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watching the rain

Ever since I was a kid I have been a 'starer' (if there is a word like that). I would stand in one position and stare at things for a really long time, sometimes for hours. No, I'm pretty sure it's not observer. I do observe but mostly I just stare. I didn't realize I was doing this until one Sunday I was found missing for the entire afternoon. When I finally returned home I had a throbbing headache which soon turned into fever and was diagnosed as a sunstroke. I was on the terrace of our apartment, watching the construction work going on in the adjacent building. I don't remember how long I was there. I went there soon after lunch and by the time I came down, the sun was low in the sky and the day was getting cooler (ETA: I must've been 8 or 9 yrs old at the time).

There were other instances too.. In another apartment we lived in,I stood in our balcony for a long time once again staring at people on the ground; there was some heavy machinery and a lot of noise (I think they were digging a borewell). I must've stood motionless for a really long time cause a little sparrow mistook me for a statue and landed on my hand on the parapet wall. I reared with a start and the bird flew away completely shocked that the statue moved!

Another time, in summer, at my grandparents' place I went out for a walk in the yard when my grandparents were watching the daily news in Telugu at 7 pm. The yard is separated into two halves by a low wall with a small gate for passage across. The purpose of the wall was to separate the animals (my grandparents had livestock. They sold them the year I was born) from the vegetable plants. Anyway, so I stood at the gate with my hands on either wall. I was doing these little push ups on the wall. After a while I just stood there staring in to space. The evening breeze and the sound of coconut tree branches swaying in that breeze is heavenly in summer and I was treating myself to that breeze. I don't remember how long I was there but I got jolted back to reality when a tree lizard totally mistook me for a bridge between the ends of the wall (or maybe the gate between the walls) and it leaped from the right wall on to my chest and then on to the left wall. I gave a little squeal and rushed back in to the house. I kept rubbing my chest for the rest of the evening where the lizard's feet had been. :)

A video I came across today triggered this post. It's 10.30 am and I should be working but I just had to make this post. It's by this animation-movie-maker/painter Jeff Scher. The video isn't about anything phenomenal neither is the video itself earth-shattering. It's about watching the rain, something I love doing. I love getting lost in the sound of rain; I love how it drowns every other noise when it comes down hard; how when I'm watching it the world around me seems to have stopped turning. I just fell in love with the video. Hope you all like it too. It reminds me of home; Of my childhood. :)



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Sep. 2nd, 2009 04:46 pm (UTC)
I don't know what to say except smile in reply. LJ has been one of the best things that happened to me. :) I met so many lovely people here.
Sep. 2nd, 2009 12:01 pm (UTC)
neat post, i often stare frm wrk n count the cars at the signal
Sep. 2nd, 2009 04:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I used to have a desk by the window in my previous lab. Lovely view.
I'm curious, how did you come across my journal?
Sep. 2nd, 2009 05:00 pm (UTC)
think again, naam suna nahin lagta hain kya?

was on cyberabad community when it used to be teeming with ppl n the lj-meets ahd attendance of 15+

2004-2005 ke din.

Sep. 8th, 2009 10:00 pm (UTC)
Sep. 8th, 2009 10:05 pm (UTC)
lol, those were the days!

it's all wordpress now....
Sep. 10th, 2009 08:21 pm (UTC)
Yeah, they sure were!

And yesh, I noticed that ages ago. :P
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