Thursday, March 08, 2012

Celebrations unlimited

Am from Andhra Pradesh, a place where holi is not a very important festival like dasara or diwali.  And hence not celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm.  Very few people roam on the streets with colors on their faces and thats the end of the story.
Couple of years back, I remember surprising my cousin(Bharadwaj) with holi colors in his own place.  That was a great evening.  I had a great time with my wife, my brother, bhabhi, kids and all.

This was the only time that I remember celebrating holi.

I moved to Pune couple of years back but again, because of my roots, I didnt enjoy much on holi.

This year, it was different.
I woke up at 7.20AM.  Studied for my upcoming exams for 2hrs.  Started feeling hungry early in the morning.  So, got ready quickly and went out to grab some breakfast.  Below are pics that I captured on my way to the hotel...
Guys in the below pic are my office mates.  They forced me into the 'holi-play'.  Though it was very tempting, I reminded myself of the MBA exams and told them not to drag me into holi this time.  Good guys.  They just put a 'tikka' on my forehead, hugged me and wished me holi.

 Magarpatta city arranged holi celebrations in the gymkhana ground.  Below are few more pics that I quickly captured while walking -

 I was standing in a corner watching all the celebration.  It was so tempting to join the crowd.  I was just about to leave when my dearest buddy Yogesh came from back and dumped two fists full of color on my head.  His cousin took his turn and rubbed some more color on my face.  I didnt had a chance to look at the people doing all this(forget about stopping them from putting color).  Thats it.  I left my backpack with the security guards in an adjoining apartment, asked them to keep an eye on it for a while and joined the crowd.
Myself, Yogesh and his cousin blindly went into the crowd with fun-filled moods dancing like mad people for songs starting from chikni-chameli, appadi podu, munni, shiela, ...(list goes on and on and on).  There were so many people around screaming our names and wishing holy.  To our surprise, they were all our office mates with totally colored faces.  It took a while to recognize each one of them but nobody was bothered.  We had such a great time.  Seriously.

Lucky to shoot this.
End result:
I went home only to check that my wallet(and all the money, cards,...) are soaked up.  
It was hellova celebration this time.

There is only one way to say this:
!!!Am waiting for next HOLI!!!

P.S: Got to study for my exams now.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hope you didn't have so many P.S. thoughts on the ground.
P.S. Was too lazy yet again to play holi.

March 8, 2012 at 12:49 AM  
Blogger Hari Akkavajhula said...

@JRK oh c'mon man...u cant be lazy on holi...and PS thoughts while on ground...:)

March 8, 2012 at 4:45 AM  
Blogger Spiderdama said...

Seems that you live in a very colorful world. A bit more gray here:-)

Hope you have a wonderful weekend and thanks for your nice comment.

March 10, 2012 at 2:01 AM  
Blogger Garima singh said...

wow thats nice :D
Yaha toh holiday bhi nahi tha ... hum office mai the holi wale din :(

March 10, 2012 at 8:03 AM  
Anonymous Elvirah said...

Even I dont see many in south India celebrating Holi so better as North Indians do. I like the way they celebrate it and It was nice to hear that this time you had a blast. Great cover!

March 10, 2012 at 9:17 PM  
Blogger Hari Akkavajhula said...

@spiderdama...your photographs speak how colorful your side of the world is :)

@garima...form a team in office and play holi(may be during evening/after office hours)...but still its a lot more fun here...

@Elvirah...yeah my weekend was OK...thnx :)

March 11, 2012 at 9:27 AM  
Blogger Red Handed said...

Seems like u had helluva fun!! M glad!
I was far far away from home and cudnt make it for the Holi :(

March 14, 2012 at 10:25 AM  

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