Sunday, July 31, 2005

Bombay in the Rains

It is raining in Bombay again.

Finally. The miserable heat is over. The hill right behind my office building is awash with verdant life; ballooning clouds of mist intermingling with cigarette smoke. A languorous stupor slowly envelopes me. I feel more reluctant than usual to go back to work.

I am obviously not alone.

... Since everyone's lingering over their coffees and cigarettes.
... Since contentment tempers the mood all around me.
... Since too many eyes stray window-wards.

I feel quite like this image. At home in the rain. Longing for a cup of soup, my bed and a good or favourite book. Some Astrude Giberto and The Girl from Ipanema playing gently in the background. At peace with my world.

I wrote this impression of the rains a few weeks ago. I am still not sure why I didn't post it right away. Much has changed since.

... Since, a thousand mm of rain has fallen in Bombay- in a single day.
… Since, years of life have been swept away.
… Since, 768 people have died in Maharashtra.
... Since, the phrase "Nature's Fury" has taken on new dimensions.
... Since, I've learned callousness annoys me as much as dishonesty and is every bit as distasteful.
… Since, for the first time in living memory, I've felt daunted in Bombay.
... Since, too much has happened to still fully comprehend.

For me, the verdant lushness of the first photo will forever be Bombay in the rains. The second, however, is to remind me of the here and right now. To remind me of the helplessness of the 26th of July, 2005 and yet to also remind me of this city's strength, indefatigble spirit and the sheer will to survive.

Forgive the sentimental, trite ranting. Us Bombayites and our city went through quite a right mess this week. We emerged scared and yet awestruck by both our resilience.

Bombay , illic est haud alius similis vos. Ego tutus vos.

To give credit where it is due, neither photograph is mine. I have made use of someone else's images this time. Unfortunately, since they came in forwards, I don't know to whom they specifically belong. Accept both my apologies and my gratitude.


The Arbit Council said...

gr8 pic of the lamp!

Extempore said...

Thanks Arbit Council! Wish it were mine. Thanks for dropping by... do come again.

the cowlick said...

I don't think feelings towards nature - rain, mountains, snow etc - change even after disasters... You can have storms and floods and thunder.. but rains will always remain welcome, or at least, I hope so.

Yours Truly...Conman said...

Brilliant post my friend...

Φ said...


xcellent posts..smells home :) will b back for more..and esp ur explanation to 25 (age) & 42 (Douglas adam's numba)

Extempore said...

@The Cowlick: I mean no disrespect or rudeness, I would have agreed with what you said before living through the 26th of July. After a night like that, a lot of things change.

I would not wish that on anyone.

@Conman and Φ: Thanks very much guys! Do come back. :)

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