Thursday, March 09, 2006

when the heavens opened

5.30 am, the alarm goes off. I toss and switch it off, give myself another 5 minutes and snuggle close to hubby. Then I am up in the dark,swagger to the bathroom and flick on the light. As I vigoriously brush my teeth, the lights go off and I am wide awake. The threatened loadshedding? I strike a match and light two of my fat white candles in the bathroom and get dressed.

I look out of the balcony. Buildings in the far off suburb are lit. There is a strange navy blue hue all around. I rush to watch the eastern sky. It's getting purplish, and then I see a flash of light. Magic. The white curtains in the house glowed with a bluish reflection. I pulled them open and saw my entire house bathed in a shimmery blue. The white floor became the sky. I sat and watched my plants and thought they smiled at me.

Another flash struck beyond the hills. It was lightning! A very light rumble. I wait for that flash of beauty again. A strange calm settles in as dawn decides to break. I watch the sky let out slivers of silvery light through purple grey clouds. A rooster crows far off and breaks the silence. I am glad it survived the suspected bird flu massacre.

Suddenly the lights come on and it's a bright new day. Magic lingers for a while and then quietly slips away. I sigh and head to the gym. That's when the heavens opened and the rains came pouring down. The smell of dust hit me. I danced in joy, along with the palm trees. When I walked out of the gym, it was a squeaky clean day and with fresh blossoms and the most refreshingly green trees. I revelled in the power of the heavens, to simply bring in so much beauty. For no reason at all.

On an afterthought, there was a reason. Hubby's friend, a young man full of life was very sick last night. Severe stomach pain landed him in hospital. But with the city's doctors on strike, he was unattended and left helpless. Not much later, the heavens opened up to welcome him.


Blogger Shruthi said...

Oh my god!! The last paragraph gave me such a jolt! That's so sad.

1:30 PM  
Anonymous sherriff said...

death again...on ur blog...why do aam janta has to bear the consequences of fight between two arms of govt.

1:34 PM  
Blogger hope and love said...

hmmm.. sad..

2:17 PM  
Blogger anumita said...

shruthi: I didn't mean it like that. But I felt there was a connection.

sherriff: I suppose writing about it helps me too.

hope and love: yes, everyone is very shocked now.

2:51 PM  
Blogger Shruthi said...

Yup, btw, well-written post.

3:30 PM  
Blogger Swathi said...

wow, poetic prose - u write it so well ...

3:56 PM  
Blogger Pallavi said...

who was that.. anyone we know.. :( poor soul..

5:54 PM  
Blogger Abhishek said...

thats too sad.
really sorry for him.

6:46 PM  
Blogger Manini said...

Life is a coin, one side is immense beauty, and then there is the other..

but then it still is one..

11:29 PM  
Blogger Prerona said...

beautiful description - sounded like magic :)

4:56 PM  
Blogger anumita said...

shruthi: Thanks :)

swathi: Thanks. How you doing babe?

pallavi: Dont think so. Musician, DJ and a hard working 32 year old.

abhishek: Yes very sad. But I like to believe God chooses our entry and exit from this world.

manini: So true.

prerona: Thanks :)

5:05 PM  
Blogger Stone said...

sad.hmmm :-(

1:39 AM  
Blogger Parna said...

i hope he rests in peace.

but other than that, tell me, how do you MANAGE to wake up at 5.30!!!?????? HOW?

6:20 AM  
Blogger Gangadhar said...

I feel so sad for your hubby's friend..
yup..heavens opened for him!!

2:14 PM  
Blogger Nupur said...

OH MY GOD......just when i was feeling soo good reading the post...

What a useless waste of life.... May his soul rest in peace.

1:08 PM  
Blogger shub said...

it was soo beautiful...and I was gonna say well worth the long wait for ur next post...
but its so tragic :(

2:20 PM  
Blogger Alapana said...

Damn,it leaves me speechless.

6:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WoW! beautiful and sad! but yes...that must have been the reason...god bless the soul!


8:58 PM  
Blogger Abhishek said...

and 1 more thing...these are "F.A.C.T.S"
and as evryone on my blog commented...
we have to face them.

