27 February, 2010

Please Welcome Our Unholy Holi...


Holi is around the corner, and the the whole of India is busy in preparations...

Some have plans to sprinkle colour all over the place. Some have plastic balloons ready to be attacked with. Some have spare water to throw on friends, family and relatives...

...And the country has millions of tonnes of extra water to waste on the D-Day, right? 

Where are we going?? Where have all those 'Save Water' campaigns disappeared all of a sudden? Don't they realize a significant amount of our nation's water is spent just in a couple of hours' play for excitement and fun?


All festivals give us something or the other, either by family gatherings or a chance to munch on delicacies and sweets. Let us not discontinue this tradition. Holi, as an Indian festival, has been degraded so very much that it takes more than what it gives...


Holi is more than just massive wastage of water....

As IndiaParenting.com quotes, 
Scars I bear,
Till date make me scared.
Colours I shared,
Have made me visually impaired.
Holi was never meant to be a dangerous and risky affair, specially for children. As we modernize, so do our festivals. We now have sophisticated holi pastes, wet colours and other synthetic colours which cause more harm than pleasure. These lovely and modern colours, if used, can bless us with mind-blowing gifts like cancer, impaired vision, respiratory problems, eye allergy, temporary blindness, etc..etc...

At any given time in India, hospitals are busy attending patients suffering from various ailments and disorders. Why do we want to add to this long list of suffering by celebrating our so-called modern Holi? Why do we want to intentionally reduce our productivity at work by playing with fire?

Children love celebrating the festival of Holi. In fact, they should. But, today's parents seem to be a little more careful. Children are always equipped with an oil layer on their skin to prevent any colour from harming them. They enjoy themselves so much so in colours and in water that they end up looking unrecognisable!

As I would point out, like several others, the real essence of Holi has been somewhat forgotten by today's generation. I do not want to get into the details about it's origin here, but I just wish to remind you all it's purpose and essence. Holi is meant to bring people together and forget social divides. According to Hindu tradition, Holi helps the people to believe in the virtue of being truthful and honest and also to fight away the evil.

 It is time we become a little eco-friendly this year...

No, no.. I am not asking you to completely give up Holi. You can definitely enjoy with safe and natural colours. In fact, scientists believe that playing with colours helps to promote good health and they have a great impact on our body. So, safe colours are not a problem, but please do not include the element of water. Water intensifies everything. Your colour stains and even sometimes, your cold and any injuries, if you have.

Please celebrate Holi as an aware and concerned citizen of this country....

HAPPY HOLI! 


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