A walk in the rain

I couldn’t let the unending rain dictate my life any longer. On Friday I slipped my phone into my pockets, put on my walking shoes and a poncho, and went out for a walk.

The world was full of life and death, decay and growth. Lush vegetation, scrubbed clean with rain, fallen leaves on green leaves, termites scurrying along walls. In this dreadful light, the camera can’t keep up with the insects.

Nyctanthes arbor-tristis, a mouthful for such a lovely flower: the night blooming jasmine. They are flowering already, but the rain washes away their scent. A month from now, the fallen flowers will wilt slowly through the day, releasing their lovely perfume all day.

A strangler fig is slowly killing its host; terrible for the host, but possibly a wonderful sight in future when the fig spreads out its branches and aerial roots. The flooded earth has sent the invading giant African land snails up the wall. Welcome to the club.

Bracket fungi have reappeared predictably on the trunk of a tree where I’ve seen it in the last two years. This tree is sick. The invisible filaments of the fungus have found its bed of secret joy, and its dark secret love is killing the tree. A William Bleak morning indeed!

Author: I. J. Khanewala

I travel on work. When that gets too tiring then I relax by travelling for holidays. The holidays are pretty hectic, so I need to unwind by getting back home. But that means work.

16 thoughts on “A walk in the rain”

  1. Wonderful. And, indeed a mouthful for my favorite flower ‘Shiuli’. A mere sight of this takes me back to my ancestral house in Jamshedpur that had a beautiful shiuli tree on the left side of the main gate. It would be laden with flowers when we went during Durga Puja and the small lawn in front would be a small carpet of white, against the bigger green one. I remember weaving garlands, with my aunts and cousins, out of those and other flowers for the daily Puja. This brought back lovely memories. Thank you. Insects tend to freak me out a bit, I must admit.

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  2. And yet again, I am astounded by the little things you have noticed on a walk in the neighbourhood. But then, these aren’t that insigificant events for the creatures themselves, are they?
    Happy monsoon! ๐Ÿ™‚

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