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Rain Again - A Poem

Vanita Thakkar is an Entrepreneur - an Engineer-Researcher-Consultant and an Artist - Singer-Composer-Poetess-Writer from Vadodara, Gujarat.

Rains are peeping through the darkening of the clouds floating in the sky ....

May the rains this year bring health and happiness along with their sweet music, fresh fragrance, gentle wetness and pleasing greenness, that sweep away the plights and pains of the ongoing pandemic .... Wishing for a healthy and happy pandemic-free world !!

Rains welcomed us in Mussoorie in May, 2013 .... Photograph by Vanita Thakkar

Rains welcomed us in Mussoorie in May, 2013 .... Photograph by Vanita Thakkar

Rain Again

The dripping clouds

Swept away the sweating summer

And here comes rain, again !

Flooding the lanes of memory,

Awakening my sleeping mood

To read and write

And to enjoy the delight

Of the wet memories of :


That rainy day

When my good, old class

Was inspired and guided

To write poetry

By our English teacher;


Those lazy hours

Spent by the window –

Doing nothing,

Reading books of my choice,

Watching wet birds play in puddles ....


The joy of seeing

A patch of blue sky

After a heavy downpour;


Rainbows and wet sunshine ....


Dragging my two-wheeler

In pouring rain, on flooded roads ....


Monsoon adventures and displeasures ....


Monsoon is perhaps best spent

Sitting by the window,

Watching rain come and go –

Like the passing showers of Life.


- Vanita Thakkar (17.06.1997)

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I love rains.

Rains bring cool and wet freshness into life, after the dry heat of summer has had its share of stay on the earth. Rains breath a new life into the greenery.

The newness and freshness in Nature inspires and ignites creativity. I have written the most during rainy seasons and on rainy season, in all the three languages I write in - English, Hindi and Gujarati.

Lazying by the window during rains, looking at the greenery coming to life outside, I feel getting emptied of everything and getting tuned to Life ....

Music is always there where I am and singing and listening to Music during rainy season is one of the most beautiful feelings. There are Raagas in our Indian Classical Music especially for rainy season - as also for other seasons .... I have written and composed some Classical as well as Light music songs on rainy season and I present them / have presented them in various programmes .... such as a unique programme organized in Vadodara every year as described below :

In Vadodara (Gujarat, India), where I stay, there is a literary organization named Granth Goshthhee (literally meaning conversation / discussion on a book), that has been organizing reviews / discussions on books twice every month for more than last four decades. Every year, in the month of Aashaadhh as per the Gujarati calendar, which happens to fall during the rainy season, in June or July, Granth Goshthhee organizes a special multi-lingual poetry programme to celebrate Rainy Season titled - Megh Gunjan (literally) meaning The (Resonating) Sounds of Clouds, wherein all poets present poems on Rain / Rainy Season. I am regularly invited to present my poems and songs in Megh Gunjan. Some of the songs / poems presented there are available online. Last year, due to lockdown, Megh Gunjan was celebrated in a different manner - a compilation of poems on Rains was prepared and released on the day the programme was to be done, making it a unique online celebration of the Rainy Season.

My English Poem for "Megh Gunjan" last year - in 2020 ....

My English Poem for "Megh Gunjan" last year - in 2020 ....

© 2021 Vanita Thakkar

Comments

Vanita Thakkar (author) on June 21, 2021:

I am delighted to hear from you, dear Brenda.

True - floods and waterlogging and related damages harm a lot. "Monsoon displeasures" in the poem are indicative of such happenings. Tornados are also horrible.

We had a very bad storm in our region last month - on 18th May. Our area was less affected, but it caused very widespread damages in the coastal regions of Gujarat. I was taking my father to the hospital for his IV treatment three times a day - once each in the morning, afternoon and night, during those days, that could not be missed. I took him right during the storm with no power supply - no lifts and lights .... Fortunately he was feeling strong enough to climb the stairs without any pain or stress. At night, I would put the mobile light on in one hand and hold his hand with the other, as we slowly climbed up the wet stairs leading to the hospital ward, in noisy winds and crazy rains ....

Yes, Granth Goshthhee has been doing very good work in the field of literature in Vadodara for more than four decades now. My city, Vadodara is called the Cultural Capital of Gujarat, always buzzing with wonderful activities in the field of various art forms, be it music, literature, fine arts, handicrafts ....

Lots of love and best regards to you.

