Art, Photography

Hi, January 2017!

Hope you're getting back on track with your work or school after the winter break! My January started off at a tango party. The morning of January 1st was calm, cozy and fun. It started off with coffee and favorite movies from childhood and finished off with sitting next to the first live Christmas tree… Continue reading Hi, January 2017!


Hi, December!

YEY, December! My favorite month of the year! This year December started off for me with an allnighter. I was trying to finish up my slides for a talk at Canada Math Society. But other than that the first day of December was slightly foggy and very cozy. BTW, if you happen to speak Russian,… Continue reading Hi, December!

Art, Photography

First Impressions of November!

This November started off with the Fields Medal Symposium (read more about how it went over here). The day was so bright and sunny that I just had to take some pics from my balcony and on my way to the public opening of the Symposium. How did your November start off?

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Photo Etude 3: Profile

I've been meaning to post this one for a while. It's my mom reading a concert program at Casa Loma. It was a chilly and rainy evening. Both of us were tired. On a different note, my mom has a super-power of discovering concerts, modern art exhibits and other cool events around the city. This… Continue reading Photo Etude 3: Profile

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Hi, October 2016!

  The First Impressions of Each Month Photo Series: October edition! My October started off with a rain, an early rise, and a teaching session. Afternoon and evening were charged with positive energy and lots of work related to performing and rehearsing for the Little Mermaid Show (refer here: ) The day ended off with… Continue reading Hi, October 2016!

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Hi, September!

September made a great first impression this year! Sunny weather, beautiful storms, fragrant flowers in every convenience store- lovely!  But have you noticed that September feels very differently from all the summer months? Something changes abruptly on September 1st and you no longer can pretend that you are in July even if it is hot… Continue reading Hi, September!

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Photo Etude 2: Unexpected guest

Woke up today to a thick fog outside my balcony and this creature on my windowsill.

Art, Photography

Photo Etude 1: Still life (over-edited)

Sometimes over-editing a pic of a mundane still life is just what you need.

Art, Photography, Travel

The Nemo Quarry: Mystery Unsolved

Once upon a time Mount Nemo was a home of a small operating quarry.  Then, "the regional Conservation Authority obtained  this land in 1959 to prevent expansion of a quarry operation.* Over 50 years later, a narrow road leads to that quarry abandoned by humans and invaded by trees. Upon turning left at the end… Continue reading The Nemo Quarry: Mystery Unsolved

Art, Photography, Travel

Longhouses, caught dreams and adopted trees

Imagine that you are 9 years old Iroquoian child living in a village in the 15th century. The summer is coming to an end but the sky is still this blue. You live in a longhouse And your neighbours are building another longhouse of their own. There are hundreds of beautiful imperfections around you When… Continue reading Longhouses, caught dreams and adopted trees

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Toronto: exploring the big picture

Art, Creative writing, Lifestyle, Photography, Relationships

The Monster of Gratitude

As he sat at the table in front of me, I could see the heavy monster of gratitude sitting on his shoulders, squishing his breath out and leaving him speechless. It is easy to deny the fact that gratitude is all that is left in a relationship.  Gratitude is a ‘big’ feeling. It tricks you… Continue reading The Monster of Gratitude

Art, Math, Outreach, Photography

WHERE pigs fly…

  When was the last time you have seen a piggy with wings? I have seen one this morning! And, as you see, I have a picture to prove it 🙂 I am working at the Math Kangaroo Summer Camp at U of T right now and it is housed right next to a physics… Continue reading WHERE pigs fly…

Art, Creative writing, Lifestyle, Photography, Relationships

Self Portrait

“Can I paint your portrait, Madame?” - shouts a stray artist on a busy street “No. thank you” – I say “It is a mistake, Madame. I have been painting for N-years and ladies chase me, begging to draw their portraits” “Then ask one of those ladies to pose for you.” “Don’t you want to… Continue reading Self Portrait

Art, Grad School, Photography, Research

That day when I completed my coursework

  This is my work desk. A usual desk of a grad school student. Do you think that in grad school we get paid to read interesting books? Sometimes we do. We like some books more than others, but the most important part of grad school is to convince yourself that something that you must… Continue reading That day when I completed my coursework

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Abandoned tandem bike on a sad pathway

  There is a pathway in my city that has many memories tied to it.  Usually this little road makes me sad, but if taking this road is unavoidable, I try to turn on some music, that is also tied to some memories and try to make the best out of that walk.  It was… Continue reading Abandoned tandem bike on a sad pathway