Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Independence Day

"We end today a period of ill fortune and India discovers herself again. The achievement we celebrate today is but a step, an opening of opportunity, to the greater triumphs and achievements that await us. Are we brave enough and wise enough to grasp this opportunity and accept the challenge of the future?"
Mahatma Ghandi

The answer to the great man's question.......I guess it is ongoing!

Independance day in India is celebrated with respect for the wisdom of our elders. A sometimes, somewhat forgotten angle in the western world where eternal youth is the aim whether by the knife, injectables, the latest magic berry juice or wrinkle vanishing cream. I was chatting with my Dad the other day when he mentioned being evacuated in WW11 to some big house in the countryside where his mother had been in service. What I say...you were evacuated?, how long for? what was it like? Grandma was in service (Downton Abbey style?!?!!?)..but Grandpa was a head master? and so on. We learn about modern history at school but sometimes forget it is not all theory. There are still those alive who have lived it! Stories handed down that we need to ask about and listen to or they will be lost forever in the annals of time. Ads studies a bit about WW11 this year at school and I know who I will be referring him to for a bit of personal comment!!

Anyway, Vista gathered in saffron, white and green to celebrate.

Security had been seen (and heard) practicing the flag raising ceremony all week, which passed off without incident!

The formalities complete, we retired to the party hall. for what no Indian function is without dancing, music and food!! Kids from the neighborhood danced and sang. Medals from the previous weeks sports day distributed and breakfast was served!!


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