Holi Hai!

I must admit, Holi isn’t my favorite festivals in the world. It’s messy and uncomfortable, to say the least. But for some strange reason, I miss being home this year for the slush fest. I miss being with crazy buddies, especially when it’s time to celebrate. Where I now live, celebrations are a very private…

Cheap Thrills

Happy Holi everyone! The one thing I noticed is the colorful currencies across the world. After the demonetization, we have currencies of denominations that didn’t exist before. Along with that came new currency in colors such as chocolate, orange and purple. Another striking feature is that apart from the father of the Nation (Mahatama Gandhi),…

Holier Than Thou

Batashe ki Mala (these are just sugar cubes in a garland) is an integral part of the Holika Dahan (the holy fire that is lit before Rangapanchami or Holi festival). These are quite popular in Uttar Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. While playing Holi (with Gulaal or Vermilion), batasha-malas are said to ensure cordiality with brother and…

The Legend of The Lion-God

A few weeks ago, we celebrated the festival of hues, Holi. Ideally, it marks the advent of spring, and people paint each other with non-toxic coloured powder (also known as gulal) to celebrate the blossoming of life after a rather gloomy period from autumn to winter. A day before ranpanchami, Hindus observe the tradition of…