India’s 71st Independence Day was a huge celebration not only in India, but wherever Indian diaspora has a presence and Qatar wasn’t an exception. For the second year in a row, the Indian Meetup Family celebrated the special day with an extravagant event while adding a cultural touch to it.
A large group of members from different cultural backgrounds and with diverse professions gathered as a family at The Golden Ocean Hotel, Doha for celebrations with patriotic fervor and gaiety.
Amongst those present were several young and enthusiastic men and women from different walks of life. With dreams in their eyes to make it worth living, they turned up in their Independence Day-inspired attires and Indian flag pins to adorn the evening.
Celebrations started with speech from Hapreet Dev, Co-Admin of IMF bringing in the true spirit with best lines extracts, followed by singing of the Indian National Anthem. All new members introduced themselves and exchanged greetings with each other. This was followed by a dinner that included an Indian cuisine of veg and non-veg combination to suits everyone’s taste buds.
Post dinner, celebrations continued with an opportunity to experience local Indian culture which included fashion show with Indian music and popular Bollywood songs reverberating through the air, followed by housie game. Some of the members shared their experiences and views on how they feel about being part of the IMF.
Cash Prizes were distributed to winners of Fashion show and Games. Icing on cake for the evening included celebrating the birthday of IMF member, Venkatesh aka Venky. Attendees were enthusiastically posing for photographs by IMF’s talented photographers Nihas and Pavan.
As we dispersed for the night, a thought crossed my mind – being in India how often do we get this opportunity to celebrate like this? Not really right.
Hope this blog post motivates and gets you to feel more Indian on this Independence Day! Special Thanks to Ankit Agarwal Admin for the brain behind this cultural harmony gathering and Harpreet Co-Admin for supporting him and all those who took time out to volunteer themselves for making it a memorable day, Here’s wishing everyone a Happy Independence Day again. Jai Hind!
Guest Post by Rekha Kantilal