Friday, May 7, 2010

Monsieur Monsoon

It rained all day tonight.
'Twas an early morning when the rains tried to steal in. But because of the many ghissus up at that hour, the wake up calls went around quickly and the houses and balconies were full of cheers as the first drop came shooting from the skies.

The thunder applauded.

The rain came pouring, unfurling its silvery sheen, its full glory and richness of sound, down onto the waiting trees, the thirsty soil and the outstretched arms. In minutes, the world stood transformed as a certain banana republic of a place called Roorkee bade its minions to the cursed confines of examination halls. Though not even a thing as cross-eyed as an exam can spoil anything that's got a dreamy 'first' prefixed to it. First Crush, First Car, First name it!

You just need to jump into the puddles, or lip-sync with a frog or freeze-frame the spiralling droplets and the dreadful hangover of the aweful-est exam goes cartwheeling into the misty horizons.

Rains are magical.
In the sheer audacity of their suddenness, in the bountiful beauty they inspire, in the music they leave behind.
Rains heal. By giving back life to parched land, by washing the dust off old memories, and simply by showing up.
Rains unite. By getting people together over cups of coffee, by pulling out the livelier sorts onto the streets and forcing the hydrophobic ones to stay huddled under shelters.

The leaves must have dried up by now. Just hoping my shoes have too.


  1. Since it rightly captures the spirit of celebrations rains bring along with them, we can have a nice ode with just a few more rhyming words.
    I think you can hire Bagga...!!

  2. i liked the part where you called peoply hydrobhobic. that's a first! the firsts part is good - senti girl:) i also liked how you sent your exam woes 'cartwheeling' away. i just loved it when you said 'waiting trees'!!prachi ghatwai is entitled to applause and free publicity.

  3. @ amit: how about "I'm Lil Wayne, rappin' about the Indian Rain, its just insane..." kind of stuff?
    @ vihas: absolutely. at the risk of sounding philosophical, everyone like firsts-whether they give way to the seconds or not.
    @ priya: senti is as senti does. and since exmas take one for a ride, one had better return the favour and take them out for a spin!

  4. That's why I wore slippers yesterday... To have someone trample my toe. With wet shoes.
    All the same, Rain shall remain one of my first loves.

  5. Rains always make me want to run out there and get drenched. Too bad Digital Electronic Circuits and Systems got the better of me.

  6. indeed rains are magical.. and so is your post! :)

  7. prachi i think lil wayne is a lil too extreme. i like that song though, let it rock.

  8. @ kondy: you could've worn a slipper on one foot and a wet shoe on the other. No, but which sane person would want to torture his own toe?
    and yeah anunaya, I thought so. That brings you under 'Hydrophobic'.
    Thanks Kavs! or TM should i say ( rofl)

  9. Once again. Whattepost. This burst from the heavens was surreal though. Hailstorm bang in the middle of the summer. Who would have thought?

  10. @ arun: the fokk emoticon, the fokk emoticon. that's the one i'd like to use.
    @ prachi the snr: haven't blushed like that ,quoting lockhart, " since the last time i was complemented on my pink earmuffs!"