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I did it, but you don?t!

?WE WERE in Scottish Church College of Kolkata and lived in the college hostel. Our hostel superintendent was rather strict in his approach and the boys were always looking for an opportunity to get even. Around Holi, they thought of a prank. Everybody pooled in money?contributions were made compulsory for the entire hostel to ensure that everyone was together in the mischief?and gave a matrimonial advertisement for the superintendent in a prominent daily of Bengal. Now, the superintendent was already happily married and had grown up kids as well.

india Updated: Mar 15, 2006 01:05 IST

Prof Debashis Chatterjee, IIM-L
“WE WERE in Scottish Church College of Kolkata and lived in the college hostel. Our hostel superintendent was rather strict in his approach and the boys were always looking for an opportunity to get even. Around Holi, they thought of a prank. Everybody pooled in money—contributions were made compulsory for the entire hostel to ensure that everyone was together in the mischief—and gave a matrimonial advertisement for the superintendent in a prominent daily of Bengal. Now, the superintendent was already happily married and had grown up kids as well.

The advertisement was so timed to appear a day before Holi. The hostel superintendent’s address, his direct numbers etc too were given in the advertisement. Since, marriage was a big issuein Kolkata, the residence phone of the superintendent started ringing, the moment advertisement appeared. Poor superintendent! He got the shock of his life when people started calling him. His wife got livid too. The superintendent knew that someone had pulled a fast one so he started investigating. But, we too had made our arrangements. Not a soul spoke as everyone had contributed in the affair. I was by and large a mute spectator in the whole drama. But yes, I too had contributed and I kept mum.

Even today I remember that prank! However, I do wish to tell the students that they should avoid such pranks now. Play Holi, and enjoy. But do not hurt others.”

Oh! Holi mother…Vipul Varshneya, architect

“My first Holi after I got married was very romantic. My husband wanted to play Holi with me early in the morning but then we used to live in a joint family and it was not possible to play early morning. So what he did was that he filled a bucket of water in the bathroom and we played Holi in the room. And boy what happened after that was really funny. My husband got a scolding from my mother-in-law. This incident took place 17 years back.”

And the balloon bursts!

Dr Shobhit Chawla, eye Surgeon

“I remember when I was young I was cycling along with my friends in the colony. That time throwing balloons was legal. We had packets full of balloons with us and by mistake we threw one balloon on a very senior journalist. He got very angry and got out our bicycles confiscated. He took all the bicycles to his home, thinking that when our parents would come to collect our bicycles, he would complain. We chased the journalist and saw his house. Once he left his home, we met his wife and cajoled her to return our bicycles, which luckily she did.”

Can’t forget that!

Anil Kumar, senior divisional mechanical engineer
“The incident that I am going to narrate took place 8 years back. I was playing Holi with my tenants and when I put colour on her bangle broke and hurt my hand. The cut was very deep and I had to be taken to hospital for dressing. The doctor didn’t do the dressing properly and the injury didn’t heal, even after a month. The incident put me off so badly that I stopped playing Holi after that.”
It’s a hit and run!

Eva Sharma, director, Lucknow Zoo
“ON ONE Holi, when I was in the 7th standard, an aged relative came to our house who never played Holi. He was very strict and everybody was scared of him. That year he came to our house wearing a spotless white dhoti-kurta and I took it upon myself to throw colour on him. While he was sitting, sipping his tea, I through a window poured water-based green colour on him. And then I went to hide under the bed. He got very furious but could not find me.”

First Published: Mar 15, 2006 01:05 IST