I had kept just a day to explore Guwahati ( I dont like cities much) in my ten-day North-east trip. That one day happens to be Holi. We saw groups of people playing holi while we drove to the famous Kamakhya Temple. Nothing major happened on this ' Holi in Holiday' part one, just for a group of young boys outside the temple.
They were the most polite I have ever come across. They stopped our rickshaw, applied color to the rickshaw driver's face and next it was our return. These boys make a polite request if they can put some color on us, yes and no, both were accepted with a smile. Learn consent from them, all you people.
Part II- Beyond Consent
To be honest I was very disappointed to have such a boring ' Holi in Holiday' tale to narrate when back home. But Holi day was over, we had left Guwahati , we were now in Majuli, what can happen now? Loads. Apparently, parts of Assam celebrate Holi over a three-day period and not one.
Here is where the real fun begins. My hopes rose a little, when I saw a small groups of villagers playing Holi on the streets. There is a twist to consent here. They stopped our car, asked our driver to put his head out of the window and his face was smeared with color. " It is rude to say no to color here," he tells us. He also warns the villagers to not trouble the tourists (us). But this tourtist wants to be troubled, how to tell him that?
This ritual of him putting his head out and getting his face colored is repeated a couple of times throughout the day,but no luck with getting my face colored.