11:03 PM  
Blogger love life said...

how true of what u said, that God decides our entry and exit from this beautiful world.
wot a post (cheers), it was too good, good expression of thoughts of ur 'early morning feelings'..u rock Anumita..m a fan or ur writing..autograph kab dogi (hahaha..)

1:41 PM  
Blogger love life said...

how true of what u said, that God decides our entry and exit from this beautiful world.
wot a post (cheers), it was too good, good expression of thoughts of ur 'early morning feelings'..u rock Anumita..m a fan OF ur writing..autograph kab dogi (hahaha..)

1:44 PM  
Blogger Arunima said...

One of my friends lost her dad due to a mob in town. They couldn't pass beyond them and succumb to his injuries on the way.

May his soul rest in peace!!

10:04 AM  
Blogger AF said...

must have been a really wonderful morning!!...even in hyderabad the climate is toooo good now a days!

its sad to hear about ur realtive ..

1:30 PM  
Blogger sinusoidally said...

I can't imagine...

3:02 AM  
Blogger Sachin said...

First of all, a very well written post. I especially like the way you describe the lightening in the hills. Even I live in a place which, though totally in the midst of civilization, still affords the luxury of the green verdant hills on one horizon and the sea (rather, creek) on the other. And it does look amazingly beautiful on most days.

Having said that, isn?t it funny how calamities (yes, I call them calamities) like a doctors strike or even a rail roko or a transporter?s strike is almost always something which seemingly does not affect us in any way. I mean, most of us would read about it in the paper, shake our heads, make some clucking noises and then forget about it. After all, what difference is it making to our life anyway? And that?s where an incident like that with your hubby?s friend turns it all upside down and makes it all too real. That?s when we realize that?s its all related and all intermingled and it is somehow going to hit us hard, where least unexpected. Makes me want to shout out loud or cry sometimes. It is people like us who are made to suffer for all the shortcomings that the government body or a private institution backed by some huge trust fund have.

Keep posting. Take care.

9:47 AM  
Blogger Twilight Fairy said...

This is just so damn unfortunate yaar! Even after the essential services act, nothing happened :-|

4:08 PM  
Anonymous Melody said...

Hey Anu,

Am so sorry for you & your hub's loss...

It's good that you are able to connect with nature's beauty though. It's always given me a sense of peace when things are down.

Be blessed!

6:51 PM  
Anonymous amitken said...

what a beginning and what an end!!!! u left me shocked.

2:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, do my eyes deceive me or has my comment (along with a few others) magically disappeared? :-)
Hope the new job's going great. Take care and keep posting.


10:52 AM  
Blogger Hardu said...

Its so sad. And the reason being that the doctors were on strike. Else he might have survived. Really sad..

3:48 PM  
Blogger anumita said...

stone: How's photography with new camera?

parna: Old habits die hard! Dad used to wake us up really early as kids. Though we hated it then, it stuck and all of us kids are early risers now.

gangadhar: Yes it did :)

nupur: No Nupur, he lived a good life even though it was very short.

shub: Events that show us how fragile life is.

alapana: Sorry.

bips: Yes, why would it rain at this time of the year, tell me?

abhishek: Dont we all face them and learn to leave with them? But as long as we are able to FEEL, we will, and we ll go on expressing what we feel, I suppose.

love life: Thank you :)

arunima: It's such a helpless feeling when these things happen. And we are left with the biggest "what if..." and cant get over the possibilities.

af: Is was. How is the little one doing inside? Take care and enjoy these precious days.

sinusoidally: I can understand.

sachin: Thanks for taking the trouble to write so much. You are absolutely right about our attitudes when strikes etc happen, but someday it could be one of us.

twilight fairy: Maybe he would have gone anyways but the fact that he went without a chance is what hurts.

melody: Thanks dear. I believe there is a connection. God gives as He takes.

amitken: I am sorry.

sachin: Your earlier comment is right here.

hardu: He just might have. But like I said before, he went without a chance, leaving everyone helpless and sad.

11:47 PM  
Blogger Atul Sabnis said...

there was a post here which i tried commenting on - blogger didnt allow me. maybe it was not meant to be. hope things are fine :)

4:11 AM  

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