Friday, July 16, 2010

season of the rainbirds...

quite literally...
I have expressed myself quite a few times in this space, about the effect Mr. Sun has on me, how I like to bask in the glorious sunlight and how my spirits soar on seeing that sliver of sunlight shining through one of the gaps in between the door.
....but nowadays I have started appreciating one of the other elements of nature as well, The Rain.

I like how the scene in front of me seems like a photograph, where the saturation of the green colour has been increased.

I like how the fragrance of chameli welcomes me when I reach the right corner of my terrace.

I like how drinking hot tea in the evenings on the weather-beaten table is so addictive.

I like how I am gravitating towards the smell of lemon-grass these days. The tea, the incense-sticks and even the floor cleaner(!)

I like how the sun rays are so bright before being suddenly covered by thick dark clouds.

I like how the clothes dance on the clothes line to the tune of the wind.

I like how one little bird sits on the corner of the roof and chirps exactly for 3 mins.

I like how Nadeem Aslam writes so poetically, I let out a sigh every other page...
Pg 29 from Season of the Rainbirds

"Mr. Kasmi's had been the first bicycle in town, and the sight of his gangling frame riding in through the gate the first morning had caused a sensation. The wheels left behind two wavy lines in the mud, like the path of two butterflies chasing each other in early March."

Pg 34

"The sun was climbing fast. The patch of sunlight which was on the floor when Mr.Kasmi arrived had crept on to the desktop, illuminating the crescents of dried tea left by cups and saucers."
*Sigh*

I like the fact that I am going to be offline for a while indulging in simple pleasures of reading, baking with natural organic ingredients, solving some crossword puzzles and catching up on my list of to-do chores that I have been postponing for a while.

Enjoy your weekend!

7 comments:

Shalini said...

Yes, something so special about the rain as well!

I brought back lemongrass oil from our Kerala trip and put a drop or two into the floor cleaning solution. I'd love to get hold of some incense sticks though.

GB said...

Arch, I can't wait for our India trip to bring back a fresh stock of incense...I usually only shop in Delhi and the best place for these is Karnataka emporium. Loved you little tribute to rain. Have fun on your "me time"...

Bharati said...

Lovely post, Archana. My garden has just acquired a small frangipani tree, and I'm sitting here listening to the rain. Our response to the seasons is moulded by where we grow up. The rain is a hated thing in countries like the UK, but for us, it's such a life giver! Rain in the hills, first rain on the warm earth, garam chai and samosas...

Manasa said...

I enjoy the rains along with hot cup of coffee.. :)

megha punater said...

such gorgeous photos arch.
how i have yearned the indian monsoon.
i love rains on hillstations :)

brad said...

Thank you for the quotes from the book. I added it to my amazon order list.

Raincloud said...

Beautiful pictures. So moody and soft.