Celebrating the tricolour !

One more independence day ! One more occasion to look back with pride, consternation, happiness, sadness, fear, joy. Its been a mixed bag. For a long time now. Perhaps, from day one !

There were scores of people who struggled with a vision to get us out of where we were. And our progress in the recent times, must have had their hearts glad. As we as a nation, rise from the ashes of a bygone era. One part of their hearts, at least. While the other parts mourn the…well, theres a long list there as well.

My camera caught these pictures. And i wondered if we will ever be able to completely break out the shackles and move ahead. Up and away. Move beyond symbolism to solidity. Despite the silly politicians and a sicker fickle mind in the collective mass called ‘us’. Hopefully we will.

Will we be able to ensure every child is educated, and build a stronger future for all. A future where caste, creed and other similar words were words that people look up in the dictionary to find the meaning of. Hopefully we will.

Will we be able to turn corruption on its head ? Consolidate our gains. Cut our losses. Wring out the bad. Ring in the new. Think differently. Take on the world. March with pride. Hopefully we will.

The fluttering of the Indian flag has always had my heart flutter a while. To see it flutter on this blog has given a strange happiness. To hear the tune of the national anthem here, brings a tinge of happy moist to a dry eye and a satisfaction to the heart.

Along with a moistness in the eye is a bizarre feeling in the heart that ‘all is well’ ! The mind refuses to believe all is well. The heart seems to say ‘i know better’ ! As the mind & heart battle it out…Here is Tagore. This used to be a prayer song in school. Now, it is a prayer that escapes my lips every other day !

Where the mind is without fear and the head held high;
Where knowledge is free;
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls;
Where words come out from the depth of truth;
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection;
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way into the dreary desert sand of dead habit;
Where the mind is led forward by Thee into ever-widening thought and action;
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.

Happy Independence Day ! May the spirit of freedom be with us all !


Now for some trivia !

I saw this temple at Madurai. At first glance you dont notice anything. ( i didnt for so many years)

But then, upon closer look….

Would you know of any other temple where Gandhi is placed alongside the Gods ! That was very interesting !! BTW, there is Nehru on the other side of the gopuram too !

Well whats cooking this independence day for you ? For starters, my mom made independence day dosas some days back!

In tricolour !

Independence day special !

10 thoughts on “Celebrating the tricolour !

  1. priya says:

    A good observer indeed. I remember attending a small function at an Indian Asscn’ when I was in NY. When the national anthem went on, I cud feel the goosebumps and tears rolling my eyes. We never realize the importance when we live but when we are far away its all about it.

    60 years and wat a way to go!!!

    Have a great day Kavi!!!

  2. Keshi says:


    Beautiful post and I love Indian clothes, ppl, colors and especially the food 🙂 yummmmmmmm! My fav is South Indian cuisine…idlies and dosas…with coconut chutney!

    Have a wonderful day!

  3. the collective majority is definitely moving ahead. when small things move, their movement is noticeable. when big things move, it is not that obvious!


    btw, has your mom patented the tricolour dosa or sold the concept to the local saravana bhavan yet?

    just kidding..

    Happy Independence day!

  4. happy independence day sir! I’m proud to have a distant motherland so full of culture and colors.

    Hope you moving is all fine now.

    P/s: Pity we could not find time for the photoblog…but its not too late…

  5. GuNs says:

    The question to ask yourself today is What are YOU doing?

    I can gladly answer that question by saying that I NEVER throw wrappers/plastic bags on the street, I NEVER break traffic signals regardless of whether EVERY BODY else does, I NEVER scribble my name on walls of public places/monuments, I NEVER spit on the roads, I NEVER scratch the paint off the side of the bus when I am sitting in one and I NEVER speak rudely with people of lesser economic backgrounds like the carpenter, the gardener, the waiter, the guy at the bus ticket counter or the little kid selling sundry at the traffic signal.

    That’s not much but if everyone followed merely this, it would be enough.


  6. Swatantra says:

    You have written so truly, I always had the same feeling are we free in true sense… Are we able to completely break out the shackles?

    I believe more than that we are not even free from expressing ourselves truly. Coming from a very small town to the metro city i always found it difficult for me not to express truly.. Hope we will….

    The photo of the temple is good observation. I have never come across such thing.

    The tricolor dosa is tempting, can you get me the recipe. Siddharth is die hard Dosa fan , I don’t know how …

    The poem by Tagore is great…

    Wishing you also a happy independence day!!

  7. Mark IV says:

    well… its kinda scary to think the independence day is just an extended holiday sometimes.. except for DD which actually telecasts something meaningful (in fact this femme in sun tv said ID to her reminded the long queues in school just to get sweets).. perhaps we need to reinforce the significance of the day … would our kids years form now have to google to find the day and year when India won her independence? I sure hope not!

  8. Jeevan says:

    It was a nice prayer! thinking about our nation must be on every dawn, not only on this special day.

    It wonders me too to see mahatma on the temple gopuram. hum… patriotic dosai 🙂

  9. Hi! jus peeped into your blog through Vini’s tag!

    Seeing you blog on the Tricolour celebration I felt i must mark my comment.

    It’s not the tri colour dosa, or Gandhi n nehru on a temple gopuram at madurai, it the street scene that came out of our camera and creativity that really speaks out.


  10. Hi jus peeped into your blog through Vini’s tag,

    Going through your Tricolour celebration blog, i felt that i need to mark my comments.

    It’s neither the tri colour dosa, nor Gandhi n Nehru on temple Gopuram at Madurai


    the street scenes that came out of your camera n creativity really speaks out more than words!


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