March 23, 2008

this holi…

dear son

this holi

your second

i still

don’t have

any colours

to give you

no sleepy faces

at the door

waiting

to pull

you out

of bed

no neighbours

filling

buckets

of cold water

to soak you

to the skin

awakening

every pore

of your spirit

no laughter

or loudspeakers

at the chowks

with the annual

o rang barse

song

i have

only

stories

memories

of the colours

that rained

orange, red

green and blue

creaky

golden pistons

our weapons

for a few

hours

puranpoli

amti

warm milk

and ghee

that melted

on my tongue

cacophony

of children

all talking

at once

shivering

with the

cold

the excitement

when

it’s your turn

son

don’t be

afraid

of a time

spent

abroad

surrender

to the colours

to the love

to your heart

watch

them fill

your life

just

one holi

day.

4 Comments »





  • Jayu said:

    hi radhu,

    It is really very sweet.

    Our childrens will be missing on so much of fun, we actually had.

    sad but true.

    anyways, next holi come to my place we can play holi in our garden.

    chal take care
    jayu



  • Radhika Mamidi said:

    So true! People abroad miss it for a reason. But back home too – when I ask my friends – they say they have not played holi. No enthu. They feel what is the point in getting coloured and spending the rest of the day washing it! I miss it so much. The apartment culture [“don’t spoil the walls, don’t spoil the stairs, be considerate…”], the television revolution [“rang barase” video is better than the chowks loudspeaker song], the internet [google “how holi is celebrated” rather than go out and find out] could be some reasons.

    Anyway…

    That was a nice writeup.

    Your namesake.



  • Jayu said:

    radhu, dont spoil the thing. I still want to believe that holi is celebrated the same old way.
    For us, my father hated holi and asked us not to play holi.

    But we used somehow go out and play with colours.

    We did some silly things hiding from our parents, i am worried what our kids will be doing?

    take care
    jayu



  • Devesh said:

    Hey Radhika – hope you, Praveen and the lil one are keeping well 🙂


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