Integrated in Celebrating India – by Sumangala Bhattacharya22/10/2012
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What a great day my dear Indians, what a marvelous day! It was such fun to come together and celebrate the 66th Independence day of India. We, those who gathered there, were as different in our regional origins as the food we were sharing….starting from beautiful pav bhaji and khichdi, to dhokla, boiled egg and raw sushi! This is how we all add our flavours, to the magical blend, we call India.
It was very thoughtful of Geet and Sheetal to come up with games that originated in India. It reminded me of my childhood days, when we used to play such games in our dusty playground. When we were about to play today, I realised, some of us knew half-of the rules and some knew them thoroughly! It was so much fun that everybody was trying to explain to everybody what this game was about! I had a very scattered understanding of the game in the beginning, but once it started, the pieces came together and it became very, very interesting! I still catch myself smiling on my own when thinking about this game, and how we ran and fell, shouted and clapped! Oh, how we enjoyed playing together!
And there was the 3-legged race, my God! The most strange and funny game of all…I (Kaustuv too) was so bad at it! It seemed so easy to be able to walk with 3 legs, but its not, no no..not at all!
The games for the children were great fun to watch too. More fun to watch were the parents, especially the mothers! Full of excitement (even more than the participants!), encouraging their kids to win! Poor Anvita (about 7-8 yrs, I guess) had to compete with Tejasvi (3½ yrs I think), and to be fair to the fellow contestant she tried her best to walk as slow as she could. It was funny to watch such a competition, but it was also rewarding to see that she believes in the concept of being fair even when she competes. There’s a lot to learn from these kids.
Honestly, I was too tired (missing the exercise I promise myself to do everyday and then conveniently forget!) after playing Kho-kho, so the rest of the day I spent chatting with all the nice people around me. The sun was shining and the breeze was pleasant…I could not have asked for anything more, I had a magical time! The event was drawing to an end, as we sang our National Anthem, all of us together, in the sacred spirit of unity.
The celebration of Independence was given its full honour, when everybody extended their helping hands to the helpless and the needy of India, by responding whole heartedly to our appeal of supporting the cause of our country’s wellbeing. You have shown that you love, that you care and that we will always be there for one another.
Admin Note: We would like to thank all of you who supported the cause of helping the two NGOs in India. We can confirm that the NGOs have received the help. Also, you can click here to see the pictures from the Indpendence Day 2012