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Any plans for the long weekend?
Aanchal Bedi, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, August 13, 2014
First Published: 11:25 IST(13/8/2014)
Last Updated: 11:30 IST(13/8/2014)

Didn’t get time off from college admissions and exams to pay attention to the monsoons beckoning you outdoors? Well, here’s your chance to enjoy the pleasant weather. This year, the Independence Day falls on a Friday, which means you get a three-day weekend off. So take a cue from some young people in the city to find out how you can make this long weekend an enjoyable one.

Khushbu Batra, a management trainee, plans to take a walk down memory lane and visit Amritsar. “This year I will be visiting the Wagah Border and Jallianwala Bagh with my family. I believe this would be the best way to understand and feel the spirit of Independence Day. I am looking forward to the elaborate beating retreat ceremony at the Wagah Border before sunset as I believe every Indian should witness it,” she says. Nitish Negi, an aspiring lawyer, has also changed plans instead of doing his usual routine flag hoisting, kite flying and wearing clothes matching the tri-colour. “I am planning a weekend getaway to Haridwar. This is the ideal time to visit a city that’s the doorway to the land of holy shrines and pilgrimages. Taking a dip in the holy Ganga, sitting at the ghats and participating in the evening aarti, all of this will rejuvenate me,” he says. Gurleen Kaur, a student of Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, will participate in the flag-hoisting ceremony in her neighbourhood park. “Independence Day is a day to be proud of. Flag hoisting, singing patriotic songs and the national anthem with my neighbours gives me a sense of freedom and unity. Then I will visit India Gate or Red Fort to pay respects to all martyrs,” says Kaur. There are youngsters who want to reach out to others. Sanjeeta Singh, a student of Lady Shri Ram College for Women, says, “I have joined Make a Difference, a non-profit organisation and will be spending my I-Day weekend organising fundraising events to bring about a positive social impact.”

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