I attended the Holi celebration by the Holiland on march 3rd. Paid 30 Pounds for the ticket. Never did I imagine it would turn out this awful!
I was the first one to arrive at 940 PM. My friends who were to arrive at 9 told me they hadnt even started from their houses. I was stranded inside (as there was no re-entry)
I did not know there were going to be colour powders involved in this celebration. they threw some on my coat and I decided its time to check in my jacket.
The jacket hanging costed 5 pounds and they gave me a tiny paper token. I stood in one corner of the warehouse waiting for my friends. It was actually a warehouse with no heating. I wore a summer shirt, sleeveless and I was freezing to death. I went to the toilet and parked myself there for half an hour staying warm.
It was an hour since I came and there were no sign of my friends. One group of friends were trying to get in for 30 mins, I dint know what took them so long. I decided to leave. It was time to get my jacket and leave. I searched for my coupon and I had lost it. I went to the coat staff who were assamese girls. They said without the token they cant get my coat out. My cards, ID, Keys, Oyster cards were there.
I was describing my coat to them and that I had a pink bag with it. They would look for 5 mins and give up. My begging them and they giving up went on for an hour. My friends werent there yet. The queues just kept increasing. I waiting in queue 5 times
Found on friend. Got his coat and told him I will check it in. Again failed. I regretted every moment of my coming there. Coming early, coming on my own, removing my jacket, all of it. I hate holi colours. Thinking I need to get rid of it gave me creeps.
I called up my friend and she told me to cry in front of them and beg. I went and told them I needed the jacket else I wont leave. They told me to wait till 4 AM. I told them no way. They checked and found mine. I cursed god on why it couldnt have been found early. I checked in my friends jacket and went in to give to him. Was there for a while. Dj was playing awful sleepy english songs. I decided its time to leave. I had been sprayed with colours and jacket was marred now. I met sunaina , my senior and was dancing.
Creeps started coming. Drunk guys who were touchy. We were changing places to avoid them. I decided to call it a day. I bid goodbye and left to bus stop.
3 :00 AM
Took bath. Washed clothes. OMG when wil this might end!.Dried my hair to not catch a cold. Slept in bed. Disturbed sleep
11: 40 AM Morning!
None of my friends who came there asked me if I reached back home safe. None of them were there with me when I was in trouble. I felt like I made a mistake losing my token, but I had made worse mistakes that day in retrospect. I am on a recovery mission. I was trying to run before I could walk. I need to take it slow!
Mean while my coat is lying there soaked in holi colors.