One Rainy Day
was raining heavily outside. Reva could hear the rain lashing on
her roof. She had closed all the doors and windows of her house.
She felt depressed when it rained and wished it would stop raining.
The rains always brought back old memories. Memories, she would
rather not think about. But, the rains continued in full fury and
Reva was transferred back into those times when she was just 18.
It all happened 10 years earlier when she was 18. Reva was studying
for her degree in Arts and she simply enjoyed going to college.
Attending lectures, roaming around the college campus during free
lectures and eating samosas coupled with hot masala tea was her
regular routine. Her parents were both working and she was their
only daughter. Life was easy for Reva.
She was doted upon
by her parents and was loved by all her relatives. Yet, Reva felt
something missing. She was not sure what was lacking, but a feeling
of incompletion always surrounded her. She was not even sure what
the feeling was or what she was seeking. It was only on that rainy
day that she found out.
It was raining heavily
and her class had a free hour. Reva loved the rains unlike her friends
who disliked the murky weather it brought about. Reva and her friends
rushed to the canteen for steaming hot cups of tea. They settled
down at the corner seat in the canteen. As Reva peeped outside the
transparent glass windows, she saw an image. It was of a boy rushing
towards the canteen.
He didn’t have an
umbrella and was soaking wet. She had never seen him before. She
knew most of the students in her college and was sure he had taken
admission recently. As he entered the canteen, Reva’s eyes followed
him as he took a seat in the other end of the canteen. He looked
a bit older than she had guessed. Maybe he was a final year student.
There was something about this boy that fascinated Reva. She had
many friends, but most of them were girls. Though she talked with
most of the boys, she always kept a distance.
This was because she
felt uncomfortable around boys. But this boy was different. He was
totally drenched and yet he looked comfortable. Reva felt like walking
up to him and talking to him. This was quite unlike her nature and
she reprimanded herself for thinking such thoughts.
The canteen was not
crowded today. Reva kept glancing across at that boy from above
her tea cup. Her friends were discussing about the latest film released
and did not notice her silence. The boy had also ordered for tea
and was sipping it silently totally unaware of Reva and her friends.
The rains had subsided and the boy having finished the tea, walked
out of the canteen. It was with great effort that Reva held herself
to her seat. She had felt like following the boy and finding out
which class he was in. What had gotten into her? Why was she behaving
in this strange fashion? All these questions popped up in her mind.
What kind of attraction was this?
The whole day at college passed in a trance for Reva. She was hoping
to see that boy again. One more lecture, and she could go out of
the class and maybe, just by chance spot the boy somewhere in the
campus. As the professor entered the class, the students stopped
talking and became silent. Reva glanced up from her books as she
heard the professor’s voice. She got the shock of her life to see
that boy standing across the room, introducing himself as the substitute
professor for Psychology.
This boy was a professor!
He looked so young that she had assumed him to be a student. He
had managed to dry his hair and clothes. He introduced himself as
professor Navin. So that was his name! Reva hardly heard what Pr.
Navin spoke. As the lecture ended, Reva found herself getting up
and going across the classroom to speak to Navin. As she stood in
front of the professor, she suddenly felt shy and was dumbfounded..
Navin had seen Reva
staring at him in the canteen. He was impressed by her looks and
was surprised to see her in his class. Now as she stood in front
of him, not speaking a single word, he got a complete close up look
of her. She was beautiful. As she looked up to meet his eyes, he
felt an attraction that he had never felt before. He longed to listen
to her voice.
That was when Reva spoke. He hardly heard a word of what she said.
She was equally attracted to him. Her eyes said it all. Reva muttered
a ‘Thank you’ and rushed out with her friends. This rainy day she
would never forget in her life. She was feeling complete and whole
as a person. She felt like her body had turned light and she could
fly, soar up in the sky and float across clouds. She had fallen
in love. Maybe this was the feeling she had been seeking.
Reva walked home
with the hope of seeing Navin again tomorrow and hoping to speak
much more than she had today. But fate had something else in mind.
As she reached home, her father hugged her and started sobbing incessantly.
It was with great difficulty that he was able to convey that her
mother had met with an accident and was in the ICU at the hospital.
There were very little
chances of her survival. Reva felt her knees weaken and she fainted.
Her mother never recovered and expired two days later. It was the
worst 48 hours of her life. Her father went about the final rites
mechanically. He couldn’t come to terms with his loss. He applied
for a voluntary retirement and decided to go back to the village.
He informed Reva of his decision and asked her to complete her graduation
via correspondence from the university. Reva was unable to say a
single word. She went along with her father’s decision like a zombie.
The village was a beautiful and peaceful place. Her grandparents
were very supportive and loving. Yet Reva felt depressed. She felt
like she had lost more than just her mother. She had lost Navin.
The special feeling she had felt for him which had made her feel
complete as a person was also lost. Would she ever see Navin again?
She could not share with her father, what she had felt on that rainy
So, slowly she came
out of her stupor and completed graduation as per her father’s wishes.
Her father had started a small business in the village and was quite
successful in his venture. Her father then started looking for a
good match for her marriage. Reva was not interested in marrying
and told her father that she would like to take up a job and make
a place in this world for herself like her mother. Luckily, Reva
got a job in the city and she bade goodbye to her father and grandparents.
That was all ten years ago. Her father had constantly tried to get
her married off but with no avail. She had made several excuses
for not marrying and yesterday her father had given her an ultimatum.
As the downpour continued, thoughts of Navin troubled her. Image
of a totally drenched Navin flashed in her mind. She closed her
eyes tightly trying to remove the image from her mind and that was
when she heard the door bell. Who could it be at this hour, with
these heavy rains ringing her doorbell? She ignored the bell but
it went on ringing persistently. Finally, she decided to check who
it was. As she opened the door, she saw a drenched person standing
in front of her. It was Navin. He looked much older but yet the
same. He smiled at her and asked her to open the door completely,
so that he could step inside.
With shivering hands, Reva closed the door. They both stared at
each other. Navin couldn’t believe his eyes that it was Reva standing
in front of him. Surely she must be married by now. He spoke to
her telling her that he had come to the nearby supermarket and the
downpour had caught him by surprise. Finally seeing no signs of
the rain stopping, he had decided to seek shelter in a nearby house.
And that house had
turned out to be hers. Reva listened to Navin all the while wondering
if he was married. She had waited for 10 years in the hope of meeting
him someday. And here he was standing in front of her. Navin had
not married and had gone to the US after his brief stint at the
college. He had returned recently and had landed the post of the
principal in the same college. Reva felt elated at the information
and spoke of all that had happened in the last 10 years. The attraction
they had felt had been mutual and permanent. Neither of them could
have imagined leading a life with another person. Both had remained
So, Reva finally saw Navin after 10 years, totally drenched and
soaking wet due to the rains. It was because of the rains that he
had made a dash for her house and they had met. She no longer felt
that the rains were depressing and went across the room to open
the windows. She had found her love due to the rains and the sound
of the raindrops felt like heaven now. Her Navin had come back in
her life and this time it was for ever………..
Naina Nair, Dubai, UAE. I completed my Post graduate education
in Mumbai, India and am presently residing in Dubai, UAE. Writing
has been my passion since childhood. I have been writing poems,
articles and stories of which some have been published in newspapers