I went to an Indian madrasah for one year only in Simlak. But the corporal punishment was quite excessive, especially for a girl, and I did not last there. So I studied here in the UK
I've never been to Toronto and on the rest of your post
I'm not from Rander, but I've spent alot of time there. My husband studied there. Shaykh Raza Ajmeri was a true saint of Allah. I've heard much of him from my husband who was very close to him. My husband assisted his son, Qari Sahib in compiling his biography after he passed away 'Tazhkiratul Raza'. Its in Urdu. I see you’ve started a thread about Qari Rashid sb so if you understand Urdu and you're able to get a copy of it, it is quite beautiful to read.
Shaykh Ajmeri was one amongst millions and unknown to westerners. But there are many saints and scholars in India and other parts of the sub-continent that are little known in the west but who are gems and mountains of knowledge, taqwa and ma'rifat. Some of the greatest shuyookh of ilm and tasawwuf are never mentioned on SF or even the internet, but they are the ones that keep the world going round. In the west, the public tends to pick a few scholars who are masha allah good orators are then everything revolves around them. The true saints of Allah are forgotten by the western Muslims and this is why we are left feeling so dissatisfied with our scholars.
You can go to small cities like Rander in India, but even more so in northern India, and find hundreds of aalims who are exactly what they should be in terms of ilm, zuhd and taqwa. You just need to know where to look. May Allah enable us to benefit from them all.