So India celebrated her 60th Republic Day today. Like every year I watched the parade on TV. This post is a collection of the few random thoughts I had during the show.
1. Only 6 were awarded Ashok Chakra out of the 16 brave officers who died fighting terrorists in November. I think the government could have afforded or made exceptions this time to award them all. It was touching to watch tearful wives receive the awards. May their souls rest in peace and may their sacrifices not go wasted.
2. Helen, Akshay Kumar and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan were awarded the Padma Shree. Helen is a legend so I can understand..even Akshay Kumar too if I stretch my understanding power but Aish???? For her immense acting skills ?? For winning Miss World a decade ago?
Here is the 3rd and final part to the series “Visakhapatnam Trip”
29th Oct 2008 – We had plans to go to RK beach early morning to watch the ocean with rising sun. But due to exertion from the Araku trip, we woke up quite late. We had booked the same driver (who was very impressed by my father’s good nature and vice versa) for the last day of our trip. It was almost noon when he arrived with his car. We left for Indira Gandhi Zoological Park in Vizag city. The park spreading over an area of 625 acres, exhibits about lots of animals and birds in open surroundings, except the birds of course! We decided to move around in car only. One thing we noticed in Vizag that at every tourist attraction there was a charge of Rs.20 for camera. AP Govt is surely minting money from tourism. There is a special house of nocturnal animals where owls, civets, porcupines, wild cats, loris etc are kept in total darkness with artificial dim light and air conditioned cave sort of place. It was both eerie and scary! We were wondering why they have done that as in natural habitat, these animals experience daylight! I found the answer on internet. Apparently the Hyderabad zoo has a similar section.