Monday, August 15, 2005
Today is Independence Day in India, marking the 58th anniversary of independence from the British (Pondicherry did not get returned by the French until 1954). Last night there were fireworks until late at night, and today things are pretty quiet as everyone is on holiday. Ganesh came to look after Dad and I went over to the Madras club for a swim (15 laps) and lunch. Tonight have a visitor coming in for the week from China, so will take him out to dinner.
Today is also the 25th anniversary of my grandfather (my dad's father)'s passing, as well as the day that we always marked as J.D.'s birthday. So in spite of the festivities around town it's also a bit somber for me. I did think it auspicious to read Salman Rushie's Midnight's Children, which I've picked up now and then but never actually finished.
Last week I was asked to speak at the HR study circle of the Madras School of Social Work. Interestingly, HR professionals here are often trained in social work schools, rather than business schools. It was quite the gathering and I was also asked to help light the celebratory candle, kuttu viLakku' with the other dignitaries. Here you can see me doing this.
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