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Reminiscing about the Holi of childhood

These days for Holi, the pomp and show have increased whereas the closeness of our bonds has faded. The old clothes have been replaced by white attire. The lanes of the streets have been replaced by big shot hotels. But we still remember that ‘Holi of Childhood.’

April 4, 2021: Whenever the festival of Holi is around, our mind immediately travels back to the Holi of childhood.

 The Holi in which the blessings of the adult, the love of sister-in-law, fun with friends and the aroma of ‘Gujiya’ fleeted around.

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Image: Utkal Today

The Holi of Childhood

These days in Holi, the pomp and show have increased whereas the closeness of our bonds has faded. The old clothes have been replaced by white attire.

The lanes of the streets have been replaced by big shot hotels. But we still remember that ‘Holi of Childhood.’

What I feel on the Holi of childhood

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Image: Utkal Today

The Holi has come

It brought memories along,

That Holi of festivities,

That Holi of ‘Gujiyas,’

Mother’s rubbing oils on us,

And cleaning us up with ‘Ubtan’ after the celebration,

It had love, the Holi of our childhood.

The Holi has come

It brought memories along,

The excitement for water guns,

And running out with it on the lanes,

Adding stronger colours than before,

And slyly colouring the newlywed sister-in-law,

It had joy, the Holi of our childhood.

Hitting the streets from morning to noon

Some weird pranks and gossips and jokes,

And bursting water balloons on strangers,

And then running to hide somewhere,

This was the Holi of our childhood.

Eating ‘Kheer-Puri’ after coming home,

And cradled in mother’s lap after getting tired,

This was the Holi of our childhood.

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Translated by Utkal Today Editorial

Original

बचपन वाली होली

होली का त्योहार आते ही याद आ जाती है बचपन की होली। वो ही होली जिसमें बड़ो का आशीर्वाद, भाभी का प्यार, दोस्तों की मस्ती और गुजिया की खुशबू रहती थी। आज कल की होली में दिखावा to बहुत हैं पर अपनापन कहीं खो गया। पुराने कपड़ों के जगह अब सफेद कपडों ने ले ली। मोहल्लों की गलियाँ की जगह अब बड़े बड़े होटलों ने ली। पर हमको तो अभी भी याद आती है वो “बचपन वाली होली”

आयी होली आयी

संग लायी कितनी यादें,

वो मस्ती वाली होली,

वो गुजिया वाली होली,

वो माँ का सुबह से तेल मलना,

फिर खेल के आने के बाद उबटन से रगड़ना,

बड़ी प्यार भरी थी बचपन वाली होली ।

आयी होली आयी,

संग लायी कितनी यादें,

वो पिचकारी के लिए मचलना,

फिर उसको लेके पूरे मौहल्ले में इतराना,

वो कच्चे रंग में पक्का रंग मिलाना,

फिर बहाने से नई नवेली भाभी को बुला के रंगना

बड़ी मस्ती भरी थी बचपन वाली होली।

वो सुबह से निकल कर दोपहर तक गालियों में घूमना

कुछ अंतरंगी हरकत कुछ हसीं ठिठोली करना,

वो अजनबियों पे रंग के गुब्बारे मारना,

फिर जल्दी से कहीं छुप जाना ,

ऐसी ही तो होती थी बचपन वाली होली ।

वो वापस घर आके खीर पूरी खाना,

फिर माँ के आंचल में थक के सो जाना,

कुछ ऐसी थी हमारी बचपन वाली होली।

By Suchita Sakunia

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