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Welcoming the Rains

Welcoming the Rains

After a long arduous ordeal with the prickling summer sultry sun rays, Chennai seems to be seeing some light at the end of the tunnel at the end of the year 2006. North East monsoons have arrived in Bay of Bengal. Since from last Wednesday, thunderstorms and rains are taking the entire state of Tamil Nadu drenching wet like anything.

Almost right the previous wednesday, I took a ride in my vehicle to enjoy the panoramic beauty of evening monsoon clouds and me too got fully drenched in the rain. But that rain shower did open up many thoughts and feelings and it did bring in many renaissance within me.  It did open up new avenues of friendship in more quarters than one.

While returning back to home on Wednesday right after Chennai Airport there was real thunderstorms. Had I crossed Pallavaram, there would have been a real mess since there are no shelters till I reach Chromepet other than a sparse petrol (gas) stations, which are scattered sparsely.  Quite fortunately, I reached near Hotel Manickam Grand. I would really like to appreciate the hospitality of the staff that inspite of being a star-grade hotel, they were very kind enough to allow the ongoers to wait at the porticos of the hotel alongside allowing people to park the vehicles regardless of the inconvenience of having the place gather much of dirt and water since everybody were drenched. I had a dental treatment too and hence managed to purchase a small umbrella at the next stall and waiting for a while for about forty minutes, then started from there.

No further I have reached near the next petrol bunk, there was huge traffic jam near the Thiruneermalai junction. It took a while to clear from this jam. So to avoid next traffic jams near Tambaram, I took the new MIT flyovers and the Chitlapakkam route, braving the fact that there may be knee deep waters.  It was small small roads with plethora of potholes and waters filled. Many thanks to my Lord, Swamiye Saranam Ayyappa that there were no obstacles and in less than thirty minutes, I reached the Rajakilpakkam road.

I think this rain was more a renaissance since I got some nice friends at Rajakilpakkam besides I sincerely feel that even after I got a bit of temperature in the night because of medication and getting drenched that the rain has washed off any sins. With this blog post, I would like to sincerely confess to my Lord that I surrender unto Himself (Swamiye Saranam Ayyappa) in complete prapatti [Absolute Surrender or Saranagathi to the Lord] and I think this rain has been the blessing of the Lord to take me the correct path of life without getting distractions from mundane pleasures of any kind. There is no gain without pain and hence I think with more accrued sins in my account, it was the blessing of the Lord to underdo this pain to cleanse myself mentally and physically and reorient towards His divine service.


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