Holi in Bangalore, Colors Image source Shutterstock
This was my fourth Holi in Bangalore. Each year Holi is becoming more colorful in the city. The first year, I was looking for anyone who would play Holi and simply could not locate anyone. At max, people would exchange a sophisticated ‘Teeka’ and offer some Mithai. It almost made me feel as if by choosing to be in Bangalore, I probably have to let go of my favorite festival.
Next year, I saw a few people in my apartment complex playing Holi. Since I was new in that place and did not know anyone, I did not participate completely. Though I did go and exchanged the customary Gulaal. This was one notch better than the previous year.
The third year there was a nice Holi in Bangalore, played in the apartment, though no Mithai accompanied. We played for quite some time with all kinds of colors and water. But participation still remained voluntary. This year I did not miss Holi.
Colors of Holi in Bangalore
Come the fourth year, that is this year and this week, I had a memorable Holi. Around 10:00 AM, we started hearing ‘Rang Barse’ at the loudest possible volume, strong enough for everyone to come out and peep out of their balconies. A huge music system in the middle of the apartment complex was playing the song and inviting people. Within few minutes, there were enough people there to invite the rest. There were lots of colors around and water pipes to play it the ‘Holi Way’. Within seconds of reaching the center, you would be assured of having at least 4-5 colors on you. As people got drenched in colors, they started dancing with the music. And this invited the rest of the junta to come down and join.
There were few still not willing to step out. And for them, small ‘Tolis’ were formed which went and fetched the rest of them. And if not roped them in, at least colored them enough to remember the Holi. After some time there was a Halwai who made fresh Samosas and Jalebis. Can you imagine Holi, Music, Dance, all your neighbors, and piping hot Jalebis and Samosas? Just when I thought what else do you need in life to have a perfectly happy moment, the Radio Mirchi team reached there with their ‘Wow Women’ campaign. And made us play some funky games and gave away the goodies. Probably someone sometime in the history would have designed Holi to ensure this kind of Masti in every life at least once a year.
The Holi has arrived… I am already looking forward to the Changing Colors of Holi in Bangalore the next one.