Over the years it has become increasingly apparent that Independence Day is a day of formalities,reiterations and make believe. And we have all learned to continue the farce of patriotism while stabbing our fellow nationals in the back in the self righteous name of religion, caste and food habits. Yet I am at the end of the day an idealist and still continue to hope for the best which every new decade promises.
So instead of delving deep into our Indian inadequacies I prefer these days to focus on the quirks.
Because the quirks – oh the quirks – they define us.
They are not only highly entertaining but wonderfully stupid making us almost lovably psychotic.
Have you ever noticed (at least it holds true in the city I live in)that all through the year the average motorbike capacity is 1 or 2 people ( or at the most maybe a kid )seated sanely heads down? The head down position is mainly to avoid eye contact with the police since the rider is mostly helmetless. Unless the helmet is being carried by the pillion – in which case the rider is proudly riding chin up and the pillion slips the helmet on and off at every traffic light.
But I digress.
Suddenly on 15th Aug (and on 26th January) the rules of the average 2 wheeler capacity change. Independence day is suddenly a day when 3 guys are on a bike.
Like the day implies independence in all forms.
No judgements to be passed.
Explore the limits of your fantasies.
And apparently the fantasies of adult Indian men include unnecessary flag waving, yelling like maniacs, whistling, littering but most important of all – RIDING THREESOME.
2 boys can’t be friends on National Threesome day.
It has to be an odd number.
3 or 5 or 7.
Thus ensuring 1 out of every 2 or 3 bikes you will see is laden with 3 men. Yesterday I actually counted 40 such combinations. I kid you not.
And you are welcome. I do my bit for the country. Taking surveys of madness is also a service before anyone objects to my pastime.
The excitement in their voices. The glee in their eyes. The glow on their faces.
I tell you – 1 day patriotism does more for their complexion than all the ‘Fair and Lovely’ creams in the world.
Patriotism is like a drug with all the high and absolutely no dependence whatsoever.
You can indulge in it on 1 or 2 days of the year and float blissfully through the rest of the year without a freaking care in the world even if the country is falling apart.
And it is Free.
No wonder they play the National Anthem at every cinema hall. It does pep up our mood thus making sure people get through third degree torture like When Harry met Sejal without killing strangling the person beside them.
In fact if cinema hall owners have a house full movie or trains/flights are overbooked and they want to accommodate more people I suggest they play the national anthem 3 or 4 times and distribute the national flag.
The patriotism might motivate people to sit 3 in a seat in a patriotic threesome.
Happy Threesome Day everyone.