The Queen's birthday - many happy returns Ma'am! - is on 21st April. Her official birthday is on 11th June. But those dates don't work where I am. Too sodding hot. So Chennai celebrated Her Maj's big day tonight.
Great to be there - but why was the beer on offer the lamentable (on the grounds of taste, however you define it) 'British Empire' - a brew which encapsulates British imperialism: strong, tasteless, and leaving an unfortunate aroma on the palate.
When I got the invite, I thought the evening might amount to a couple of dozen ex-pats round a swimming pool. Wrong! The British Deputy High Commission's grounds here in Chennai are almost as big as Buckingham, Palace. Hundreds gathered ... I spotted a former head of India's Intelligence Bureau in the crowd. And in case you think this was just a huge jolly, there was touting for GB to be done ...
A charming choir sang 'Jana Mana Gana' - India's national anthem - with a touch more enthusiasm than anyone could raise for Lillibet's song. Britain's top dip here is Bharat Joshi - is he the only British diplomat to take the name of the country in which he is posted?
And as we all consumed a splendid Indian meal, the band started playing classic rock numbers dating back to an era beyond even my recall. Yeaaaaah!
A vase full of resplendent blooms is a refreshing and enchanting sight. People like to send and receive flowers to convey their feelings .Be it any celebration, special event or festival, flowers are the perfect gift for any occasion. Even though dried and artificial variety is available in the market, nothing beats the charm of fresh, fragrant and inviting blooms.
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