The Indian Republic Day


Wishing a very happy Republic Day to my fellow Indians!

Shihanspeaks

RepublicDay-Parade-2013-011Ah, the Indian Republic Day! The parades, the tableaus, the march past…the show of strength…

I remember when we were kids…switching on the television early morning, watching India at its finest, on Doordarshan (the only channel available). The commentary was a damper (very boring, and it hasn’t got better) but the excitement of watching the parade more than made up for it. There were cheers, some disappointments depending on how good or bad the Karnataka state tableau turned out to be…Indian Republic DayWatching the airshow, the planes flying past in formations, painting the sky with the colors of the Indian flag…and the record breaking motorcycle daredevils, who managed to somehow cram more people per square inch of bike space, every single year!

Over time, the number of channels increased and hence the options, and gradually the only thing that remained was the holiday mood. There was talk of even doing away with…

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