Friday, January 27, 2012
R-Day at Mantri's on OMR
"Is this something I would want to inflict on my 6 & 4 years old grandsons," I asked myself, and politely turned down an offer to address the gathering.If Ujjal were to ask the Mantri kids if they want speeches on R-Day (or any other day),I doubt if their answer would be anything short of a resounding 'NO'.
It is nobody's case that children shouldn't be initiated into the significance, sanctity and solemnity of the occasion. My issue is with the standard format we adopt for such function, thinking that any deviation, from flag-hoisting by someone important and elderly, and the ritual of speech by a chief guest, violates the sanctity of the occasion. Anyway, speeches don't go down well with children. And if it is nationalism that we need to inculcate, we can engage children in essay competition and quiz held ahead of R-Day. Prizes can be distributed to the winners at the R-Day function.
OMR Resident Facebook page. My schoolboy friend Shreyas (D-604) has volunteered to be our designated photographer.
Organisers could have taken care to collect from the children the brushes for re-use the next time (they can get them from me). Children would well to persuade parents not to throw away discarded tooth-brush.It comes in handy at pot-painting. Organizers should procure, along with paints, paper plates, and thinners for cleaning the brushes after use. We could also do with trashcans placed at strategic points in the common area, along the driveway, on the front-lawn and in the central park.
our earlier post on waste management.
The other point he made pertained to a Tamil Nadu govt. proposal for developing a Chennai mega region, which would benefit Mantri residents.We invite Mr Rajagopal to share his thoughts on how he reckons the mega Chennai move would benefit Mantri Synergy residents, and, in fact, other OMR residents.
More photos on Mantri R-Day events in our Facebook page.