Scrumptious Gujiya, colourful Gulal, and the cool summer breeze can only mean one thing- Holi! A festival where looking your worst marks a day well-spent and a festival well-celebrated. Holi can unite a nation known for its stupendous diversity with the power of simplicity. A simple touch of colour followed by a sweet phrase- Bura Na Mano, Holi Hai- does the trick! While the festival is the epitome of fun, it’s the after-effects that are funnier. As you reminisce about yesterday’s celebrations and enjoy your long weekend, here is a list of your dear co-workers who you’ll definitely encounter on Monday morning-
1. The water advocate: This person informed the entire office about the hazards of water wastage, helped the HR send out emails, put up posters and sent WhatsApp forwards on office groups. The particular person- no matter what they claim- ended up playing with water and a bunch of other liquids (eggs, mud, the list is endless). Although they had the best intention at heart and an extremely valid point, in reality, it’s always hard to follow what you preach and expect that from others as well. Still, no harm in trying though?
2. The DIY granny: He/she arrives on Monday with clean, shining skin and a host of DIY(Do-It-Yourself) recipes to offer. They’re the King/Queen of DIY and will have the best advice to offer. From a hack passed on by their grandmother to a hack they discovered by experimenting- they know it all. Head to their seat if you’re still getting a mini heart-attack everytime you see the red coloured water while bathing!
3. The Holi horror victim: These tortured souls were scared before the festival and the after effects have left them petrified. They’re the ones who view the Holi ground/garden as a battlefield and you, as a soldier armed with the most deadly weapon known to mankind-colours. You can spot them as the people who hid in the bathroom or didn’t move from their desk while everyone played Holi at work. Don’t confuse them with the DIY grannies. They both might be spotless, but one would offer you advice about banishing colour from your skin and other about banishing Holi from your life!
4. The gujiya lover: The beautiful, golden dumpling filled with mouth-watering sweet Khoya is everyone’s Holi favourite. No one loves it more than ‘The ultimate gujiya lover’. If there is a gujiya within a ten-meter distance, they’ll find it and eat it. No gujiya box can hide from their sight.
5. The proud multi-coloured enthusiast: These people are hard to miss. Be it before or after the festival, no matter how much you try; you cannot avoid them. They’re the ones who are the most enthusiastic pre-Holi and spend the majority of their days leading up to the festival discussing the colours, location, plan-of-action and other things (which cannot be mentioned here) of their Holi party. Post-Holi they carry their colour stains like triumphant soldiers who have returned from the battlefield. Every stain is like a scar which is then followed by a story. They played Holi with any substance imaginable and have no shame in narrating their story to anyone who’s willing to hear it. They and the Holi horror victims will never understand each other, and we’ll always spot the former trying to narrate their stories forcefully to the latter.