Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Happy Holi!

Dear Foodies,

Its Holi today, and I miss it so dearly every year that I am away from home and can't celebrate it. Its been a long time since I played with colors!

I had a blast when I was kid, we were about 10-12 kids on our street and by the end of the day we would be so fully covered in colors that even we couldn't recognize each other. The first few hours were for allocated for dry colors and going around the neighborhood wishing everyone we knew. The second part, the most fun part, was playing with colored water. Our house was the place we all gathered up for it. My mom would fill two huge drums with water and we would add colors to it and start drowning each other :)) Not all of us had the pichkari's or hand-held water pumps and we would use mugs and buckets and whatever else we could lay our dirty hands on. It was just sooo much fun and feel lucky for it now :)

The rest of the day though would be lost in scrubbing the color off our skin. It was my mom's worst nightmare I guess. She would bring out the best from her arsenal - oil, shikakai, soapnuts (kunkudikaya), shampoos etc, and the scrubbing process would take for ever and just barely reduce the color at the end of it :)) The next day we would be off to school with pink cheeks or ears (the toughest part) and hands, and it would turn inta a competition among friends :)) Those were good memories, of days of complete abandon, no worries about water shortage or chemical laden colors, but just about having fun and enjoying it with those you love.

A very colorful and safe Holi to all of you. If you are using colors, make sure you use chemical free ones and be conscious of the people around you. Enjoy!

12 thoughts:

Jaya said...

Happy Holi to you too! Yeah, my northie friend, Meha used to have her hair pink and everything for days after Holi. Yeah, chemical-free is a good point. Hope u had someone to play Holi with too!

Pavani said...

Hapy Holi to you too Priya.

A_and_N said...

I love Holi :) I miss it so so so much now :(

bee said...

happy holi to you too, priya.

veggie belly said...

Happy Holi!

Suparna said...

belated holi wishes to u!:)

Nirmala said...

Oh Priya, that pic is so very wonderful...yesterday we celbrated holi at office (???) with all the manager's permissions and we had a gala time. U've kindled so much old memories by this post. Once in my UG time in the hostel we started playing with colors and ran out of them in mins. So without any pickaris we simply played with buckets of water for 2 long hours and all the rooms, corridors, steps were drenched in water. How can I forget the hot bajjis we had after the hour long drenching! lovley days! Wishing u a colorful holi too!

Vaishali said...

A belated happy Holi to you, Priya. Holi is such a lovely memory, with all those gorgeous colors, and you've captured it so well in that beautiful photograph.

Soma said...

Happy Holi Priya:-) A lot of memories.. we would not even be red & pink.. more ugly colors & would enter the house from the back door when i finally came in for the scrubbing.

Suganya said...

And talk about the colors stuck in the hair roots, giving an alien look. Ah, I miss those days. Happy holi, Priya.

Ranjani said...

Happy holi! yeah it's been almost 10 years since I've played Holi....LOVE the click:)

Priya said...


Thank you all for dropping by! All of us seem to have had some fun experiences in the past, here's hoping for more in the future :)

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