I think he meant he just wanted to add colors to the terminal as-is and nothing else. Honestly though, if one starts adding things like that one may as well end up just taking over the entire console, which is what ncurses does, pretty much.
Not necessarily. What I meant was doing some minimal coloring of whatever you're outputting, without taking over the entire console, where simply wrapping up a string constant in an ANSI escape sequence is much easier than working with ncurses when the extra flexibility (menu helpers, borders, and so on) are not needed. Different solutions to different problems, really. ncurses is a nifty little library, and is great for making roguelikes and other games which lend themselves well to a 2D ASCII representation, as well as creating complete console interfaces, but that doesn't mean you need to use it every time you need to push a few colors to a terminal... sometimes a script is just a script