India is a nation that’s going trough a tumultuous phase
A country led by politicians who don’t stand for values but gain
Who don’t even come close to representing the true identity of the nation
One has to look hard through the haze left by stories of their corruption and ignorance,
to find the true infallible Indian Spirit

A spirit that holds onto its values,
which perseveres for what it believes in, despite the odds
The good part is, that this spirit still does exist amongst
the now generation of this country
The better part is, that its becoming stronger than ever before

Now Delhi feature :: Slumgods part II

The past year has been quite bipolar for India. We’ve experienced great highs and lows. 
Of a cricket world cup triumph (cricket is a religion in India). And successfully pulling off the Commonwealth Games.

To embarrassing stories of the corrupt and insatiable greed of our leaders :

Rs. 1,76,000 Crore (1.76 trillion) gone in the ‘2G Spectrum Allocation Scandal’
Rs. 70,000 Crore (700 billion) gone in the Common Wealth Scam
Thats more than 2 Billion of Indian tax payer rupees gone. Vanished. Kaput.
and thats just 2 scams

Quite alarming. Yes.

But the true essence of India, despite all of this chaos is the order within it. Where there is still the common man fighting the odds and, at times, winning. Where, in-spite of the several disappointing stories that may hold one down . There are still a lot more stories to be proud and hopeful of.

 

 

 






And these Bboy’s and girls that Now Delhi was fortunate enough to meet represent the quintessential Indian identity – Of being in a troubled spot in life, yet, not stopping to believe in and pursuing ones dreams.


The Cypherholic Jam is a serial event that happens every three months. Organized by Bboy Bharat (B.R) and the Tandavaa crew with Slumgods Crew from New Delhi, it is a space for every Bboy/Bgirl and hiphop artist to showcase their talent and also get in touch with others practicing the art of breaking.  Open to breaking crews (groups/teams of bboy/girls) from all over the country, it has individual, freestyle and group danceoffs. A competition at the core, it is more of an event to build a community around the art of hip-hop and breaking. A platform for under privileged kids to break from the harsh realities of their lives, to be free and express themselves creatively.

 

Now Delhi was witness to this 6th edition and found the numbers to be remarkable. Kids from all walks of life were there – the slums, middle class families, lower income families, the underprivileged. All of them mixing, communicating, learning, competing, sharing, building – together. All of them believing in themselves and their art

The message they give us is essential – that our lives and our country may be lacking on a lot of fronts. But that itself presents an opportunity to cause change and do something about it. And everyone can be part of that change.

That there is always lot more out there to do  that hard work and determination CAN be a passage to ones dreams and that one can always strive to be better versions of themselves. The winners of this edition were the ‘Firing Shooz Crew’, with ‘The Fearless Crew’ as the Runners up 

But they’re all winners if you ask me..

So here’s to our freedom,
and what we choose to do with it
Happy Independence day!