For some odd reason, tonight, I was sitting and watching Channel [V]’s feature on ‘Rock On’, the new Farhan Akthar movie about being rock musicians in India, a topic that is dear to my heart. And after an Ad break, a message, “Please Stand Up for the National Anthem” came up in bold on the TV!
Now in most cases, this is some form of an advertising stunt and so I was half skeptical as I looked up to the watch and saw that it was the stroke of midnight! and then it dawned on me .. 🙂
So I did stand up and watch as some of India’s best voices sang the National Anthem and rang in our Independence day ..
Where the mind is without fear and the head held high;
Where knowledge is free;
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls;
Where words come out from the depth of truth;
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection;
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way into the dreary desert sand of dead habit;
Where the mind is led forward by Thee into ever-widening thought and action;
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.
Happy Independence Day! It may not mean much to you personally, but it is a BIG deal!