Sari on the Snow


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A wholy unfamilliar world, yet not so different as it seems. Join Shasi Kalia as she recounts her immigration from Punjab, India to Cold Lake, Alberta.

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Take a pint-sized woman in a Sari, add a large dash of wit and grace, and you have the delightfully humorous and riveting story of Wonder Woman Conquers Canada’s North”. Shashi Kalia’s story of her immigration to Canada from India is a beautifully written tale of the cultural nuances of learning to live in and love a new country. A must read!

Audra Hollingshead Author and former University of Alberta senate member

The value of this book lies, I believe, in the way in which it brings alive the experiences of a young Hindu Family meeting a totally new culture in northern Alberta and eventually successfully making the great adjustment to the demands of that culture. In very personal and often vividly frank terms Shashi brings home to her reader the life – sometimes painful, sometimes happy and sometimes funny – she lived during her years in Cold Lake. The result is an account that is deeply rewarding to a western reader.

Jack Bilsland PhD English Professor Emeritus University of Alberta

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Weight 300 g
Dimensions 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.6 in


  1. Staff

    Reviewed by Rick, 03/07/15

    Shashi has written an honest and moving account of her arrival in Canada with her family in 1961. Her faith and courageous spirit helped her to endure the hard times and take joy in the kindness so many of her neighbours and friends. Her story will confirm what so many of us know, that most Canadians are welcoming and open and eager to help those who have chosen to live here find their own place in Canada.
    – migrated from (old store)

  2. Rebekah Allen

    I fully enjoyed Sari on the Snow! Sashi and her husband were pioneers from India that made Alberta their home. This honest, intelligent account of integrating into Canadian culture provides an enjoyable narrative as well as an insightful perspective of what it is like to be a young mother from a foreign country in a small Alberta community. Thanks for sharing your memories, Shashi!

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