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Etiquette Guide to Make It A Happy Holi!

Tuesday, March 10th, 2020

Happy Holi everyone! While the festival of colors is something a lot of people look forward to, and many often refer to it as their Indian festival, there are still quite a few who shy away from all the color and loud music that is often associated with Holi. Wondering why? Because while the celebration of Holi has a lot going for it, it also, unfortunately, has a few drawbacks which make it a not-so-happy festival for several people. So here’s a quick guide to ensure that you aren’t the only one having a Happy Holi.

 

1. Always ask first!

It doesn’t take long. All you have to do is ask first. Just because you feel like celebrating doesn’t mean the other person needs to oblige that. Also, some people don’t like close contact, have skin allergies or sensitivity, or just don’t like it. And don’t just ask for the sake of asking, respect their right to say no, and move on.

Image Source - Times of India

Image Source – Times of India

 

2. Use natural and organic colors

So many of those colors that you’ve bought off the street are cheap. And the reason for this is often because they are manufactured without standards. Many of those colors have toxic elements and unnatural or dangerous chemicals mixed in to make the color pop more, and will often leave people fighting off rashes and skin burns, irritated eyes, among other issues, for several days after the festivities are over.

Image Source - The Softcopy

Image Source – The Softcopy

 

3. Don’t throw colors on animals!

What’s the first thing you do once the Holi party is over? You take a bath, right? You know who can’t do that? All those dogs, cats, cows, and whatever other animal you have doused in color. Not only that, they are at an even higher risk of health issues because they lick themselves, so are at the risk of ingesting all those chemicals.

Image Source - Facebook

Image Source – Facebook

 

4. Keep your distance

Women especially are unfond of Holi. The instances of strangers, and even acquaintances using the application of color as an excuse to touch women inappropriately is incomparable. Don’t believe us? Ask the women in your life how they really feel about it, and you’ll definitely get a ‘colorful’ earful of stories. No celebration should take away a woman’s autonomy and control over her own body. Please be respectful.

Image Source - Indian Women Blog

Image Source – Indian Women Blog

 

5. Bura Na Mano!

If you do get called out for any behaviour, don’t try to hide behind the age old “Bura na mano, Holi hai”. Just apologize and learn not to repeat it again. It’s a lot easier than you think.

Image Source - Thought Pillars

Image Source – Thought Pillars

 

Love celebrating Holi? Then we hope you try to make it a happy celebration for everyone around you too.

 

Happy Holi!

Playlist of the Week – All About India

Friday, January 24th, 2020

Republic Day is here, and even we can’t help but feel a little extra patriotic. As we reflect on what being an Indian means to us, why not take a trip down memory and relive some of the most beautiful musical tributes that have been made for our homeland over the years.

 

1. Mile Sur Mera Tumhara

Every single one of us has a memory of this song in our childhood, and what a memory it is.

Mile Sur Mera Tumhara

 

2. Aye Mere Watan Ke Logo

The one song that is guaranteed to send shivers down everyone’s spine, and not leave a dry eye in the crowd. Sung to perfection by inimitable Lata Mangeshkar.

Aye Mere Watan Ke Logo

 

3. Vande Mataram

A list of songs about India would definitely be incomplete without the National Song of India – Vande Mataram.

Vande Mataram

 

4. Jana Gana Mana

Possibly one of the most loved renditions of our national anthem, this particular version features some of the most loved and respected singers and musicians from across India, and will definitely leave you marveling at the beauty that Indian arts provides.

Jana Gana Mana

 

Jai Hind!

Top Indian Content Online (Part 2)

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019

We’re back with another set of 3 must watch series/movies from Indian creators for Indian viewers available on different online streaming platforms. If your favorite isn’t on the list yet, let us know. And if you missed Part 1, click here.

 

Sacred Games

While it certainly isn’t the first short series to come out of India for online streaming, it has certainly made even the naysayers sit up and take notice. From a taunt storyline, to excellent an excellent star cast, it has come to note for additional reasons such as the role portrayals by secondary characters, and Mumbai herself has truly shone. The cult following the show has garnered is no joke either.

Available on Netflix

Image source - Images Dawn

Image source – Images Dawn

 

Inside Edge

With powerpacked performances by Vivek Oberoi, Richa Chadha, Angad Bedi and Sanjay Suri, this original series about cricket and all that goes on behind the scenes in premier league type settings is a sure fire must watch.

Available on Amazon Prime

Image source - Wikipedia

Image source – Wikipedia

 

Sometimes

Seven strangers anxiously waiting for their HIV test results decide to bribe the clinic receptionist to get them early, learning one is positive. You can expect some great acting, considering that Prakash Raj is one of the seven.

Available on Netflix

Image source - Netflix

Image source – Netflix

 

Happy couch surfing!