Holi brings colors into the lives of Martin and Fanni!

By Ambuj Saxena

Fanni, wife of Martin Zsarnoczky, confessed to her husband “I don’t really fancy going to India during Holi!”. Martin looked up from his laptop, took off his spectacles and asked her “You haven’t been to India, have you? What makes you so sceptical?”. Fanni replied- “I have heard weird stories about Holi and that any one can put colors on anyone’s faces and that too without asking the other whether they want to celebrate holi! Doesn’t’ that sound weird?”. Martin smiled and walked away.  He knew that their tickets to India were booked and that this was the best opportunity for him to change her perception about India from that of a snake-charmer’s country to the fastest developing economy!

Martin lives in Budapest, Hungary and is a member of Budapest chamber of commerce. He is a leading researcher and writes for reputed International Journals about the international business opportunities in Wellness Tourism all over the world especially India.

Author having dinner with Martin, Fanni and other delegates
Author (2nd from left) having dinner with Martin, Fanni (last from right) and other delegates. Click on the pic to read the author’s previous blog post.

Martin and Fanni were going to India as International delegates in the 4th International Conference on Sustainable Destination Excellence in Jammu University, India. Soon, Prof Parikshit Manhas, Director, School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Jammu University, who was also the conference coordinator, called up Martin to know about the couple’s travel plans to India. Martin told him about his wife’s views about India and Holi. Prof Manhas opined, “We can’t change Fanni’s perception without hosting her here in India. Only when she sees that India is very different from her perception, will she believe it! Besides in my opinion, various tourism stakeholders in India should spread awareness about Holi and incentivize foreigners to visit India during holi and other festivals to increase the tourism footfall and spread the incredible Indian cultural heritage.”

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Martin and Fanni during the Golden Triangle trip of India- Agra, Jaipur and Delhi.

After sharing their experience and thoughts in the International conference in Jammu University, Martin decided to take Fanni to experience the India she did not know! The India that was no more known as the land of snake charmers but now known for its colors, brightness, warmth, and hospitality! After a multi-city trip to north India arranged by Travel Green Earth, they came for a brief stay in Delhi during Holi.  Martin insisted on staying in a Bed and Breakfast room to be with an Indian family and to experience the real Indian hospitality. Thus, BnBNation helped them find a hospitable stay with Chrysalis BnB owned by Mr. Khubchand in the heart of south Delhi.

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BnB Chrysalis is a Beautiful homestay in Saket

Curious about the Homestay, Martin and Fanni talked to the Co-Founder of BnBNation, to know more about Mr. Khubchand. When they learned that Mr. Khubchand had been in Budapest for 10 years, Martin and Fanni felt nostalgic and grew even more curious to know about the Bed and Breakfast! Mr. Khubchand, warm as always, was hosting other guests from Canada. He arranged Martin and Fanni’s dinner with his Canadian guests and BnBNation co-founders in order to break the ice between the guests and the BnB Aggregators.

During the dinner, BnBNation team and Mr. Khubchand told them about the significance of Holi and the story of Holika Dahan. As Anshul Saxena, CEO BnBNation put it: “The legend of Holi has it there once lived a devil and powerful king, Hiranyakshyap who considered himself a god and wanted everybody to worship him. To his great ire, his son, Prahlad began to worship, Lord Vishnu. To get rid of his son, Hiranyakshyap asked his sister, Holika to enter a blazing fire with Prahlad in her lap, as she had a boon to enter fire unscathed. Legend has it that Prahlad was saved for his extreme devotion for the lord while Holika paid a price for her sinister desire. The tradition of burning Holika or the ‘Holika dahan’ comes mainly from this legend. So, if you see logs of wood burning on the streets, now, you know what symbolizes the fire!”

