Scanty rains took the fun out of the season, say college students
Though it rained and rained well on Tuesday, most college students say they were left dry this season by the truant monsoon. For them, the scanty rains just took the fun and the romance out of the season.
“We used to walk on the roads every day last monsoon, playing in the puddles. Not this year,” says Suchithra F., a BBM student of Canara College. “I love heavy rain,” she adds as an afterthought.
For Suchithra’s friend and classmate Ashwini D’Souza, the rains are about togetherness. “I can hug my friend and walk under one umbrella,” says Ashwini D’Souza of Canara College. “Chandi aadre olle aagthade (If I get drenched, I feel nice)”.
They were among the many college students who spoke to The Hindu on Tuesday morning about pleasure and pains of rain. Everyone said this year, rainy days were few and far between. The chorus was they “miss the rains badly”.
“Last year on Friendship Day, we were on the Panambur Beach, walking, getting drenched to the bone,” recalls Sushmitha Sharnuk, a final year B.Com student in Besant College. This year the rain ditched them. “There was no rain… nothing,” she says.
A gang of three PUC II girls on Mahatma Gandhi Road says rain means “a lot of fun” for them. Walking in rain, holding umbrellas is “nice”, says one of them.
But the naysayers won’t let their voice be drowned in the rains. “I don’t like rain because I’ll be forced to stay indoors,” says Meghashri.
Kavya S., a B.Sc. student, says she loves watching the clouds break from the comfort of her home.
“Walking in the rain will spoil my dress. One takes pains to get dressed well,” explaining why she likes it best when it rains in the night. Deeksha Ullal, who had to walk in drizzle from Milagres Church to M.G. Road on Tuesday, wished she had an umbrella with her. She had left it in the classroom. Ones like Sushmitha of Besant College and Indu and Ahmed Shakeer, of Canara College reflect on how scanty rainfall could mean problems for the farmer.
“If he (farmer) survives, we survive,” says Shakeer. There could be a water crisis if rains fail, he adds.