Monday, March 18, 2013

Water Balloon Warfare Tips

Water Balloon Warfare Tips:
For the past two days, I’ve been going out for my evening walk wearing the stuff that I normally wear to bed. It’s not because I think looking shoddy is in, but because my neighborhood kids have started the water balloon throwing madness a little early this year. Sadly, they don’t know who they’re trying to mess with. I’ve been a nasty water balloon warrior in my time. Factors like Board exams (earlier mine, and now my sister’s), and moving to a nuclear family from a joint family have led to the warrior spirits having watered down over the past few years. But, like a wise man once said: Once a Water Balloon Warrior, always a Water Balloon Warrior.

I am saddened to see how the present Holi Warriors don’t fight with the kind of boil in blood that my fellow vikings and I showed in our times of colored colony rivalry. I have returned as dry as Gandhi Jayanti to my house for the past two evenings, and have witnessed at least a hundred water bombs go to waste, marring the roads with the wetness of their blood. I think it’s about time that I put on my white armor, gleam under a layer of oil and show them what it really takes to be a real Water Balloon Champion.

I thought I’d brief these kids on the Rules of Water Balloon Warfare, but to help them prepare for the real war on H-Day, I’ll start with the basics; The Water Balloon Warfare Tips. Attention!

1: You're not serious about the war if you don't wake up at least two hours early to fill two buckets full of water balloons with your siblings.

2: It’s unethical to hit someone who is using a phone!

3: You've wasted your Holi if you haven't scored at least one color balloon on a bald head.

4: If you don't know how to tie those tiny water balloons, keep the black rubber bands handy. Snap the bands and use them to tie the balloons. Don't worry about running out of your black binding ammo. You'll have enough punctured water balloons to use in place of them.

5: Ask your dadaji to wake up early just so that he can help you tie the balloons, because you don't know how to.

6: Always, always fill water balloons even if they are punctured. Then walk around with the balloon saying, “Yeh toh susu kar raha hai. Trust me, soldier; the joke never gets old.

7: The best decision your parents could ever take was to have a working tap fixed in your balcony or terrace. You're blessed. Be thankful for that.

8: You're not a true soldier if you don't burst a balloon on your brother in the bathroom, where he helps you fill those juicy balls of awesome. You're a Balloon Commander if you convince him not to hit you back with a balloon right then, saying that it'll be wasting one precious water bomb. Promise him that you'll let him hit you towards the end of the day. Let that time never come. Muhuhahaha!

9: Use a pichkari to fill the balloons. Save more balloons, hit more people.

10: Always hit aunties going to the mandir with plain water balloons.

11: ''Holi Hai'' is any day a better call than ''Kai Po Che''.

12: When someone stands under your balcony and asks you to hit him, don't. He'll move by the time your balloon reaches him. Keep Calm and Hit 'em Later.

13: You're not a champion if you don't use Champion Brand Water Balloons.

14: You've won the battle if you catch a balloon hurled at you with your bare hands, and then hit the opponent with the same. Bloody Baap of Water Balloons!

15: Throwing a bucket full of water on someone is not even half as bad-ass as hitting someone with a water balloon. Man up, soldier!

16: Don't hit a girl with a plain water balloon if she's just come out wearing a clean white shirt. Be a good warrior and hit her with some color.

17: Be always prepared for a scolding from your mum for finishing all the water in the Sintex on your house. There's no war without sacrifice.

18: When your mum asks you to rub oil on your skin, do it. It makes balloons slip like an act of God.

19: If you're proud of not having been colored by someone, you're doing it wrong, soldier. Go, secretly smear color on yourself, and then fight like a warrior.

20: Fill your balloon buckets with adequate water. Water is good for the skin, and for this deadly sin. Muhuhahaha.

21: Save balloons that don’t burst even when you squeeze them hard. They help you scare people away, who you don’t want to waste balloons on.

22: Ration your balloons strategically over the period of war. Don’t finish off your ammo in the first hour. Don’t be left with too many unused balloons by lunch time either.

23: Be generous and give a plain water balloon to your baby cousin. Don’t worry; he’ll just lick it till he gets bored of it.

24: Take extra caution when your opponent is on a higher floor in your apartment building. Beating some serious ass during Kargil wasn’t a piece of gujiya.

25: Go eat that Holi special aaloo poori for breakfast. Soldiers don’t go to war on an empty stomach.

26: If a girl is smeared in color and still looks hot, she’s not a true warrior. Get some silver color water balloons and make her one.

27: “Sorry, aunty” won’t save you from the angry eyes after the perfect shot; hiding behind the balcony railing will.

28: Don’t try throwing water balloons by twisting their necks a bazillion times, instead of properly tying them. It won’t even be a quarter of the fun you imagine it to be.

29: Aim is everything.

30: Don’t trust anyone who suddenly walks up to hug you. He has a water balloon in his hand.

31: Powder gulal is the worst water color ever.

32: Carry freshly filled balloons in a plastic bag when you’ve to venture into zones outside your hideout. The flexible base cups the balloons well and protects them.

33: No one with a sane head plays Holi after 3 p.m. If you’re in the arena after that, go back home.

34: You’ll know the warriors to look up to even a week after H-Day. The pink inside the ears is a true mark of rank.

35: Never hit a soldier who has an Angry Birds pichkari. Go fight someone your own age.

36: You know your regiment fights hard when there are just as many shreds of water balloons on the road outside, as there are red paper shreds on a morning after Diwali.

37: Keep animals out of your shooting range. Be an animal yourself.

38: Gujiya is to the body what water is to the balloon.

39: If you notice that the floor of your house is stained pink indoors, you’ve fought pretty darn well. Well done, jawaan!

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  1. screw opening a halwai shop. open a holi warrior academy. simply wow!!

    BACHPAN yaad aa gaya... :P

  2. @@@@@ and an extra @ for all the memories this one brings rushing back!

  3. @@@@@ hahaha awesome bhayia you were a true holi warrior ;)

    1. And you were the balloon licking baby through all those years :D

  4. one of the best entries by you. you arent a soldier you are a colonel! Salute!!

  5. Amazing :) I could relate to each point!!

  6. Haha! Good tips warrior. I used to be one a long time ago, too! can totally relate to so many points up there. Special haha to point 6. :P

    1. Everyone loves toilet humor, esp. if it's in Hindi :D

  7. @@@@@ Simply superb!! Took me down the memory lane!!

    1. Yay, Shraddha! :D
      Btw, I checked out your designs. Simply superb ka baap, yaar :D

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If you had 5 Jalebis, how many would you give me for writing this post?

None = You don't deserve any >:O
@ = Soggy and stale! :(
@@ = Stale! :|
@@@ = I'll need a samosa to digest this with! :P
@@@@ = Sweet and Crisp! :)
@@@@@ = I'm opening you a Halwai Shop! :D