Between the two of them, they just about managed to carry the large white plastic bag. They entered the garden, followed by a band of six equally young children. It was obvious they were on a mission. Their pace may have been slowed down by the weight of the water balloons, but their minds were working fast. Identifying targets in a garden demanded quick thinking and equally quick action.
A swift scan of the area didn’t reveal a very promising picture.
“Par hum balloons maarainge kisko yaar?” asked the little boy bearing half the weight of the white plastic bag.
“Kisi ko bhi!!” replied the leader confidently.
When you are all of ten years of age and have a smallish group of 8 and 6 year olds as your supporters and you choose a place as open as a public park and at your chosen hour of attack the sun is still high up in the sky, there isn’t much hope for success. The best possible outcome of your mission is that you will manage to hit a balloon or two before some middle aged, over weight aunty in a floral print salwar-kameez and running shoes catches you and devotes the next few minutes giving you a long lecture on how wrong it is to hit water balloons on unsuspecting people. The worst case scenario is as bad as your imagination can get. It should suffice to say your parents could be involved.
The boys were a lot smarter than I thought they’d be. Realizing that the odds were stacked against them, they called their mission to a halt even before the first balloon was thrown and headed back home, dragging their feet, dejection written all over their faces.
The boys couldn’t kick start their Holi they way they had imagined but I hope your Holi is all that you’d imagined and more! Have a colourful, safe and fun Dhulwad everyone!