Wednesday, April 22, 2009

But it Rained

Its raining in Bangalore. Actually this is the third time this week. The weather is so good, I want to shift my computer next to an open window. With a cup of hot tea on my table, I want to enjoy the cool air and the mild fragrance of wet earth which I so love.

I have just come back from the cafeteria, having lusted after the overcast skies, wet roads and newly washed trees for around an hour. A thousand memories- images from yesteryear's flashed in front of my eyes in this past hour.

I remember how my mom used to scold me for playing with friends in pouring rain. It used to be so good, surely gross, to jump in puddles of water. Finally when mom managed to get me inside the house, I would be sneezing and she would push me inside the hot shower with a towel and a change of clothes. That hot shower would remove the chill from the body and a cup of hot chocolate would be waiting for me on the table. I would pick it up and stand on the doorstep. Some tiny drops would bounce off the side wall and land on my face.

While preparing for IIT JEE in eleventh and twelfth standard rains used to be a welcome break. A reason for me to take my nose out of the book and take in the sweet smell of first rains. The scorching summers of Delhi used to make it even more special. I would sit on the entrance to the garden and see the grass slowly disappearing in the waters. The leaves and branches of the trees would relieve their parching throats, bending and submitting themselves to the heavy downpour. Sometimes, overwhelmed, a branch or two would break and fall down on the street. And I would just ask mom for some samosas, cheela or pakoras. It would refresh me for another week to be spent inside my room with my books.

And now, I am sitting in an enclosure which does not even have windows to enjoy the view. This centrally air-conditioned building has glass walls and no windows. The only place where I can sit and enjoy is the cafeteria at the other end of the building! Still I find my own ways.

I have always enjoyed the rains, and will continue to do so. In the present circumstances it will require extra efforts from me, a closed concrete jungle that I am living in. I do not in the least bit mind though - anything for that refreshing feeling and that breathtaking beauty of nature that comes with the rains. It can magically pull me away from everything else around me, and make me forget everything... everything!

12 comments:

Rajesh said...

Good one ..actually I too love the rains ..still remember those days when used to play with my cousins or have a bath in the open(with clothes on ..ob !!) with my cousins in Doon ..awesum ! and ya the mom part !:P ob tht is very essential to the rain... though i was smart enuf to accuse my cousins to have strted the mess !:P ....amazing rains ! amazing tea and snacks ..and amazing walks in the rain .....

Danny said...

come 2 iisc.. u ll see nature at its best.. atleast best compared to newhere else in blore..

Rajesh said...

I agree with Danny !! IISc rocks ...\m/

NAL'I'n'I' said...

everything about rains is sooooo great... how can i be at iisc on a working day danny?? with the amount of greenry in iisc I am sure it must be good to be there during rains

btw I wanna know if there is anyone who doesn't like rains... :)

Psycho Surd said...

When you spend all your life on the Western side of the Ghats, anyone could begin to hate the rains.

KK said...

i like the rains only when i'm not getting drenched... as in, i used to LOOOOOVE the rains earlier, but since the 9th-10th wala summer i have specs... and i HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATE it when there's droplets on the glass... i need some water-repellent glass, then i'll love rains... :)

btw, how come no one mentioned egg-rolls/boiled eggs etc?

and nallu, i've always thought of u as a coffee-person! :-/

NAL'I'n'I' said...

@ puri: i guess you are right... the reason i loved (and still do)the rains was the end of the hot summers of delhi :)

@ kk: I don't mind the water on my specs... plus now i have switched to contact lenses
and ya I am very much a coffee person... while in school I never used to have tea/coffee... tea/coffee only after coming to college :) ... but u know me eat and drink anything!! I love it all ;)

Full Of Life said...

Ah yeah! Rains...Monsoons are my eternal favourite. I enjoyed every goan monsoon and perhaps might be the only one who gets excited at the prospect of an approaching cyclone!
Rains are most welcome in Pune! Send some across!! :)

Deepak Pareek said...

and the best line award goes to..... "samosa aur pakoda".... slurrrrrrrrrp

NAL'I'n'I' said...

I wish I could Nita!! (that is just an excuse- i love it and i am keeping it ;)

btw it raining again today, and heavily today... like rains in Goa or probably heavier :)

charliechatters said...

:). Why does it all sound so familiar? :P

Vidya said...

Goa rains :-D
Remember the 1st sem, when we used to run till the C-wing arch-sorta-thing and end up getting totally drenched? Ah, those days!