Last evening a friend of mine asked me what am I doing on Holi (An Indian festival of colours)? I had been avoiding this question, but now since, her query is accompanied with a dream come true invitation for a grand Holi Party in a farm house of Delhi, with loads of fun and masti, read traditional Holi celebration by many family and friends along with rain dance and delicious snacks (yeah, we all get to hungry after playing for hours), I cut a sorry face and declined the offer - courtesy my spectacles.
|A little girl playing with Holi colours|
I went on and on to explain her that how will I feel when someone approaches to colour my face with gulal (dry powered colour)... I'll have to tell him/her to wait, and then I'll take off my specs, close my eyes and let some colour of joy spread on me... and then I'll wait for a second to judge whether it's over or I still have to keep my eyes closed... huff and then smile and dust off some gulal and then again put on my glasses. And I'll look so funny grinning that way!
She understood..... poor me.... she thought and after exchanging pleasantaries, she hung up.
For the first time I felt, I was missing something badly.... I was missing playing holi.... the fun way. All these years the desire to have fun with colours and coloured water and ballons and pichkaris was not there, just a customary smear on the cheek would do. But now, as the age is progressing (!!) I'm feeling like becoming a kid again. And the biggest impediment between me and my beloved "holi ke rang" is my glasses! Hey, by the way, glasses really come in between lovers when they want to cuddle up!!
Coming back, I was imagining me playing holi the old bollywood ishtyle.... there is nothing that beats "rang barse bheege chunar wali rang barse" song of movie Silsila!! Ah, it would have been a real spicy Holi, if I donned a white chudidar kurta with a colourful dupatta, all set with the Holi mood (not to forget those kajal rimmed eyes and some lip gloss too!!) surrounded by family and friends, and the song playing in the background ( no, can't expect anyone singing that for me!) and acted coy and vibrant like Rekha did!!! ..... but huff, for that I had to wear contact lenses, which I really don't want to do, as the colours can not just ruin my lenses but also cause me eye infection.
People wearing spectacles face a lot of trouble during Holi celebrations. Even if they wear spectacles, the colour settles in the tiny spaces of the frame. Wearing a rim-less spectacles on Holi may cause it to break. Specially children who wear specs feel a lot of discomfort. So, if you happen to know spectacled people (which I'm sure, you know many) be careful while smearing the colours on their face, and it's better to ask them before hand, or else you could even hurt the person with his/her own spectacles. Specially be careful with kids.
Have a safe and colourful Holi !
PS: Also, don't forget to apply cream, or oil or vaseline on all the exposed skin to minimise the effect of colours on it. Keep you hair tied up and oiled before playing holi. The vibrant colours of Holi look fabulous on white dresses (Girls can try wearing white top and harem pants)
PPS: Pic courtesy this site.