Friday, June 24, 2005

Boondhon se baatein

“Giant gray clouds shrouding the usual blue of the sky, so loaded that they would burst down any moment with a million raindrops” – It is time to witness the monsoons of Bombay and the last one week has seen me scurrying through the rain hit roads of the city, experience the way a routine needs to be tweaked up to fit the monsoon’s requirements. Come whatever may, you need to move on..

Ropes come up within homes to hang those washed clothes. And the clothes are ‘uncomfortably’ dry with a ‘doubt’ of dampness still clinging on, clothes which you wear with the warmth of a hot press, almost become cold and soggy by the time you reach office. The point - pull out the oldest of your clothes and move on unmindful of what the rain does to you!

The shutters come down on buses and you view the rain-hit world outside through the window glass. The innumerable slums, on the way, almost falling prey to the devastation, still stand up and the inmates wouldn’t dare to stop; their lives need to move on.

Rains have an effect on me; they make me go nostalgic. The bus journey till office is filled with moments from the past – the way two years back, I rushed to pick up my vehicle from the dealer, giving a damn to the rain, how I used to look out of the window at my office in Bangalore and regret that the vehicle was getting drenched. How at school, I would long for a day’s holiday when the rarity called rains hit Madras, how a couple of my friends and I ran out to get drenched in the first rains of Pilani and..

Complaints still exist, but brushing them aside, today a small boy, and his gesture made me smile to myself. Two pups were running playfully across the road, and as the bus made its way through, the boy just lifted the two and pushed them into his so called ‘home’. It was wonderful.

Now at office, all I feel like doing is to settle down with a mug of hot chocolate and listen to some great music. But what is blaring now is the TV set next to me; the channel’s life goes on as well!!

This post is dedicated to that wonderful rain that is lashing out outside, settling a layer of moisture on the windows. The rain made me write, (setting aside my work) after a long time!!

The post also goes out to that little boy who enjoyed the rains so much (to my envy) and saved those two sweet pups!

16 comments:

Sriram said...

Yay! I'm here first! I do agree about the joy of those first rain drops while in chennai, though my mom always used to yell at me for getting drenched ;)... and how wonderful it is to get drenched while driving a bike!! Sweet memories indeed! BTW, U need to check my comments on the previous post ;) :D.. something to surprise you :)

Anupama Viswanathan said...

Sriram, thanks for the first comment..:)..Oh btw, what is the surprise in the comment? I am still trying to figure that out..:|

Krish said...

Rain!! Oh!! How It plays hide and seek here in Hyd!!...How I wish my posting to Mangalore had come sooner and how I would be there enjoying it!!...I saw the photo of Mumbai rains in the Hindu...How I wish I was there!!...enjoy!!

Sriram C S said...

The Perfect Rain Recipe - Get drenched, reach home while it is still raining, let your mom or spouse towel dry you, watch a Maniratnam movie with steaming coffee (dark and bitter!!! I love coffee!!!!) while stroking your German Shepherd!!! :-)

biju said...

Ah! Rains! That perfect setting for a cuppa steaming tea and some music. Romantic, moody, happy and what not.

I love the rains in Bangalore. They are punctual (always after 7:30pm). They lash out for about an hour and then let you enjoy the freshness they leave behind. (I dont want to talk about the traffic jams they cause :-))

What I love most ofcourse is a drizzle to keep you going on a long ride.

B

Anupama Viswanathan said...

Krish, lots of wishes?? :)..Don't you worry! The rain gods will drench you soon! :)

Agnibharati, I agree till the part on maniratnam, the next two, well not too sure coz I hate coffee and I am scared of dogs..I can love them only as pups,after that they are kinda scary!!

Biju, I know the Bangalore rains..and yeah, the drizzle that you mention..But, I have had my worst times too..Once, I was driving down ring road and I got royally stuck in the rains, drenched from head to toe..What's more, I fell sick!!

Vani Viswanathan said...

cha...
for a light drizzle here i wrote a post with so much enthu...now it's soaring temperatures in chennai as usual!

MrGonSings said...

HOLA ANU!!! :)

I reject to use umbrellas on rainy days... I just don't think it's fair that if I face sunny days without any worries I should worry in any other way when a rainy day comes my way... it's weird, but that's how I feel and I like it... sometimes when hard summer rains hit Barcelona, my girlfriend and I like to go the city main cathedral (an incredible medieval construction) and just walk around it, getting all soaked under the real "waterfalls" being spitted out of the gargoyles on all sides of the building... I think I'd love experiencing monsoon season in Bombay... I was just reading an article about it this afternoon ...and then I find you've been blogging about it... curious, isn't???
oops, before I forget, I read about the tag BTW... actually, I had already been tagged by The Peanut Queen (see link in my blog, if you wish) a few weeks ago, but then I left for a two weeks vacation... Double tagged as I find myself now, I'll try to answer as soon as possible...
keep enjoying life!
:)

Senthilkumar Sivaramakrishnan said...

I've put up ur site link onto an article in my blogspace. Hey, jus to inform u, in case if u'ld pursue a copyright suit on me:)

Senthil Kumar

Chez said...

I can sense that wonderful feeling...

Cos, its raining here too..Down Under!

watching the rain lashing the waves of the pacific from my 12th floor apartment is truly a great feeling...

Sriram C S said...

@Anu - That's too bad!! In fact, I would prefer two cups of coffee and two dogs - one German Shepherd and one huge Labrador!! Will be interesting if we end up together on a rainy evening!! :-)

Anupama Viswanathan said...

Vani, Madras, no comments!!
Mrgonsings, you are back! :) and that too with a long comment...Yeah, rains in bombay are fun but not the part about walking on those dirty roads..they are really filthy..and yes, pls put up ur tag soon...:)
Senthil Kumar, I visited your blog..Thanks! :)

Magnus Astrum, the scene that you describe feels awesome..I am guessing you are having a wonderful time!

Agnibarathi, if we get together on a rainy evening, there will be total chaos!!!! :)I'll be busy jumping up from one sofa to another, because of ur dogs!!

Sriram C S said...

@Anu - And me grinning like a Cheshire cat at the dogs (pun intended)!!! :-)

Amrita said...

hi anu, visiting ur blog after a long time..for reasons obviously known to u. I am no less a recepient of rains in Mumbai, just like u. Truly tempestuous! those things about bus shutters, etc are truly an experience. We both know, how we dread when we return home, praying throughout the way that it shold not rain heavily. But childhood was a different story. i used to rush to make paper boats as soon as rains began.

But that little incident in the end that u narrated about (little boy and pups), was very enlightening, even though i heard from u before.

Amrita said...

hi anu, visiting ur blog after a long time..for reasons obviously known to u. I am no less a recepient of rains in Mumbai, just like u. Truly tempestuous! those things about bus shutters, etc are truly an experience. We both know, how we dread when we return home, praying throughout the way that it shold not rain heavily. But childhood was a different story. i used to rush to make paper boats as soon as rains began.

But that little incident in the end that u narrated about (little boy and pups), was very enlightening, even though i heard from u before.

Amrita said...

hi anu, visiting ur blog after a long time..for reasons obviously known to u. I am no less a recepient of rains in Mumbai, just like u. Truly tempestuous! those things about bus shutters, etc are truly an experience. We both know, how we dread when we return home, praying throughout the way that it shold not rain heavily. But childhood was a different story. i used to rush to make paper boats as soon as rains began.

But that little incident in the end that u narrated about (little boy and pups), was very enlightening, even though i heard from u before.