Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Happy 62nd Republic Day India!

The kids in the neighborhood created this rangoli (floor art) - hence the unusual spellings! At 9.00am the neighborhood convened for the flag hoisting. A lot of people were dressed in traditional india clothes in the colors of the flag (green and orange). I was straight from the tennis court and not appropriately attired! Simon and Wills were off work/school today - but Adam lost out being away at camp - though I'm not feeling sorry for him as I'm sure he's having a lot of fun.
The security team in their uniforms marched up for the flag hoisting ceremony. They had been seen practicing over the last few days.
The flag was duly hoisted as confetti fell from its folds. It was a very nice moment being part of this ceremony with our neighbors here in Vista.
The man of the day is obviously Mahatma Ghandi, who was duly honored. There followed a short presentation in the club house with some dancing (wouldn't be India without!) and presentations from some of the older kids about freedom and what it means in the world today. Their talks centered on the movie "No-one killed Jessica." The movie is the story of a model, Jessica Lall, who also worked part-time in a bar and was shot dead in 1999. The alleged killer was the son of a wealthy congressman, the witnesses all suddenly disappeared or suffered from amnesia and the verdict: not guilty. Following intense media and political pressure the judgement was appealed and eventually the alleged was rightly found guilty. It's a movie I now wish to see.

I leave you with some of my favorite words from one of India's, no the world's, best.

"Be the change you want to see in the world"

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