Happy Republic Day!

Republic day 2008

 Republic Day Parade at New Delhi

Happy Republic Day!

Like us, Australians also celebrated Australia Day today. Happy Australia Day to Aussies too!

It was interesting and bafflingly to read in newspaper how some youngsters did not know basic facts about Republic Day. I searched Republic Day quizzes to test my knowledge. This was a sub-par quiz I found that gave me this result message:

Republic day quiz result

Given, for such an easy quiz, this message is little too gracious. But this Infosys HR chief seems to have a cracked a really good republic quiz conducted by CNN-IBN. Also, I do not equate having knowledge of republic day to patriotism. Having said that, it is kinda blasphemous to not to know about National landmark days in history.

What do you say?

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28 Responses to “Happy Republic Day!”


  1. 1 Ruhi January 27, 2008 at 2:33 am

    Theme change πŸ™‚

    Happy Republic Day Poonam! To be frank, I had forgotten that it’s republic day. My mom reminded me. But that’s because we don’t do anything here. 😦 Most of the youngsters these days treat it as a day off…nothing else. I wonder what’ll happen after two-three decades.

  2. 2 kpowerinfinity January 27, 2008 at 3:39 am

    Happy Republic Day to you too! I went and watched two documentaries yesterday… showed some stark realities. Check my blog.

  3. 3 Nita January 27, 2008 at 3:43 am

    Happy Republic Day to you too Poonam! I too would not equate detailed knowledge about such things with patriotism, but yes in a general way one should not know about these things. Not because it shows how patriotic one is, but because it shows how aware we are of the world around us.

  4. 4 Ruhi January 27, 2008 at 4:41 am

    Just realized that I wrote Independence day instead of republic day. I swear I know the difference. Could you please edit it? πŸ˜› Thanks

  5. 5 Poonam Sharma January 27, 2008 at 10:19 am

    @Ruhi: After devastating experiment with manually changing colors in last theme, I thought should change theme all together. How is it?

    Yes, I would like all kids to be grounded and be in know about the reverence of the day. I understand that you could not remember the day in US. It is quite natural.

    @kpowerinfinity: Lucky guy, gets to watch a lot of documentaries, plays and movies. All my tastes, too. πŸ™‚ yes, I have read your post, soon will write in my comments.

    @Nita: I agree. But I find it irreverent if someone does not know basic facts around important days in Indian history. They may not know world facts, but they should facts around these days. Happy republic day to you too! πŸ™‚

  6. 6 Ruhi January 27, 2008 at 11:29 am

    Poonam, I had actually liked your color combination πŸ™‚ It looked very different.

  7. 7 ish January 27, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    Ah, I wanted to discuss this thing. Some people are so so lame in our country that the only difference for them between Republic Day and Independence Day is that one happens in January and the other in August and that they have a parade on Republic Day and people rest on Independence Day. That’s very sad, I wonder how some people can be so uninformed about their country.

    Anyway, Happy Republic Day to you too! And I liked the theme called Journalist. It really suited your blog. Looks like you got bored of it though.

  8. 8 Poonam Sharma January 27, 2008 at 4:33 pm

    @Ruhi: I tried several combinations-pink, lilac, purple, red. Which one you liked, no one told me which was good. So, I changed. Next time, don’t forget this. Tell me whenever you fnd something good, I crave to hear it. πŸ˜›

    @Ish: Ah, those infamous DU kids whom newspapers made look like dumb cows. But did you know before making munnabhai 2, raj kumar hirani asked his maid about Gandhi. She had not heard of him. He did a survey in Mumbai and came up with dismal results, that most people had not heard of Gandhi.

    Next month is my blog anniversary and this theme was what I used in initial days. So wore my blog its birthday suit. πŸ˜›

    Yes, will go back to Journalist sometime. πŸ™‚

  9. 9 Ish January 27, 2008 at 8:17 pm

    Wow, I hadn’t heard about the Munnabhai thing, that’s sad but I think that just shows how clueless we really are. If the maid doesn’t know about it, that’s understandable but if a person who has studied in a school doesn’t know, then it’s not such a good thing is it? See, I was never really a history person but I liked reading about the freedom struggle and the people that made it possible. I didn’t wanna mug up names and dates that’s all. If somebody asks me how long did it take to frame the constitution, I wouldn’t know the exact answer but living in India for 18 years and not knowing the difference between Republic day and Independence Day is sad. And it’s not just those DU kids, I saw the IBN reporters asking the same thing to the people on the streets, quite a good number of them were clueless. It might not give them anything in life but one should be aware of what’s going around them.

  10. 10 Ish January 27, 2008 at 8:17 pm

    Btw, blog anniversary next month, congrats in advance! πŸ˜€

  11. 11 Ruhi January 28, 2008 at 12:03 am

    Poonam, I had actually liked your color combination πŸ™‚ It looked very different. I loved that lilac and blue combination because I’ve not seen many people using that theme, plus, never seen such a color combi here at WP.com.

  12. 12 Poonam Sharma January 28, 2008 at 5:14 am

    @Ish: Yes, it is a shame to be educated and yet not know about basic facts about national landmarks. But we can’t keep complaining about it. After a point, we should come out like Rajkumar Hirani to find an entertaining yet educative way to communicate to the Masses. Sadly, abhi I do not know where to begin.
    Do you have a idea?

