After a few nervous days of cold and rain, the rain gods smiled upon us and the sun came out for a beautiful day as we held our National Day celebration at Roosevelt House. We were honored to have Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao as our guest of honor, who spoke eloquently of the breadth and diversity of the U.S. – India global partnership with President Obama’s visit bringing our relationship to a new level. Our house was decorated in red, white, and blue with American food such as barbecue chicken, corn on the cob, blueberry pie, and ice cream being served. When our guests were not eating and listening to the beautiful sounds of American jazz, they were able to sit in the new Ford Figo or rev the engine of Harley Davidson motorcycles. The Marine Guard did a perfect presentation of our flag and colors, making us all very proud. It was a great day as we were able to enjoy it with our diplomatic corps colleagues, our Indian government hosts, and our many Embassy friends from all over India!