Happy Independence Day to all!
|Indian Flag with flowers around the base|
Today is the day the peoples of India celebrate their independence from Britain after many years of mostly non-violent struggle. We enjoyed a delightful morning of celebration with our neighbors and new friends within the Kohinoor City Phase One Housing Association where we live. The compound includes about 12 apartment buildings with parking, several play areas for children, good security, etc., and a very interesting mix of upper middle class people.
|Dancing troupe posing for pictures after their performance|
|Nancy chatting with the dancers|
While we wandered around watching the kids participate in games and races, many of our neighbors came up and introduced themselves to us. Many of both kids and adults were dressed up for the occasion and a group of the little girls came and presented a dance to much enjoyment. We also took part in group word scramble game which our building won !
|Musical Chairs for the Ladies|
|Handing out prizes to winning artists|
Nancy was almost a semi-finalist in the Ladies musical chairs game and I served as a judge for the children's drawing contest (both I think because I was "impartial" in that I didn't know any of the kids, but perhaps also the prestige of having a "European" judge ?) We even were served a little box snack with a juice box and a savoury puff pastry. Great way to celebrate. We're heading out later this afternoon to explore town a little more and go out to eat in Bandra. Happy Independence Day, India (and Happy Birthday big sister!)
|Meeting the neighbors - taken by Amy Garrett from her apartment|