ये कैसी होली? : A Tanka on Holi

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ये कैसी होली?
मैंने रंगेपुते चेहरों की
हर भाषा पढ़ ली
सत्ता के दम्भ में रंगी
होली, बस उनकी हो ली |


रंगरूटों ने फिर
पहने, अजनबी चेहरे
ये कैसी होली?
हमने अपने अरमानों
की होलिका जला ली |


हरे, पीले और लाल
ऑर्गेनिक उनके गुलाल
कृत्रिम रंगों से
जलकर लाल होगये हमारे गाल
उफ़! ये कैसी होली !


This poem is a satirical portrayal of the current political scenario where the new recruits are changing their colors as well as the game. Holi is a festival of love, togetherness, happiness, joy and fun. Apart from these, humor, satire and irony are also colors of Holi. I still remember those ‘Hasya Kavi Sammelans’ held around Holi during my childhood days. Such conferences are still organized, but the fervor is missing.
This poem is based on the 5-7-5-7-7 syllable count of a tanka, keeping in mind the satirical and ironical genre of Holi poetry (though not humorous). The phrase “[highlight]ये कैसी होली[/highlight]?” is the beginning and the end line of this poem and also falls in the middle of the middle verse.
PS: The hidden innuendos are for fun, no hard feeling though!  🙂

Sangeeta Mishra

Happy Holi Symphonites! 🔥

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  • Amit Agarwal

    सार्थक और समयोचित!

  • Preethi

    Beautiful and poignant! Loved it 🙂

  • Good comparison. Happy Holi!

    • Thank you so much Indrani! Oops! I’m late, but better late than never. Greetings!

  • Nice to read.

  • inducares

    Excellent thoughts and narration.

  • Jayanthi Parthasarathy

    really well written