Thursday, July 5, 2007

Exploding skies.

Thats what I saw last night. The sky exploding with lights and sounds in colors that seemed so new to my 22 year old brain. Golden showers and sparkles, grandeur and money all being recklessly (but splendidly) spent to celebrate July the fourth. I don't know why Independence day is such a big deal in the States, they weren't even a colony. They didn't have to fight for it nor did they have to struggle to be heard on the international platform. But you don't have to sell patriotism to the Americans, they show it in everything they own. Cars, houses, streets, napkins - everywhere. The blue, white and red colors are so common if you start *observing*. When I first started noticing, it was on CinchSak garbage bags. Then the Pepsi label. Samuel Adams. America's choice, Pathmark - they are everywhere.
I wonder if Indians are equally patriotic (if this is patriotism to begin with) and just don't show it. I know I am more Indian than ever when I am in the States. But is that a common sentiment?


COLOR: Blue, white and red.
SONG: God Bless America

1 comment:

Goldfather said...

>>They didn't have to fight for it nor did they have to struggle to be heard on the international platform.

Don't want to nag about the above statement that was written 2 years back. But the American's fought hard for their independence and the french helped them a lot in getting that. Statue de la Liberté could be taken as an example for this connection.

The indian constitution has very strict rules about how the flag should be used and how it should not be used. I think we indians are very law-abiding in this aspect and don't show the patriotism by using the flag colours on objects that you mentioned in your post. But it is slowly changing and the tri-colour has started appearing in peoples faces in the cricket ground, commercials of real estate companies etc.