Lacklustre Holi likely in Bengaluru this year | Bengaluru News – Times of India
BENGALURU: With Holi a few days away, traders selling coloured powder and water guns in Bengaluru are a jittery bunch as there is uncertainty over celebration of the festival due to rising Covid-19 cases. The festival falls on Sunday.
Following in the footsteps of Mumbai and Delhi, the Karnataka government on Thursday banned celebration of Holi and other festivities in public space. Shops on Kaggadasapura Main Road in CV Raman Nagar, which are usually abuzz during Holi, wore a deserted look, with only the odd customer about.
Last year, the lockdown came just after Holi and the festival was spared.
“We stock a lot of colours and a variety of water guns every year,” said Lallan Kumar, a fancy store salesperson. “Sadly, this year, there is very little excitement and traders are not counting on much business.”
With many defence establishments, the area is home to many north Indians. But morale is low across the city. “Things were looking good in February as cases were low,” said Shefali S, who dropped plans of a Holi party at her residence in Sarjapur. “But now rumours are rife that there could be another lockdown in Bengaluru. The situation is not suitable for any kind of joy.”
Aswini Stores, the most popular store for colours in Gandhi Bazaar, has limited its stock this year to just 20% of the usual.
“We have only a dozen colours and have not planned to add more festival items like previous years. We don’t expect much more sales this year as people’s morale is down and many are scared to come out and celebrate,” said Venkatesh Babu, owner of the store in Basavanagudi.
With the government ordering a ban on celebrations in public places and congregations not permitted, this festival of colours will be a dull affair like many other festivities.