conversation. – A happy Indian guy who loves to be the life of the party.

“Come on guys, let’s dance!” – that’s all he said and instantly won everyone’s hearts.

This guy was a party starter, the ultimate daredevil and the one who would spread happiness wherever he would go. We clicked a photo together and exchanged numbers. That was it.

Now I’m not too sure about how the 3 of us ended up together – maybe it was just a casual conversation during class. But whatever it is, we are inseparable now. And I feel that it’s going to remain this way forever.

So now you know about them. The other two people that I love sharing my secrets with (You are and will always be the first).

I have kept my word.

It’s almost 10pm and I can barely keep my eyes open. Think I should go to sleep. Have a long day tomorrow – two 3 hour classes? Also, still have to figure out what to wear.

As I say goodbye, I’m sharing a photo of us.

Hope you like it.