Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Vande Mataram



At the stroke of dawn when the whole hostel sleeps i was still awake to life and freedom. A new kind of freedom that comes once in a blue moon when you get an off on a weekday. But having watched That 70's show for close to three hours, my eyes had become sore and were giving away. Considering the time as opportune to give my wearied eyes a much deserved rest, i decided to hit the bunker. Alas ! This period of bliss and independence was very short lived. I was jolted out of my bed by the terrorizing banging my door was being subjected to. Cursing under my breath, i opened my door only to find my wingies all decked up for the flag hoisting ceremony @hostel. I was dragged on all fours to witness the unfurling of the tricolor. Bleary eyed i stood through the entire process and here is my pictorial take on the independence day at my hostel.
Unfurling of the flag by my hostel warden. The more enthusiastic ones gave it a standing ovation and the lesser mortals like me were content with the standing part of it. But when it came to singing the national anthem i joined in the chorus. It gave me a great kick as i imagined myself to be a part of the imaginary Indian footer ( iit lingo for football) team singing the national anthem just before the kickoff of the world cup final :D

Then came the best part of the entire show. Distribution of sweets. The melee and jostling that ensued could have scared off any faint hearted fella but then the kind of sweettooth that i have, ensured that i stayed put. I emerged battle hardened and bruised from the war but literally savoring the sweets of my victory.


PS:: Now if you think that this reads more our out of the essay books of schhol students, then my most sincere apologies !

10 comments:

Hg said...

I actually missed flag hoisting and was feeling rather sorry about the whole thing... esp since I woke up at 8 and thought it wouldn't be a great idea to go down then. Only later did I find out that it started at 8:10. But then that's that I guess.

SaI KRisHna said...

hey i attended 2 flag hoisting ceremonies :D .... and went there after taking a bath ....

arunabh said...

@hg
Yups! officially the flag hoisting was supposed to start off at (believe it or not) 7:45 and voila! 7:35 was the time i was at the spot. But thn its india n things must get delayed.

@sai
was this supposed to be some religious ceremony tht bathing becomes compulsory :o
waise u knw re how much i detest bathing so it as obviously out of scope :d

siddharth_mohan said...

I thought this being iit bombay the celebrations would be on a much larger scale. But then its great to see that the hostels also celebrate independence day of their own. You write very well for someone who is from a technical background. Keep going hp ;)

hope you de remember me

~sm

Anonymous said...

What does that "what kinda looks like a skeleton" figure on your tee signify? Some kind of a protest on the occasion of independence day ? :d
Fir bhi u got a good snap. really good.
Tumhara hostel ( i presume its your hostel in the background) is also looking awesome.

~ruchika

Yashika Totlani said...

Nice read lazy bones! Pics made it more visually appealing... And ruchika does have a point ;) Also, great to see that the traditions live on even in the hostels...

skumar said...

Its great that u attended flag hoisting of ur hostel...I was not expecting it from u....
but keep it up this spirit...and one thing i would like to say that u r a good writer...
-skumar

prachi said...

Gosh!! itne saare comments ?? blogspot rocks :P
gud pics, great description. And good you changed the topic from delhi.

~prachi

arunabh said...

@ruchika n yashika
gud tht u found the pics visually appealing but then i must confess i wasn't the one with the camera in hand

@skumar
abe kyun yaar ? tune mujhse aisa kyun expect nahi kiya tha ? abe do i look/behave tht lazy ?

@prachi
yeah!! delhi was generating a lot of raised eyebrows. So thought i shud give the people a break ;)

Yashika Totlani said...

hmmm... confession or no confession, nice nevertheless ;)