Freedom is what we wanted...

......and apparently we got it. On the 15th of August. In 1947. India won her freedom from the rule of the Raj..........& we have been celebrating this day ever since...........

But even today, as i wake up in the morning to strains of some patriotic song coming from the neighbors', open the newspapers to find the colors of the Indian flag liberally splashed across the pages, switch on the TV to see the national anthem being made into special videos to be played all day long...........I feel as if I'm just a part of some big, country-wide marketing gimmick.
I mean, what happens on the other 364 days of the year??? Why can we only hear the popular item numbers playing everywhere, instead of the patriotic songs? Why are saffron, white & green not in the list of the in colors of the season? Why doesn't anyone do anything special with the national anthem then?

They say India is a free country...........but free from what? Is what I say!
Maybe it is free from the monarchy & rule of some other more powerful country.........but is it really FREE??? In the true sense of the term? 
Are we free from corruption? Are we free from superstitions?? Are we free from terror???
If so, then how come we need a brand of Tea to awaken the younger generation against a corrupted government..........why do we still read about remote parts of the country where people's lives are ruined by superstitious acts..............why can't we save the hundreds of innocent victims falling prey to inhuman acts of terror???........

So today.......even as the whole country celebrates the 64th year of Independence...........even as I spend a lazy Monday morning at home (national holidays should always fall on Mondays, I say!)..............these questions & more keep hurling themselves at me............and I say, "No! I'm not free!! Not yet....... But I'm waiting for the day when I will be! And I'm working towards it........"

Well.......enough of the tough talks for now.............
Going on to the pictures, I thought, what it being I-day & all, I'll be sharing some snaps from my latest photography sojourn with you's a glimpse of a small part of the country I call home..............I'll let the few thousand words do the talking.........

And NO! My above ranting does not mean that I don't love my country................I'm absolutely proud as a peacock to be an Indian.............and would love to be one till my last breath! I'd never ever want to leave this country for anything in the world & go stay in any other place (I'd love to visit places all over the world, but stay - no, thanks!!) On this 64th year of Independence of India, I can list 64000 things about my country that I admire & adore!!! 

But at the same time, I, as an Indian, want to face the drawbacks that are plaguing the nation & stopping her in her progress towards development............I want to do my duty as a citizen of this beautiful country & free her of the shackles of terror, illiteracy, corruption, superstition, poverty etc. and make her into one of the best, most beautiful & developed countries of the world! 

After all, when we sing "Saare jahan se achha..........Hindustan hamara......." (Best among the whole our India), we want to mean it & believe in it.....don't we???

Happy Independence Day to all the Indians out there!!!

Am raring to face another week ahead, after a prolonged weekend............hope you all had a rocking start to the week!!! :)

Last, but not the least, I'm sure all of you have noticed the makeover I've given my blog! Tell me what you think of it!

Much love,
Polka Princess


  1. Great post!! And the blog is looking awesome!! Loved the photographs too :-)

  2. love this post and your new layout. awesome :)

  3. What a great photos..
    Photos sometimes speaks a thousand words.. these one just did
    Lee x

  4. Love, love the new look! Very chic and fresh :) And I totally hear what you are saying ...Good thoughts!

  5. Love the layout Didi it seems so clean and spacious now. :)

  6. such a great post . i love your food for thought. it amazes me that a country as rich as india with so many billionaires has such a great income disparities. why don't they atleast contribute to help their fellow countrymen?

  7. Lovn the new look... brighter n more eye catchin!

  8. what a lovely header.. the blog looks so fresh.. love the post ..

  9. We are long way from being perfect .. but one step at a time!!!

    Happy Independence Day to you too!!

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  10. This post is so interesting! It's unbelievable that today, in the year 2011, in a country like India there are still so many disparities...

  11. Polka Princess, first off I love the clean new look of your blog- and adore the header!

    Your words make me think- it's not just India that celebrates freedom and refuses to be free- America is another country of condradiction that sings the songs of independence yet loads on more shackles on its citizenry, and I guess we can at least celebrate the beginings of national freedom than individually focus on personal independence.

    Anyhoo, Happy INdependence day to you!

    As always I adore your photography- simply gorgeous imagery.

  12. I absolutely agree with your thoughts. Our country needs desperate cleaning up! I parked myself at Azad maidan along with a hundered others Anna Hazare supporters, we should all give the movement as much support.

  13. I love the new aspect of your blog, so much nicer.
    I couldn´t agree more with you about freedom, my dear friend.

  14. Such a thought-provoking post. You raise questions that are extremely pertinent not only to India. And your photos... especially the first and last - are so eloquent.

  15. New header looks awesome!

    I was following you for quite a while. I dont know how or when i accidentally un-followed you! Got a lot to catch up on! :)
    Oh.. and (obviously) am following you again! :P

  16. Lovely photos dear, very good post! xo -Taj

  17. super amazing post!!
    the pics are so inspiring as the words as well!
    cute blog! i'm following you by google friends box hope you'll do the same ONLY if' you'll like mine!
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  18. what a great and thoughtful post :)

  19. I really admire your thoughts,I am so glad that I happen to get this blog,and I am gonna visit it regularly,sometimes,I am upset that my mind becomes more and more lazy at thinking...

  20. Heey:)) LOVE ur blog. its very nice. Wanna follow each other?

  21. i love the new blog design! and happy independence day to India!

    cute & little


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