Rains - then and now
by Sneha Subramanian Kanta
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!*******