The widows of Vrindavan celebrated Holi in style this year. The festival of colour that celebrates the onset of Basant Ritu or the Spring season of the east was a festive occasion for these otherwise troubled souls. Up to just a few years ago this joyful celebration was forbidden for these women abandoned by their families and living in Vrindavan (in Mathura district of Uttar Pradesh). They would have been expected to live out their days in quiet worship, dressed only in white, with their very presence being considered inauspicious for all religious festivities. Thankfully, not anymore, though.