The 26th of January marks one of the most prolific days in Indian history, the day the
Constitution came into full force, putting the Government of India Act out of business. It’s a
day when Indians look back with pride on all the Freedom Movement managed to achieve
with its peaceful non- co-operation and demonstrations. Plus, you’re legally entitled to a
holiday, so added bonus.
Parades are a great way to get into the patriotic spirit. Marching bands, the celebrities, the
armed forces, it’s an experience you can’t miss out on. And Chennai brings it right to your
doorstep at the Marina Beach, Santhome. The parade kicks off at around 7 am, but sees
crowds surging in as early as 5. Even if you have to set your alarm clock a little early to get
there, the displays, the music, the cheering crowds, and the Air Show courtesy of the Army
are guaranteed to make it worth it. Anyway, mankind took it upon itself to invent afternoon
naps for a reason.
A land home to some of the most well- known and renowned fashion and dress sense,
it makes sense to pay a little visit to GRT Jewellers Fashion Parade and have a look at
their Republic Day bracelets, specially crafted in the colours of saffron, green and white,
complete with charms and murano beads, starting at Rs. 1000. Of course, nothing
says Indian the way Ritu Kumar does. Their end of season sale at their flagship store in
Nungambakkam will feature their more traditional, well known designs, as well their tie
ins with the brand Label. Aimed at the young, global Indian woman, it will showcase pastel
summer salwaar kameezes and cotton georgettes. Also on sale will be their scarves, quilts,
stoles, and bags.
Republic Day would ideally end with the aptly named Flavours of India at the Residency
Towers, Thyagaraya Nagar. A buffet at their Main Street restaurant, it promises to crash
any diets you were on with their spread that includes Kukad, Amritsari Thaliya, Meen
Ularthiyathu, Dhal Kitchadi, Undiyo and the South Indian Veechu Parotta. The buffet starts
at Rs.750 per head.
It’s going to be a good day to say Jai Hind.