Any working class Indian would cry foul if national festivals like ‘Republic day’ falls on a weekend. Because, we need such holidays to skip work on a weekday and pamper ourselves with sleep till noon or go out with loved ones for a movie or even a day trip etc., If we all dig our memories back to schooldays, do we ever care NOW to think and remember all those famous people who made our country for what it is today? Forget all that, do we have time to participate in any local event where our tri-colored flag is hoisted? How about a thought of standing and respecting our national anthem for at least once in a year?
After all we love to laze our soul and body on such national holidays because we are all common people. But the question – is this a right trend? Where are we heading to? With growing age, we have become absolute redundant folks who cannot be compared even with kids! Glad there are many educational institutions who celebrate all national holidays with pride and share the importance of occasion among the young minds. There are exceptions there too… I was shocked to hear from a couple of neighborhood kids that their school has given them holiday as the school doesn’t have a play ground nor sufficient area to erect a flag pole to celebrate such national festivals. In our great country, even education is a BUSINESS! After all this, should I talk about the souls that run MNCs? Whose job is it any way to celebrate?
Now let me share the story of a different kind of life where that piece of cloth having three colors mean everything! Yes, I am talking about the brave soldiers who are working day and night without any such holiday privileges like what we have. One of my distant cousin who is currently posted at Ladakh was here at my home yesterday, needless to say he is with Indian Army. He had some amazing photos to share and this post is an outcome of those pics. These photos were clicked during the independence day celebrations on August 15th at an altitude of 18,500+ feets! All this is a part of their life despite the subzero temperature conditions over there.
I have a huge number of photos to share which have been sourced from him. I will publish them soon under a new post since each pic needs a special mention. With this motivation, all I want to convey is – Let us celebrate all national festivals with a genuine interest. Let us try to be a part of celebrations at any level starting from your offices, local clubs, schools etc., if nothing works out form an association with like minded people and celebrate the event with great interest. Let us spread the word of importance about each occasion. And finally take a pledge to ‘Be The Reason’.