10.26.2008

Oru mazhakkaala sandhyayil

My first post whose title is in a language I've been speaking for fifteen years now... in malayalam it just means, "On a rainy evening". Yeah, the rains are back... people in Kerala this year have been in a state of shock following the paucity of rainfall in one of India's most rain-blessed states. Part of it may be attributed to the Met. Dept, who regularly irritate the monsoon. Picture this: a steady monsoon wind builds up over the region, and the rains lash one fine morning in their full fury. People scuttle for cover, with glee. The next days paper invariably carries a photo of a couple of bare-chested little kids in shorts, jumping into a muddy puddle. Few people miss the words from the Weather report: "Heavy rain expected in parts of Kerala for the next 48 hrs". The rains stop that noon itself and the sky looks crystal clear for the rest of the week. This time however, the Met. Dept guys kept quiet and fooled the rain after the lack of SW monsoon, and bingo! the NE monsoon leaves no patch of earth dry.

Niranjani had written a few days back about her memories of spending her summers in Madurai. Oye but this is Kerala and we can't remember anything about the weather except the rain (atleast we're not supposed to). As for me I just love rainy days. Apart from the obvious (and rather sadistic, I may add) pleasure of watching people outside, soaked to the skin making their way around puddles from the cool yet warm interior of the house, one hand in a sack of potato chips and the other hand feeling around a steamy cuppa tea, the rain in general dulls the sky but brightens the mind of the people here. Everything (and everyone) looks fresh after a shower, and who does not like cruising on a bike with a cool, drizzly monsoon wind across the face?

Enough of romanticising :D

I cant speak of rain without thinking of my school! When it rained there, the whole world turned into just two colours - green and black. Monday morning would be as gloomy as hell, the dampness everywhere from walls to desks, and the lights in the class would deliberately be switched off by us (and anyone trying to brighten up the room would be threatened with dire consequences in both this life and the next); so the classroom would resemble nothing short of a cave but a very open one that. Over the years we learnt the lesson of never underestimating the monsoon, albeit the tough way. A few of us sitting towards the centre of the class left our notebooks on the table before going to the lab. There was a good deal of thunder to be heard inside the lab and when we emerged out it was colder outside and looked like it was past six in the evening. Groping our way to the classes all we found was a pulpy mess of white and blue on our desks, the whole classroom looking like it had emerged from a steam bath. The monsoon wind had blown like a gale from the windows into as far as the centre of the class, from both sides. *sigh* Those were the days one could get drunk on rainwater...

(College is no different.. CET is just a couple of kilometres from school and what with the same vegetation, it even smells the same during monsoon :) During the wet, cold mornings, the floor's frictional coefficient dangerously approaches zero and many a times have I thanked my luck for not having slipped on various places)

Ah college... it's almost a month into college now and things have started falling into place. Right now there isnt much activity around, what with curbs on ragging and stuff; so the only things one can look forward to is Sargam (an inter-batch fest) coming up and another one for freshers called Prarambh; else it's just the same routine day after day. Things are bound to improve a lot anyway.. I've come to like my subject a lot nowadays, and Electronics is one of the classes I look forward to :)

Speaking of college, we have a Central Computing Facility (CCF) which is common to all students, besides computer labs in each department. I haven't been inside the latter, but as far as my knowledge of the former goes, all the computers there are dual booting with Windows XP and Suse Linux. There exists a very nice way to persuade users to use linux... viz., not revealing the password of the XP user. So any noob opens XP and stares at the login asking for a password, when the sir in charge of the CCF at that time asks him to boot into Linux, and bingo! if everything goes well, a new, curious and most-probably a future-convert-from-Windows Linux user! Great :)

A nice big college, ample free time, friends, a good course, awesome monsoon and linux everywhere... life is getting better by the day :)

19 comments:

Sidhusaaheb said...

I, too, like the rains but not all the time. I like clear, sunny days as well, especially when it's neither too warm nor too cold.

:)

The Blue Indian said...

End of october... monsoon... doesn't make sense to someone sitting here with bright winter sun out in full glory, not a speck of cloud in the sky and the October heat just giving way to breezy cool winters!

Sriram said...

sidhusaaheb
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Well.. as I said we have sunny days only in summer and rarely otherwise :) So I love sunny days a lot too! But here the humidity is a big irritant especially for people coming in from interior parts
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karan
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Doesn't, eh? We in southern Kerala have the longest spells on monsoon in the country - both SW and NE showers!
Boy I sure wish Briganza was somewhere around here :)
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Merlz said...

Ah...I love the rains too! Grew up in the heavy rains of Bombay which, sometimes, are much heavier than Trivandrum rains. Have you tried scootering(The kind that Hrithik rides in Koi Mil Gaya) down a slope with heavy rain pouring down on your back when you were 6? Is most awesome!
But my favourite kinda weather would be the one when it's cloudy...with white clouds. And the world just looks fresh in every sense of the word. :)
Good for me that Bangalore has that kinda a weather mosta the time. :D

Sriram said...

