Indore: On Independence Day, many groups and families are organising celebrations with cycle ride, decoration projects and short trips on Wednesday. However, children appear most enthusiastic. Talking about his excitement, eight-year-old student Abu Baker said, “I am proud to be an Indian and I want to celebrate Independence Day with all Indians.” He has organised a cycle ride with his friends in Maharani Road area.

“My friends and I would be cycling around with Indian flag. We will congratulate every Indian for living in Independent India,” Abu said. They have planned fun games. They will present patriotic songs for the get-together,” he said. Youths will participate in similar ride organised by district administration in the city. “I am looking forward to the ride because it is good way to celebrate our country’s independence,” student Pranjal Vashishtha said.

An artwork to show love for country

“I have a different way of celebrating country’s independence. I have been working on a bonsai art piece using carmona plants. I feel so proud of being an Indian. I have prepared India’s map with plants. It took me five years to complete this artwork and I feel so proud to have it ready this year for Independence Day.

I began making this with bonsai carmona plants, which took a year. Then, I created a frame with aluminium and plastic wires so that the bonsai climbs on the frame shaped like map of India. Since the growth of bonsai is slow, I put organic manure every other month. This art requires patience but the result is worth it. I am happy and proud that I could depict beauty of my country with this artwork.”

We are Indians first

“India is a wonderful country that welcomes everyone with an open heart. We all stand as one in our school and pray the same way. I get to learn many prayers in different languages. We are all Indians even if we do not look same, talk in the same language or have same dreams. Many of my friends have different kinds of food and talk in different languages at home. But we are all friends and Indians.”

No different treatment in India

Many people lost their life and fought for our country so that we can live well today. I am proud of being born in a country, where everyone can live happily together. I can study in a school where I am friends with everyone. Nobody is treated different because of their colour, caste, religion or weight. I realised the importance of this after I met some of my friends living in other countries.”

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