Vanita Thakkar (author) on June 21, 2021:

Thanks, dear Peggy for your nice comments. Rains are the make up team of Nature :) :) Happy to hear from you.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on June 21, 2021:

Vanita

Rain after a hot summer day is a welcome relief.

The floods & damage not so much.

We had tornados quite close to us the other night...not my cup of tea.

Your poem is great.

I'm so happy to hear Granth Goshthhee publishes your work and invites you each year to send in work.

Sounds exciting. Congratulations!!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on June 21, 2021:

Your poetry about the rain tapping on the window is beautiful. Rains can reinvigorate growing things outdoors and can wash away dust and grime. Likewise, I can see that it inspires you. Enjoy!

Vanita Thakkar (author) on June 21, 2021:

That’s wonderful, Devika - living in the lap of nature.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on June 20, 2021:

Hi Vanita I live in the country side and and enjoy the mountainous sceneries and watch what we grow in our gardens. Olive trees, fig trees, and there are many different fruit trees.

Vanita Thakkar (author) on June 16, 2021:

Thanks, dear Devika. I love seeing the beautiful Nature photographs you post on Facebook.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on June 16, 2021:

I enjoy rains and and to watch everything grow again naturally. I enjoyed reading and knowing more about how you enjoy the rains too.

Vanita Thakkar (author) on June 15, 2021:

Thanks, Misbah for your loving comments.

I am delighted too, to be back among you all.

With the prayers and good wishes of friends (my HubPages friends have prayed for us - no words enough to thank), well-wishers, family-relatives-extended family .... we are all fine. Pappa is doing well.

Thanks, my dear friend and lots of love and blessings to you too.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on June 15, 2021:

Beautiful and well-expressed poem, Vanita. Glad to see you back. I hope your father is doing well now.

Many Blessings to you, dear friend

Vanita Thakkar (author) on June 14, 2021:

Some update / additions to the article. Hope everyone enjoys reading.

Vanita Thakkar (author) on June 14, 2021:

Thanks, Chitrangadaji for your lovely comments on my poem and your words of welcome.

Thanks to the prayers that all my friends, well-wishes and dear ones offered and the Grace of the Almighty, we are all doing well.

Lots of love and best regards to you.

Vanita Thakkar (author) on June 14, 2021:

Thanks, Vidyaji for coming by to read and for your lovely comments.

True, we are all waiting for the pandemic to go away forever.

Happy and safe monsoon to you too.

Vanita Thakkar (author) on June 14, 2021:

Thanks, Rawan for coming by to read and commenting.

Vanita Thakkar (author) on June 14, 2021:

Thanks, Linda for your visit and nice comments. I am sure you will enjoy reading by your window during rains.

Vanita Thakkar (author) on June 14, 2021:

Hello, Devika. Nice to hear from you. Rains are my favourite. I have written most during rainy season and on rainy season, in all the three languages I write in - English, Hindi and Gujarati.

You should try lazying by your window during rains, looking at the greenery coming to life outside ! You feel getting emptied of all that ever bothers you .... getting tuned to Life ....

Music is always there where I am and singing and listening to Music during rainy season is one of the most beautiful feelings. There are Raagas in our Indian Classical Music especially for rainy season - as also for other seasons .... I have written and composed some Classical as well as light music songs on rainy season and I present them / have presented them in various programmes ....

Enjoy Rains !! Lots of love and best wishes to you.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on June 14, 2021:

Well expressed poem about Rain. I enjoyed reading your well crafted poem.

Good to see your post, Vanita. Hope you and your family is doing well.

Thank you for sharing.

VIDYA D SAGAR on June 13, 2021:

Beautiful poem on rain Vanita. As we face the monsoons, hope it washes away the pandemic which has been dragging on far too long now. And life returns to normal again when children can play freely outdoors, meet their friends at school and office work resumes, though we dare not dream of a vacation just yet. Enjoy the rains, stay safe. Thanks for sharing.

Rawan Osama from Egypt on June 13, 2021:

Very nice poem. Thanks for sharing

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on June 13, 2021:

This is a lovely description of a monsoon. I like the thought of reading by a window as the rain falls very much.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on June 13, 2021:

Hi Vanita I find this most interesting and something I have yet to experience.

Vanita Thakkar (author) on June 13, 2021:

Thanks, Rozlin. Happy that you liked it. Blessings to you too.

Rozlin from UAE on June 13, 2021:

Hi, Vanita. This is a beautiful poem. I love monsoon season. Thanks for sharing the poem.

Blessings

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