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January 27, 2008

26th January, 2008

Time: 9.00 a.m.

Place: My home.

Situation: I’m still sleeping happily on my bed and my mom is busy with work. After some 5 to 10 minutes she comes to me and wakes me up. I get up go to the wash room, brush my teeth and come to the living room. My dad was not getting ready for office and after a moment I realize that it’s a national holiday (Indian Republic Day). Great. All family members at home. After that have breakfast, have a bath and all that daily routine.

Time: 12.00 noon.

Wow. Its republic day plus weekend, so special programs on TV. Saw 2 movies simultaneously.

Time: 4.00 p.m.

No nice program on TV. So boring.. ok lets sleep now..

Time: 6.30 p.m.

Get up again and have some snacks and again sit before tv.

Time: 11.00 p.m.

Ok. Enough of TV now and I retire to bed. And when I lie on my bed that I start thinking about it, it was my country’s republic day but I behaved as if it were any other holiday. Was it fair on my part? Don’t I love my country? Yes, I do. But why then, didn’t I feel the day as special? Was I being to selfish and concerned only about me, myself and my family? Or was I behaving similarly to what people call Gen Next??

On 26th January, 1950 our constitution came into existence and our 1st president took his position on that day. And every year after that a grand parade is held in New Delhi, and the president takes the salute from the different regiments of the army, navy and air force. And all this celebrations are covered live by different channels these days. Is this day all about hoisting flags in government offices and special programs on TV? Every one would say No.

Then what should we be doing? Should we just sit idle and talk about the greatness of those leaders who sacrificed their lives for the independence or should we just forget about the past and get along with our daily lives as usual? I thought about it for a long time but I dint get any answers for my questions.

I’m an INDIAN by heart and am proud to be one. But, why then do I feel this bemused and totally at lost of thoughts as to how I should be celebrating republic day. I do realize the importance of the day but I don’t feel like celebrating it. May be doing my work sincerely and thus contributing to the growth of the country will mean in the true sense celebrating it. Or may be if I help the needy, or if I free a child laborer, or contribute to the education of a poor student, may be then will I feel like celebrating that day.. Till that period of time I think I will have to sit like this and think about how to celebrate the republic day..



10 Comments leave one →
  1. CH RAG MAYUR permalink
    January 27, 2008 10:02 PM

    1st 5 lines choosi matter ardamaipoindi..
    gud blog..
    newayz gud going…

  2. anusha permalink
    January 27, 2008 11:28 PM

    in the middle of blog wen u had no idea how to celebrate the great day, i thought of suggesting u but i guess u hav lot of ideas urself tat u dont need advise of others.. anyways really very good blog..

  3. vishnu permalink
    January 28, 2008 8:22 AM

    when i started reading it looked like some lessons of our mcb where incidents at each time are reported.. finally reporting style also used anukuna.. but after reading few lines i got wat u actually wanted to miss mistery is puzzled!! [:P] well.. as anusha said.. u have lot of ideas.. ll see when ll u start implementing it.. [;)] but wat u said is rite.. nice thought.. gr8 going dear.. [:)]

  4. Jayasheela permalink
    January 28, 2008 7:40 PM

    I completely agree with u that may b v dont really know what to do and its become just another holiday….but dont b puzzled coz may be our take on patroitism doesnt just mean respecting d national symbols but a lot more…i think if v really contribute our bit in building a rational,literate and prosperous india our job is done…

  5. bunny permalink
    January 29, 2008 8:02 AM

    aaaj kal kya ho raha hai radhika ko??:P ppl define patriotism in their own ways……. and i hope wat u all said is nt just wishful thinking..oly time will tell us tht 😀

  6. sujay permalink
    January 29, 2008 2:33 PM

    ur last 2 posts over shadowed by this one .. gr8 one .. continue the same ..

  7. ram permalink
    February 1, 2008 12:14 AM

    Entire family at home???
    R u sure madam? Don’t u think some one was missing?

  8. Mystery permalink
    February 1, 2008 7:19 PM

    entire family means the one who are presently living in the home..
    u are in indore and come here once in 3 months. after 4 months i guess, i ll edit &write one was out of station.

  9. Priyanka Tadipatri permalink
    February 4, 2008 8:30 PM

    Hey there!
    I was always confused with the funda of taking a Holiday on 26th January!

    I understand Republic day, as the day when the first president was recruited.It was a day, that marked the beginning of work, in this independent country, and we laze our asses around, promptly!We spend time around Televisions, or with friends just with the excuse of the whole country enjoying a day off!

    Instead, if the day was marked as a day of ‘a Half times extra work’ or ‘double work’…just once in an year, people,can get to know of the real value of starting off and running an independent system responsibly.

    Peace out!

  10. Mystery permalink
    February 7, 2008 4:43 PM


    hey i completely agree with u.. may b the feel of celebration i was talking of comes if we work fr some extra time..
    thnx fr visiting my blog

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