We hurried off to the station. After dropping our daughter off at her college and helping her move in to her hostel room, it was time for my husband and me to leave.
Getting into a college of choice is a big milestone in the life of a child. At the same time letting go off your child is a strange experience, a little sad too for the parents. The thought that an ‘Empty nest’ awaits you can be upsetting. I prepared myself for quieter days ahead, with no nagging about food, sleeping late, clothes, cleaning, etc.
After exchanging goodbye, we got on to the train, and in a while the train chugged out of the station. On my way back the memories of the day, when she first went to school swarmed through my mind. It seemed like it was only yesterday that we dropped our little girl to school for the first time. Fourteen years had elapsed in between. The little girl was now soon to be a young adult, rejoicing in her new-found freedom in the college, 2000 kms from home.
Years seem to have passed by in a jiffy!Suddenly, I felt a sense of immense satisfaction of having discharged a big duty towards the child.
Today as India celebrates its 67th Republic Day, the country honors the bravery of its martyrs and soldiers in the Republic Day Parade. For the first time in the history of India’s Republic day Parade, a foreign (French) contingent has marched down Rajpath on this occasion. With the theme of women empowerment gaining traction, an all-women stunt contingent has performed during the event.
Here are some quotes on Nation Building to capture the spirit of Republic Day. I was nominated by Shweta M of BODHI – an awesome spiritual blog interspersed with esoteric/ metaphysical concepts.
A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
How do you feel when someone whose writing you admire tells you that they admire your posts? Well that’s simple! You form a Mutual Admiration Society. 🙂 Introducing co-blogger Sunita Sriram, and her blog ‘mydigitaldiaries’. Sunita calls herself wacky, a lil weird and offbeat. Is she? Read about her interstellar voyage traversing through the fast expanding galaxy of blogosphere, and find out for yourself.
What lures young people into terrorism?Can anything be done to prevent people from indulging in violence? Is it ever possible to establish peace in society?
I am sure, such questions must have risen an umpteen number of times in your mind whenever you would have heard or read about violent terrorist attacks. Such attacks are mostly orchestrated by people who are brainwashed by radical organizations to carry out the acts of terror. The indoctrination, and involvement of youth in terrorism is a highly alarming trend that seems to have caught up all over the world from Nigeria, to Kenya, to Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Paris, and lately Pathankot.
The rising threat of terrorism leaves a common thread of concern across the world.