I woke up today to the sound of rain on my rooftop. There was a pleasantly cool breeze wafting from the window and there was a profound sense of wellbeing that I woke up to. Me, and countless other fellow Indians have this deeply affectionate relationship with the rains. The rains may inconvenience us, they may imperil us even; but we look forward to the rains, we await them, we welcome them, we Indians simply love the rains.
The first rains are such a blessed relief from that blasted heat! The Indian Summer can be brutal enough to literally fry an egg on the pavement. When those clouds block out the pitiless sun and the rain arrives to signal that summer is perhaps at an end, the heart lifts, it sings, it experiences a pure, matchless joy!
2. That Smell of Wet Earth
Those much anticipated drops of water fall on dry and cracked earth and produce a fragrance more heavenly than the costliest perfume. If anyone is able to bottle that scent – they’ll make a fortune! There is an actual word for this smell petrichor.
3. The Joy of Getting Soaked in the First Rains
4. An Excuse for Chai Pakoda
5. Finally! The AC Can be Switched Off
We Indians are always happy to be able to save some money. When the rain brings down temperatures and we are able to manage without the AC we are all the more pleased to lower an electricity bill or two.
6. Singing in the Rain
7. Rain is Tantamount to Prosperity
It isn’t just that a river filled bank to bank delights us, or that a pond filled to the brim is a vision of delight. It isn’t just that a good monsoon will ensure uninterrupted water supply. Our very economy is dependent upon the rains. Agriculture, industry, GDP – everything depends upon the rains in India.
8. Rain Means A School Holiday
It pours, the streets are waterlogged, the city comes to a grinding halt. What goes of my father’s ( मेरे बाप का क्या जाता है)! It’s a holiday, no school, no homework, an unexpected holiday! Let’s just vegg out in front of the TV!
9. That Visit to Lonavala
No self respecting Mumbaikar or Punekar misses that annual visit to Lonavala in the rians. The picnic atmosphere, the bhutta, the waterfalls, a visit to Bhushi Dam – all mandatory experiences of the monsoon. Aati kya Khandala? Goomenge phirenge nachenge gayenge aish karenge aur kya!
10.Wading in the Water isn’t Icky!
11. Sharing an Umbrella – Cozy!
If the rain isn’t an excuse to get romantic under an umbrella, I don’t know what is! CP or Marine Drive, Park Street or Marina Beach or anywhere else in India; it’s the rain that makes the place come alive with canoodling couples.
Well actually any wedding – summer, monsoon, winter – we’re not really particular. We Indians love weddings whether we’re soaking, melting, or freezing. It follows that we’ll sing, dance, and celebrate in the rain. The rains after all, are very close to our hearts.
By – Reena Daruwalla
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