While there were many movies with rain, the one movie with the name Mazhai (meaning RAIN) has to be mentioned for name sake! 🙂 Mazhai is 2005 regional Tamil movie, which had rains almost through every scene of the movie. Whenever the hero and heroine meets, there is rain in the background which makes them think it is a divine direction. Then follows the regular Indian mix masala (song and dance sequence included!)- villain falling in love with the same girl, enticing the girl’s father to give his girl to him, creating a rift between hero and heroine and finally a big huge stunt sequence between villain and hero and then the hero and heroine are happily married every after – EVIL PERISHES, GOOD PREVAILS. 🙂
Rain brings in lot of lovely memories (ok – i am ignoring the fact about bad roads after rain, sudden storms from the Bay of Bengal, and sometimes even loss of lives, which is very sad). Who can resist the piping hot ginger tea along with the Bajji and Pakoras (Indian spicy snack) when it is raining. Also, all of us have those memories of the childhood days in the rain – where we were out on the rains with our friends – playing, laughing and running around and finally getting those scoldings from parents and sometimes even falling sick with cold and flu!
What is unique for a country like India is that the HOPE rains bring in – hope that we will have enough water for a good harvest in the coming season, hope the dry interior villages will have enough water to sustain their livelihood. It has been a long dream for the Indian farmers that the Ganga-Cauvery river plans really take off – that will enable the entire country – use the excess waters from the norther plains to feed the dry seasonal rivers in the south – it is still a vision and lot of work need to go in to make it a reality. Hope it happens in the coming days.
This song from the famous Lagaan (2001 Hindi movie) shows how much the rain mean for us in Indian villages.
The theme of Thanneer Thanneer (1981 Tamil movie) highlights the challenges faced by villages – this is another song in that movie which again reinforces about what rain means for us in India – a single drop of water and look at how much joy it brings to the village folks! http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xlfoku_megam-thiraluthadi-thaneer-thaneer_music
Rain is GOD!!
It is a Saturday morning monsoon fury – the rain gods are all out!. I am standing near the block steps and wondering whether i should go back to get the umbrella before i walk out. It is a short task – to get the fresh green spinach from the vegetable vendor, who brings them on the push cart. He parks right outside the compound gate.
Though I like to get wet in the rain, I decide to go back and get the umbrella (ofcourse, the thought of drying the clothes on a monsoon day influences my decision). There are no other buyers and the vegetable vendor has covered his head with a polythene cover…he smiles “What shall I give you?”. The spinach is all wet and muddy. I make my conversation with him “Rains in the morning are always tough! it will be tough for you today to stand in the rains. Few customers may not come out. It will be better if it rains in the afternoons”.
He smiles and in a matter of fact tone says ” Let it rain. Only if it rains, we will continue to get such green vegetables. So, let it rain. Getting wet is good. We can not control nature and command when to rain. Nature knows what is best for us. Let it rain.”.
It hits me that he has mastered what i am struggling to do.
With all my education, intelligence and acquired knowledge, I took years to realize that COMPLAINING is not an option. After realizing, i am still working to practice it!!….
And here is the vegetable seller, probably younger to me by age, not even stepped into a college……….who very easily practices it!!
What life teaches you is never taught in any books!!