Let’s play holi, this year in the most beautiful way ever, with colours of love, blossoms from spring, and amazing feast from our own traditional kitchens…
With the passing by winters and the onset of mild summers, and Annual Exams around , the memories of mumma and maamiji (aunt) sitting together for whole day, helping each other to make gujiya, and thandai and other snacks for the festival day, brings back that tenderness in my thoughts and feels like a child when I look at my plate of gujiyas. Only participation we had as kids was, sneaking into the kitchen to grab whatever we could from the door of the kitchen itself. Mom had a very simple way of doing things and efficiency with which she would make them , comes after years of work, which I am yet to achieve. I still have the recipe written by her, with all her do’s and don’ts in my book, which is like a script and the worn out pages make me nostalgic at the sight of it. Have tried to share all with you, and believe me Lists not difficult to get some of them ready at home… . I relive these memories by preparing all what mom does, and my kids lending me a hand , relishing homemade stuff.
Another sound that echoes when I get up on the day of playing colours is a voice instructing, “Ruchi, come let me massage your head with coconut oil, and also apply it all over your body.”
Mumma, would very carefully make all possible efforts so that my skin is not harmed in any way, as the organic colours were not in practice in those days. I still as a mother of two , follow some rituals to get them Holi ready…These days the organic colours are in practice but changed environmental conditions do take a toll. But who stops you from having the fun, when there is a way to be “COLOUR READY”
My Dermatologist cousin Dr Govind Mittal, has compiled some really simple ways, which would for sure just get u in the festive mode without a blink, and you can have your glowing skin back after all the fun.
Chaniya choli, a white kurta is the most sexy dress for holi, but try to have minimum bare skin….You can save the skin to flaunt in a post holi party!!
Cover your hair with a smart bandana, or scarf after a oil massage.
Use your non expensive sun glasses to protect your eyes, and off course avoid sun..
Paint your nail, to avoid carrying the memories of holi in your nails..Men can also apply the transparent ones.
Apply a high coverage Sunscreen, water proof variant is like cherry on the cake…..avoid scratching, in case some itching starts, and wash off the colour in case any reaction happens..
After you are done use mild soap, warm water to wash off, avoid u se of pumice stones
Use Gram flour Ubtan Instead to take a post holi, beauty shower.
COME WHAT MAY PLAY HOLI….after all its the most beautiful festival I have grown with, and proudly celebrate it.
Special this reminds of the days in Chennai, when, CHI, and SI were in their early childhood days, and as an anxious mother I would get all possible things from the other corner of the city to make sure they celebrate this festival with completeness. We would keep special holi celebrations on closest Sunday, as there were no official, school holiday on the day. Excitement ,came from the fact that our whole building and kids would come together to celebrate this festival.
And then the Thandai and Bhaang saga. Bhaang is a herb popularly known as Cannabis in other parts of the globe, which when added to the traditional drink of holi, creates never ending stories, which can be heard at the drop of hat, narrated proudly.
I am keeping that element out for now and you may add the story ..Anh I mean Bhang at your discretion.
While I am penning this down, I have smiled all through, and this is the pleasure of festivals. They make memories, they make you smile.
Do participate in your own safe and beautiful way to celebrate this festival of colours!!
HAPPY COLOURFUL AND SAFE HOLI TO YOU ALL…..THOSE EXTRA POUNDS THAT YOU GAIN GORGING ON THE FESTIVE FOOD…..SHED THEM POST THE FESTIVAL, OR CHOOSE TO SHAKE A LEG TO HOLI MUSIC, AND THERE WOULD BE NO EXTRA BAGGAGE FOR SURE ….