6.02.2010

Mazha.

Rain.
The second word which brings joy, peace and a feeling of universal brotherhood into the untainted minds of Mallu-folk. (The first word's alcohol, but that's not the subject matter here).
Ah, nothing indeed, compares the ethereal feeling of putting ones hand and face to the sky, relishing the first drops of rain amidst that o-so-sweet smell of heavenly precipitation upon warm topsoil.. No, this is not one of those made-hopelessly-romantic (in an effort to please the old hags correcting it) English board-exam essays. This aint SPAARTAAAAA either (just saying). This is, a bored-out analysis into the effects the famous kerala monsoon produces upon the normal headbanging, slightly geek, unkempt and unshaven, jack-of-all, jobless college student-ish types.

1. Mind: The master of the body is uplifted. Every sonofamother feels warm and brotherly. Spirited, the word. Spirited, even if you haven't touched spirits in your life. The monsoon unites the industrious village-folk (<--oxymoron alert), the simply-go-about-life townsfolk, and the cursing city-folk into one beaming sea of humanity, raining goodwill and kindness in general. Picture this:

Scene 1: Busy city street. Sun shining with all its might, mercury on the bad side of 35. Two well dressed gentlemen walking, frowning at nobody in particular, happen to bump into each other quite by accident, and let's say, drop a bag or two.
"Engottu nokki pokuvaada my#$*&^!! Maanathu nokkiyaanoda nadakkane, P*&^#$(*&#$. Road entha, ninte achante vakayaa?"
[Now where the hell are u looking, you [expletive]?!! Walkin looking at the sky are we [expl]. Does this road belong to your dad or wat.] And then the passers by gather, pick up sides and a nice brawl starts shaping up.

Scene 2: Busy city street. Dark clouds threatening to open up above. Quite a strong wind blowing about. Temperature not straying above 27. Two well dressed gentlemen walking, happen to bump into each other quite by accident, and let's say, drop a bag or two.

"Aiyyo sorry.. Njaan eduthu tharaam. Entoru kaatta ithu! Oru nalla mazhakkolu thanney! Sir vegam veeti pokkolu!"
[Oops, sorry.. I'll pick it up for you. What a wind, I say! lovely atmosphere for rain... You'd better get home soon, sir!"]

Business cards exchanged, informal invitation to come for daughter's cousin's wedding. And all is well with the world.

2. Music: Quite obviously, if you're sitting at home and looking at them raindrops outta the window, your mind must've started craving for those mushy, soft romantic stuff. Metalheads, don't get alarmed! No, DONT pick up that bass guitar from the rack either. It's natural. It's like.. hormones. So unless you are driving a fire-truck without a windshield at ripping speeds, and all that heavy rain amidst the thunderstorm is battering your face and anterior, do not as much as look at metal. In moments like this, all one needs to do is, relax, sit back and listen to the mush wafting forth from the music player. It does sound lovely. The heart flutters, the mind aches. Aches for --> point no. 3

3. The girl: If you've read point 2 and happen to be one of those rather lucky types who have a girl, you would have definitely called her. Again, it's natural. Since these types won't be around for the next hour or so (owing to a lot of eda, chakkare trans-ceiving across phones), lets talk about the so called less fortunate of the lot. Oh well we'd primarily be craving for those picturesque moments when - the camera shows a drop of water bouncing across a fresh green leaf, then slowly zooms out, to two folks holding hands by the window and looking at infinity, while oh so lovely music plays in the background. Yessir, you know how it feels!
At this point what one would be doing is, start texting friends. And then the girls start going bolder, peppering msgs with enough double ententre and ample amounts of :P or ;).. An evening to laugh about :D Oh well what the hell.

4. Food, and drinks: As everyone agrees, the best time to sit and have a swig or two is during a minute drizzle, or post shower, in the garden. Talk about general state of affairs, blogs, tweetups, buddy's affairs, oh anything under the.. er.. clouds. Even tea tastes splendid, while on a Sunday afternoon (afternoon as in when it looks as dark as 6pm), one takes some toast and tea, out to the perch, and engages in a light reading of the Sunday Mag.

5. Sleep. Oodles of it. Sleep like a baby, without worries. Sleep like you can really hear the rain battering the concrete roof and creating a tantarataanum on the asbestos sheets yonder. Wake up, ponder, and go back to sleep again. Leave the window open, please :) Don't study. You can't.

Rain, is good for you.

The weathermen have just engaged in another of their atrocious prophecies, and the moment they proclaimed "Monsoon sets foot in Kerala", the rain we'd been having for the past week vanished and it's sunny as a clean shaven cheek now.

So, dear Met-department, please, Shut the fuck up.

17 comments:

totalliemeh said...

me first.

for me, Rain is THE first word. hmm..
that example was apt.true in every sense. #omgthatssotrue hehe..

daughter's cousin's wedding? *raises eyebrows*

music. aah. say no more. I know the feeling. we had a chat on the so called "rain songs" didnt we??:)

ah. point three. you forgot the other group- the ones who had a girl and lost. or those who had a guy and lost(but that doesn't sound right, a woman never "have" a man) anyway-for them, rain is a relief. a change to see the storm outside, rather than battle with it inside. (ofcourse, i wouldn;t know how exactly that feels.:P)

ah food. food. lots of them. choodu vada,kaappi. ice cream-(it is fun to eat cold ice cream in the cold weather, or so i feel)

sleep. u said it!! nalla oroonu kazhinju nalla perumazhayathu moodiputhachu kidannuranguka- ah.

