HOLI HAI!!!!!!!!!!! The children and the seniors were at the club house of the gated community were planning holi celebrations. Everyone was there except Mr Choksi the 75 year old oldest resident. But then no one bothered to find out why he did not come, no watchman was sent to call him . Mr. Choksi too never bothered , never encouraged anyone to talk to him .For some reason he hated kids. And according to Mrs Iyer he was a grumpy, moody ,mad old man fit to be sent to a retirement home or a mental asylum:rant. But there was one person who disagreed with her. Her own son Krishna. Somehow he had a soft corner for Mr.Choksi and often wondered why the old man was so bitter about everything in life especially with children. It was a bright a bright and a beautiful holi morning. The children were awake by 6 and by 8’o’clock every one was out in their whitest of white outfits.. Krishna and his friends decided to spray holi colour on the milkman first followed by the news paper man. As they were waiting behind the entrance gate, by chance Krishna’s eyes went to the window of a ground floor flat. He thought he saw a shadow behind the curtain watching. On a spur he decided that somehow or other he will make Mr.Choksi join the holi revelry. He left the group and quietly walked to the window , parted the curtains and threw some gulal inside shouting Holi!Hai!. Suddenly he heard a groan of pain.He looked down and saw Mr.Choksi had fallen from the chair and twisted his ankle.He was in deep pain and looked at Krishna helplessly. Screaming for help Krishna called out to his parents and rushed into the house. All the other residents quickly came in and lifted Mr.Choksey who by then had fainted and put him on the bed. Luckily there was a doctor among them who quickly examined the ankle and said it as a bad sprain and nothing to worry.He quickly got his medical kit and gave first aid treatment. When Mr.Choksey opened his eyes, he saw a lot of concerned faces around him. He also saw the children around him holding his hands with sad expression on their faces. Mr.Choksey burst out in tears. It was a long time that he had witnessed so much care and concern for him. When his own son left him to settle in Australia, he cut off all connections with him in a fit of anger. His son tried his best to reach out, unfortunately Mr.Choksey just refused to respond. His ego won. But today he realized the need to have family, the need to have someone care for him at this juncture of life. He quietly thanked everyone around him. The other residents too were ashamed of their behaviour with him. They only now realized that he was a lonely man who needed love and attention. They decided that from now on they will involve him in every activity they planned. Mr Chokesy said sorry to the kids too. He also said that he will come and participate in the holi celebrations, but before that he wanted to make a call. Krishna brought is cell and gave it to him. He dialed a number, Mr Choksey said “Beta” and once again burst into tears. Others quietly left him alone, except Krishna who waited outside. After 15 mins Mr.Choksey called out to Krishna . The watchman and Krishna helped Choksey onto a chair and carried him to the verandah outside, where he quietly watched the celebrations and was pampered by the ladies of the society. He was happy, very happy for two reasons. One he was happy to be surrounded by such loving people and Two his son was coming in a month’s time to take him back to Australia. Happy Holi!!!!!!!!