Archive for August, 2007

60 years of Free India

In a few days time we will celebrate 60 years of our freedom from the Raj. As i often do i was imagining myself in the “enslaved” India and thinking how life would have been for me and the world around me. All of us know abut the sacrifices made by our freedom fighters to win us this freedom that we so much take for granted today. What does this freedom mean to you and what does it mean to me ? For me freedom is more than being free. It signifies the power of choice that i have today. The power to choose so many things:

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I will move to my own home in about a month’s time from now. As the furnishing and interior work progresses I wait patiently for the day when I can pack my bags and move in with my wife and son. Many of those who read this will identify easily with my feelings. I had booked my apartment three years ago : after usual and unusual delays I am now looking forward to really owning and living in my new home. I was thinking over the last couple of days why i was feeling so emotional about the expectant change in residence. I realized the following are the answers:

1. Our home is a symbol of our aspirations and the love of my family. It is the result of our desire to build our relationship and a united dream we cherished.
2. It will belong to the three of us where we can live, play, talk, relax, rest and love each other without being bothered by anyone else !
3. It is an achievement for us because we now have a nest far away from our village down south of India which we left 7 years ago in search of new dreams, new goals, and a new life.

To thee I’ll return, overburdened with care;
The heart’s dearest solace will smile on me there;
No more from that cottage again will I roam;
Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home….

(extracted from Home , Sweet Home by John Howard Payne)

Today our home is our “Most Valuable Asset”. Sweet Home we love you

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