It may be nasty for those at the receiving end of it, but many people derive a lot of fun on Holi from smearing colour on family members who dislike the festival.
According to these naughty kin of the ‘victims’, the initial reluctance — along with excuses such as ‘I don’t like getting colours on my face’ or ‘My skin is allergic’ — heightens the drama all the more.
“Before every Holi, my sister announces that no one should dare put colour on her. And every time, a good part of our morning goes into tricking her and putting colour on her.
Because she is the cleanest person till the last, everyone just goes wild pouring every colour possible on her,” says Rahul Pant, an engineer.
If you don’t like colours being smeared on you but can’t avoid it, the best thing to do is to maintain a low profile and play along. “The more we create a fuss, the more attention we attract and become the most enjoyable target,” says psychiatrist Sanjay Chugh.
Shweta Nag, 29, a homemaker, shares his view. “My hubby doesn’t like to play Holi but whenever friends come over to our place, he participates in the colouring ceremony with so much fervour that no one even realises that he hates colour,” she says.
“That works in his defence but because I know the truth, I get that pleasure of irritating him the most by colouring him with every colour possible.”
Holi comes once in a year and even if one has to put up with temporary skin rashes, it’s worth the fun, say some. “I think I’m one of the few exceptions who looks forward to the festival. I love to play Holi and get dirty with colours in-and-out,” says Sona Sinha, an auditor.
“It is the only festival of its kind and it happens nowhere else but in India, so at least we shouldn’t shy away from getting red, green, blue and more,” she adds.