Independence Day celebrated in New Rashtriya Apartments

68th Independence Day was celebrated at New Rashtriya Apartments, Plot No. 15, Sector 18-A, Dwarka, on the 15th August, 2014, from 10.45 AM onwards. Initially, painting competitions were held for the children in three categories, i.e. Painting competition for children in the age group of 5 to 8 years, 8+ upto 10 years and 10 to 14 years. These painting competitions were over by 11.45 and thereafter, our National Flag was unfurled at 11.30 AM by A.K. Parashar, President of the Society and it was followed by singing of National Anthem by one and all, which was followed by distributions of sweets and cold drinks. Most of the members and many other residents had assembled in the court yard of our Society (along with their family members) in a very happy, elegantly dressed and in a gaiety mood. Small children upto the age of 10/12 were particularly enthusiastic about this celebration as they were curious to know and experience to see for themselves as to how the events are going to take place. The young budding artists were really bubbling with energy and enthusiasm.

Then, cultural programme was started and many children sang songs eulogising the great freedom fighters of our country and who were the guiding forces and they sacrificed their lives for winning freedom for the masses. Some children recited small – 2 poems and entertained the people who had gathered there. Some small children who did not remember any poems or a song to sing, just came to the stage and were seen shouting slogans in high pitch like Bharat Mata Ki Jai, Jai Hind and Vande Matram etc., in a very enthusiastic manner. Rajesh Narang, Secretary of the Society, who was convener of the programme, also recited some couplets in between the entire programme.

One senior lady, Mrs. Kusum Gulati sang a patriotic song – “Yeh Desh hai Veer Jawano ka Albelon ka mastaon ka ………….” in a very cheerful manner and a few other ladies also joined her in singing this beautiful song. Then R.D. Bhardwaj recited a poem – “Kehne Ko Yeh Ik Geet Hai, Darasal Hai Charcha Tera !” and this poem was followed by a Punjabi folk song by him – “Sone da Surmchoo Lai De Ve Chandi Di Surmedani”, and enthralled the audience. Thereafter, the President of the Society gave a small speech in which, he invoked Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Narinder Modi, by emphasising the need and importance of making our Society and other adjoining areas neat and clean. It was very satisfying to note that even a small child – Adi Katyan, 7, also appreciated the need for cleanliness in our Society and he said in his own words by telling that – “Even – we small children can help to make our Society’s atmosphere neat and clean by not throwing wrappers of chocolates, ice-creams, Kulfis and tophies etc. here and there, and that such waste things should be better thrown in the dust bins only.” 

Another small child, Ishaan Batra, 8, gave a performance of Mind Magic, by blind-folding his eyes and recognising the colour of the different cards just in a few seconds. It is learnt that Ishaan is attending some Workshop on The Whole Brain Development Programme, where the children are taught to sharpen their mind skills and sense everything around them even after they are blind-folded. 
Then some race events were conducted for children in 3/4 different age groups. Musical Chair game was also conducted for the ladies. Spoon & lemon race was also conducted for the females.

And lastly, prizes were distributed to all the winners of 1st and 2nd position. Mrs. Geeta Parashar, wife of President of Society, gave away prizes to the prize winners. Mr. R.D. Bhardwaj was given a special prize for Poetry Recitation. Then President of the Society thanked all those members and employees of the Society who expended a helping hand in conducting the Independence Day programme and making this celebration a success. The function came to a close at 2.30 PM, which was followed by lunch.

Prize Winners : Kartavya, Shristi, Nitika, Aryaman, Dev Malik, Akshit, Shivan, Smita, Sheetal, Kartik, Nikhil Verma, Mohit, Anubhav Gupta, Rakshit , Raman, Mrs. Sheetal and Mrs. Radhika won the prizes in the games and events conducted by the Society (NRCGHS).

Citizen’s reporter
R.D. Bhardwaj “Noorpuri”