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Festive fever grips youth; Cops heave a sigh of relief as Holi passes off incident-free Visakhapatnam: Holi is perhaps the only festival which...

Festive fever grips youth; Cops heave a sigh of relief as Holi passes off incident-free Visakhapatnam: Holi is perhaps the only festival which knows no age or caste or community. Cutting across all barriers, people in the City of Destiny celebrated the festival with pomp and gaiety on Wednesday. However, the rising temperatures forced the revellers back home by noon. It was the children who flocked the streets early in the morning. From one-year-old to college going children, all assembled in their apartment cellars and streets raining colours all over. The grown-ups, however, hit the streets on their motorcycles and greeted their friends. By noon, the gathering swelled and the decibels of their slogans hit an all-time high in the streets.
Not only colours, the college students were seen throwing eggs at their friends. Most of the shops sold their entire stocks of eggs by noon. The star hotels too organised the festival. The gathering was huge at Palm Beach and Sandy Lane where rain dance was organised. People, mostly youth, danced to the tunes, drowned in colours and showers. "Once in a while, I don't mind playing Holi in style," said 50-year-old Sadasiv who came to the rain dance at Palm Beach with his wife and two teenage daughters. After the celebrations, the revellers hit the beach where they spent some time wearing off their colours. The liquor shops did brisk business. The police were on high alert to prevent any untoward incidents involving youth on bikes and cars. "The day was peaceful and we did not get many complaints," said ADCP Traffic V Sureshbabu. Marwaris too celebrated the festival in their traditional style. In fact, it was the second day of the fete on Wednesday. Men, women and children of all age groups had a gala time applying colours on one another. They danced in gay abandon as they sang 'bhajans' in praise of Lord Krishna. The festival was also celebrated in the Visakhapatnam Steel Plant (VSP) where Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) AP Choudhary greeted the employees on the occasion. Umesh Chandra, Director (Operations), P Madhusudhan, Director (Finance), TK Chand, Director (Commercial), NS Rao, Director (Projects), and Digvijay Singh, Senior Commandant, CISF, were present with their family members at the celebrations. Dr Garikipati Narasimha Rao delivered a talk on 'Mana Puranalu Manavatha Viluvalu' at Ukku Club, which was organised by the HRD group. P Madhusudhan felicitated Dr Narasimha Rao.
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