My photo of the day “…Vindhya Himachala Yamuna Ganga …”

My photo of the day “…Vindhya Himachala Yamuna Ganga …”

…goes one of the lines of the Indian national anthem, and can be translated roughly as:

“(the name)…echoes in the hills of the Vindhyas and Himalayas,

Mingles in the music of the Yamuna and Ganga”

The words of any national anthem are always a little stiff – is that the word I’m looking for? – but basically in this section of the anthem, the idea of pan-Indian unity and patriotism is being invoked, in the ‘from the hills to the rivers’ analogy.

So this memory of 26 January last year fits the bill perfectly.

I was doing the Chadar trek, on the frozen Zanskar in Ladakh, and we rigged up a flagpole in camp, and sang the national anthem.

Totally Vindhya Himachala-esque, don’t you agree?  The Indian flag with some of the country’s highest peaks as a backdrop.

Jai Hind!

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