Friday, April 18, 2008
When we read about Cherrapunji in school, we learned that it was the wettest place in India with a lot of rain. I used to think Cherrapunji was this super romantic place where characters belonging to a P.G.Wodehouse book lived. I loved rain and constantly wanted to live in a place like Cherrapunji. The reason for wishing so could be attributed to growing up in a place that had less rains and acute water shortage. Rains, whenever they condescended to make an appearance, were beautiful in Madras and I had a special liking for them. I couldn't associate rain with any negative thing. People kept falling into man holes occasionally but hey! peacocks danced in Vandalur. However, I did not know that Cherrapunji had more water shortage problems than Madras. So years later...
Maybe someone above decided to make those dreams come true. I live in a place just like cherrapunji. If Cherrapunji is more wet I'd like to understand how one can make wet, more wet. Regardless I would like to travel back in time and kick myself for wishing this. It is not just me. Not many from Madras including those who lived in the 'thanneer thanneer' village like too much rain. My grandma is visiting me currently and she keeps using the 'nasa nasa' word frequently. I suspect it is the rain and not me. But one can never be sure. I do not know how Cherrapunji people will feel if they move to Andhra or Thamizh Nadu but I can say for sure - the other way around isn't all that super.