Of Holi and that confession thingy

When I was very young, probably in the fourth or the fifth grade, my dad would pack me downstairs with a small bucket full of water balloons to play holi with my friends. Now as far as I remember, I was a shy guy (arre sacchi!). I didnt have many friends. So while all the other kids would be busy colouring each other, a drawing class gone wrong, I would wonder how to enter the colour fest. I mean how do you go about throwing water balloons at people you dont know very well. I used to stand in the corner wondering how to get into the commotion. After half an hour of standing there, I would turn around to go back home, but just so that I dont look like a complete loser to my dad, I would throw a few balloons on cars, and a few on myself, to look the part. Then I would return home, soaked in the colour of three balloons I splashed myself with, take a bath and have puranpoli for lunch.

What I didnt know is that my dad used to watch me from our third floor apartment, while I went on throwing balloons on cars and drenching myself in colour. He didnt say a word.

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My best holi were the ones I played with my cousins. The night before the holi day, we sat in the bathroom stocking ammunition. I filled balloons with water using my new nagraj brand pichkari, while Aroop expertly tied knots to the balloons. He had names for all types of knots. Floppy knot, army knot, super knot..
"Arre main aisa knot bandhega na, Michael Jackson bhi nahi khol paayega", Aroop used to say.
"Michael Jackson kaun hai?", I asked. I didnt have cable then. My favourite shows included Phulwari bachon ki on DD1.
"Abbe Michael Jackson nahi malum? kya dance karta hai bey woh.."
Its amazing how highly kids thought of him. And who can blame them, I mean of the 6.5 billion people in the world, how many have turned snow white from jet black?
Aroop(I know you are secretly reading this), you were such a showoff! :P But not his mistake entirely if you ask me, this is what cable Tv did to a lotta boys during the 90s.

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Our colony, had two cricket groups the "bade log" and the "chotte log". My problem was that I fell in the age group which was common to both. But I chose to play in the chotte log, coz they played underarm cricket and I didnt know how to bowl overarm then and also it was easier to win there. What? Dont judge me! I like to win!

I shifted base to bade log at the start of the 7th std. I had taken a liking to overarm cricket inspite of the fact that I was terrible at batting and couldnt bowl 6 legitimate deliveries without giving away 20 extras. Anyhow, it was Bablu, who was usually the captain of my side, who had deep rooted confidence in me. How else do you explain a newbie bowler like me getting the first over in every match. As I excelled in the following years, it was as much as a triumph for him as it was for me. I have opened bowling several times now, even so for my team in college, but it still doesnt compare with the thrill that I used to experience when Bablu tossed me the ball.
Over the years I have taken Bablu's place and tried to do for kids like Debu and Nachiket what Bablu did for me. Its such a high to see them grow into such good players.

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During my engineering, holi became just another holiday. Last year when I worked with Siemens, it ceased to be even that. I spent the that holi in the office. Ofcourse we did throw a little customary colour around. Too bad our German boss took a leave that day (clever fellow), we had decided to give him a taste of Indian festivities (if you know what I mean). So we spent the day working a little and forwarding mails a lot, which is good thing, coz the next day I had my friends (who worked in Indian companies which were more considerate to their needs of soaking themselves in colour on holi) send me queries like -
"Dude? yesterday wasnt a holiday??"
To which I replied - "Nahi re, was in the office. "
"hehe, dude!! no holiday on holi-day?? hehe he"(yeah, thats the level of jokes we crack)
"No re, had to work.. Have to finish this project before the German boss leaves for home. If I dont the assembly line in Berlin will have serious problems. Thousands of euros down the drain I tell you."
"Doood!!!"
He was in deep awe. He must have thought that I was the VP (Assembly lines) Siemens AG. Here, it should be noted that he was an IT guy and for him assembly lines was pretty much the lines we stood in before the morning prayer back in school.
But I did hear him telling my other friends - "Abbe! Arshat kaam karta hai bey!!"(his eyes and the eyes of the one hearing this statement as big as saucers)

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Last confession - I will be celebrating this holi with my cousins, it gonna be fun. I know for a fact that Aroop's favourite isnt MJ any more. So I wont get any - "Abbe Michael Jackson nahi malum? kya dance karta hai bey woh..". He might ask me questions on Metallica though- showoff I tell you :P
My dad is abroad so he wont be joining us. But I would be cool even if he was there. Coz now whatever happens, I wont splash myself with balloons to look the part...

Happy Holi everyone.






















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26 letters to the editor:

    On March 10, 2009 at 3:39 PM     
    Nupur said...

    The post was sooooo sweet!!! You should seriously work with K-Jo..!

    an interesting read... happy holi to you.. :)

    :)
    that kid scene.aww maaan..wld melt even the teeny weeny heart ppl have.....
    now i know..what u mean by dad-son relationship and u being a complete sucker for such movies....
    i just cant stop smiling......
    2 down...9998 to go......

