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Thursday, September 6, 2007

what a rain !! was that chennai or chirapunji!!!

it was a proper downpour....heard like raining like cats and dogs..this time i really experienced it...even all the years in kerala,i have never seen a rain like that...

it all started at 8:30. I was going back from office..i have to catch two buses or two share autos to go home..(till i get a bike)..well..yesterday..i didnt get an auto...so took a bus and when i reached half way through,the hell broke loose...the wrath of the Gods started to fall on my heads...and as usual,i forgot my umbrella at home...

thankfully,the chennai corporation(or is it a panchayat?guessin by the place where i stay) had contructed one shed...about 5 square feet and around 50 people were huddling under it...like a cow that finds its place in OMR in chennai, i found a place to stand under the shed...and then i watched....

'how beautiful the rain is! its like the pearls of love that come from heaven!'..this might be the thought of a poet or a ganja..but i had only one thought and onle one..how to reach home?and seemed like an everest task to me...

if its a tamil or telugu flick(recently malayalam films are also becoming like that),a girl will come with an umbrella and offer me a lift..or better..she will come in a car and offer me a lift...well...maybe someday,it will happen...

ok..i heard some sound above..it was the roof of the shed...suddenly i remembered the roof that fell down once in palakkad in front of my eyes...i ll talk about it later in some other post...well..this shed was really older than me..maybe built during mgr's time..so what began as a quest to get home soon also became a quest to save my life..

finally,i made my decision..whatever is gonna fall on my head,i dont care..i just went out in the rain...maybe someone will think i am crazy but that is better when compared to being send home in a freezer...a bus came(should complement the driver for finding his way through the river and thanks to the conductor for letting me in..):).

anyway..the trip was really fast...maybe the water helped to reduce the friction by forming a layer between the tyres and the road...but what was the scene when i reached my stop..it was like the astamudi kayal laid in front of my eyes..what a scene...'water water everywhere and not a single space to place my foot'...

i started walking towards my house...it was then that my friend suggested a great nighmarish idea..(i still dont know how he got the idea...he must go for some creativity contest)..he told "this area was a forest till some time back..so there might be snakes and we wouldnt know if they are in water"....

Gulp! that was the only sound that came from me..maybe he thought it as an yes(people have many ways of saying yes..some nod their head..some shook their head..and still many others ways that i dont know of)..anyway..he started running...and i had no other option...running in the rain was an entirely new experience for me..chennai is teaching me a lot of things...

when i reached the flat..the entire people were watching the rain and the two crazy guys who came running as if they were chased by a dog...

anyway,it had a major influence in my life...my perception about chennai was changed a lot..before coming here i had thought it to be really hot dry place with very little rain and some flood during november-december...but now i will say that the biggest and the worst rain i had seen was in chennai...and if someone keeps a rain marathon,i will surely go (and mostly win because i am really experienced...please let me know if u come across such a race..)

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