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Rains - then and now

by Sneha Subramanian Kanta
(Mumbai, India)

Childhood set free under rain

Childhood set free under rain

The rains make me nostalgic. When you live in a city for a long time, you get accustomed to the little things that happen around you, even the limited climate change; from winter to rain and to the scorching summers. I feel each city has its distinct look and aura that it embraces each season. Mumbai is different in the rain. There are overflowing drains; thank you to our municipal corporation and civic sense, traffic jams, water-logging and the like; but there are also other sights that make you revel in the climate and taste a slice of life of this place. They say life is about diminutive pleasures which come in small packages. To me, what I enjoy most about this season is when I am near the sea-side, gazing the high tide and the waves that lash the shoreline. A lot however; has changed.


Some years ago, monsoons to me was when I; along with my parents, would go to the Mahalaxmi temple during the rains. A mini treat from dad would be savoring the delicious moong dal bhajiyas along with the mix of sweet and hot chutney that they would serve at a joint below the temple. For those of you who have been there, you would know the hotel which is situated inside the temple, after having climbed-down the stairs that lead you down. My naughtiness was evident in sitting near the window and feeling the rain touch my skin. One look of disdain from either of my parents, and I used to shift a little, to momentarily obey.

Today, tremendous things around me have changed, as I notice. People have become busier; and competition has increase threefold since. When I go to teach or conduct classes in colleges or institutes, I see youngsters despising the rain, most of them. My neighborhood children are locked in their houses, playing video games. I understand and support the concept that growth is inevitable, and generations come and go. But I feel certain things should not change, because they should carry on within the sands of time. For one, they should get out of the confines of the home and feel liberated in the light showers!


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Nov 07, 2011
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Thank you
by: Sneha

Thank you, dear Mohit. You are right...most of this generation is missing what we enjoyed the most!

Nov 07, 2011
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Thank you
by: Sneha

Absolutely, Varsha. You're absolutely right about missing the simple joys of life!

Nov 07, 2011
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Thank You
by: Sneha

Thank You, Geetashree. Like you point out, these are things to ponder on!

Nov 06, 2011
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Rains
by: Varsha

Yes.. i know how I enjoyed rainy season when I a teenager. Now even I feel like to stay back at home, catch up with a movie or be online. I guess somethings shouldn't change. But this new technology is making us to forget the happiness we get from the nature!

Nov 05, 2011
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True enough....
by: Geetashree Chatterjee

We have lost touch with Nature...Nowadays life is more mechanical and convenience driven. Are we getting alienated from the little pleasures that life gives us free of cost? Thoughts to ponder upon...

Nov 04, 2011
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Thank you
by: Sneha

Yes Isabel thank you for reading and sharing your views.

Nov 04, 2011
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Todays Truth
by: Mohit

So true sneha,

todays generation is really missing on the pleasure of experiencing rain outdoors. I can still sit and watch the rain for hours. I simply love it.

Nov 03, 2011
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yes...
by: isabel

Yes, I do agree with Vimala that the newer generation is missing a lot.

Rain never fails to stir many distant and not so distant memories and emotions... it's a complex thing but for me RAIN will always mean boundless blessings.

Nov 01, 2011
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rains
by: Sneha

Thank you, Vimala, for being the first one in to comment...

Oct 31, 2011
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rain
by: vimala ramu

A sweet nostalgic piece about rain. I agree with your viewpoint Sneha that the present generation doesn't know what it is missing !

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