This August 15th was different. We had Virasat going on by Spic Macay. And it was a full night event. Right at the stroke of midnight, Shri D. Balakrishna on the Veena, wished us on our independence day and played Vande Mataram. It was a moment of sheer joy and happiness. Of feeling part, of pride in our country, of feeling one with her people. We just stood up automatically, all of us in the auditorium.
It was a moment when we, all strangers were bound, by a common string - of being children of the same mother, of being part of a country with a great heritage. Of being blessed to be born in a free country, of having great forefathers who fought for our independence against a superpower of that time. It was a time when we pledged ourselves again to our motherland. It was a time when we were one.