When I got back from work today my father complained about Chhavi saying she was playing with so much water, he had to change her clothes five times, literally. Now Chhavi and Nana are the best of the friends. Neither can find any fault with the other! So, I know she must have irritated the hell out of him which made him complain, that too first thing when I got home. She went to sleep, full of excitement for her plans about Holi tomorrow.
That made me think about Holi and festivals in general and my relationship, or rather the lack of it. I am sure as a kid I must have been as excited as Chhavi about Holi and other festivals. And yet I don’t remember much of it. I always went out and played Holi in my childhood, that much I remember. But then it is all hazy. I don’t think I ever had a wild Holi and that I miss it terribly.
Then things should have improved in college but even then it was tepid affair. I do remember playing with mud once, but hey I now think I should have done that every year, at least in college. When I was doing my Ph.D. intelligently the mid semester break used to happen during Holi, so that there would not be too many disciplinary problems in the institute. Many postgraduate students and some undergraduate students would stay back but then once again, there is absolutely nothing special that I can wax eloquent about.
Then came a time when there was no small kid in the family. My nephews were grown up and their interest in the festival was not that great anymore. I think at least one Holi, Seshadri and I didn’t even bother to go out. But with Chhavi, those days are over, till she grows up!
I guess this lack of enthusiasm has got nothing to do with the festival and much more to do with me. I sincerely hope the kids will let me sleep till late tomorrow morning, OK reasonably late. That is all I want from Holi.
But I know many of you are going to get out and have a gala time. Wish you all a colorful Holi, may you be with your friends and family and that unlike me you are planning to start your day at an early hour.
18 thoughts on “Of Holi and Festivals”
A nice Write up…. Wish you and your family a happy Holi festival!
Wish you and your family a very Happy Holi Sreehar.
Your thoughts and ideas are presented well in this write up. It took me to my childhood days as well when I had a lot of fun with my friends and family. Things change as we move on, but the spirit of the festival always remains with us. Wish you a happy Holi!
Wish you a very Happy Holi Ajay. As they say, change is the only constant in life 😀
Happy Holi to you and your family
Happy Holi to you and yours Rupam.
Wish you & your family a very Happy Holi!
Hope you got to sleep late. Take rest. Enjoy!
Lovely flowers pic 🙂
Thank you Anita, hope you had a blast this Holi. Yes I could sleep till 9.30 am so I can’t complain. 😀
Happy Holi Mridula, to you and all your loved ones.
Happy Holi to you and yours Indrani.
Very nice experiences about Holi shared..Best wishes.
Best Holi wishes to you too.
Holi Hai….. Enjoy… 🙂
Happy Holi Prasad.
Wish you Happy Holi.
Thank you so much Rajesh, wish you a very happy Holi.
Being a South Indian, Holi had been an event to watch on TV till we had lived in Pune. I had seen 2 Holi celebrations in Pune through the windows 😀
Hope you had a happy holi celebration 🙂
Sindhu next time you get an opportunity go join in 😀