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When the colorful Holi Came

When the colorful Holi
Came sailing with a sweet
Rapturous motion; when it threw
Away the veil from its face
And put forth before the eye
The splendor of her face
All shimmering with bright ornaments;
Then merrily
She set  her foot
And the anklets showered a spray
Of sweet and charming music
From her eyes flashed
A succession of coquettish winks
And some passionate sighs
Vibrated in her breast.

- Nazir Akbarabadi
Translation Rafiq Zakaria


5 comments:

  1. That is excellent

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  2. Thanks! Hope you had a great holi.

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  3. What a sweet, coquettish description. Holi today is more like a rowdy teenager from Haryana!

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  4. Lol :) But i think Holi has always been like that...check this old post on holi.

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  5. Har-har! I liked that post... Especially about amusements being carried far beyond European ideas of propriety!

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