Saturday, August 23, 2008

In Dependence

Much to my dismay and displeasure I was recently made a building representative (our housing complex has 30 buildings, each building has its own building committee, there is a central committee made up of building representatives). My main complain was that no one single person should have more than one portfolio (I am already joint treasurer, a job which has its own demands). All these jobs are even more demanding because all these jobs are honorary. Being a building representative means that you have to attend a meeting of the central committee on the last Sunday of each month, and attend all the other incidental events as they come.

Such an event was Independence Day. At 9:30 a.m. the flag hoisting ceremony was supposed to take place, followed by a football tournament. What better way to ‘celebrate’ our independence! The flag hoisting occurred amid a drizzle with about 20 people gathered, and about 25 kids looking patiently at the toffee packets to be opened soon. Our complex has about a 1000 residents.

This is the first flag-hoisting I have attended since I was a kid in school. I would not have attended it if I did not have a portfolio sort of a thing. The national anthem was sung. People looked serious and attentive and patriotic. Then everyone shouted Vande Mataram – Hail Mother. Then everyone was busy with the football match. I came home because I had loads of script checking to do and it was drizzling harder anyway.

After a decent amount of script-checking I got a call from my friends, arrangements are made to pay tribute to the Indian Spirit. Going to a friend’s place I found that arrangements indeed were made – made rather well as a matter of fact. There was chicken, there were fruits, there was salad, and there was something from Vijay Mallya’s cellar as well. As promised by the scenes in front of all Foreign Liquor Off Shops (why Off I never have found out!) the last evening, I was certain that we were celebrating the day just like majority of Indians. What better way to celebrate democracy!

As a matter of fact democracy is in Indian blood. The other day I had an argument with a student. He was saying since everyone takes bribe why should it not be turned into a rule! I did not know what to say. Majority wins.

4 comments:

ugich konitari said...

I have often wondered what Independence day celebration means on a family level. We never seem to look beyond the "display"....Chief guest/flag hoisting/speeches/show of power.

The students of our campus, one Independence Day, once did a relay run with the flag, from the Gateway of india to our campus , 35 kms; they then ran up our Hill with the flag and hoisted it just when the school children started on the anthem down at the Gymkhana grounds....

So much more meaningful and fun, and ALL planned by the students. (No speeches, no power display, and no z-plus attitudes)

Sayani said...

independence is with independent spirit....

i was hearing FM where the anchor was asking some random people what is our national song....

i was not surprised that any one did nt turned out with correct answer....
it doesnt mean wether we know our national song or not ....the thing that matter is we don't know our roots...and thats a pity....
how can we think ti fly high without knowing our own roots....
Jai hind !!!!

Sucharita Sarkar said...

Well your Independence day celebrations were definitely in the right SPIRIT! That's the, er, spirit! Keep up the, er, spirited celebrations, and long live the nation and all its nationals, including the good Dr Mallya. Cheers!

BTW, Liquor shops are called OFF, because one cannot drink liquor ON the premises, like they can in bars, etc. So, liquor is only SOLD there, but can be drunk only OFF the premises. (Maybe this rule was made to prevent the shopkeepers from drinking while on duty, and it also prevents the hassles of inebriated intoxicant-sellers).

Mystic Margarita said...

A truly 'spirited' celebration, I must say! :)

 
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