#TellTaleThursday – 21st March 2019

The rules are simple:

  • Write a story, complete in itself.
  • Check spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
  • Copy and paste your Story URL to the inLinkz list.
  • The story should be up to 250 words.
  • Add this line < #TellTaleThursday with Anshu & Priya > at the end of the post.
  • Read, comment and share – spread the love.

Here’s the prompt:

people holding pouches with colored powders

Wishing you all a very Happy Holi!!

Word count – 184 Words

Holi Hai

He dressed in all whites ready for his first holi in the village. He was looking forward to the festivities – drinking bhaang (weed), throwing colours, teasing girls and if he was lucky touching them at all the interesting places. Holi gives the license to do what one wants and then apologise if need be with, “Bura mat mano, holi hai!” (Don’t mind, it’s Holi).

As he went to the main bazaar, girls were standing with the sticks. He stepped forward with his gang of boys. The girls hit lightly at first and then recollecting the shame and discomfort when these boys whistled at them, talked in indecent language and touched them at inappropriate places increased the intensity of hitting.

Soon he started shouting in distress. But his pleas were drowned in loud blaring of music from the loudspeakers. While his friends ran away, he was caught and made to parade in the gullies of the village in a sari.

He was whistled at, touched and groped. And the girls shouted, “Bura mat mano, holi hai!” This groping business wasn’t as much fun after all.

Note: Holi is the festival of colours celebrated in India. In Barsana, a town in Mathura where Lord Krishna is believed to be, people play lathmar holi where ladies hit the menfolk with sticks and the ones who are caught are made to parade wearing women’s clothes. It’s all done in fun. However, in my story, the girls of the village are taking revenge for all the indecent behaviour they have undergone. 


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