Saturday, January 07, 2006

Citizens of tomorrow

This happened last Christmas. There is this place in my neighbourhood which is nicely decorated with a lot of lights and interesting stuff during Christmas and New Years. The weather was really bad the evening we went there. People were generally keeping to themselves, greeting only people they knew. The bitter cold and howling wind demanded too much of an effort to extend the normal greetings to strangers. A white christmas, in a predominantly white town of a predominantly white country. Along comes this family with two kids, the kids must have been really diehard fans of Christmas, for they wished everyone "Merry Christmas" vigorously. It was pure magic. They changed the mood of the crowd instantly and everyone broke out of their shells. The fun part is that the family was Indian. And not Christian. Times are changing.


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