Posts Tagged ‘Celebrations’

Celebrating Republic Day outside India

January 25, 2013

Many Indians may have made their home abroad, but their hearts and minds still remain in India! Religious festivals are celebrated with much fanfare, but when it comes to celebrating the country, they are not far behind either! (more…)

New Year’s Celebrations

December 31, 2012

When I was a young child of about seven-eight years; New Year’s Eve was a concept I did not quite understand. I could not see what all the fuss was about in celebrating the end of a year, and the beginning of a new one. But the fact that I did not understand it in no way lessened the amount of fun I had. My father worked for the Indian army thus, I religiously accompanied my parents to the Army Club in whichever posting my father held at the time. And there was lots of food, unlimited beverages, dancing, and fireworks.

In my teens, I began to understand the concept a bit better. And my definition of a fun new year’s eve also changed, evolved. I would still be at the Army Club, but this time, having fun without my parents’ strict supervision. You see, the opposite sex had got involved in my life by now! As a young, spirited teen, new year’s eve became about the prospect of a magical romance, a flirtation, a fling with one of many sweet girls at these new year’s eve parties.

Time went on and in my college years I moved to Mumbai to study. New year’s eve was now about wild parties with lots of music, drinking, and merry making; all in the company of a girlfriend-at-the-time. It was awesome fun. Our big gang would seek out the cheapest (preferably free) parties and dance the night away, without a care in the world. Ah! Those carefree college days, never to return, but always so much fun!

Then the biggest shift, literally and figuratively, of my life. I moved to the UK, and have been living and working here ever since. And though by my own confession and voluntary doing, I am now a happily in love, married, settled family man with children; New Year’s eve each year brings back all those memories from home in India. Be it Chandigarh, Patiala, Fort William in Kolkata, or the Ghetto, as my vintage people in Bombay would remember – each phase was delightful and memorable.

When I accompany my wife and kids today to a New year’s eve party in Wimbledon all my memories come rushing back. I feel pride, nostalgia, everything combined. And this year will be no different. Only I have matured in age & experience and my enjoyment has changed, as I chaperon my own kids as my parents did with me once!


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