Tuesday, June 04, 2013
The view of the Vegetable Patch outside our Bedrooms in Mumbai
These last few days I've been in a wonderful mood---drifting in and out of some of the most beautiful Memories of my life.Reminiscing about my childhood and my memories with my cousins made me so euphoric that the sweltering heat too couldn't make me fret!!For me that is the only thing that bothers me as I grow older---remembering my childhood Summers makes me feel as if my character has undergone a sea change--I spent my entire day outdoors in the Sun--- both during the Summer and Winter and never ever thought that some time in the Future I'd be shying away from the Sun to this degree---something that has caused me to incur a severe Vitamin D deficiency!! Well it is nothing that short walks in the Sunshine and weekly Sachets of Vitamin D solution can't cure so I'm not overly bothered about it.
At the Physiotherapist's yesterday I actually conversed with a couple whom I've been seeing on a regular basis every day.Besides exchanging polite smiles we'd not moved much further till day before yesterday the wife heard the Nurse call my name and announce my turn.The result was that yesterday she tentatively said a "Hello" and broached a little small talk--and then finally asked me if I knew Sayali who'd studied in Bombay Scottish High School?On my confirming that Sayali was my daughter,she then told me that her two daughters travelled by the same School Bus to and from School daily and then told me her name.I was shocked to learn that we've lived in the same vicinity,our daughters were reasonably good friends---but we've never met!!The most astonishing coincidence is that my nephew Nikhil lives in the same Building as this lady--but despite our frequent visits there our paths have never crossed at all!!I knew that it was a small World--but just how small--that turned out to be a revelation!!
All this has been pushing me back into happier times and a result of this is that I'm coping better with my grief now.Besides we had the first short Showers yesterday afternoon.Not the thundering tattoo we used to get but a gentle pitter patter which cooled the Temprature and made for a very pleasant evening and night.Today the Sun is back in all it's ferocity and as I write this,is blazing down--turning all that slight coolness into a steaming ,sweltering day!!However these are just the pre-Monsoon Showers--maybe the coming days will bring with them the rolling Drums of Thunder,the Dance of Lightning streaking it's way in the dark,roiling Sky and the sharp cool gusts of dusty Wind sweeping it all up to swirl the dried leaves into the Sky--and of course finally the thrumming clatter of the huge Raindrops as they come pelting down furious,ferocious and hard--- hitting the parched Earth with an intense velocity--releasing all the intoxicating aromas of the Earth,Flora and Fauna as they wash away the Dust and Dirt.A beautiful,Green emerges looking freshly minted and new---the entire Atmosphere changes as the balance of Nature shifts into a new mode!!