Rain IS good. for all of us.
avar mazhaye kannuettu alle?:(

u posted it at 11: 11!!! made a wish?

cool (pun intended) post.

totalliemeh said...

me first.

for me, Rain is THE first word. hmm..
that example was apt.true in every sense. #omgthatssotrue hehe..

daughter's cousin's wedding? *raises eyebrows*

music. aah. say no more. I know the feeling. we had a chat on the so called "rain songs" didnt we??:)

ah. point three. you forgot the other group- the ones who had a girl and lost. or those who had a guy and lost(but that doesn't sound right, a woman never "have" a man) anyway-for them, rain is a relief. a change to see the storm outside, rather than battle with it inside. (ofcourse, i wouldn;t know how exactly that feels.:P)

ah food. food. lots of them. choodu vada,kaappi. ice cream-(it is fun to eat cold ice cream in the cold weather, or so i feel)

sleep. u said it!! nalla oroonu kazhinju nalla perumazhayathu moodiputhachu kidannuranguka- ah.

Rain IS good. for all of us.
avar mazhaye kannuettu alle?:(

u posted it at 11: 11!!! made a wish?

cool (pun intended) post.

Baluraj said...

Every time I read a post of yours I think that one is the bloody best one you have ever made. No surprises here as well, this one tops the rack for me.

Mind part>
sad thing is that the invitations and warm feelings wont last for long. Once the rain gets on with its course we can afford to swap the dialogues. There exists somethings where the passion for more more n more is still a WTF issue.:-/

Music>
aahh...that was like the best excerpt i ve read about music n rain.

Girls>*sigh*

Last para>
so true...it has been a tradition i guess. Some one will screw up, if not the met dept then the rain. That is how they roll.

P.S. Long comments like this make me realize how jobless I am. But good to see that it goes on as a footnote to some awesome writeup by the best blogger around:)

Srivardhan said...

*agrees with totalliemeh*; rain comes for me first to!

Just wondering.. When we employ adages in indian english, why is it that we forget to adapt it to the indian scenario?
For instance.. why can't the expression, "Into every man's life must fall a little rain" be treated as positive?..for RAIN could stand for joy, bliss, happiness and a whole lot of good things...

Sriram said...

@totallie__meh: yaay!! People actually want to be first commentator :D clap clap for chyechs this time!
Yes, absolutely agree with the rain songs :) :) +1 on the ice cream in cold.. I've had it and I vouch for it big time!

@balu: Humbled, macha. Seriously! Looks like you haven't gone thru my blogrolling list, though :P

@Schrei: LOL you know what, I was thinking of u when I was writing that 'swig in the drizzle' thingy.. So much for that! :P Loved the last line of the comment :)

Vivek said...

Sigh. I have real high expectations about your posts. You manage to fulfill em every time :D. Im jealous :)). Adipoli post :D

Gymnast said...

Ah..the rain. I can so relate to feeling lost to the world during rains...

Nice post.

Sidhusaaheb said...

Here, rain often means relief from the 45 C or so temperature and the hot winds that it is generally accompanied by.

:D

I am not so enthused by rain, however, when it catches me riding the bike and raindrops hit my face like acupuncture needles.

Sriram said...

@vivek: Dude, as I said, you've got this rather ass kicking carefree way of writing.. count me in as a fan :)

@Gymnast: :) Thanks for dropping by :D

@sidhusaaheb: Riding with the helmet on is seriously awesome! you fly, kinda!

Niranjani said...

I'm totally with you on this one ! you really have the gift of making the mundane stuff sound so interesting :-) and I loved the translations better than the originals!! daughter's cousin's marriage ..lol.
and girl ? oh you poor thing !! don't worry.. keep peering though the window panes when it rains. you'll find your dream girl dancing in the rain ;-) (don't tell me that doesn't happen !! ) I'm not responsible for any consequences thereof !!

vanwinkle said...

well dude i dont feel the need to share my opinion on this post,we ve been thru it so many times havent we??! :)a long,whirlwind texting session almost always happens each time the heavens open up :) cheerio :)

Vibushan L Narayan said...

The girl, music and sleep :D top notch :) you have depicted in these 3 points what truly would happen. Awesome :D
I could totally relate to this post because, its raining here too :D

Sriram said...

@niranjani: keep peering though the window panes when it rains. you'll find your dream girl dancing in the rain ;-) Ha... been watching too many Telugu/Tamil movies these days, have we? :P

@vanwinkle: Yup, right from raingod, to rain, to ... ahem... to music :D

@Vibushan: Metal-heads unite :D

blunt edges said...

n what do i do in that kinda weather?? i get up n go 2 work...sigh!

Prathik said...

brilliant post man.. but may i add that theres a good population of "me" who just love to sleep through the whole thing! :D

Aparna Mohan said...

A blogpost on something that happens in everyone's life.Could relate to it easily.Nice post and I loved the expletives part :P.

MAZHA is THE word for me.It makes me lazy to the core and the only time I actually feel like thinking about the past,present and future nad eating away!

Sriram said...

@blunt edges: Goodness I shudder to think of that pahase of life right now :\

@parthik: Haha the sleeping bit needed more focus, really :)

@aparna: Gee.. welcome onboard :) You're hereby bound to follow all posts from now on *evil grin* You have also been subscribed automatically to my "blogged!" msgs after every new post :P