Let it Rain!
Let it Rain!
By Anubhav Anand
I remember the time when autumn followed summer. I was in a different country, which had so much to offer, but skipped something very dear to me that I celebrated all my growing years- Indian Monsoon.
I write this above the clouds on my way to Mumbai from Delhi. Leaving the hot summer of Delhi (Monsoon still a few days away at this point of time) towards the pouring Mumbai. Excitement engulfs me, to be greeted by the weather that makes Mumbai city more awesome than it already is. More sparkle to its already glittering personality.
One of the ways we celebrate being a tropical country is by welcoming the Monsoons every year. Yes we are the privileged.
Monsoon: Being Indian
Monsoon: It’s a celebratory word. Bringing in relief to the farmers as much as it does to the urban population trying to beat the growing summer heat. The word is almost symbolic of being Indian (hence my calling it the Indian Monsoon). Remember the film Monsoon Wedding. Monsoon Wedding is as Indian in its name as it is in its cinematic experience.
My cousin when naming her international food product company wanted it to be Indian in its feel and sound for all Western folks. She named it the Monsoon Kitchen. The name by default represented it as an Indian brand for the West.
No we don’t have a proprietary hold on that word or the weather in itself… But it’s very much a special for all of us.
A special for all lovers… Be it a Chai lover or a handholding-drenched lover. It’s special for the poor child who may find every single puddle to jump on or for the extinct crafty paperboat-making child. It’s special for the plants and the trees that shine in their true green color.
There’s always going to be reasons to hide from the rain. The trouble it may cause in your office commute, the time it may take to dry your laundry at home, the fear of your car rusting or an unexpected splash of water by a passing vehicle.
But there will be more reasons to Not hide in the rain. There are more reasons to embrace its arrival and its shear beauty in its journey from the sky to the earth.
Let the beautiful Monsoon rains soak your tears in its flow giving you a reason to celebrate it.
Go make some Indian Monsoon memories!
* Repost from July’2016 Issue editorial.
- Kirti Kabra