Picture this... When you get up one fine morning to find your cozy colored quilt has changed to black and white! You rub your eyes but to see all the lovely shades of your bedroom walls have transformed to white! Is this a dream? It better be, since we breathe and live in the beautiful world of colors. In fact, we often remember our dreams being in color, isn’t it? The blue radiant sky with white fluffy clouds, the vibrant colors of the flowers peeking from the trees, the green and fresh vegetables in the market, the juicy fruits, all these and much much more are living examples that world is devoid without colors. Yes, there are subtle, soft ones which nicely blend and there are also colors that stand out and scream. Scientifically, colors are derived from the spectrum of light interacting with the light receptors in our eyes. They fall into primary categories of just 3 - RED, BLUE and GREEN. Depending on the intensity of light, these colors form scores of other shades. Until very recently, I just aware of VIBGYOR and that other shades fall in one of the abstract 7 colors. The other day, I bought a box of crayons for my DD, which had 36 shades and it is amazing to know that each of these shades have a pretty name of their own. Few interesting ones – Asparagus, Bittersweet, Burnt Sienna, Carmine, Electric Lime, Fuchsia, Fuzzy Wuzzy, Jazzberry Jam, Magic Mint, Periwinkle and many more and yes, the shades are equally beautiful. (Check the attachment for the complete table of Crayola colors -133 shades!! ) We are spoilt for choice with various tints, hues, tinges and shades of colors, when selecting a dress, an ice-cream, mobile phone, furnishings, flower bouquets, cars and a sea of so many other things. Colors are powerful. They either lift up or push down the moods of a person. Strong emotions are associated with colors. And this is probably one of the reasons that they are widely used. Be it a product brand, election campaigns, a boycott, national flags and so on, colors strike the mass appeal. Colors mean a lot in the political world. Don’t we remember the RED Nazi flag with the swastika? Red normally stands for communism and White for peace. Many revolutions in the world were color named - Orange Revolution in Ukraine, Pink Revolution, Blue revolution and many more. Latest is the Green Revolution, our war to protect the Mother Nature. Appropriate colors give pleasant appeal to the people. Thus, we see hospitals, hotels, shopping centres in apt colors matching the tone of their profession. The latest trend is doing up the interiors of our own homes as per Feng Shui/Vaastu colors. Colors drive the leading product brands across the world. All that one remembers on the mention of Colgate is the white bold font on the red background. A big “M” yellow in color is what we picturize in our minds when somebody speaks of McDonalds. For all the Internet wanderers, Google with its multi colored logo predominantly rules our lives for our searching and researching wants. They are all pervasive and are so closely connected with the fine arts. Certain Raagas (combination of musical notes) are personified by a color and mood. Literature would be lifeless without the use of colors. A situation in the book comes to reality with the brilliant use of colors when vividly describing a scene. Emotions, personalities, characters evolve with extravagant usage of shades and colors. And what is art that is devoid of colors? An artist is incomplete without the color palette and the canvas to bring out the deep expressions of his creation(s). Eastman color made movie watching more exciting and pleasurable, thus changing the façade of Cinema. Sadly, it is the same color that has been used to divide people into dark and white categories, thus giving birth to prejudice and disparity among humans. And what about the colors that are gender based? Blue boys and pink girls. Dresses, furniture and a whole range of things are now color coded. Certainly, life would be dull, mundane and lifeless without colors. One of the Indian festivals, Holi, is the festival of colors. It marks the beginning of the spring season and also reminds us to celebrate life which is full of vibrant colors. Happy and a safe Holi!!