The Glory of India
The Glory of India3 mins 335 3 mins 335
India is distinct from other countries of the world, though it is divided into 29 states and 7 union territories yet it is unified in spirit. India has a rich cultural heritage and a myriad of scenic beauties.
Meghana was a Software Engineer and worked in a famous IT company. She worked for a client company that was based in Australia. As part of her project work, she had to work in Sydney for 6 months. She felt apprehensive about leaving India and working in a foreign country, because few of her colleagues worked in different cities of Australia. She was from Bhubaneswar and had never gone to any foreign country.
Meghana reached Sydney and went to a housing society where she had been provided with accommodation by her company. That was named as Mini India because it housed all Indians staying in Sydney. Meghana was happy seeing that place and she thought that she had found a home away from home. She had an amiable environment in her workplace.
The housing society Mini India housed Indians from many states. Some of them lived alone while some of them lived with their families. They represented the great culture of India from all parts of the country. Any festival was a delight for Meghana as she could get to know about the various traditions present in the different states. She felt that she had an enriching experience in Sydney because she got to know about India more than what she had known earlier.
It was the month of January and that was a festive season for Indians of all regions – East, West, North and South. There was a common festival celebrated by Indians in the mid of January and it was known by different names in all states. Meghana was a native of Odisha so she knew the festival as Makar Sankranti. The eastern part of India celebrated Makar Sankranti, southern part celebrated Pongal, northern part celebrated Lohri and the western part celebrated Kite festival. The residents of Mini India celebrated their festivals in a unique way and invited their neighbors to participate in their joy. Meghana was very ecstatic during that time and felt that it was a memorable event for her. She enjoyed a lot in that festive season and captured those memories so that she could always cherish them.
Being a resident of Mini India, Meghana witnessed not only the Indian spirit of festivity but also brotherhood. Whenever any resident of that society was in any difficult situation, then others supported that person and provided the comforts of home. The Indians staying there were from different religions and represented unity and togetherness. They always made their neighbors feel that they are living in an emotion of India in spite of being in Sydney.
After the completion of her work, Meghana came back to India with memories that she believed will last forever. She felt proud to be a citizen of India which is extraordinary in all aspects.