The tempo of the day is set very early in the morning when TV sets do the live telecast of Republic Day Parade. Watching the various creative and colorful jhaankis, listening to the drum beats and admiring the Indian Armed Forces marching together as if they are weaved in a single thread, fills us with pride.
I have vivid memories of celebrating the Indian Republic Day with much enthusiasm when I was in school. I delivered speeches full of quotes of martyrs and patriotic anecdotes. I also remember how I was nicknamed ‘Bharat Mata’ because I just wouldn’t hear anything against my country and with a short hair cut and a sharp nose, I tried to look like late Indira Gandhi.
Things haven’t changed much for me since then.
My love for India is unadulterated and is based on sheer adoration for the land I am born in. I wouldn’t exchange it for any other country. This love has only increased manifolds after I got married to a man who is serving the country in the best possible way with the best of his abilities.
Here are 10 reasons we should be proud of India:
2. India is an inspiration to many artists all over the world. We many not have registered numerous wins at Nobels and Oscars (that’s a different story of bias) but India has inspired many artists all over the world.
|(L-R: Max Muller, Einstein, Mark Twain, William Dalrymple)|
3. The Jugaad Technology: I recently read a research paper by two Harward University professors who did years long research on Jugaad! This Jugaad isn’t just all about fun and DIY, it stems from our long learnt survival skills.
7. Made In India: From classical folk dances to the branded clothes and from softwares to thousands of movies in a year, it is all made in India.
8. The Indian Democracy: Nothing explains Indian democracy better than these pictures.
9. The Indian Food: Who can resist the taste? Be it masala chai, chicken tikka, idli-dosa, naans or jalebi.
10. The Great Indian Reply
‘We don’t need appointments for a dinner with our parents’, Aishwarya Rai had nailed it in The David Letterman Show!
And then this happens only in India.
That’s A.G. Raju, Civil Aviation Minister (from BJP) giving hats off to Shashi Tharoor (from Congress) on the latter’s eloquent speech.
And this also happens only in India
And this perfectly defines India.