Monday, June 05, 2006

Waiting for the Rains

I like the rain, rainy season .. Getting drenched in rain is something I like very much , Except for 26th July 2005 rains , I have never hated it.. So I am waiting for the Monsoons ..
Water mesmerizes me..
be it raindrops, be it a pond, be it a flowing river, be it a gushing waterfall or even the roaring sea waves..
I can stand for hours looking at it without a single thought in my mind..
From Childhood, whenever I have seen a water body for the first time, I have taken a plunge in it accidentally..
First incidence I remember is my Mothers Home-town. It was month of May and River Pravara had been reduced to smaller ponds on riverbed. We all were sitting on steps on the banks at place where there was a lot of water. One of my chappals slipped and I jumped behind it to get it back straight in water .. Till I could get hold of it , I was half drowned.. A lady who was nearby caught hold my hand to keep me from drowning.. Something that comes to my eyes even now is the green water above my head ..
The first time I saw a sea was at Ganpatipule , a place in Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra.. A very renowned temple of Shri Ganesh just next to the sea..Playing in the sea waves, building sand castles, I dont remember these things, But yes I had tasted salt water when I met waves coming to the coast and prostrated in the sea . :-))
Then it was a family picnic to Kondeshwar.. I just couldnt resist sitting on the rock in the water while crossing the river ther..though the water was only knee deep..

The most recent and striking experience was when I was sitting on the steps of Kaleshwar, a Shiv mandir near our college and our fav freaking place. River Godavari flows slently there..
It was evening time , the sun was about to set and my friends were chatting on a topic which wasnt of my interest.. As my usual course of action, I was watching the ripples in the water intently forgetting the world around me and I felt a sudden pull from water.. It was like the water had called me in it.. I was just about to get up when my friend tapped on my shoulder
"Chala 7 Vajle .. 7:30 paryant gate chya aat jaychay aaplyala"
(Come on its 7 already.. have to reach the college gate till 7:30) - 7:30 was the time till we girls could stay out of the campus. too early na ;-)
This brought me out of the trance very abruptly. When I remember this day, I still donot know why I was so lost in thoughts the day.. But this has been a memorable moment. I went back to the river so many times after that, but the force of attraction never returned..

When I try to analyze this affinity to water, I find my both sun and moon zodiac are earth signs.. I was born in winter season.. so nothing related.. Only thing is I was born in a town set on riverbanks May be that has given me this attribute..
The funniest part of loving water is that 3 of my crushes have been Aquarians ;-))

PS: The snap is of the river Netravathi, on the banks of which is my native place, my birth place , Bantwal.


Murty said...

Many poets wrote poems about these experiences. Particularly watery places almost gives raise to emotional raptures which is similar to your experiences. In India Japa and meditation advised to be done on river banks. If you want to replicate same experience try it on Full Moon Day or New Moon Day on river bank. Don't take any solid food before two hours. Avoid stimulants like coffee or tea or similar solid or liquid foods. Neither you should be of empty stomach or stomach full.

Please read this famous poem from William Wordsworth at

If your sign is earthy sign there is no wonder that you are having affinity with water ( infact earthy signs show more affinity towards than watery signs )

blogger said...

You live in a place where there is always MARAMARI for water. Water comes only for 10 minutes of 24 Hours. In that we have to complete all our activities. Possibly, thats why the attitude of FTP.

sandy said...

Abye i m also waiting for rain

Nagesh Pai said...

Water.. the element that signifies sapidity which contains and dissolves many things with it.. good and bad.

For now even i wait for it to calm the summer heat till the winters return to its annual duty

Varsha said...

Well written!!

simi said...

a nice piece....hummm even i like rains.....humm kaleshvar..wala was gud....humm aur crushes 1 pata hai...baki kaun?????????

Life 24*7 said...

2 things here !!
I am an avid fan of water too !!
and I must say to have a wonderful memory (touchwood) and you can wrtie good naratives !