Portrait of a Vancouver Cabbie: An immigrant’s continuous journey in search of a better life
This is an account of an immigrant searching for a milkand- honey soaked life of West, hop-scotching continents, countries and cities until reaching the magical home in the furthest Western edge of Earth, where survival and assimilation, cross-culture, hope, aspiration and a million other issues that studded his landscape. Driving a cab brought him close to a diverse clientele, a little more than taking them for the proverbial ride. His other actions of the day articulated to shun a conflict. The time lapse between trips induced him to introduce a personal mode of intertwining stories like the way scenes change as observed through a mobile taxi-driverĘs windows. Born in Muzaffarpur, India, in 1940 and brought up in Benaras. He worked as a school teacher in Calcutta before learning photography and its related trades in Jaipur. This skill brought him to Sweden in 1969 where his romance began and marriage thereafter in Poland. They immigrated to Toronto in 1973. He worked there as a technician in a commercial studio. After a brief interlude in Sweden again and in Santa Cruz, California, he settled in Vancouver in 1978 and his family joined him in 1979. This true story reflects the life of a struggler coping adverse norms, a purpose to have patience and hope for future, while sharing his observation and common concern with readers. Along with taxi experiences, he discussed his ancestral background recorded since 1079 AD and phases of historical calamities reflecting political and social changes worldwide and spread of terrorism.
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