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Maddening Indian Summer. Song. Rain.

Window and the Sky.
Took this photograph towards the end of May.


Since last few weeks, there's hardly any cloud in the sky. Sun is melting tar off the roads. It sticks to the sole. Monsoon is late. A bird living nearby has gone mad, everyday, sharp at 2:30 in the sharp afternoon, it starts chirping mad. It's not koel. Delusion. Cuckoo. Not even a cursory dust storm greets it in the evening. I saw an old woman walk straight, face first, into the cold glass wall of a cool mall. Disorientation. It broke her beak. I yay ya suku suku.


I am seeing a rise in queries leading to that old rain song: 'Allah Megh De'. Call it summer effect.

I am again listening to 'Lapak jhapak tu aa re badarwa' from Boot Polish (1954). Classic. [watch] . Yes, it's a funny song. Just wait for the song to end and for the rains to start. It turns tragic.

I am looking at photographs of rain clouds and then their video.

I am gazing at Bollywood water fairies.

Sridevi dancing in rain to song 'Lagi aaj sawan ki pir woh jhadi hai' from Chandni (1989). In Yash Chopra Chiffon Sari. In Yellow.
Dimple Kapadia frolicking in a swimming pool from Bobby (1973). A Raj Kapoor film. Bikini. Red.

I might as well think of Raveena Tandon from Mohra (1994) dancing to 'Tip Tip barsa pani'. Again wet and yellow.

And I am dreaming of snow capped mountains of Gulmarg in Kashmir.

Power went off seven times while I tried to finish this up.


  1. well, you can check out some more rain themed songs on my blog .. coz i have been collecting them


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