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Celebrate Tilak Holi, Save Water

March 8, 2009

Author: Reema

People are busy fighting over petty issues like jeans, pub culture, land or number of seats in Parliament. They tend to neglect the bigger issues endangering the very existence of human race on Earth. There is a global water crisis going on. Here are some facts about water.

  • Water covers 75 per cent of the Earth’s surface — 97.5 per cent of that is salt water, only 2.5 per cent is freshwater. Icecaps and glaciers hold 74 per cent of the world’s freshwater. Almost all the rest is deep underground, or locked in soils as moisture or permafrost. Only 0.3 per cent of the world’s freshwater is found in rivers or lakes.
  • Within 25 years, half the world’s population could have trouble finding enough freshwater for drinking and irrigation.
  • Currently, over 80 countries, representing 40 per cent of the world’s people, are subject to serious water shortages. Conditions may get worse in the next 50 years as populations grow and as global warming disrupts rainfall patterns.
  • A third of the world lives in water stressed areas where consumption outstrips supply. West Asia faces the greatest threat. Over 90 per cent of the region’s population is experiencing severe water stress, with water consumption exceeding 10 per cent of renewable freshwater resources.
  • One in six people still have no regular access to safe drinking water.
  • More than twice that number (2.4 billion people) lack access to adequate sanitation facilities.
  • In Africa, 300 million people—40 per cent of the population—live without basic sanitation and hygiene, an increase of 70 million since 1990.

dam-gun520The Festival of Holi will be celebrated in India on March 11 by people throwing colors and spraying colored water on each other. But is it really necessary? Just imagine the water wastage in both playing Holi and then in bathing to remove the colors. A leading Hindi daily, Dainik Bhaskar has launched a campaign called “Tilak Holi” requesting Indians to celebrate Holi wisely by just applying a “tilak” on each other.



Kudos to Dainik Bhaskar’s team for such an important campaign and about time too! Personally I have never liked Holi 🙂

Let us all join the campaign as responsible global citizens and human beings and make our contribution towards conserving water by celebrating Holi with as little color and water as possible.







  1. March 8, 2009 11:35 pm

    Nice to see you back in a new avatar man.
    By the way, the initiation of saving water this holi is great. Will surely try to save the precious water 😉

    • March 10, 2009 3:30 pm

      I am the author of the post 🙂 Do save water and spread the word!

  2. March 9, 2009 6:22 pm

    I agree, diwali and holi celebrated with a little responsibility can make a huge difference! Btw Happy Holi 🙂 spread the colour in people’s life not on their faces, wot say?

  3. March 9, 2009 6:40 pm

    I don’t play with colours,allergic to them 🙂

  4. Parag Jani permalink
    March 10, 2009 3:25 pm

    “Tilak holi” Such a waste IDEA. paani ka koi waste nahi hota..pahili baat ki paani last me to jamin me hi jayega..aur wo waste nahi kahelata..wo hi paani wapas bhi aayega…and after all HOLI EK HI BAAR AATI HAI..(At least festival koi chhod ke baki sab change karo…AGAR KAR SAKTE HO TO.)..lekin meri ye request hai ki aise BAKWAS ideas ko aapne tak hi simit rakho.. and 1 more thing agar Tilak holi ka idea dena hi hai to Rajasthan ya phir Kutch me jao bcoz waha pe all ready paani ki kami hai to ye idea unke liye better rahega…aur agar meri suno to wo bhi mat karna..bcoz..HOLI HAI.

    • March 10, 2009 3:28 pm

      Most people will think that way but we need to weigh “following the tradition/fun thing” against wasting so much of water. As u may read in the attached images or as u may know from geography, the water used will indeed seep into the ground but to re extract or re use that via extraction will take years. Its same as using wood for pyres etc.
      Right now in so many states water shortage has started and people have to buy water through tankers. To use water just for dunking people and keeping the fun alive of one day seems illogical and disastrous to me.
      Its just about fun for one day versus water crisis for entire life. Boond boond se hi ghada bharta hai..thats what they say I suppose?

  5. Parag Jani permalink
    March 10, 2009 3:41 pm

    Yaar tum logo ka bhi ajib hai..Holi aane se pahele hi “Kutte” ki tarah BHOK na shuru kar diya holi ek hi din aati hai aur chali bhi jaati fir is tarah BHOK ne se kya fayda tumhe jo karna hai karo lekin atleast aise BAKWAS ideas dusro ko to mat batao..tum bhi ye jante ho ki koi tumhare is BAKWAS idea ke hisab se nahi chale ga..aur agar koi chalega to wo bhi tumhari tarah koi “KHAJUR” hi hota…ha..ha..ha..

