Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Happy Republic Day to India! I was in the garden of the High Commission of India in Lagos today for the Republic Day event. For the first time, I came early. I had missed it last year, because I had thought the Indians kept to 'Nigerian time,' but I forced myself to wake up early and was at the embassy already before 9 am, which was the slated time. Mrs Rani Mallik was on the podium, delivering her speech, which came out very smoothly and well-patterned. It sounded like poetry recitation in a way, maybe because she implored more of her sonorous voice to the rendition.
After the Indian Language School Choir gave three numbers, she spoke again and people were asked to have breakfast. It was all Indian cuisines, ranging from south to north Indian cuisines of samosas, yoghurt and porridge potatoes. I enjoyed myself. And then mingled with the Indians I knew already.
The main question from them was: when are you publishing your second book? That makes me feel that I can't be able to write a second book, really.