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It Happens only in India!

August 15, 2009

“On August 15th, 1947, India became free. Free to celebrate its diversity and differences, its many languages, faiths and cultures. Free to be different and respected for it. Sixty-two years later, we need to preserve and protect this grand heritage from being torn apart.’ — 11th August, Young world, The Hindu.

That day when I read these two lines, I was stuck there and read it again and again. These two or three lines could wonderfully articulate the feelings of majority of Indians. I guess it’s time we stop resting on the laurels of our freedom struggle and act upon a number of issues which are threatening to break up our diversity or culture or rather the ‘Indian’ness in us.

For me India is a place where we find different kinds of people, all are different form one another in terms of language, religion, region and many more factors. The only thing and the most important thing that connects all of us is the fact that we are INDIANS.

For those of you who are new to the country, my friend, this is India for you:

We are secular and yet we ask people to write down their religion in every single form they have to fill.

We are tolerant and yet we fight over petty issues.

We respect women and worship them, and the same we at times, attack women.

We hate hypocrites and yet we ourselves are hypocrites at times.

Even though we have eye witnesses to a crime, we give a chance of fair trial to the guilty.

We crib and complain about the government and the same we stand up and speak up for the country when needed.

We sometimes forget our real-life heroes and at other times we worship them like gods.

We have the ability to laugh at ourselves, and also complain again the wrong things happening here.

We are not this and that we have a part of everything and that’s the reason we all live happily together.

We have innumerable traditions and religions to follow that we start fighting over which one is the best among them.

We are not this or that we are a bit of everything and we love to be like that. We love ourselves, we hate ourselves, we help ourselves, we fight among ourselves, and yet we are Indian. And we are surely proud of ourselves.  Yes, we are proud of it. And why shouldn’t we be? When there are differences between 3 or 4 people of a family, how can we expect 1billion of us to be the same? When nothing is perfect, how can a country with such a huge population be perfect?

There are all type of people here. Some narrow-minded, some broad minded. Some sane, some insane. Some stupid, some clever and yes some of them are normal also :). If there are devils outs there so are gods and I bet the gods are more in number.

Happy Independence Day to all of you reading this!


P.S:  Swaram’s post will show you a glimpse of India in pictures 🙂

P.P.S: This post has paragraphs that are illogically structured, but then this is also part of my Indianness 🙂

20 Comments leave one →
  1. August 15, 2009 12:30 AM

    Happy Independence Day Mystery!:) Now I will read the post:)
    Happy independence day to you too Indyeah 🙂

    • August 20, 2009 1:50 PM

      so she claimed the first place… eh !!
      Yes she finally claimed it 🙂

  2. August 15, 2009 12:44 AM

    Sixty-two years later, we need to preserve and protect this grand heritage from being torn apart.’
    I SO agree Mystery !! Exactly my sentiments and those of so many Indians like us.

    I want my country to touch the skies.. to go where no nation has gone before..

    Yes indyeah, we want our India to touch the skies and i hope to see it turn to reality one day.
    Happy Independence Day once again! 🙂
    thank you

  3. August 15, 2009 8:45 AM

    loved that first line!!!!!!!!! we are a country of extremes!!!!!!!!!!
    happy independence day 😛
    yes we are a country of extremes indeed! happy independence day to you too 🙂

  4. August 15, 2009 9:07 PM

    heyy, thanks for mentioning us bloggers in this post. Thats so sweet of you !!! Where ???? towards the end…insane, stupid, devils, etc 😉

    Happy Independence Day !!! 😀 😀
    LOL..happy independence day to you too 🙂

    • August 16, 2009 9:12 PM

      ROFL 😀
      I was also laughing like you when i read the comment 🙂

  5. August 15, 2009 10:44 PM

    Happy Independence Day, Mystery!
    You too Smitha.
    Loved your post!
    Thank you
    We do have so many things to be proud of.. Our journey of the last 62 years has in no way been perfect – but we did come a long – even if we had a long way to go..
    So true smitha.. the journey hasnt been perfect but yes we have achieved a lot of things in this 62 years..but as you said.. we still have a long way to go..
    What a wonderful way of commemorating our Independence day!
    Me 🙂

