Today, this 26th day of January is Republic Day here and marks the 62nd anniversary of the date the Constitution of India came into force. Though India gained it’s independence from the British in 1947, it did not have a permanent constitution until 1950.
As it is not a religious, but federal holiday; most places of business are closed. I found that out this time last year when I was visiting Paul in New Delhi. We were stuck in the hotel; ordering room service and watching first the parade and then the movie ‘Gandhi’ on TV.
This year will be pretty much the same; well except for the room service part. I’d love to say we could celebrate it much like we do the Fourth of July at home, but I can’t. Though the weather here is similar to that of July in the Midwest, there will be no barbequing, or swimming or, most importantly, family and friends.
I could tell you how nice it is to see all these kids playing on their day off of school…
…but really? It just makes me miss my grandchildren even more.
What I’ll probably do, since Paul has the day off of work, is challenge him to a rematch of Scrabble. He beat me 2 out of three games last weekend. But ONLY because he over served me with his mango daiquiris and insisted that we couldn’t use words that weren’t in the dictionary that came with the game. The game we bought here….in India…with a dictionary that measures all of 3 X 4 inches and contains less than 600 pages.
Let me just say that after hugging my grandkids for at least an hour when I go home to visit in March, one of the first things I’m going to do is buy an ‘Official’ Scrabble dictionary. Because...