Holy week has been good this year – will write more about it in a separate place. So one sits on a Saturday afternoon, at home, feeling quite nice after a quick shower that got rid of most of the colours that adorned my head and face. One might ask, why would I be running around the campus with my head and face full of colour?
It’s Holi today. Holi is a festival to usher in spring as well as to commemorate various events in Hindu mythology. More than that, it’s just a time for people to get together, meet, eat and have some good clean fun. Hang on…maybe not that clean. Was supposed to have been a quiet day spent reading and writing at home until a knock on the door from Manoj got me out of my pseudo-academic reverie . Holi lunch and some visiting was in order. So off we went, first to his flat where Anju, Manoj’s wife prepared a wonderful meal and then on to a few other flats that still contained staff who were on campus.
After getting my face and head (including the hair) plastered with copious amounts of coloured powder, was glad that I wasn’t doused with the coloured water and only had the powder to deal with. Was also glad that I was so kindly invited to share in this festival – realised one thing in the process: human relations are eased by two very basic things: food and fun. Met and got to know some people better and guess the process of letting one’s hair down to get plastered with colour does aid in the breaking of barriers.
So Happy Holi and Happy Easter as well.