Editorial – The Colours Which Define Our Lives

By Sujith Mohandas, L&T MHPS Boilers

As we all know, this is the month of the festival of colours, which brings much joy and happiness all around. Holi the festival of colours shows how colourful our lives are and how much joy different colours bring into our life. Whether it is the red, yellow, blue, green and various other colours of the gulal, or the sweetness of the sweets like the gujiya or the vibrant friendship and relationships we all share with our family or friends.  Holi just intensifies all these aspects and creates memorable moments to be cherished for a life time.

Similarly we do all have different colours of life not just in March of every year but in every month of the year. Each colour represents something or the other in our lives. Like the calm blue colour of the sky and the ocean which visually calms us down and plush green colour of the surrounding fields in a village which shows how different and peaceful is life beyond our busy city lives. On the other hand red symbolises fire and blood, associated with energy, war, danger, strength, power, determination as well as passion, desire, and love. Red is one of the most intense colour and it has been said to enhances human metabolism, increases respiration rate, and raises blood pressure.

Another exciting colour is yellow which represents freshness, happiness, positivity, clarity, energy, optimism, enlightenment, remembrance, intellect, honour, loyalty, and joy, but on the other hand, it also represents cowardice and deceit. Most people tend to find yellow to be a joyous colour, which creates a positive influence. Brown another prominent colour symbolises serious and very down to earth behaviour or qualities, with properties like stability, structure and support. The brown colour stands for protection and supporting the family with great sense of duty and responsibility.

The colours which are at the extreme of the colour range are black and white. While black is associated with power, fear, mystery, strength, authority, elegance, formality, death, evil, and aggression, authority, rebellion, and sophistication, white is associated with purity, virginity, innocence, light, goodness, heaven, safety, brilliance, illumination, understanding, cleanliness, faith, beginnings, sterility, spirituality, possibility, humility, sincerity, protection, softness. Truly there are the complete opposite and their extreme position are very aptly described by their opposite representation.

The same colour may have very different associations within the same culture at any time. Diversity in colour symbolism occurs because colour meanings and symbolism occur on an individual, cultural and universal basis. Colour symbolism is also context-dependent and influenced by changes over time. Colour have always been recognized for its symbolic power and an appreciation of this reaches back to ancient times.

In this edition of Enlightenment we try to cover all such aspects of colours which defines our lives and represent out thoughts through article and literature. We try to encompass the truly diverse range of colours which define all of us.

No matter which shade of colour our lives are currently experiencing, whether it is black or white, blue or green, red or yellow we should always remember that life as such is always diverse and time will change no matter what. So live your life in the present, enjoy the companionship of your friends and family and worry less about the future because if you don’t live the present then you are not all living.

I hope this edition bring much joy, happiness and laughter in your lives as the festival of Holi does. Wish you all a very happy and a joyful Holi.

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