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Flag hoisting and the other allied ceremonies taking place, it just makes me more and more jingoistic and proactive when it comes to meeting out my service and duty towards my hinterland -India.

By Himanshu Shridhar

This will be a tale of a lifetime. One that could regale your whole squad when it's bedtime story time or whatnot.


Nagarbhavi is a cocooned area nestled in Bangalore and honestly, the area we live in doesn't pay any impetus to bolster our Indian freedom struggle via a community lens.

So as you all know, Independence day is a didactic teachable moment to all of us. It impresses upon us the solidarity and the strength of a community effort and the salvageable inner gumption of a few great freedom fighters who gave it their all to not finally keep bowing down to British laid down strictures.

I usually set up a few firecrackers and try to have the time of my life during the day. It isn't about how many people you celebrate that newfound freedom with, it's about enjoying and grappling with that nostalgic fondness of that unparalleled legacy that will forever be etched in our minds.

On the 15th of August generally waking up rather exuberantly and prancing down the stairs to go outside and buy the flag memorabilia that you get on the streets being sold by street hawkers is a small joy I love to partake in. Strapping it firmly onto my lapels and going about my day sets my mind at ease and makes me comprehend the harsh horrors our harbingers of freedom had to face, to get to that point.

Then processing to college wherein everyone is dressed in a certain variation of the tricolor makes me beam with pride from within. With the flag hoisting and the other allied ceremonies taking place, it just makes me more and more jingoistic and proactive when it comes to meeting out my service and duty towards my hinterland -India.


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