July 7th, 2012

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Fireworks, Fourth of July

Since many of the firework displays around St.Louis were cancelled due to the high temperatures and fear of fire, we figured that the display under the Gateway Arch was likely to be immensely crowded.

Also, given the high level of heat, we were not very keen to go!

So we went to the 19th floor terrace in the apartment building of a friend, Rani Sunder, and settled down there with lots of good food....Couscous uppuma from Rani, Bhel puri and Channa Dal Sundal from Anjana, Milano meringue biscuits bought by Jahnavi. Afreen and Vas also came along.

The fireworks were scheduled to start only at 9.20pm, but before that, on the opposite side, was a great sunset to be watched:


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and the slowly dimming skyline to be seen:


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We enjoyed not just the Fair St.Louis fireworks at the Arch, but could watch several fireworks in all directions...and came home feeling very happy.

To see all the pics, including a helicopter delivering an ill patient to the St.Louis Children's Hospital,

click here for the Faceboook album


Hope you enjoyed the fireworks! I've seen firework displays all over the world, but the best I've ever seen was for the Pooram Festival in Kerala. Three solid hours of scintillation!
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A thousand points of light

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Quickly flaring, as quickly quenched,
In the sky ocean;
In all colours,
In outward-spiralling motion.

We have a Tamil saying,
"Don't make carbon of your money...
"Buy fireworks!" and indeed
The saying is witty...and funny.

It may not be prudent;
It may be waste;
But for that minute of wonder
We rush and watch, in haste

While the fireflowers bloom
Across the sky's velvet black,
We are lifted out of our daily cares
And to pure joy, wafted back.

Fleeting, evanescent,
Leaving smoke and murk...
But on our hearts they cast their spell.
In our gasps we see their magic work.