  6. August 16, 2009 12:42 PM

    Happy indpendence day.Very well written.
    Thanks Saritha..Belated wishes to you too

  7. August 16, 2009 9:17 PM

    ‘We are not this and that we have a part of everything and that’s the reason we all live happily together’

    Profound thoughts! Each point true to the core! Thatz what makes us n we luv it 🙂

    Proud to be an Indian! Belated wishes Mystery 🙂
    yes swaram..thats what makes us..All of us proud of this.. Belated wishes to you too
    Thanks for the link 🙂
    You are welcome Swaram.. i loved all the pics in your post so had no other option but to link it here 🙂

  8. August 16, 2009 10:54 PM

    beautifully structured… and interwined with other posts as welll…
    cant think of a better way to express how we are Indians…. we are like this wonly! 🙂 kudos!
    Glad that you liked it Ashwathy. Yes. we are like this wonly 😉

  9. August 17, 2009 5:17 AM

    Reminds me of the song! It happens only in india! I used to love that song 😀
    That was one wonderful song! I love it!

  10. August 18, 2009 6:23 AM

    Happy Independence Day, Mystery!
    You too Solilo
    We are diverse and proud of it but we are also proud of the fact that we are united in this diversity. It is not easy to stay close and find a common link with varied cultures, languages, attires but we do…all of us have something in common and that’s what binds matter where we are, what we are, what we do.
    Yes solilo.. in spite of all our differences we have something binds us together and as long as we let that bond grow, we are one happy country..the problem arises when some narrow minded people start pointing out the differences and try to neglect the similarities we share…
    Beautiful post!
    Thank you 🙂

  11. August 18, 2009 1:33 PM

    Happy Independence Day.. or week Mystery 🙂
    You Too IHM 🙂
    I strongly agree with I guess it’s time we stop resting on the laurels of our freedom struggle and act upon a number of issues which are threatening to break up our diversity or culture or rather the ‘Indian’ness in us. This is most important today. I fear we have started seeing ourselves as more a part of our regions than our country.
    So true IHM. We are trying to see ourselves based on regions, religions and stuff…Hope this is gone some day
    Lovely post, this is exactly what we need to remember … the best way to celebrate this day is by remembering how precious our new found (we are still a young nation) independence is, and how easy it is for us to go the Pakistan and Afghanisatan way 😦
    Yes, IHM its so easy for us to go the other way. Hope we all live in harmony and fight against all odds as ONE country..

  12. August 19, 2009 9:56 PM

    Is it too late to wish you a Very Happy Independence Day?!! 🙂 🙂

    Finally delurking on a very beautiful post! 🙂 🙂
    No Pixie, it’s not late at all.. Happy Independence day to you too 🙂

  13. August 20, 2009 9:03 AM

    Wow.. well said…
    we are the way we are.. we pity ourselves, hate ourselves,grumble about ourselves but we still love ourselves…
    so we get a post from you on every independence day i guess.
    Thanks stari:) a post on every independence day..well i am not sure.. sometimes i get this sudden urge to put down all the feelings and sometimes i just sit idle… u know na..

  14. August 20, 2009 1:50 PM

    Lovely post… and I am very late… !!

    Happy Indepence… !!!
    Thank you.. happy independence to u too..

  15. August 23, 2009 5:07 AM

    gee i am later than ever!!!!!!!!

    happy independence mysteryyyyyyyy!!!!


    well written post mystery! i really liked this –

    “We are not this and that we have a part of everything and that’s the reason we all live happily together.”

    yes! i hope more and more ppl realise the essence of our nation, being diverse without losing individuality!

    Better late than never crafty 🙂
    Hugs to you too…
    “being diverse without losing individuality!”–this is so true crafty..

  16. August 26, 2009 9:22 AM

    Happy being independent 🙂
    Me too 🙂

  17. August 29, 2009 12:05 AM

    As there is saying its never too late to give wishing and greeting to somebody so..

    Happy Independance day 🙂
    its never too late Rashmi..Wish u the same 🙂

  18. September 9, 2009 1:10 AM

    yahi to India ki khasiyat hai.. hum thode aise hain, thode vaise.. gud to know ur from Hyd.. 🙂
    welcome here 🙂 rightly said, thode aise thode vaise par dil se sache 🙂

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