The married teachers were provided full-fledged quarters in the teacher's colony.
It was Holi time and some of our colleagues wanted to create some fun and they devised some scheme but we three were not knowing that.
In the evening they took us to the market and offered us some Pani Puri and Chat items along with the spicy Jeera water.
We took everything in good faith not knowing the complications arising soon.
By the time we came back to our rooms, we started behaving in strange ways and came to know later that they had mixed bhang ( ) in our Jeera water.
We were back to normal only after 8-10 hours and that also after vomiting and falling on the floor here and there. It was a very disgusting and humiliating experience and I remember it as it has happened yesterday only.
Knowledge is power.
All our colleagues were celebrating Holi very happily and cheerfully. Generally, I rarely participate in these celebrations. I think in 2005 on Holi festival day, all my factory officers were celebrating the festival. One person never took any alcohol. On that day all others without telling him offered bhang as a normal cool drink. He took it. He behaved in a funny way the whole day. But he fell sick the next day and he was hospitalised and it took almost 45 days for him to recover. Doctors diagnosed the problem related to Bhang only. They told that the liquid has given a reaction and caused him serious illness.
The second incident happened in 1996. My sister who was staying in Visakhapatnam those days on the day of Holi Festival while coming back home from her friend's house met with an accident and got serious injuries and she was in the hospital for more than 20 days.
I always remember these two incidents whenever I think of this festival of colours.
@ Never celebrate Holi with unknown personnel from other states, especially southern states, that too with girls (if they are unwilling).
No life without Sun
Watching him laughing meaninglessly, other members of the Guest House (including me) also started laughing. And this continued trill midnight. We could not enjoy the ODI.
'Nayak nahin; Khalnayak hoon main' (I am not the hero; I am the villain)
Still I remember that funny day and without the Bhang such pleasure could not have been attained.
After they left, our neighbours came and seeing us already drenched in colour were surprised.
I still remember this incident when unknown people just coloured us.
Thoughts exchanged is knowledge gained.
Santosh Kumar Singh
(Sr. Microsoft Dynamics Axapta Technical,Mumbai)