Our Earth takes every degree of heat that the Sun has to offer for months during summer. It affects not only the earth, but us, earthlings, too. Outdoor activities are replaced by sheltered spaces. ‘Oh, I got a great tan’ is erased to, ‘Oh, look at me, am charred’. Whites help a little, but blacks are a complete no-no. Some people are thrilled to have air-conditioned houses, but not so thrilled to receive the electricity bill at the end of the month. Summers, especially in central Maharashtra, are too harsh. With each passing day, the heat becomes unbearable, and all you can do is wait, wait and just wait.
One day, out of the blue, the air rushes indoors and with one deep breath, you are absolutely sure that it is the sign of the arrival of the most awaited guest. The smell of the first rain hitting the hot ground is incomparable. It just puts a smile on your face. Rejuvenates you, makes you want to go out running with open arms to embrace this guest and ask him; what took you so long?
Growing up in the city, we have all had sufficient memories of the rains. Every year sequentially unravels them for all of us. Each monsoon engraved with adequate significance, depending on the phase of our life.
As kids, we couldn’t help but think or hope that school would be closed. This day was more valuable than any official holiday or a weekend. On that day, we played football in the rain with other kids in the building who also had this liberating holiday!
In college, it was all about drives, mostly unplanned, dictated by cloud cover and rains. Everything looked beautiful; buildings and roads were freshly washed, landscapes looked more lush, and the car stereo set the mood.
My car only played Hindi film music, as I never understood the lyrics of a single English song. But by chance, if anyone played an English number, I would nod my head, pretending how much I loved that song.
Rains are important to us; they are the sign of a new beginning. Farmers wait for the new crop. For students, it’ the start of a new academic year. Studies say, that for many, it marks the beginning of new relationship.
Welcome this guest and make the most of the time you get with him, because you will miss him the moment he leaves.