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Happy Birthday, Munira Version 3.0!

November 22, 2020 – Toronto. It was exactly one year ago today that I had my second stem cell transplant and Munira Version 3.0 was born.

I like this version.  She is feisty, resilient and courageous. She gets into trouble sometimes because she doesn’t always follow the rules. She is forging her own path, unapologetically. She is prone to asking for forgiveness, rather than permission. She is strong in living her values.

She is different from Version 2.0 that made her debut on Feb 15, 2013. Munira Version 2.0 was known for being kind and compassionate, a bit weary from the wounds. She approached life with grace and gratitude, just thankful to be alive. It took her a while to find her place and come into her own.

Alas, after 6 ½ years, Version 2.0 started to slow down, the hardware started to malfunction. Dr. Rodger Tiedemann, the technical wizard in charge, made the call that a major upgrade was sorely required. The goal of the upgrade was to keep the system functional for another 3 to 3 ½ years.


Thanksgiving during COVID

Thanksgiving at the Premji household is a sacred event. A time for family to come together, connect heartfully, hug tightly, share stories, listen, reflect on what we are thankful for and offer prayers, and mostly importantly eat Turkey!

Due to COVID, we could not celebrate Thanksgiving together as a family this year. So, we got creative. Each family made one dish and brought their creation on our deck at 2:30 pm. For 15-20 minutes they waited, socially distanced, exchanging air kisses and virtual hugs. Like elves, we worked quickly to assemble everyone’s goodies into an enormous Thanksgiving platter for each family, complete with delectable turkey, flavoured rice, appetizers (samosas, kachori, cornish pastries), smashed sweet potatoes with marshmallows, home-made cheesecake and cookies, treats and personal notes. Sabrina and I delivered these to each family in costume. I’m not sure what the costume was, but it was a bit loud and ridiculous and fun!


Toronto Lit Up: Virtual Book Launch and Reading

Thursday, July 23rd at 8 p.m.

So what do you do when you have a published book and all the planned in-person events to launch the book get cancelled because of COVID?  It’s like being Cinderella with a wonderful fairy Godmother, a stunning gown and no party to go to. 

You could wait until the pandemic is over and hold live events when permitted.

Or you could find new and creative ways to launch the book virtually when the world is largely physically distancing. 

In a strange way, this is exactly the lesson that cancer has taught me. (more…)

Launching My Podcast – Choosing Hope: Ordinary People doing Extraordinary Things

This week, I realized another bucket list item – to become a podcast host!  My podcast is called Choosing Hope: Ordinary People doing Extraordinary Things, and it officially launched this week. 

Each week, I interview ordinary, everyday people who are doing exceptional things, and give them a platform to talk about their passion and purpose. You will hear people from around the world doing interesting things. People who have started an organization, come up with new ways of doing things, advanced their thinking on a topic and volunteered for specific causes. Through their work, each one of these individuals is (more…)

A Turtle, 2 Fish and Mother’s Day

Four weeks ago, Sabrina and Afzal adopted a turtle in an aquarium.  A few days later, the previous owner of the turtle begged them to also adopt their two fish as they were leaving the country and the fish had no home. Sabrina and Afzal agreed to take the fish, albeit a little reluctantly.

This addition to their family has caused some joy, chaos and unpredictability in their – and our – lives. (more…)

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