Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Merdeka

Tomorrow's our independance day - we call it Hari Merdeka. Just like last year the bloggers from this side of the world have decided to host a themed Merdeka. If last year was about Merdeka itself this year its Project Happy Malaysia. Basically we'll be writing about what's wonderful about being Malaysian.

Well last year I managed to write 6 posts on Merdeka which you can find here, here, here, here , here and here. This year writing even one seems hard, its not that its impossible its just I rarely write a post based on a persons race.  



UPDATED

I grew up in a mixed society my neighbours were mostly chinese. My schoolmates were from all the three races, hence it never mattered which language we spoke nor which god we prayed we were all friends. That's what to me best reflects being Malaysian, the somewhat racial harmony we practice.

If you met a Malaysian in any corner of the well, ask him what he misses most, he'll definetly tell you its food. Not his mom's food not his races food but believe me he'll be telling you he's dreaming of pipping hot Nasi Lemak, Banana Leaf rice or a steaming plate of Char Kuew Teow.

When the Old Klang road fights were going on, there was somewhat of a hushed environment. people were telling each other, stick to your own race, don't visit another races restaurant. To me that was utter rubbish and since I was craving for Malay food, I ventured out to my local Malay restaurant to get my food. I had been visiting him for ages, and I knew no tension happening miles away was gonna change that.

I was right, as always he beamed on seeing me and happily dished out and extra spicy serving of Nasi Paprik. So you see we might have our differences, but deep down the simplest stories would tell you the beauty of who we are.

No one tells us to learn about anothers culture, no one tells us to eat another races food, no one tells us to speak a bit of every language, no one teaches us to be excited about seeing another race friend attend a wedding or a function and giving them extra attention but we do coz it comes naturally. That's what makes Malaysia special. That's what Merdeka is about.

Selamat Hari Merdeka

Ps : Tommorrow I've got a story of a crab ;)

Ps : that's all you get for now since I have been too busy this past few days. I'll probably finish this post tommorow - for the time being read the old posts first ;)  

23 comments:

Aravind said...

yayy.... me first!!

Happy Merdeka, Visit!!!

Independence day special - no bullying for today! :D

sreekrishnanv said...

suthanthiram vaazhga ... suthanthira ENNANGAL vaazhgha
suthanthira makkal vaazhgha !!

Jothi said...

Happy Merdeka.

Sandai-Kozhi said...

Happy Merdeka, Visithra!!!

KK said...

Happy Merdeka!!! Have fun :)

The Smiling Girl said...

Happy Independence Day! Holiday in the middle of the week.. enjoy!!
Btw, wht about ppl who read all recent posts of urs??

Now tell me, how can u make such a wonderful banner for ur blog?? I love this collage of photos.. :)

sreekrishnanv said...

btw: ididnt know why my message os posted 3 times ... i clicked only once... plz delete ...

Romba over a independence emphasize pannara maari irukku !!

Keshi said...

Happy Independence Day sweety!

Keshi.

SQUID said...

Selamat hari merdeka....

Sundar Narayanan said...

sudhandhira dhina nal vazhthukkal !!

:)

sophie said...

hey hows u gal...long time no see??

huZmi dahLan said...

happy merdeka :)

Syam said...

Happy Merdeka!!! Have fun :-)

tulipspeaks said...

goooooooooooood morning

=ammu=

visithra said...

Aravind, sree, jothi, skm, kk, sg keshi, Sundar, huzmi, syam,

thanks all for the wishes ;)



aravind : shuh ;p hehehe



sg : yep it was a nice rest ;)

hehehe well these were posts from a year back ;p so they might have forgotten hehehe

its easy - set the colour of ur background then paste small images on it ;)


sree : lol i dont mind but since u insisted ive deleted it ;)

ehhehe enthusiam neriya iruhku pohla ;)



sophie : im good gal hows u ;)


huzmi : welcome here ;) thanks and happy merdeka :)


amu : morning birthday gal ;)

Nirek said...

happy independence day!

Hip Grandma said...

happy Independance Day to you!

visithra said...

satu n hip gran thanks ;)

Balaji S Rajan said...

I liked your attitude of visiting other restaurants. Though I am a vegetarian, I do the same. I never mind and visit other races restaurants. You never know. There may be wonderful dishes too. Keep up your attitude and spirits.

visithra said...

balaji s : its actually most msians attitude ;) n nice to know u follow it too ;)

n the best part you can get all these stuff in vegetarian form as well ;) if u ever come down give me a buzz will show u around ;)

The Smiling Girl said...

I still dont know how to get it... Well, I suck at HTML.. :)
Never mind.. :)

Why no updates for a long time?

visithra said...

sg : kinda busy ;) hummm let me get a short tutorial ready ;)

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