Get the colors back….Celebrate life……

India is a country of many festivals. We love to celebrate and the entire calendar is dotted with various festivals nearly equally spaced out through the year. Holi and Deepawali are two of the major festivals celebrated across the country with great fervour. What makes these two festivals different from others are the colors (Holi) and the lights (Deepawali). Actually, it is the color which adds to the beauty of these two special days; the colours used in Holi and the colorful lights of Deepawali.

Colors make life worth living 

If you observe a child of any caste, creed, region what attracts him most and brings smile on his face are the bright colors and the sparkling lights. The child looks best in the brightest of colors. In fact, it’s not just about a child, I am yet to come across someone who doesn’t stop at the sight of a rainbow or fireworks to enjoy and appreciate. The colorful and bright opening and closing ceremonies of great sporting and other events always leave a lasting impression. Has everyone ever come across a black and white ceremony of any event? Colors bring smile on faces, are a symbol of happiness and liveliness. Don’t we all agree with that? 

But as we grow, somehow the blacks, whites and light shades start replacing the colors. Even the school uniforms are mostly whites and black/ blue/ grey. The walls around, specially inside homes and offices are generally whites or shades of cream. There are people who have started opposing the colors of Holi and the lights of Deepawali. I agree one has to be careful about infections/ accidents/ pollution but that doesn’t mean we cut out colors from life. There are other ways to control pollution and avoid infections. Flowering trees and plants which earlier lined the streets have been slowly replaced by cement tiles. I know it’s not easy to maintain a tree/ plant but then a small effort will go a long way in adding color to life.

Live for yourself….certainly not for your boss 

Restrictions are being imposed on even laughter, the best symbol/ indication of liveliness and life as such. Juniors, generally cannot laugh loud in the presence of seniors, specially the boss, unless the boss has himself cracked a joke (doesn’t matter even if it is the sickest of all). Laughter indicates happiness and the happy employees produce the best results. Colors energize the mind and sets the imagination soaring. We all know it then why don’t we encourage it? 

My wife added colour to my life…. 

My life was also about whites, creams, blues and blacks till I got married and my wife made me realise the meaning of colors in life, the true laughter came back. I remember, when first time, deviating from the standard, I replaced the cream shade of walls in the office with brighter colors and added colorful paintings and flowers, how eyebrows were raised. But I had decided to color my life in my own colors (maybe in the colors my wife recommended, (he, he, he), and paid no heed; all criticism naturally died down and life became cool. 

Bring in the change…start living…. 

It is high time we changed and got colour and the laughter back in our lives. Gave the people freedom to express, gave them reason and time to enjoy life, to live life. Do not snatch the colours away from the young child at the school stage itself. Do not overburden the child with loads of the books and notebooks. The life of the child gets restricted to just two colours, blue and black, the colours of the ink flowing from his pen. Let the child enjoy the colours. Let him colour his life in the colours he loves, let him create his own Rainbow.