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Happy Independence Day!


India’s 60th independence day, and the 10th that I celebrated outside India. A decade ago, there used to be just a handful of people who attended the ceremonies on 15th August and 26th Jaunary at the High Commission. To have a family there was extremely rare, and mostly it was just students and officials who attended.

The story now is quite different. The high commission grounds are usually teeming with people, and families with kids outnumber university students by about 8 to 1. I suppose the presence of families is explained by a large number of people moving from India for work, but I am quite surprised (and a bit sad) at the decline in the number of students who attend – I know for sure there are many more Indian students studying here than ever before.

The rest of the photos are here.

Jai Hind!

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