In favour of the rain
Let’s be clear: we’re not pondering London right here. We’re speaking parched Indian earth that’s sizzling and cracked, flaking off mud that coats the whole lot from the leaves to the curtains, ready to be quenched.
There’s a lot artwork, poetry, and track across the rain you could’t deny the monsoon is our nation’s definitive season. Even a Hindustani classical music novice has heard of raag Megh Malhar that’s imagined to have the ability to summon the darkish clouds. In artwork, lovers pine in miniature work, mirroring the turbulence of the climate. Is there music to summon the solar? Or artwork that stirs you an identical manner, aside from the yellow solar our children painted at school II, and we smiled and stated, ‘Very pretty’?
We simply don’t lengthy for the solar in fairly the identical manner we lengthy for the rain.
Tropical thunderstorms are a factor of awe and magnificence, and whereas I admit they do trigger havoc with floods, these are largely artifical. The solar, alternatively, with its incessant beating down, causes drought, solar stroke, pores and skin most cancers – do I have to go on? It forces us to make use of air-conditioning which then results in excessive electrical energy payments, poor air circulation, and extra chores across the gadget resulting in family clashes about whose duty servicing the factor is.
The rain, alternatively, brings us collectively, with chai and pakoras, will get us in a superb temper, and turns us into higher human beings. Rain: test.
Sunalini Mathew hopes to play within the rain in her second childhood, as a result of her first is simply too far gone
Let the solar shine
There are few issues worse than getting caught in a downpour when you find yourself sporting your new pair of mojris. You determined to put on them anyway, hoping that the clouds may simply go. But Murphy’s Law was made only for rain. Another time you resolve to put on a sari to work, it occurs once more, and God bless you should you had chosen public conveyance that day.
Frivolities apart, having all the time lived in Kerala with its two months of continuous rainfall, has pushed the romance out of rain. While my fellow debator and different pluviophiles discover pleasure and enjoyment of it, most occasions, magnificence fades away earlier than practicality.
Imagine strolling right into a home that consistently smells of damp garments. Imagine not with the ability to go on a night stroll and watch the sundown. Imagine being holed up at residence watching the gray monotony of rain? Though in these pandemic occasions, that’s precisely what we’re doing, at the least the solar makes the whole lot brighter.
It could not have impressed Classical music, however the solar certain provides you Vitamin D. Agreed, everybody loves a sudden cloudburst in summer season, but it surely has to stay a brief spell and not go on like a sure TV channel mourning a VIP.
The rain has nearly change into synonymous with floods in most elements of the nation and a nagging fear for a variety of folks. We want rain, because it sustains life; however there actually is nothing extra joyful than waking as much as blue skies. And sure, pakoras style nearly as good in sunshine should you pair it with a cool mint lemonade.
Anasuya Menon is a lone warrior, who braves the flood of rain-inspired melodrama on social media
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