Of course like any silly emotional sister I was teary eyed, and I think my Dad too choked with emotions when I spoke to him on phone. Well, that's my brother for you, giving us all sorts of "feels" for the past 26 years.
When 8 years ago he went as an NCC cadet to Delhi for Republic Day, we hadn't even imagined that someday he would walk down the prestigious Rajpath, even though three generations of our family were/are in defence forces. In fact, on his return my Mom's only worry was his bag full of unwashed sweaty clothes and mud laden boots :P She made sure they were left on the porch, and scrubbed his face red trying to remove all the tan :PThat overwhelming moment when my Bro walked down #Rajpath for #RepublicDayParade, leading Army Dog Squad contingent! pic.twitter.com/zEySjTU2Se— Rajlakshmi (@Sunjhini) January 26, 2016
For 3 months we have been waiting for this. I was at my Uncle's place today, had hooked the laptop to his TV, and was literally staring at the countdown. I am so thankful for the existence of Doordarshan National, for telecasting the parade live on Youtube.
It was a classic "Anu on TV... Anu on TV" moment. But never had I imagined how overwhelming it would be. I haven't met my brother in 3 years. To watch him all smartly dressed, leading a contingent of four legged soldiers...oh I still get teary. Same with my sister who luckily was at Rajpath. And in between wiping tears and blinking eyes we watched him. Yeah, we are a ridiculously emotional family. :P
So right now, I am stalking profiles on Instagram, Twitters, News Channel searching for his pictures.
Send in the dogs! Indian Army's dog squad returns to #RepublicDayParade after 26 years: https://t.co/cz5AmsC0Po pic.twitter.com/3K7IQc97F9— Firstpost (@firstpost) January 26, 2016
It was after years I saw the Parade. Some very fond memories are associated with it. But what remains same - is the goosebumps I get every time a Lady Officer comes on screen. Extremely inspiring and empowering!!
Ok before I get even more emotional, gotta go back and collect more pictures. :) Hope you all had a wonderful Republic Day. Jai Hind!!