Sunday, July 09, 2006

Down the memory lane

Rains and Nostalgia

How often it occurs that a small incident or a momentary sight brings back to your mind a memory of an incident that might have happened so long ago that it seems like it occurred in another lifetime. And yet you can recall trivial details about it. It occurs all the time, with everyone, I suppose. But for some time now, I have become conciously aware of this phenomenon. Though I wonder at times whether I have already grown so old to recall things in such manner!

Like yesterday. It was the first monsoon rain of the season. We were driving through a light shower, and a Kishore Kumar CD was playing. The melodious tune of 'Ek Ladki Bheegi Bhaagi Si' filled in the air, and reminded me of an incident during my graduation days. We were 15 girls in a class of 60. We had gone to our hostel for the lunch break. Before the hour long break was over, it started raining very heavily. Quite heavy to walk down to the classroom without an umbrella. So, when we reached the classroom, two or three of us shaded by one umbrella, most of us were at least partially drenched. Quite a few boys had already reached the class before us. And so, we were welcomed with an impromptu chorus of 'Ek Ladki Bheegi Bhaagi Si' , with Tuhin, a fine singer of our batch, leading the chorus. A few of the girls were offended by the guys "teasing" us; but I thought it was a good spirited action, and found it rather amusing. I can recall these details, and some more, though not whether it happened in third year or final.