    • March 10, 2009 3:47 pm

      As we do not entertain abusive comments I as the admin of YU! will remove your comment after 1 hr.
      If u do not agree with us, there is a better and more decent way to express your opinions. And no one has forced you anything, not even to read this post or blog.

  6. Parag Jani permalink
    March 10, 2009 3:50 pm

    Yaar me to bolta hu ki tum holi hi kyon khelte ho..mat khelo yaar plz..kon bolta hai tumhe Ehsan karte ho kya..aur office se leave bhi kyon lete ho..

    Holi ke ek din me jitna water waste hota hai usase jyada to log daily use me waste karte hai…uska kya??

  7. Parag Jani permalink
    March 10, 2009 3:53 pm

    well me bhi pagal hu bhool gaya ki “BHENS KE AAGE BIN BAJANE SE KYA FAYDA..” well enjoy your BOARING AND OLD AGE “tilak holi”…

  8. Parag Jani permalink
    March 10, 2009 3:58 pm

    At Last..forgot to remind you..that…holi ke ek pure din me hum jitna waster waste nahi karte usase jyada to log “Toilet seat” se khade hone ke baad kar dete hai..

    I think this example is enough for you..for SAVING WATER.

  9. Parag Jani permalink
    March 10, 2009 3:59 pm

    SOCHA HAI??????

  10. Neo permalink
    March 10, 2009 4:12 pm

    Hi reema,

    mene Mr. Parag jani ka opinion dekha aur me kuchh kahena chahta hu…
    Ye sach hai ki unhone language sahi use nahi ki..but unhone jo bhi likha hai wo ek baar to sochne layak hai…ki hum holi ke din jitna water waste nahi karte usase jyada to hum “Toilet seat” se khade hone ke baad kar dete hai..aur “Bath” lene me bhi jahan ek “Tub” pani se chalta hai waha humne “Shower” laga ke uska waste karna shuru kar hi diya kya wo paani ka waste nahi hai??

    Please tell me your opinion on this…

  11. Chirag Chamoli permalink*
    March 10, 2009 4:12 pm

    Parag bhai sari holi, isi post pe keloge kaya? Koi pucha app se ki app ko kaisa lagta hai, ki hum holi kaise khele?

    Agar app ko sahi nahi lagta to, tameez se baat karo. commenting is not your right.

  12. Parag Jani permalink
    March 10, 2009 4:19 pm


    First of all I like to say sorry for using bad language…

    Ye sach meri language sahi nahi thi lekin baat to sahi thi…

    Just think about that…my friend..

  13. March 10, 2009 4:20 pm

    k gentlemen I would prefer it if you would comment in English ,so that everyone would be able to appreciate your views and from what I understand,you people are being abusive,sorry,your comments will be moderated…

    • Parag Jani permalink
      March 10, 2009 4:24 pm

      Actually I don’t know much English..I can read and can understand but can’t speak and that..and I hope that every one can understand Hindi bcoz it’s our national language…

      • Chirag Chamoli permalink*
        March 10, 2009 4:36 pm

        No Parag we all speak only English 🙂 its universal 🙂 Earth always comes before the country.

        • Parag Jani permalink
          March 10, 2009 4:41 pm

          well dear…in this case I don’t agree…bcoz mere liye 1st-Gujarati, 2nd-Hindi, 3rd-English.

          arey yaar chhodo na..ab HOLI se LANGUAGE pe kyo shuru kare…right??

        • Parag Jani permalink
          March 10, 2009 5:10 pm

          But one more thing…Aaj “PAANI” bachane ke liye blog-blog khel rahe ho…ek din “Hindi” bachane ke liye blog-blog khelna padega..dear..

          Ye achhi baat hai ki tumhe aur baki sabko english achhi aati hai and I agree ki ye Intrnational language hai..but jaab aap log Hindi achhi tarah se bol aur samaj sakte phir hindi use karne me kya problem aati hai??

          • March 10, 2009 6:08 pm

            FYI, all of us don’t know Hindi well. Example people from south India. India doesnt only consist of Hindi speaking states so there is no logic in keeping Hindi as national language. If u count the population of non Hindi speaking states (south India and Eastern states) it exceeds more than Hindi speaking people.
            So its better to express in English which will be understood by everyone who is a blogger and surfs Internet.
            And please let us not discuss this further. We do not entertain irrelevant comments too.

            • March 10, 2009 7:17 pm

              As I said irrelevant comments will not be tolerated, I have deleted your last comment.

