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Make This Holi Count

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With the final exams still at bay, the plans for this Holi must be materializing with intensity, excepting the days of mid-semester exams. Also, let it be known that our hearts go out to all those people who have their mid-semester exams a day or two after the festival. Nevertheless, taking a leap off the crooked road, this Holi’s plans can be summed up in two words: colours and fun – a combination that never gets old.

If we look back at all the Holis we have celebrated, there is always an incident that makes us regret our actions. Something as simple as not being able to visit a friend becomes a low point. We cannot make it perfect, but there is always room for improvement, to place in the “near-perfect” slot. It is possible that some of our friends are major introverts who perceive the festival as a punishment, and would rather read a book than participate in the Holi madness. This Holi let us try to step into their “boring” shoes and spare them with just a hug.

Once that is settled, another thing that can be looked after is the fact that we lose track of the line between the “good” conduct and the “bad” conduct. It is quite understandable, with all that adrenaline, it becomes really difficult to contain one self and we end up giving someone a black eye with a well aimed water balloon. The solution to this is quite simple; all we have to do is read between the lines and maybe let the other person approach us first.

Having taken care of the issues concerning our near and dear ones, we could try stepping out of our comfort zones and making someone’s day. Smear a pinch of colour on a beggar boy’s cheeks, give him some sweet (the likes of which you have already savoured in the early morning) and just wait for the smile to spread across his face. Too poetic? You have to see it, to believe it. The local stray dog could be fed, too. As the latest trend would suggest, you could photograph yourself feeding a Gujiya to the dog and post it on your facebook wall. Since the virtue of self-gratification is what motivates us, let us just say, selfishly, that this Holi is about receiving the priceless happiness of everyone around us. Make this Holi count.

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Shreya Bhardwaj

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