Will 'Azadi' mean a meal for me, ask street kids
Dressed in a worn-out shirt and shorts, Rodu, all of 11, hopped
past swank sedans and intimidating SUVs at a busy traffic
intersection in south Delhi. Clutching a bunch of tiny Indian
flags and waving them mindlessly, he pored through window panes,
straining to find a potential buyer.
Delhi: For some youngsters, the Independence Day
of India is genuinely about freedom - from school, college and
office but for others, it is a reminder of independence from the
"It's going to be such an awesome weekend," said Krutika Shah, a
marketing executive, who works round the clock.
Sumit Sen, 25, an amateur photographer, said: "I am going away to
Neemrana with my friends. It's such a relief that all of them have
a holiday. Otherwise, everyone is always busy."
For many, this is the first long weekend of the year. With
Rakshabandhan Saturday and the 65th Independence Day Monday, a lot
of people are just happy that they can whisk off to a weekend
"Of course, we do realise all the hardships that our freedom
fighters went through in the process of attaining independence,
but we can't sit at home and think about it!" said Kanwal Singh,
"It's a national holiday, and like every holiday, we try to make
the most of it. I believe, that is also a luxury of being in a
free country," he added.
However, there are a few like Rashee Mehra, 24, who believe the
day is much more than just a holiday.
"It is an affirmation of India and Pakistan's beliefs on self
rule. It is the idea of overthrowing imperialistic and colonial
rule by swadesh," said Mehra, who teaches children living at
Kusumpur Pahari Basti.
"I think Independence Day of both India and Pakistan for me is
about thinking of those idols who got us freedom and seeing what
we have achieved now," she added.
For Jyotika Malhotra, a Bangalore-based business analyst freedom
means "I can do what I want to, to do that where my heart lies".
Padmanabhan Thangaraj, a 23-year-old software professional
believes: "Nothing is more difficult and therefore more precious,
than to be able to decide and to be free."