The Festival of Holi

It’s the full moon day of Indian calendar month Falgun marking the first day of Holi, the festival of colors.  It starts this evening with burning of a Holi, a huge bonfire meant to burn the evils.  People worship the Holi.  Children play around it, shouting and making loud noises, sometimes obscene words.  It’s left burning all the night, and sometimes, in villages, burns for the whole next day or two until it exhausts on its own.

Holi on fire

Burning of Holi marks the start of the second day of the festival:  The festival of colors.  It’s a declared holiday tomorrow, and people go mad on Holi.  One is supposed to forget everything, even the self, and enjoy the colors.  And me, who cannot leave out his eternal mask of seriousness, put on another mask to save face.

It's me!                                               It’s me on this Holi!

Comment from an “enemy”

This war tank is placed at Ajni Square, Nagpur, on my way from home to work.  I had taken this photograph a few months ago while going to office.  I had uploaded it on Flickr.

Sherman Mark 5 Tank at Ajni Square, Nagpur
The description of this image on Flickr reads:

“Mark Sherman 5 Tanks were first used in WW II by USA. This one was captured by India from Pakistan in 1965 War, kept as memorial of the war at Ajni Square, Nagpur.  India abandoned the use of these tanks after 1965 War.  Pakistan used them till 1971.”

Today, I got a comment on this photo by Mr. Syed Ali Hamid, who was an officer of Pakistan Army during the 1971 Indo-Pak war, and I felt honored.

Field Training 26 Cavalry by Syed Ali Hamid

This photo by Mr. Syed Ali Hamid shows a Pakistani Mark Sherman tank around 1971.

Today, India-Pakistan relations are at its best, and thanks to internet that people can interact one-to-one without any middlemen.  We live in two states, but we are one people, speaking one language, enjoying one cinema, loving one music, and enjoying one poetry!

Thank you sir for your magnanimity to appreciate me.  I am honored!