Festive season unfolds,

Colours, water splashes & shower await,

to play Holi.

P.S. – To get a better understanding of the haiku above, read the text here.

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Holi Memoirs

Posted: March 22, 2016 in Uncategorized

Holi – the festival of colours, is celebrated by all of us (the people of Indian origin). Ever since the early childhood days, we have grown up celebrating this festival. I remember the times when nearing holi my granny used to ask me the reason behind the celebration of this festival and she herself used to answer the same by narrating us a story. This became a tradition just as the festival itself. So, while sharing the childhood memories of this festival I would like to begin from that part.

The word “Holi” derives from the word “Holika”, the demon sister of Hrinyakashyap, who was a very powerful ruler who emerged victorious in almost all his battles. This gradually made him believe that he himself was the lord. However, his son Prahlad, a devotee of Lord Vishnu (one of the Gods as per Hindu mythology) did not agree and remained devoted to Lord Vishnu, worshipped him instead of his father. This annoyed Hrinyakashyap and he subjected Prahlad to inhumane punishments to which he was being protected against by Lord Vishnu. Such was his belief and faith on his devotion.Nothing happened to him. So finally, Holika thought of assisting her brother in killing Prahlad. They planned to set Prahlad on fire. Holika wore a cloak and initiated the proceedings but soon the cloak flew and rested on Prahlad. As a consequence Holika burnt and Prahlad survived. His faith on his deity remained firm and restored. The bonfire that is created each year is a symbol of the victory of the good over the evil. The next day, when the flames cooled down, people applied ashes on their foreheads and since then it became a tradition and coloured powder replaced ashes.

Now coming to the preparatory part for the celebration of this festival, various delicacies are prepared, sweets are distributed to the kith and kins, people meet and greet each other. Here I share some of the pictures of some dishes prepared by me this year that I have grown up seeing my mother and grandmother prepare.

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On the day of Holi we applied colours to each other. For us, the day began with touching our elders feet and applying some colour on their feet as a token of respect and seeking their blessings. Then all of us left together to visit our relatives and friends to play holi with them. For hours long, we kept playing holi with vibrant colours that gave us immense pleasure and happiness. Even today, it does. But what comes next is a herculean task, to remove the colour of our bodies and it again takes hours, or rather days to completely get rid of it, although we used to apply oil and creams on our entire body in order to lubricate the body and nail paint on our nails to prevent them from being multicoloured. It is believed that oiling helps to remove the colour easily but even after all these precautionary measures, it doesn’t go off for days and weeks. Such is the extent of holi we play. I wonder what would happen in case we don’t resort to these precautions.

P.S. -“I’m pledging to #KhulKeKheloHoli this year by sharing my Holi memories at BlogAdda in association with Parachute Advansed.”

P.P.S. – Do watch the video to live the spirit of Holi.

Last but not the least, wishing all my readers and fellow bloggers a dry happy and colourful Holi.

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Dirty

Posted: March 20, 2016 in Uncategorized

Dirty

P.S. – Daily Post Prompt

A month of their marriage,

A time to celebrate and cherish togetherness,

instead fights kept them engaged.

Shelf

Posted: March 17, 2016 in Daily Prompt, Haiku Poems

The newly wed went shopping,

All that they could make consensus on,

was nothing but a ‘Book-Shelf’

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Stuck in the lift,

She plans her escape route.

He ensures reverse.

lift.

Pic Courtesy – Google

#Wisdom

Posted: March 17, 2016 in Quotes to Quote, Uncategorized

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My interpretation of the above quote illustrated through a micro-fiction –

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It is always better to stay quiet and let people think you are a fool instead of speaking up to prove them correct.

A firm decision,

in lieu of disciplinary action,

suspended the class.

The missed lift of Salsa Dance,

broke her leg and their relationship forever,

with the blink of an eye.

In a flash,

forever came to an end,

never to be mend.

The title of the post itself indicates that something so wonderful has happened to give us joy unbound, to be merry and to rejoice. Yes, one of the poems “Varied Perceptions” that I wrote along with my sister has been selected to be a part of the Anthology “Colors – Shades of Life”, scheduled to be launched on March 23 i.e. Holi – the festival of colours. What a coincidence, it truly justifies the title of the book.

It is indeed a great pleasure for someone who is just a beginner like me to be published along with the other contributing authors and poets whose works have been published quite a lot of times earlier. Amidst the storehouse of such talented persons in the team, one such man is Saravana Kumar Murugan (Sarav), who himself has many  books to his credit, both as an author as well as the editor. It is him who is the source of origin of this wonderful and beautiful looking book. (Have a look at his blog, here). I am waiting for the day when I take it in my hands and rejoice. I want to thank the entire Team Colors. I express my heartfelt gratitude towards one and all associated in putting the book in the form it is. I’m sure for all those who love to read, this book shall be a treat.

Garima

 

Jagriti

 

The BLURB

“Life is a supernova of emotions, a multi-colored extravaganza and a celebration of colors that carve a way for us to be “expressive”. These colors often vary from situation to situation. They may be vibrant, bright and attractive, or even bland and gloomy. Nevertheless, they invoke the soul from within and portray the various dimensions of life.

Come and explore the various shades of life – from the lighter tones of friendship and love to the murkier hues of revenge and murder – of human beings, of how their personalities and their situations mould them into their real selves – in this anthology of prose and verse, from authors across the world, Shades of Life.”

It is just a very small step in this huge world lying ahead to be explored. Your reviews are awaited and feedback will be highly appreciated as I firmly believe that it harnesses the scope of improvement. The pre-orders have already started. You can reserve a copy for yourself and your friends on Amazon.Do take a look at the links and but the book if you find them interesting.

Those who pre-order the book please inbox me (at perferviddreams@gmail.com) the order number or the screenshot of the same, that shall be put on the official Facebook page of “Colors – Shades of Life“, as a token of Thanks. I shall be grateful to all my fellow blogger friends who decide to read this book and I am hopeful that it will add the much needed colors to your lives.

 Pre-order now on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1njjwXD

It is available for review and discussion on GoodReads. Also, you can take up the quiz on GoodReads, here.

Have a colourful life..!!

Much Love,

Garima & Jagriti