All are posing happily after a sumptuous dinner
L to R: Anshul Saxena, CEO, BnBNation, Martin, Fanni and Ambuj Saxena pose happily after a sumptuous dinner

Fanni could recall that while coming to the BnB she had seen a few people gathered around a blazing fire. She grew more curious! Before anyone could say anything further, Fanni spoke up ‘Can I play Holi with you guys tomorrow?”. Her voice’s pitch and tone surprised everyone but the group smiled and said, “Yes Fanni, Why not!”


About the Author:

Ambuj Saxena is Co-Founder at BnBNation. He is a 2013 Brand Management graduate from Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad (MICA). He has successfully executed various online and offline marketing campaigns for companies operating in Automobile, Fashion, and Lifestyle, Travel and Tourism sectors as well as Government departments. He has co-founded BnBNation as he believes that Tourism and Hospitality is as much online as it is offline, and he can add value to both.

12 thoughts on “Holi brings colors into the lives of Martin and Fanni!”

  1. Excellent BLOG Ambuj. Types of Holi celebration vary statewise too. There is Lathhmar (women playing with soft wooden rods and man folks too defending with rods and putting colours), dance and music type Holi in Uttarakhand, women beating manfolks with wet squeezed ​clothes before they pick and throw wet colours on women(in some Rajasthan areas). But it is all for intermingling​ and showing love and affection. In fact, Holi is a festival which unites Indian people of different castes and communities. Happy Holi season!!

  2. Holi celebration varies across states. But yes, the fact that anyone can put color on anyone’s face is the actual essence of holi for me. That is what makes it an excuse to forget old barriers and make new friends, as well as patch up. Cheers to the beautiful festival!!

    1. Hi Neha,

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the festival of colors. We understand that putting colors on anyone’s face is the essence of holi and we also enjoy but those who are new to the activity may not enjoy it completely. However, we do not wish to debate it because it is each one’s own opinion.
      We are happy that you enjoyed reading the post and as you rightly said, it is truly one of the rare opportunities when long lost friends meet and patch up or even families that have held grudges against each other settle their differences on this holi-day!
      We hope to see you coming back to read our posts and commenting on them!

      BnBNation Team

  3. Holi is a colourful celebration of life itself. It is intrinsic to Indian culture and misconceptions about it need to be removed. A few bad experiences can mar the entire practice. It is good work that you have done to remove these kind of myths which foreigners have about many things about India.

    1. Hi sandy and vyjay,

      Thank you for reading the blog post and understanding the core purpose of the post. Bloggers like us can remove a tourist’s doubts about Indian culture and portray it in a positive light.
      BnBNation team

  4. So that’s the legend of Holi festival, that’s very nice to know. I attended a Holiday Festival a year ago in my country, held by the Indian expats/immigrants. I remember feeling so ecstatic as my friends and I went dancing and threw or smeared colored powder to each other. The Indians were very welcoming despite the fact that we were merely “spectators” of their celebration. I’d love to experience the Hole Festival in India and see how it differs from what I experienced.

    1. Hi Marjorie,

      Thanks for reading our blog post. India is a colorful country and Holi is the epitome of the India’s colorfulness. We hope that you plan your trip to India either during Holi or Diwali so that you can witness the warmth and vibrancy at its zenith.
      We’d love to have you here during Diwali (around 19th October 2017) or during Holi (around 2nd march 2018).
      Let’s stay connected!

      BnBNation Team

  5. I am rally happy that Fanni made it to India and enjoy it there. India it is one of the countries that I like most, I have been twice in Holi and several more in other months. Unfortunately I lot of people judge India before even go there.

    1. Hi Finaciofotografia

      Thank you for reading our blog post. It’s heartening to know that you’ve tasted the incredible warmth of India in the past. Isn’t India beautiful? Isn’t the culture endearing? We are sure that there are many culturally rich countries but India ranks top among all of them.
      We shall be happy to interact with you on our future blog posts.

      BnBNation Team

  6. I always give the preference to homestays and prefer seeing how locals live, even if it means skipping the visits to the main sights. Welcoming people is the best thing a country can give to a tourist. I am sure this couple had a memorable trip.

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