Loud and clear

Malls are sporting colour. New colour. In fact, new Tri-colour. There are special discounts that are on. “The independence day sale”, they scream. Of course, they end on Aug 15th. On the day the British foot left India, store owners are are counting footfalls in our malls ! In the name of the British foot that left India sixty odd years back.

Your phone keeps beeping with messages. Wishing you a happy independence day. For a minute you wonder what you should be doing. Send a message back with ‘wish you the same’ typed in. Or what ?!?

Sometimes these texts are messages to the effect of ‘Feel proud’! ( that 36 % of NASA scientists are Indians and such other random numbers. 33 % , 40 %, 20 %, 17.3 % etc are creating magic as Taxi Cab drivers in NY, software developers in Microsoft / Intel / Others, hair dressers in abu dhabi ! etc etc !). [Of course, the rest of us back here are either writing on blogs or swatting mosquitoes !]

You see the man who spouts parochial politics with a casteist tinge is invited to hoist the flag somewhere. He doesn’t hoist it of course. He just makes a pretense of touching the rope and there are a few others who will do the rest for him! Of course, giving a speech.

Some of the words that you would definitely hear today in those speeches : India, 63 ( or 64). Patriotic. Jawans. Brave. Forefathers. Destiny. Terrorism. Unity. Shining. ‘our country’. Future. Superpower. Jai Hind.

Every TV channel worth its satellite dish, is usurping independence with “Live and exclusive” taped on every show. Video jockeys wearing tricolour buttons on their chest while introducing film songs that would want you to beat your chest in sorrow !

There is a celebrity cast in the news channels. Who are debating what we have achieved in all the years as a free country. Silly contrived and meaningless arguments. Most of the loud mouths there make you wonder if they should be locked up somewhere !

Children at home are mega upset that this years independence day has landed up on a weekend. So are you. A Friday or a Monday, would have meant a long weekend! Newspapers carry pictures of Gandhi, Nehru, Mountabatten and such others. There are columns about our years as a free country. Nehru’s speech is recalled.

Its that time of the year. When the tricolour becomes important. A speech is ever pertinent. A moment of silence, and then, ‘patriotic’songs unleashed on a ever so suspecting (expecting ) population.

As you sit and look into the blue skies. There is activity spinning all around you. The local eatery remains open. The milk man runs around. The domestic help turns up sharp on time. As usual. Life doesn’t change for the majority.

Back at the festivity zone, there is an accented Vande Mataram that pierces the i-day air ! The tricolour seems to stay still. As the voice becomes loud. Clear. Deep. With a heavy accent. But you wonder if there was more to it than just an accent, when its sung as … “One-Day Mataram” !!

16 thoughts on “Loud and clear

  1. Macha says:

    Terrific punch line

  2. Insignia says:

    🙂 Your ‘one-day Mataram’ sums up everything Kavi.

    We sing, we msg, we get goose-bumps and feel patriotic. Tomorrow onwards, is as usual..Squat mosquitoes or blog 🙂

    Happy Independence Day

  3. Ranu says:

    My thoughts exactly I would have said the very same thing back at HOME in India and like everybody would have cribbed that independence day came on a sunday but the twist in the story is that when youre living abroad the very same things are a matter of pride about MY HOME and most important MY country doesnt sound trivial now.

  4. Swatantra says:

    very interesting!!

  5. Arundhati says:


  6. aativas says:

    One Day Mataram.. we all love that! We are on fast track…

  7. sujata says:

    Is it really so sad a state of affairs? Everybody seems so pessimistic about this day? We celebrate rakhi also for a single day, the siblings fight the year through, but is there no love then? I just dont get this point every one is making.

  8. Pearl says:

    And a Happy Independence to you!


    And by all means, let’s have the sales! Oy. We have the same here…

    And I speak with India regularly, via Dell, where they patiently tell me how to remove the screws from the back of my computer, where only one in six are audibly annoyed by my requests that they “say that again, please”. (Because really, the other five of six have small and charming accents that are easily understandable.)


  9. I agree with Swatantra.

    Happy Independence Day.

  10. ‘One-day mataram’! Brilliant!

    Great post, Kavi!

  11. Anonymous says:

    huh! i agree 🙁

  12. sm says:

    well written
    one day matram

  13. radha says:

    Great post. Like the way you ended it.

  14. In the meantime, we continue to be enslaved by our consumerism, aspiration for the latest technology, desire to keep up with the Joneses, etc. Till that elusive One Day…

  15. Kavitha says:

    Good one…It reflects my thoughts as well…!

    Did wanted to write a blog about all that you wanted to say…But then thought there are better people who do it.


    Good to see you back on blog, it had in fact been a long gap! 🙂

  16. Jeevan says:

    A true post on what is happening around the Independence Day. The pride is always in us, but we get the chance only to expose on Independence Day is regret!

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