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Thursday, August 18, 2005

Nocturnal Nostalgia


The silence of the city at midnight is almost eerie. All that my auditory sense perceives is the hum of the air conditioner and the clitter-clatter of keyboards. I peep out from my 17th floor office window and the city stretches for miles. The lights fade away only at the horizon. A few dark spots here and there. Power cuts, maybe. Daytime is so different, so many people around. Night brings along solitude and loneliness. Both so different, yet so similar. Both ways I'm lost, in the crowd or in myself.

Light is said to be life and darkness death. But in absence of darkness what significance does light have? Day dazzles and night soothes. Ever been to the countryside when the moon is a waxing crescent? Full moon nights are almost like the day, just filtered through. New moon nights have nothing to show. On one such night, many moons past when I, perched on my late granduncle's shoulders wandered through the paddy fields. The stars sparkled. I recited a newly memorised rhyme. The silhouetted trees swayed by the easterly, a glistening brook gurgled past. Restless tadpoles created ripples on the tranquil waters of the pond, the sickle shaped moon danced amongst the stars in reflection. The silence of the usually cacophonous crickets left only the wind and the brook as accompaniments to my singsong rhyme.

Whenever the beauty and the enigma of the darkness whelm me, I can't help but recall that night. Perhaps that memory has something to do with me losing my first-ever slingshot (which my granduncle had crafted for me) sometime during that nocturnal wandering.

8 Comments:

dwaipayan said...

nostalgic nights!!!interesting! whenever i do latenight,i'm bound to be nostalgic. and ur this post proves the saying" chore chore mastuto bhai". and as far as the beauty of night( i mean real night) i always find it so charming that often i take a walk in our terrace at 2am.

khyati said...

:)
beautiful...

Anonymous said...

You say on anew moon night you were on your grand uncle's shoulder, yet you saw the sickle shaped moon. Strange, isn't it.

Soumyadip said...

I think I wasn't clear enough in my description. The night I described was one when the moon was a 'waxing crescent.' And in the following sentences I compared the full moon and the new moon nights. I didn't mean that the particular night was of a new moon.

princess kanomanom said...

Lovely words, yours.

Anonymous said...

New moon nights have nothing to show. On one such night, many moons past when I, perched on my late granduncle's shoulders wandered through the paddy fields. The stars sparkled. I recited a newly memorised rhyme. The silhouetted trees swayed by the easterly, a glistening brook gurgled past. Restless tadpoles created ripples on the tranquil waters of the pond, the sickle shaped moondanced amongst the stars in reflection.

Anonymous said...

u start with new moon nights...then its one such night. Implies that it too was a new moon night. And on such a night the sickle shaped moon danced. It feels weird. The night kali danced, the moon feebly shone in tis crescent.
Some critic, aint I. Nitpicking.

Soumyadip said...

It is precisely this kind of nitpicking that I look forward to. Praise lifts the spirits up, but criticism keeps me going, the right way. Thanks for the critique. I'll be more careful in phrasing my sentences.