    On March 10, 2009 at 4:46 PM     
    Anonymous said...

    Happy Holi Arshat.. enjoy! I loved the post.. tht boy is so sweet... nicely written

    Happy Holi to u!

    On March 10, 2009 at 6:49 PM     
    Thoorika said...

    "Abbe! Arshat kaam karta hai bey!!

    Lolz!! i am trying to imagine tat!!

    Who is that kid?! Very cute smile. Full of joy!! made me smile!!!

    Happy Holi :)

    On March 10, 2009 at 8:12 PM     
    Sam said...

    Doood! You are tooo much!!! You dont know Metallica?? Sheeeesh!!!

    PS: IM A SHOWOFF

    Happy Holi arshat.............
    Nice blog...

    btw nupur & i share d same views..
    u shuld wrk wid KJO..

    On March 10, 2009 at 10:20 PM     
    Balaji said...

    This post tells me how much stress you had, back when you were working in siemens. Nice post! Keep at it!

    hehehe.. a gud one!
    hav a colorful holi....!! :D

    Happy holi ji!!

    The pic is so vry cute!

    n d "assembly lines" vala joke is too good!!

    www.enchantinganki.wordpress.com

    Nice post... cho chweet!

    I can see the parchai of my (holi) life lurking over here...

    On March 11, 2009 at 11:35 PM     
    Harish said...

    Aah Holi?? This part of Pune doesn't seem to celebrate it. A hypocrite company gives 2 days off for Christmas and no holiday on holi-day!!
    Anyways nice post as usual..and the kid foto is great...

    On March 12, 2009 at 11:01 PM     
    Chriz said...

    you made me laugh at each and every line and paragraph.. there was one fun story in every paragraph.. loved the way you narrated..

    tuff to find such blogs these days.. arshat.. you should write more posts bro.. the blog world needs more posts like these..

    could easily relate to the way you write cos its simple and enjoyable..

    happy holi..

    god bless

    On March 12, 2009 at 11:26 PM     
    aroop said...

    Saale MJ bola, baaki Eminem, Iron Maiden amongst others bhool gaya :P

    btw wait till i tell Chotu and chinku abt you just mentioning my name and not theirs...

    On March 13, 2009 at 8:34 AM     
    Ashish said...

    Happy belated holi......so howzz ur holi-day???
    Did Aroop have some different plans :P

    On March 13, 2009 at 2:31 PM     
    Sri said...

    You have a great sense of humor...more girls will like it..Michael Jackson's was the best...how many of us can turn from Jet black to snow white...wow!!!

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    On March 14, 2009 at 11:09 AM     
    Nikita said...

    awwww u really smashed water balloons on your head to look the part!!! That is just so darn cute.
    Your dad reminds me of Atticus Finch in To Kill A Mockingbird. If you haven't read it yet then do. You'd love it.

    On March 15, 2009 at 1:18 AM     
    s4n705h said...

    The best part of the whole post is the kid with the bucket. IF its you than you surely was a fun loving kid.

    I don't stopped playing holi for years now and lets see when i get a chance to do so


    @nupur
    hehehe.. u kidding right?
    RIGHT?

    @the pink orchid
    :)
    happy holi to you too

    @iceprincess
    :)

    @anon
    Yeah, the boy is cute.. and so is a girl, cudnt post her pic though..

    @opinionsandexpressions
    Happy holi to you too :)

    @thoorika
    I would say it was me, but I dont think I was that cute..

    @sam
    oye! I am stuck on Himesh. Himesh kicks metallicas ass :P

    @hiren
    point noted sir!

    @balaji
    Thanks!

    @Swetha Padakandla
    Thanks :)

    @Ankita Agrawal
    hehehe.. i know.. sahi na!

    @Akansha Agrawal
    :) thankyou

    @Harish
    Oh, really?
    Though luck mate..

    @Chriz
    Thanks for the kind words.. I admire the rate at which you come up with your posts, I dodnt even get ideas as quickly as you write about them.

    @aroop
    You are such a showoff! :P
    Pls dont tell chotu and chinku.. I now need to mention them to get out of this one :P

    @Ashish
    It was fun. Aroop did have different plans :P

    @Sri
    Why just girls? Dont u like it too :)

    @Nikita
    :)
    I have seen the movie.. Its a cute movie.

    @s4n705h
    oh, nahi re.. thts not me.. i wasnt tht cute.

    On March 18, 2009 at 5:18 PM     
    Nupur said...

    No.... I'm serious!! If you work with K-Jo.... then I can have a chance to meet Ranbir Kapoor, Imran Khan, John Abraham.... well the list is endless!!
    HEHE!!

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