18 December 2009

Oh Baby, It’s Frigid Outside!

prairie-snow-fallTemperatures in Calgary were no different than those experienced in the Arctic Circle today. At its worst, the mercury plunged to -31C today morning without wind chill. Edmonton, hardly 3-hr-drive from here, was reported to be the coldest place in North America yesterday, according to the Weather Channel, at one point the frostiest in the world with the wind chill of -58.4C.
I live in northern Prairies, and for me yesterday was a horrible day.


I was trapped in my chamber for 72 hours, never being able to see outside world.
It was a very bad weather. Snowy typhoons blowing and howling with the sound of a wolf. At 10:30 night, I tried to go out. I had nothing to eat at home. Fit into my winter jackets, I walked toward 7/11 to get a can of milk and a pack of ‘wonder bread.’
Oh, it was frightening. The wind brings the chill of the Arctic through the Prairie-wilderness and breaks my spirit. I see the snow dunes formed by the blowing wind.


I walked into the virgin snow. It was a surrealist feel. But I couldn't pull my leg out, snow filling socks and shoes. I tried to feel my leg. I have no leg. I walked a frozen walking with someone's legs.
I struggled to reach the apartment, cold and breathless, with none at home to share my feelings.
I went straight to the oven to get warmed. I wheeze an asthmatic cough, an asthmatic cough of my loneliness, an asthmatic cough of sadness, desperately losing my homeland.
Though scared, I meditated upon this life chance to take to my heart’s hidden picture gallery, only to open in India when I retire, or open at the time of my death, to have a cool, white presence of an angel, instead of a fierce Satan.
Alberta is an energy province of Canada. With all multinational and national petroleum companies operating in Alberta , Canada is growing into an energy superpower and is the largest single exporter of crude oil to the U.S.
There are hundreds of Malayali families settled in Alberta province.

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