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7 Holi Hacks For Your Skin, Eyes And Hair

As spring nudges away the last vestiges of winter, Holi brings colour, unrestrained joy, a promise full of warm days and new beginnings. But once you're done playing, it could also bring itchy skin, rashes, irritated eyes and straw-like hair. Fortunately, there are a few simple tricks that can help you sidestep all these problems associated with toxic colours and enjoy Holi fully.
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India's Unsung African Blood

Growing up in India, I never met or heard about Indians with African lineages. Then in 2005 I watched a dance performance by the Sidi Goma, a group of musicians from an African Indian community, and I was astonished and mesmerised. Since then I've discovered that India's African roots are much older than the Siddis, and are not only evident in numerous other communities, but percolate through direct descent in the blood of at least 600 million Indians.

The Unholy Side Of Holi

I'm rather a Holi fan. It's a lovely feeling to play colours (organic, of course!) with your loved ones, to collect in a posh colony's garden, rain dance to the latest beats, wine-dine together and give each other hugs of gulal. However, one metre beyond the walls of our apartment gate, the scene is little less wholesome.

When Holi Lost Its Colour

Growing up, the one festival that excited me more than any other was the spring festival of colours -- Holi. And this happiness continued in a cycle through my growing up years, adolescence, adulthood and as a parent. All was fine until we moved again to a different city. This time to the southern part of the country.
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4 Most Interesting Legends Behind Holi

Ask anyone from India about Holi and the answer will be, "Colours." Other elements of the festival will be mentioned only after colours have been extolled in enthusiastic and orgasmic tones. Of course there is more to Holi. There are legends connected to it that go right into the heart of Kamadev or into the games between Lord Krishna and Radha or the emotionally charged story of Holika and Prahlada. The festival even has links to the ogress Dhundi.