Talking of 'favourite' weather I like sunny days too, but those days when I stay inside the house :)

And gawd it makes me all green eyed to think you're in Bangalore.. in that awesome weather the city has most of the time!

n i t i n said...

Hehe...loved the thing about the Met. guys...so true.


and I warned you about linux in CET labs... its in the blood...aargh! hehe.. Linux rocks.

hmm...I see you have started to embrace college. good. Have fun bro.

Sriram said...

Yeah the CCF is infested with the tux phenomenon! _\m/
Yeah college is getting good :)

PS: Look at the no. of comments here :(

Manish said...

Sriram,

Lovely post. Brought back memories of my trip to KR a few weeks back.

And gawd it makes me all green eyed to think you're in Bangalore.. in that awesome weather the city has most of the time!

Here in Bangalore it rains for six months in a year. Half the time the rains occur in the evening and are preceded by blazing sunshine for half the day, and the rest of the time, it remains gloomy and sullen throughout the day, with the clouds threatening to discharge their burden any moment and doing it sporadically in small outbursts.
But I agree that we have comparatively finer weather. The temperature rarely crosses 34'C even in the peak of summer.
As of now, we're all freezing to death here at night. The minimum temperature yesterday night was 14'C, and is expected to drop to 10'C!.
Anyhow, if you do come to BNC-2009, you will enjoy Bangalore's weather, particularly the coolness, at its best-in January.

but this is Kerala and we can't remember anything about the weather except the rain

The one thing I can't stand in Kerala (or, at least most of it) is the heat and humidity that is omnipresent in every season. (The only exception was Wayanad, where I actually experienced Bangalore-ish weather once). It's a nice place otherwise.

As for me I just love rainy days.

Same here. It's just that Bangalore's drainage system often lets me down :-( Rain's no fun when you're trying to walk on the road and it resembles a swimming pool instead of a brook.

who does not like cruising on a bike with a cool, drizzly monsoon wind across the face?


If only the roads matched up to the mood! I envy you Keralites for that - your roads (with the exception of NH-17) are in top condition. :-)

Boy I sure wish Briganza was somewhere around here

But you have Punalur-Kollam :-) perhaps Aryankavu would make up for Dudhsagar - minus the WDG4's , of course!

all the computers there are dual booting with Windows XP and Suse Linux.

Speaking of linux, there's a similar movement going on in my college - only they're trying to replace Windows with Linux. All said and done, my laptop remains the only one on campus that uses only linux, but that makes people think i'm some kind of supergeek-which I'm not. Ah, the price one pays for being different :-(


That apart, it must be quite a bit of fun to watch the monsoon on the beach, right? :-)

Happy rainfanning!

PS:
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Look at the no. of comments here :(

Hope this comment makes up ! ;-)
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Niranjani said...

Having lived in a state where heavy rains occur once in a blue moon,the only reason we looked forward to them was becoz schools/colleges would be closed ..but yeah..you kind of start loving the weather you grow up with ..rain or shine :-)

Praveen said...

first time here..
loved ur previous post on music..
nice 2 see another metal freak cum rahman fan..
which band r u playing in?
tvmil evdeya?

and loved this one on rains too...lots of nostalgic memories..
rain in the next 48 hrs..hehe:D

Sriram said...

manish
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Whoa... whatta long comment! Thanks again for your time and patience!
Aryankavu would make up for Dudhsagar - minus the WDG4's , of course! Yeah Aryankavu is a lovely little place.. I did that line way back in early 2006.. the days when MG rakes were almost fully converted into azure-blue livery.. my train was still brown!

my laptop remains the only one on campus that uses only linux Of course even I would keep only linux when I buy a laptop :D Btw, which college are u in?

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Niranjani
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I love the sunny weather in TN a lot... I hate it when I'm actually in the sunny weather there but when it's rainy and gloomy here, and I have an exam the following day or so, I often long to walk free under the beating sun(s) of TN! Talk about a yearning for homeland :D
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Sriram said...

praveen
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That was quick! I just missed your comment when I replied to the previous ones!

Yeah nice to see yet anothe metal-cum-ARR fan too :) I was part of an amateur rock-cum-metal band at school.. We called ourselves Dammit :D

I live near East Fort in TVM.. Youre in SCT?
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Praveen said...

yaa.i used to be in sct..passed out last year..and was in the band STONEAGE

Manish said...

National Law School of India University, Bangalore.

silverine said...

Sigh...the rains...when it doesn't rain we long for it. When it rains we curse the flooding and the forced incarceration indoors. But it is truly a magnificent season!

p.s You have been tagged!

Hari said...

I love rains... Especially the smell. Brings in a lot of pleasant memories!

Hey, you like dancing in the rain? :P

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Sriram said...

silverine
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Thanks for the tag.. although my late reply doent make sense, it makes sense to reply :D
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Hari
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Exactly... whatta lot of memories we associate with the rain.. I couple a lot of memories with smells and music too!
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