The thing with Beatles lyrics is you always look for a hidden meaning. Everyone assumes Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds is really about an acid trip because of the very obvious allusion to LSD or that Yellow Submarine is actually the street name for a capsuled barbiturate. But what was George Harrison thinking about when he wrote Here Comes the Sun?
Some say it was a metaphor for the end of a tumultuous year, 1969, which saw him leave the band for a short while (before recording the multi-platinum Abbey Road, which contains this number) and get busted for Marijuana possession. After a couple of days (soaking wet days, one might add) in the Old Blighty, all such theories seem odious. Maybe it was just about an Englishman enjoying the sun!
Sorry for the rain
The English are very apologetic about the rain, everywhere you go you hear people asking for forgiveness over the inclement weather. No wonder the English came up with the term damp squib, they’d know it better than most. Soon, you realise that Scotch Mist is more than just a Radiohead song and a drink Humphrey Bogart swore by… it’s an inconvenient truth in this nick of the woods!
They say it rains a lot in this part of the world, but nothing prepares you for the driving rain until you experience it first-hand. The rain here is languid, not of the thunderstorm type, but dripping of trees and glistening on bronze. The first two days one spent here were accompanied by a non-stop drizzle. You walk outside and the tyres suddenly make a distinct, slightly smug smacking sound as a car passes by – a whoosh of rubber over wet tarmac.
After two damp days and nights, one was finally greeted with the most wondrous sunshine one had ever experienced on Friday.
Dry those clothes
For members of the India team it also served a pressing purpose. As Suresh Raina entered Edgbaston, he said, “Dhoop nikal gayi. Kapde sukha lo abhi (The sun is out, time to put the clothes out to dry).”
The rain may have stopped but sense of humor is still far from dry!Sreesanth to get involved. Sure, if he does stay for a while, he too can get involved in some of the activities,” she said.
Over to cricket
Indian cricketers face thedaunting twin tasks of leaving behind the spot-fixing scam and adapting to the tough conditions here as they begin their preparations for the ICC Champions Trophy with a warm-up game against Sri Lanka tomorrow.
Some on-field action will help divert the attention from the scandal, which has tarnished the reputation of Indian cricket.
The conditions favour India's fast bowlers but they need to sort out their line and length. India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has already said that they will follow a five-bowler strategy.
India's success would hinge on how well the pacers exploit the conditions and there are a lot of expectations from the young Bhuvaneshwar Kumar who can swing the ball both ways. Dhoni may choose to go in with Irfan Pathan as his fourth paceman given that his batting skills would lend India's line-up more depth. It will be interesting to see how Dhoni uses Vinay Kumar, the other paceman.