By Himalayan Tenzin - Thursday, June 05, 2014

Violently, the thunder claps and quickly, the lightning flashes – intermittent flicks as initial working of the fluorescent bulb. Little later, the rain pours down – heavily – upon the vegetations, streets and roofs on the southern slopes of Himalaya. 

I retire on a couch and stare out through the window. Besides the diffused street lights along the road, I can’t see anything until the lightning momentarily shows the wet surrounding concealed by the darkness. The drumming of the rain on the roof is a major sound. Other than this, I hardly hear a soul – both without and within the room. 

This pittar-patter never stops. Somewhere, in the undisturbed rotting logwood, mushrooms would be growing vigorously. Ferns would be breaking above the surface of the moist soil. It’s also the time of young bamboo shoots. Delicious wild gifts of the summer. Aware of the incessant shower, people living on the fringe of the forest would be plunged in racing to harvest the wild produce. The summer always brings competition amongst the dwellers who eke out their living from such wild raw materials.

The rain continues. Inside, all the electric appliances are turned off, fearing the thunder may break them down, technically. Only the faint music flows out from my phone. But the sweetness of the songs played is being robbed by the monstrous roar of the uncontrolled rain outside. So, I have to turn it off. It’s wastage otherwise. 

Even in the dense rainy night, vehicles ply on the road. Busiest people. And when their headlights lifts darkness on the road with little clear vision, the rain are exposed as thick and long shards of liquid – little hazy from my view. 

For some, this rain may be blessing yet for some, it would be still the long hurting shard, the hostile tool of nature, falling straight from the sky to cause harm. Be it a boon or a curse, it can’t be avoided. And all I do is stare out through the window, the falling of the unavoidable. 

At past ten, the atmosphere calms a little. Perhaps the vengeful clouds are exhausted now or the breeze carried away the water laden clouds or the sky is less charged of the elements. However, few minutes later, defying all my conjectures, again the rhythmic beating on the roof starts. This pittar-patter never stops.

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