In 2004, we lost a dear friend, Madhulika Goyal to a tragic road accident. Madhulika had worked for several years , with special needs children, and had recently started helping with the Safe Holi campaign and loved playing Holi.
After eCoexist was set up, a few years later, in memory of Madhulika, we decided to go and play Holi with visually impaired girls at the Home and School for Blind Girls, Pune. What might a blind girl care for colours, you might think. But our experience was unforgettable! The girls who had failing vision were still able to see the colour somewhat, and those who could not, asked us which colour was which.
Once they had become familiar with us they started to play, initially with hesitation, then with confidence and eventually with impudence, sneaking up on us with buckets of water and fistfuls of colour.
Most of all, they loved being touched and touching us. The event was filled with laughter and shrieks of joy, and our eyes were moist at end of it !