Monday, July 2, 2007

RAJANIGANDHA


It was raining. I liked to see the rain fight with the window pane. But the glass always seemed to win. He used to sit beside me and watch me looking at the war. He used to say, "Why do u think that it is a war"? I would reply, "But that's what it is, isn't it"? He would say, "I don't think so. I think that the rain is a prince, madly in love with you. And the wicked window is blocking his way"! And he would open the window.
Every morning, he would stand in front of my bed, smiling at me- with a bunch of Rajanigandha. He would tell me, "Feel the flower. For when you feel it, the flower becomes you". I never understood what he meant by that. But Rajanigandha had been my favourite flower, since then.
He would hold my hand as we walked into the woods. I would try to talk something but he would stop me. He used to say, " The trees are telling me their secrets. You can hear them too. Just listen". But I never heard anything.
He had loved me all his life as I had loved him. He always had strange pronouncements to make, about things, as normal as the rising sun. But one day, I saw him, lying still, yet smiling- covered in white linen and Rajanigandha all around him.
But since that day, I had felt him in every drop of rain that fell on me and in every tree that I came across. I had felt him in the fragrance of the Rajanigandha.
Love you, Grandpa!



















54 comments:

suramya said...

a very touching post and I love the musical touch u have given your blog

Matangi Mawley said...

@suramya..
thnk u so much!

Nithya said...

The description is beautiful matangi.. i liked the way u correlated the romantic rain to the prince.. and yes, I love my grandpa too and I miss his stories..

I've added ur link in blogroll..

http://nithyasubramanian.blogspot.com

priya said...

That was really awesome writing girl:))

Very sensitive, emotional but the touch of connection continues when you see the rain. Beautiful.....

pallavi said...

nice matangi!!

Matangi Mawley said...

@ nithya.. priya.. and pallavi..

thnk u so much!

Scribbler said...

Liked your blog. A sure treat to the senses:)
keep it rollin;)
More Scribbles added btw....
Do leave your comments on the rest when you find time

Matangi Mawley said...

@scribbler..
thnk u..
n sure wd do!

INDR's Angels said...

I salute your feelings.
tc.

descrying the shadows said...

arent we beat described as the end result of a never ending process of assimilation and amalgamation,which engenders all our emotions and feelings..everythin around us leaves an impact on us(extent may vary)..an impact we dont forget and assimlate within ourselves...be it the touch of the flower or ur granpa makinu touch them...
very picturesque narration..as in the fight between the rain and the window..
sry for ur loss..

Rauf said...

A very touching post Mathangi.
i let the rain fall on me. Not in the city but in the wilderness. i love walking in the rain. Contact with the earth is most important Mathangi, people are not aware of that. 'ALL SET TO DO NOTHING' is a step towards such a contact, You seem to have understood tat. we have done everything to damage the earth. We refuse to learn from Animals.

Matangi Mawley said...

@ indr..
thnk u!

Matangi Mawley said...

@ descrying the shadows..

very true..
thnk u!

Matangi Mawley said...

@rauf..
thnk u!
and yes.. i completely agree with u. plastic faces devoid of emotions sans beauty have taken the place of the rustic, yet beautiful and tender yellowish face- tht is the real index of the mind! ppl try to find happiness in a closed cage of a "freezing" room.. instead of the open earth tht hosts the breeze! "contact with the earth" is all lost and gone!

Parul said...

This is one of the most beautiful pieces i've read in the blogosphere...very touching...
it left me speechless for a while...
u brought back memories!

Matangi Mawley said...

@parul..
thnk u!

Rauf said...

"If you take [a copy of] the Christian Bible and put it out in the wind and the rain, soon the paper on which the words are printed will disintegrate and the words will be gone.
Our bible IS the wind."

-Statement by an anonymous Native American woman

Matangi Mawley said...

@rauf..
beautiful!

suryash said...

hey.. beautiful description! classic.. keep posting!

rewa said...

gr8 post yaar! wow.. u'r grandpa is so lucky to have u as his grand daughter!

ananya said...

u r such a natural! the way u write.. i was left speechless for smetime after i read u'r post!
gr8 work...
keep up the good work!

Matangi Mawley said...

@suryash, rewa, ananya...
thnk u!

Chad Oneil said...

Thanks for your recent comment.

Pingu said...

Your Grandpa must be proud of you.

This is such a beautiful beautiful post Mathangi.Poetry in prose.I simply loved it.Simple words which touch the heart and bring out a tear...

You write very well dear.Keep writing!

Pingu said...

btw, the sketch of the girl on your profile is amazing. Did you draw it?

wildflower said...

u made me cry..this is so worthy a tribute...

pEgAsus said...

That was very beautiful... felt good to read it..!

Matangi Mawley said...

@pingu..

thnk u so much!
no i did not dear it... found it in sme website..

Matangi Mawley said...

@wild flower..
i feel so honoured! thnk u..

Matangi Mawley said...

@pegasus..
thnk u!

Devil said...

A very touching experience, sure evryone of us is surrounded by nature but only those who can feel it can truly enjoy it....

Matangi Mawley said...

@devil..
thnk u for the comments!

Rauf said...

Matangs You ok ?

Matangi Mawley said...

@rauf..
i am fine. and u'r taj is gr8!!!!!

The Ugly One said...

actually, tributes to grand daddy and the flowery kind! a musically poetic post, love girl

The Ugly One said...

me beginin to like u more. for we have many things in common. the birthdays, the flowers and many more, love again

Matangi Mawley said...

@the ugly(read-beautiful) one..

thnk u so much!

curryegg said...

Ahhh... I miss my grandfathers although I never met them.. Wish to hear their stories.. ;)

anindita said...

Hi Matangi, I just came by your blog today and let me tell you.. its really a nice one.
I never saw my grandpa... your post gave me a description of this beautiful relation.
Added you in my 'must see' list... Keep blogging!

bhamsblog said...

Gatecrahsed into ur site while visitg someone else. wanted to say hi.

Matangi Mawley said...

@anindita..
hey.. thnk u 4 those comments.. i m really happy tht i was able to help u in getting to know wht a grand pa can me..
n thnk u again!

Matangi Mawley said...

@bhamsblog..
thnk u! and hii..

Monojoy™ ® said...

Very touching. Very nice! :-)

Matangi Mawley said...

@monojoy..
thnk u!

Kartz said...

Wow, I have missed quite a lot during that self-imposed hiatus.

Your narration and description cast a spell on the readers to make them empathize. Olé!

Keep those mana levels high! Peace.

Matangi Mawley said...

@kartz..

thnk u!

Winnie the poohi said...

what a wonderful tribute.. whereever he is.. he wud b smiling! :)

Matangi Mawley said...

@winnie..

:) thnk u!

Alok said...

Man, such a beautiful tribute.

Matangi Mawley said...

@alok..

thnk u!

sam said...

I would call you a magician with words... such simple style and such an impact! I was moved and I loved it. Please keep writing. Your Grandpa sure feels proud!..
Hats off to u!

Matangi Mawley said...

@sam...

thanks!!

shail said...

too beautiful... :)

valarmathi said...

too good... very touching!!!!

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