Sunday, April 27, 2014

Forging a friendship with those raindrops...

Much as we all love the sun, and enjoy those sunny days, we learn sooner than later that neither the weather, nor life, can be constantly sunny :-) And it is good that it is that way, for how else would we learn to look forward to a day full of precious sunshine, or for that matter, learn how to enjoy and make the most of a rainy one ! Changing seasons, ups-and-downs, highs-and-lows of life, they are all an inevitable part and parcel of our existence !

The weekend here has been a confused one, the weather gods haven't really been very decisive on how they wanted to play this one out ! So in between the few sunny hours, it has been cloudy and windy and has rained all of last night, and continues to do so as I type this out. But this rain hasn't been stormy and forceful or scary and overpowering, instead it has been the kinds that keeps you company with its gentle pitter-patter, the tiny droplets creating patterns against your glass window...it's the kinds that makes you hum 'Rainnnnn...' all morning, Madonna's magical voice ringing at the back of your mind :-)


Rain has associations, it gets you travelling back in time, recreating moments from the past. I remember one of my earliest memories as a five year old, my mother driving us to school, the wipers of our Premier Padmini oscillating vigourously from left to right, trying to clear the rain from the windscreen, as I drew patterns with my fingers on the glass...It also reminds me of the thrill of going shopping with her every year to get a nice bright raincoat for me to wear during the monsoons, where I would (even then) choose one that had flowers on it, and an umbrella to go with it :-)


Talking of rain and school, I also joyfully remember an occasion when I was terribly unprepared for an exam, and it had poured and poured the night before. The weather Gods however, came to my rescue as it was declared a 'rainy day' holiday :-) That day I happily realised, that rain does bring good news :-)

If you are an Indian then rain HAS to make you think of steaming cups of chai and crisp 'pakodas' with some lovely green 'dhaniya' chutney on the side, of evenings spent in front of the television with family, where you lose count of how many of those sinful 'bhajjis' you've gorged on ! Blame it on the weather I'd say and carry on guilt-free :-)
Here though, I have to be content with my second cup of chai, and no deep fried snacks. No I am not the sorts to count the calories, it is just too much of an effort to make them for myself, however I may just consider making some in the evening today once the better half is home :-)


Rain also forcefully gets you to stay home, a day like this makes you shelve all your plans for another day, and gives you time to enjoy the surroundings that you have created, to look at the flowers...


..A day when you get a chance to rearrange the settings, to generally sit back and look at all the eye-candy you've been hoarding the past couple of weeks...it is a day when you can finally pull out those magazines that you had picked up, settle down in a cozy corner, and pour over them to get some inspiration for your own home :-)


I also know there is a comfy, colourful corner in my home that is looking at me very invitingly right now, telling me to hang around it. I think I am just going to settle down there, read a bit, think and day dream...I think the weather gives me reason enough to bunk my errands for the day...:)




So now you know where you can find me on a day like this, a day when you know the clouds are dark and the skies are grey, but there are always things you can find to do and places in your home where there is colour to see :-) My cup of tea is beckoning out to me, so I must force myself to sign off right now, but I do hope you get to enjoy a rainy day at home soon too. Has its own charm over sunshine, I am sure you'll agree ? :-)




9 comments:

  1. Such a beautiful post...makes me nostalgic...ah the memories special when me and my friends used to go out in the rain to play. Making boats out paper and watch them floating in water. Beautiful cushions Karishma, I also love your log like planter and mug.

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    1. Thank you dear Nayana, yes of course, the paper boats and splashing around in those puddles :-) Always so happy to hear from you. Glad you liked the post and all that was part of it :-) Have a wonderful week !

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  2. Lovely post ! It's terribly hot here and we are waiting eagerly for our first pre monsoon shower. Lovely corners of your home, lovely cushions too and though it's not raining here right now, I can almost feel it after reading this. Rain or no rain, my chai is right here in front of me. Have a happy week ahead :)

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    1. :-) Thank you so much. Yes can completely imagine how the sun must be beating down in India these days. Experiencing this sort of weather here in Apr-May is delightful for us :-) And of course, rain or no rain, chai toh peeni hi hai ! :-) Have a lovely week ahead. Lots of love.

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  3. What a beautiful post to start my day and the week with! There's no rain here but we are pining for it.There are so many memories associated with rain and your post brings them back to mind once again.Like Nayana said,the paper boat making is one I think most of us associate with rain.I used to float them in puddles and watch them till they became all soaked up.Chai-pakoda-kichuri and iilish maach bhaja! And how can I forget the rainy day holidays the school would declare!Oh! the joys of childhood and rain!You surely made me smile fondly with your lovely rain talk!

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    1. Thanks a ton Vandana, love your thoughts on the post. Pakoda kichuri, yum :-)

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  4. What a delightful post!!! Thank you so much for stopping by. Have a great week!

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  5. fresh as the first drops of rain.

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