            • Parag Jani permalink
              March 10, 2009 7:21 pm

              Mene jo bhi 8 facts post kiye the usme se 1 bhi wrong ho to batao…aur agar tumhe wo sahi lagte hai to ek baar SOCHO…ya phir kisise PUCHHO.

              • March 10, 2009 7:27 pm

                The point is this post is not about languages and let us not discuss it here.

                • Parag Jani permalink
                  March 10, 2009 7:32 pm

                  hhmm..Ye thik hai.

                • Parag Jani permalink
                  March 10, 2009 7:34 pm

                  Anyway Happy Holi….


  14. March 10, 2009 4:22 pm

    Hey ,

    Really nice post. Completely agree with what you said. Have fun but in a way which doesnt cause damage to the environment.

    Good work by the folks at the hindi daily. More people need to promote such causes.

    Happy Holi everyone .. have fun !

    And delete some of the rubbish comments above, mark them spam.

  15. Parag Jani permalink
    March 10, 2009 4:24 pm

    Actually I don’t know much English..I can read and can understand but can’t speak and that..and I hope that every one can understand Hindi bcoz it’s our national language…

  16. Chirag Chamoli permalink*
    March 10, 2009 4:31 pm

    BTW, Reema I agree with you on the concept of minimal water wastage, but guess what in Chennai we used to play Holi on the sea shores so miss that in Bangalore 🙂 also I am in office on Holi so that sucks.

  17. March 10, 2009 4:34 pm

    A very happy holi to all of you !!!! 😀 ….. Mr. Parag jani ko bhi Happy Holi ….. Aapko naha ke khelna hai to bilkul khelo ji ….. Kisne mana kiya hai ….. Isme doosro pe aise chillane ki kya jarurat thi ….. Holi khelo pyaar se khelo ….. samjhe jaani … :mrgreen:

    • Parag Jani permalink
      March 10, 2009 4:37 pm

      K dear……kabhi kabhi aisa ho jaata hai…me manta hu ki meri galti hai..aur agar galti hui maafi mangne me sharam bhi nahi aani chahiye…sorry for miss behaviour

  18. March 10, 2009 5:16 pm

    This is a damn good idea to practise on this Holi Reema..
    Have never liked Holi much but do like it enough to play so have been playing like this since ages…never realised I was saving water also though:)

  19. March 10, 2009 6:08 pm

    Awesome blog and a wonderful post! Yu spoke on a very serious issue in quite a beautiful way…

    Nice to find ur blog 🙂

  20. March 10, 2009 11:19 pm

    Its a bad idea to say people must not celebrate Holi to conserve water; may be request them to use from 97% of salt water rather than fresh water.

    • Parag Jani permalink
      March 12, 2009 8:48 pm

      That’s really better…

  21. March 11, 2009 1:50 am

    Jani bhai,
    maine aapke saare muddo par gaur kiya aur ant mein yahi nateeja nikla ki aapke jyaadatar baate bebuniyaad aur galat hai… holi khelne se bahut paani waste hota hai… toilet mein dunk lene ke baad jo hum flush karte hain to usme kareeban 6-8 litre paani ka istemaal hota hai… yahin agar holi mein istemaal kiye jaane paani ko dhyaan me laaye toh pratyek baalti par 25 litre paani ka istemaal hota hai… aur shayad 5-6 balti paani toh minimum lag hi jaata hai…

    • Parag Jani permalink
      March 12, 2009 5:21 pm

      My dear…

      1 year ka total to karo..tumhe jawab mil jayega…

    • Parag Jani permalink
      March 12, 2009 5:23 pm

      To me yahi kahena chahta Holi saal me bas 1 din hi aati hai..wo bhi kuchh hours ke liye hi khel pate hai..lekin Flush to tum daily on karoge…

    • Parag Jani permalink
      March 12, 2009 5:31 pm

      Anyway Thanxx ki tumne “Tilak Holi” ke group ko join kiya bcoz I hope ki tumne 25liter water save kiya hoga…jo mujhe 2010 ki Holi me kaam aayega…and also I like to say you thanxx in advance ki tum 2010 ki Holi me bhi aur 25liter water save karo jo mujhe 2011 ki Holi khelne me kaam aaye.. 🙂 🙂 😀

  22. March 11, 2009 2:38 am

    When I was reading this post, I had not thought in my wildest dreams that people will have a problem with the concept or any other such concept infact.
    The comments were funny! 🙂 I missed the moderated ones! 😦
    Happy Tilak Holi everyone!

  23. March 11, 2009 7:03 am

    I haven’t celebrated holi at all this time 😀

  24. Harsh Vyas permalink
    March 11, 2009 10:05 am

    plz go home and save water……..

