Perched amongst real life toy houses, downtown Banff is stunning in the summertime . From quaint wooden log cabins to sleek & contemporary space station inspired architecture.
The streets are reminiscent of a joyful medieval age thats frozen in time and horse driven carriages replaced with fancy cars. Soft echoes of a rustic wooden fiddle fill the air, and just when you thought you were dreaming, you’d run into a quartet, swaying to tunes in their bubble of inspiration.
You can never visit Banff just once…
Definitely one of the most fascinating formations I’ve come across till date, the Hoodoos have a number of interesting descriptions – tent rocks, totem pole rocks, fairy chimneys, earth pyramids and my favorite – demoiselles coiffées which translates – ladies with hairdos!
Writing-On-Stone, a sacred landscape of the First Nations is a series of petroglyphs (rock carvings) and pictographs (rock carvings). You can’t help but feel a sense of calmness and awe, as you sit and contemplate life on one of these amazing rocks.
Commonly found carvings include – round bodied figures with large shields, square bodied and hourglass shaped bodies; animals – deer, elk, sheep, skunks, bears, antelope, dogs, snakes and bison.
Historically the tribe elders could also use these rock carvings to find their fortune and discover their future, as many in the Blackfoot Tribe believe that spirits made the rock carvings. This was their way of communicating with the sprit world in search of divine guidance. (How fascinating!)
Next week’s post: Banff National Park 😀
Being an Odiya, living in Gurgaon brings some very interesting perspectives to the table. To say the very least, I have actually been asked these questions and I’m constantly amused at what people think of us as a subculture. At the end of the day, it always makes for a good story.
Q1. But you’re so fair, how can you be from Odisha?
What exactly are we supposed to look like? Us Odiya folks are predominantly dusky, I know, but there’s variety everywhere people.
Q2. Do you speak Odissi at home?
Yes I speak in Odissi at home and Kathakali at work. Odissi is a dance form guys. The language is Odiya.
Q3. (When someone overhears you talking on the phone) Are you speaking in Assamese?
Just because it sounds like Assamese, doesn’t mean it is. As a language Odiya sounds similar to Bengali, Assamese, Nepali and Gujarati.
Q4. What sort of a surname is Pati?
“Hi Ria Pati, where’s you’re Patni hahahahah” Seriously? (no doubt its funny :P)
Q5. Check it out, I can speak some Oriya, “Khabo jabo peebo!”
Make it stop. Its Kaibaw, Peebaw, Jibaw. We’re quiet different from Bongs. We’re all Aw’s they’re all O’s.
Q6. Oh so you’re South Indian?
Yes and you need Geography 101.
Q7. Isn’t Odisha a backward state?
Its almost like meeting an Indian and saying “Oh so you’re from a third world country!”