Happy independence day to all us Indians!
Look what I finally got this year! I mooched it off my mom on our last visit. It's small, and somewhat old and tired-looking, but I like it even more for all that.
What reminded me that it was Independence Day when I woke up this morning were the patriotic songs playing loudly outside. I like the kiddie ones - "Nanha munha rahi" and "Insaaf ki dagar pe" and "De dee humein aazadi", but I can do without hearing "Mere desh ki dharteeeeeeeeeeeee" at any time of the year. (I also like "Bande mein tha dum" but they haven't played it yet.)
It's hard to be patriotic though, when you see what kind of idiots this country is infested with. Last night on the news we saw very enthusiastic Janmashthami celebrations in Pune. (I couldn't find the video, and I'm afraid I don't even remember which channel.) The journalist asked if it was wise to have so many people gather when the H1N1 virus is spreading so dangerously, and the man (an organiser? or just one of the revellers?) said that since no one, including the doctors, could figure out how to check the menace, they had come to ask Lord Krishna to protect them from the flu. Well, I suppose he won't go to the doctor if he does get it, but stay home and pray to Lord Krishna.
It made me extremely angry that with all the talk of shutting down the city, that such celebrations were allowed to continue. On TV we saw people wearing masks and dancing together. Yeah, that's gonna help you, you idiots! Rub shoulders against as many people as you can: you're protected if you're wearing a mask!