Thursday, June 24, 2010

RAIN DICTIONARY

DEPRESSION
Not just the low-pressure zones in the sky that invite the heavy rain-clouds and the monsoon, but the hollow feeling in my stomach when I look at the still-wet washing hanging on sagging lnes inside rooms where they have no business to be. Wet clothes should dry fast and smell fresh and sunny, not go on hanging for ever.

DEBRIS
Is the muck that rises up to greet your feet (or ankles, or knees, or waist - depending on the water level) when you wade from job to home, or anywhere to anywhere.

DECISION
To take the raincoat or the umbrella? The foldable brolly or the huge one with the hook-like handle that always gets stuck in other people's bags? Whatever I decide is ineffectual anyway, because the monsoon has a mind of its own. And a heavy downpour can throw cold water on all my decisions.

DEVILRY
The sheer cussedness of auto-richshaw drivers who are always zipping up and down, but never where you want to go. In monsoon, along with dengue and malaria, auto-rickshaw refusals reach epidemic proportions. Even if you have tons of grocery bags on your arms, or wet-and-wailing children in your arms. They'll never go where you ask them to, but always stop and pick up the next person.

DESPERATION
Personified by me when I am standing in the pouring rain, trying to flag down an auto, with an ineffectual umbrella in one hand and the aforesaid tons of grocery bags on the other hand, getting horribly late for home.

DELINQUENCY
Personified by monsoon-mad Mumbaikars who seem to be in love with this misery-pouring season. As Obelix would say, "These Mumbaikars are crazy!"

DEFIANCE
Me arguing with the above-mentioned mad phalanx and saying, "Monsoon, huh? The sooner it is over, the better. And anyway, why doesn't it just go and rain on the lakes, instead of messing up my life?"

DELIGHT
Is a fast-forward to a future when the lakes are full and the sun is shining.

Care to add some more words to the list?

15 comments:

Swaram said...

DELICIOUS are the pakoras that I eat watching the rains from my balcony :P :P

Nice post :) :)

Nona said...

Wishing the rains get over soon! The post is beautiful list of emotions! :)

Aparna said...

Yesss, Dim bhaja and khichuri. And long Drives in the rain!

Arundhati said...

Deglamourise - is what you have done to something that is seen as a setting for romance.. women in clingy wet saris, singing and dancing in the rain :)

Lazyani said...

Ha ha. Empathise with your misery but at least you have the rains. We are o getting only clouds and humidity here

Swati said...

nice list :)

Mina Jade said...

Rain can be so beautifully depressing! I have a knack for that.

SUFFIX said...

DELICACY : the music am hearing...

Onkar said...

Makes interesting reading.

Jyothi said...

Ha ha...The rains are meant to enjoy from the comfort of your balcony munching Pakodas and drinking Chai. For everything else there should be sunshine....I can almost visualize the auto scene. :)

DENIAL - There is no need for grocery shopping or working on rainy days. Just enjoying and ignoring!!!

茹順茹順 said...

知識可以傳授,智慧卻不行。每個人必須成為他自己。.................................................................                           

Meira said...

lol!
DELAY: that what the monsoon is doing in delhi!

Jaquanda Rae said...

TORMENTED:

A word describing the rain's emotive sensor as individuals lie in bed, listening to the hard, then softer, then whispered drops that fall on the louvres, roof, panes....as you wish the person in your mind was also inside your body.

Indian Bazaars said...

That was interesting to read...

Sudeshna Hazra said...

Dramatic are the billowing sail of the boat out in the sea,the tearing wind,the screaming shrew called thunderstorm and then the wash of the rain ;)