As kids, when we visited grandmas' villages every summer, I found it fascinating that people always talked about the rain. Conversations between men typically involved openers like மேக்க மழை உண்டோ? (any rain in the west?) It seemed like that was how they even said hello to each other. And then the next few minutes were spent talking only about the rains.
There was a good reason why the rain talk featured so much--it is the source of the vital water for life and farming. No snow banks in those near-equatorial conditions.
|The rain-fed Tamarabarani at sundown, Srivaikuntam 2012|
Adapted from a play, the movie was one sarcastic tragic-comedy on the plight of the poor, the bureaucracy, and the self-promoting and self-aggrandizing politicians. It was brilliant.Perhaps conditioned by all the experiences of growing up in the rural settings, and interacting with folks from there throughout the adult life, even now my father, who lives anything but a rural life, worries about the rains. Even before I had read the news about the meteorologists statement on the monsoon, father talked about it when I called him up a couple of days ago.
Listening to father's comments, I, too, then visualized in my mind the breeze in Sengottai that typically was the monsoon's calling card. The rains that then made the waterfalls at Courtallam a wonderful sight for the eyes, and a pleasure for the body when getting massaged by those waters.
Here is to hoping that the rain clouds from Oregon have reached their destinations in India. A "meghaduta" of a different kind.
I know I will see them here again in October. I shall wait for you, my friend. And welcome you with open arms.