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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Jai Hind!


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.

3 comments:

Chukwudi said...

Who says you can't write another book??

Onyeka Nwelue said...

A lot of people...

Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar said...

Namaste, Onyeka. I'm sure you had a great time at the Republic Day gathering. And the food must have been delicious, samosas and yoghurt, yum... You will write your second book, no matter what people say. It already has a lovely title: The Orchard Of Memories. Best wishes :)