The spirit of freedom

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The spirit of freedom

A whole lot of Americans and American-Indians from across the City congregated at Habanero in Whitefield recently to celebrate the American Independence Day.

There was hardly any space and one had to elbow one’s way through to find a good table and perhaps spot familiar faces.

Among the guests, there were Indians as well who had brought along their friends. A bunch of young Indian IT professionals, who wanted to enjoy American food and music, also made it to the event.

 Red, blue and white balloons vied with each other to add zing to the evening.
Never mind that it was the middle of the week, the crowd was good and people were there to have a good time.

Everything from the food, decor and music had an American twist to it.
Ema Trinidad, founder of the Expat Entrepreneurs Circle said, “Fun and
laughter rented the air and for a minute, I thought I was actually in the United States, celebrating Independence Day.

 It was not just a celebration of US Independence Day, it was a celebration of freedom.That’s why even non-Americans celebrate it.”

Brian Schroeder, an entrepreneur, felt celebrating Independence Day away from home keeps Americans connected with their country, culture and their past. “Independence Day celebrations are important to many countries and cultures. It connects us with our past, present, and what we aspire to be in future. Celebrating with people from many countries reflects the multi-cultural identity of the United States, and it was great to converse with people from many places.,” he says. 

James Whitehead, partner, Master Technology Architect, Accenture was wary about feeling like an outsider but he confesses that he thoroughly enjoyed himself.
“I was afraid that I might be a stranger in a strange land but that certainly was not the case.”  

Dawn Lauter, a marketing specialist couldn’t help recalling the good old days back home.
“During the party, I couldn’t help but reminisce with fellow Americans about July 4 family traditions back home.

We shared unique stories since we were all from very different backgrounds and places in the US.  So there was a little bit of home and a
little bit of Bangalore, which made for the perfect combination, given that America is also a land of many cultures.”

Bob Massa, an IT professional, pointed out that just like the Indian Independence Day, fireworks are an indispensable part of their Independence Day celebrations.
“Back home, huge firework displays are controlled, organised and sponsored by the local government or corporates. So everyone waits for the dark to go to stadiums or large open public places to watch the show. That was obviously missing here. But it was nice to see so many people wearing red, white and blue,” he sums up.

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