Thursday-Friday, Aug. 14-15, Days 26-27

Independence Day in India!!!!

Well……”members” as we are called, are leaving.  Bit by bit the family that we so carefully nurtured and developed over the last month is being torn apart by “life” – also known as people going back to the US.  (Rushi is lingering one more week!).  It’s rough.  It’s hard to say good-bye, but then, it’s alot like having kids…sooner or later they DO grow up and leave…and as Bill Cosby says “Thats what’s supposed to happen! Just make sure you change the locks!”.

So…today we did have a very moving Independence Day, complete with flag unfurling in the Indian style, complete with Marigolds flying out of the flag!  We printed out (and rehearsed!) the National Anthem, written by India’s greatest poet – Tagore, and sang along with about 70-80 Indians.  I”m sure they found it inspiring (or weird) that we were singing – and singing well! We were bedecked with appropriate colors for the day – Orange and Green.  Stylish! Afterward…what is Independence Day without more speeches and a QUIZ! Fantastic.

The afternoon brought the sobering reality that some were leaving (Andrew and Noniko), so we huddled into a classroom and watched, with open hearts, the fantastic Ben Kingsley “Gandhi”.  Maybe my 8-9th time, but I cried like a baby.  It’s a tough movie – extremely violent – especially if you’re HERE, but important stuff all the way around…and a great way to end the program.

Poor Grace had a bad stomach thing and missed the concert last night, which was lovely and amazing.  Annick stole the show with a fast version of the local favorite Bhaghya Da Lakshmi, and Sam scared us all with a super-scary “Snake Dance” where she did the best Boa Constrictor impression I’ve ever seen.  What a talent!

We are tired, homesick and full of love and appreciation for India.  It’s truly “time to go”…and that’s a good thing, and a sad thing too.  Check in with this blog early next week…when I’ll finally add the photos you’ve been aching to see.  Send your complaints to WordPress!

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