    This festival comes one day in a year…

    • Parag Jani permalink
      March 12, 2009 5:38 pm

      100% right…

  25. March 11, 2009 11:14 pm

    Great point there. We waste a lot of water anyways, so the least we can do is prevent its abuse when it’s so uncalled for. Actually you can play holi with natural colours which can be washed with just a shower! Now we (like all normal people) do bathe once in a day and it really makes more sense to choose the right colours in case you can’t keep away from them. Besides, they are good for your skin..

    PS: I am visiting Youth Unite after a long time and boy I have missed it!! Keep up the good work.

  26. March 12, 2009 4:43 pm

    I agree! I am always for saving water. I even put up posters in the hostel bathroom urging people not to waste water.

    JNU Holi does not waste as much water as the rest of India does. It is mostly gulal but only tilak is not something many would endorse in the campus.

    I played Holi after more than 10 years! Documented it too: 😀

  27. Parag Jani permalink
    March 12, 2009 9:08 pm


    • March 12, 2009 9:13 pm

      Please stop spamming. Else I will have to block you.

      • March 13, 2009 2:13 am

        I think your comments are a true example of what is wrong with us.
        “Paani to roz hi waste hota hai, to ek din aur sahi”
        “Garbage to har jagah bikhra rehta hai, to yaha bhi phenk do”
        “Policewale ko sabhi ghoos dete hain, to hum apna kaam nikalwane ke liye kyun nahi de sakte?”
        Instead of saving water not only on this festival but on all days, you are discouraging a person who is trying to be sensible and do something good.
        If the statistics in the posters above can’t wake you up, then god knows what will!!

        • Parag Jani permalink
          March 13, 2009 1:19 pm

          No dear… me bas ye kahena chahta hu ki paani daily save karo but Holi ke celebration ko change mat karo…

          Water is really presious…but we need to change our lifestyle not celebration..

          Tumhi batao ki water daily use me jyada waste hota hai ya Holi me..

          I mean Holi ke 1 din me ya baki ke 364 days me.???

          To hume is 364 days ke baare me sochna chahiye…

  28. September 5, 2009 3:55 pm

    Hi Reema, Thanks for spreading this gret words of wisdom…. also the next big things we need to do is…that we need to educate the kids about this issue and issues like this 🙂

    For example : Still in India people have not taken the concept of “noise pollution” seriously… whenever it is time to celebrate we have no other way out but to make noise so as to announce that “we are happy”. Name the festival and we just need a chance to make all the noise and we do not care for some people / animals who are very vulnerable to loud noise.

    I always take the opportunity to set an example for children I come across and also teach them voluntarily… we all should do this.

  29. Ayushee permalink
    February 23, 2010 4:49 pm

    A very good thought to Play Tilak Holi i liked this idea of yours…..but i wish…it could be followed everywhere!!!!

  30. Angel!!!! permalink
    February 27, 2010 4:00 pm

    Lets!! start playing with gulal !! insted of chemical based holi….

  31. Chirag Malik permalink
    March 11, 2011 5:57 pm

    It is only a small point by which we can pay tribute to our mother earth….
    So, this time save precious water for yourself and others

  32. March 14, 2011 10:56 am

    I think it’s a best way to save water I like
    it & advise to all

  33. March 14, 2011 11:16 am

    Save water & celebrate Tilak Holi ,
    yah ap ko santi aur samman dega

  34. March 16, 2011 11:53 am

    Hum dubte hai kisiki aankhon mein
    …………………bina pani ke

    Hum tairte hai kisike khwabo mein
    …………………bina pani ke

    Hum ghar banate hai kisike dil mein
    …………………bina pani ke

    aao kasam khayen ees saal holi khelenge
    …………………bina pani ke

  35. pawan sharma didwana permalink
    March 16, 2011 12:01 pm

    save water & save life

    March 16, 2011 5:23 pm

    I agree with Tilak Holi and I will celebrate with my family, friends, relatives etc. with Tilak Holi without water and will save the water.

  37. pawan sharma didwana permalink
    March 17, 2011 10:21 am

    jitana bachayege pani utani rahegi jindgani

  38. Parag Jani permalink
    March 17, 2011 11:47 am

    As I’ve told all 2 years before..that we need to change our lifestyle not celebration of holi.

    Holi ke 1 din se jyada water baki ke 364 days me waste kiya jata hai to agar change karna hi hai to daily water use me change karo holi ke celebration ko nahi…

    Play holi with water only….

    Tilak holi is such a waste idea…it’s for those who don’t like to play holi.

    Enjoy n Celebrate holi with LOTS OF WATER….


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