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It was the day before Holi. I came from school and was very happy. When we were about to have our food, electricity went off. We thought of doing something interesting - play ‘Dumbsheras’. As soon as I said this word, a person dressed in black, with a huge case of teeth came from somewhere making a ghastly noise. We all leaped from our places thinking it to be an evil spirit. All the candles blew off and we began to run out with the ghost chasing us. After some time we heard a voice which said ‘Do not be afraid. This is not an evil spirit.’ We did not believe and kept on running. Then we came to a spot where one of our neighbours saw a witch. The same voice again said ‘Look.’ The voice sounded familiar and we looked. We saw the ghost removing his black clothing and his teeth. And then it was clear that it was not an evil spirit but our cousin, Adarsh. Then we ran in our full speed from the spot. We then made a plan that we would pretend to sleep. Then when we saw that Adarsh was fast asleep, I woke everybody and six of us went out of the children’s room. Then I said, ‘We must make some plan to put down Adarsh.’
Safal took a paper and some crayons. He drew the sketch of the front-yard where we would play Holi. Then Safal asked all of us to gather things for Holi celebration. Also teeth cases and ghastly things. That night we did not sleep and kept on making preparations. We filled all the balloons with water. Then we again pretended to sleep till Adarsh woke. As soon as he woke up and went to the backyard, we all took our positions in the front-yard. I and Sagar hid behind a huge drum while Safal and Krupal hid behind our car, Rishab behind a banyan tree and Sonam in the bushes. We had 15-17 balloons and colour water with pistons. After sometime, all ready to play Holi Adarsh came in search of us in the front-yard. We let him search for sometime and then Rishab threw a balloon on Adarsh’s face followed by water from Sonam’s piston. Then with one signal from Safal, Krupal, Sagar and Sonam made ghastly noises and our artificial bats started flying over his head. Frightened, Adarsh tried to run in. Safal quickly ran to him. He coloured his face with grease. Adarsh was on the verge of tears. And this was the end of our plan. Adarsh was most frightened from the cases of teeth hanging in the air which was Sagar’s idea. Adarsh promised us he would never play tricks on others. We played a nice and funny Holi. It was a very memorable event and a special Holi.
Dimdima is the Sanskrit word for â€˜drumbeatâ€™. In olden days, victory in battle was heralded by the beat of drums or any important news to be conveyed to the people used to be accompanied with drumbeats.
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