    Hmm, both my birthday and blog birthday are next month. February is an eventful month in my life. πŸ™‚

    @Ruhi: Pehle kyun nahi bataya. I would have retained it. No one commented and it was not coming out as I dreamt. I changed it. 😦 I dont know about good, but sure it was different on WordPress, it is difficult to have such random combinations manually.

  13. 13 Ankur Aggarwal January 28, 2008 at 5:25 am

    i was hoping that the french mistress would spice the day up 😦

  14. 14 Poonam Sharma January 28, 2008 at 5:38 am

    French mistress was busy spicing up cover of an illustrious magazine during that time. πŸ˜›

    I accepted your Lnkdn invitation mistaking you for someone else. How did ya find me?

  15. 15 Ankur Aggarwal January 28, 2008 at 6:58 am

    i uploaded my addr book in linkdn and 20-30 names came up…
    i have been to your blog a couple of times, but i have no idea how ur addr got added….
    or wait a minute.. was it because of the traffic law bill?

  16. 16 Poonam Sharma January 28, 2008 at 7:43 am

    @Ankur: traffic law bill…post I commented today..no invitation came before that.

    I remember now, we exchanged emails for some debate going on Nita’s blog. You gave me link to something I don’t remember now. Mske a gmail search, I guess.

  17. 17 Ankur Aggarwal January 28, 2008 at 8:05 am

    “The local police should pay the transportation expenses to the public man who brings the victims to the hospital his given address ”

    we had exchanged some emails on this 3 months ago….

    neways don’t worry… i never bug my contacts with irritating messages/forwards

  18. 18 Ruhi January 28, 2008 at 8:07 am

    Poonam, All right! Galti ho gayi πŸ˜› Will let you know next time around. Well feel free to change it back, if you want.

  19. 19 Vaishno January 28, 2008 at 8:32 am

    nice theme.

    i didnt knw even aussies celebrate on 15th aug. i knew S.korea celebrates its independence day on 15th aug.

    it’s true.. youngsters today don’t really know much history… rather they r not v keen in knowing.

    I feel they don’t read much either..In fact, there is a program in channel V which i guess is called IQ Channel V. question asked was ‘Spell embarrassment’..trust me, not many cud!

  20. 20 Poonam Sharma January 28, 2008 at 11:23 am

    @Ankur: Was not at all worried about you bothering..only was curious how? πŸ™‚

    @Ruhi: Ab uska number baad mein aayega! πŸ™‚ I had thought you would say you liked red. I am so surprised that you liked blue-lilac! I could not have known unless you had told me so. Thanks!

    @Vaishno: Glad you liked it..you have a pretty nice on yourself that is complemented by a nice header. I am sure “embarrassment” was tough enough to cause them an embarrassment. πŸ˜›

  21. 21 Vishal Sharma January 29, 2008 at 6:20 am

    Yr post seems to have inspired Nita to write on this :). Yes we do celeberate Austarlia Day here and Republic Day :-). Talking about being Patriotic we have our divided one

  22. 22 latha vidyaranya January 29, 2008 at 7:40 am

    i think the sense of patriotism is awakened and inspired when the leaders of the nation become role models to us in all the cherished values like being honest, uncorruptible, simple living and high thinking, interest of the country before all etc. but today’s scenario is so pathetic that no wonder people forget these national days or their significance. our politicians remember these days only becoz they get invited to be the chief guests at functions held at various places and they ask their secretaries to make quick and crisp speeches for them to deliver at these places!

  23. 23 Poonam Sharma January 29, 2008 at 10:51 am

    @Vishal: It was after your comment I had read Nita’s post. (I had not accessed my reader yet.) Thanks for the info!

    It is honor if I could inspire Nita to write something for her blog is mine of inspirations for subjects to write about. I did not understand when you said this:
    Talking about being Patriotic we have our divided one

    @Latha: Latha, true lack of leaders and role models is really pinching! Have you ever watched Lead India Contest show on TV? Even that has left me disillusioned. I guess talk part is easy, it is difficult to see action from leaders these days. 😦

  24. 24 Falcon January 30, 2008 at 9:31 am

    Years ago I always used to watch those parade with my GrandPa on TV.
    This time and years later On 26th I had access to a TV but no grandpa. I switched it on got some “jalebis” …like those old days

    And Hell saw that “Panvati” Patil….. switched the TV off and left those jalebis… toothache …lol

  25. 25 Poonam Sharma January 31, 2008 at 6:06 am

    Years ago I always used to watch those parade with my GrandPa on TV.

    Lucky you! I have no such childhood memories with my grandparents. 😦

    Panvati Patil, Pratibha Patil, why would you hate her so much??

    I mean, Afterall, she created history. πŸ˜› How can you?

  26. 26 Falcon January 31, 2008 at 10:22 am

    I do not hate her… I detest her. I do not think she is worth enough to spend my mind/ thought on it.

    Yes Boss!!! you remember that . And I also remember that APJ request of a 7 room house after his retirement was not granted. He was moved to a 2 room house with dipiladated boundary wall after his removal from office which was a sheer breach of the security norms.

    I remember too that she created history but for what I fail to remember and understand.

  27. 27 Falcon January 31, 2008 at 6:30 pm

    @Poonam
    >>Lucky you! I have no such childhood memories with my grandparents. 😦

    someone once told me “You should learn to appreciate what little good things are done for you”

    And I jus did that!!!


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