Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Rains please go away....health please come back !!!

Its almost 1.30am in the night & I am not able to sleep.
My head is heavy with a groggy pain & my mind is struggling with various hypothesis.
I am completely at a loss to understand or explain two things........ the continuing rains in Mumbai & my health.
Both seem to be as erratic & as unpredictable......& just don't seem to leave. We have had enough of both for this year.....plsssssssssss leave, at least for now...for this year !!!!
Over the last one month, every time, we all felt that the rains are over for this season, the sky would darken from nowhere, & heavy rains would lash the city, catching everyone unawares......the roads, would become slippery with slush & mud, traffic snarls would spring up with long frustrating queues at rush hours, leading to frayed tempers between commuters & the police.

Today too, while returning from work in the evening, from nowhere, the sky darkened & torrential downpour caught us all napping..... the traffic clawing to a standstill.
Easing out from my meetings, I had decided to leave early. On my way back, I got on the phone with one of my friends from Blore Ashram, catching up on Guruji & theNavratri celebrations. By the time I finished my conversation, I was already engulfed in a traffic snarl, with the highway still some distance away....
Humming to the music on radio, I slowly snailed onto the highway, only to be greeted by the unusual showers, which kept getting heavier, making driving increasingly difficult & noisy. Rains were no more making music....it was sheer cacophony.....

The din around was making me feel uncomfortable, as I crossed the Andheri flyover, & suddenly out of nowhere, I felt a searing pain in the back of my head....as if the world around me was reeling.....it was difficult to manage the steering as my vision started blurring, stars started blinking all over & I felt weak....very very weak. I realised that, my controls were getting out of hands, as the head felt like been pounded.....
Don't know how, but, I just about managed to steer the car to the left & take it off the highway & bring it to a grinding halt. I was sweating profusely & the world was spinning...round & round !!!!
It must have been quite some time, as I sat motionless on my seat......unable to even raise my hand. I closed my eyes & prayed in silence for strength, as traffic kept crawling by.
After a while,.....must have been a good 10-15 minutes, I slowly opened my eyes.....the floating stars slowly faded, the pounding in the head subsided, the searing pain had eased....... people passing by looked at me quizzically, thinking of me as a drunk, out of control...I sure must be looking like one.
I was feeling drained, as if someone had squeezed the entire energy out of me....I gulped down water from the bottle in the car & gradually found my breath easing......
Slowly, I started the car & drove into the traffic....home seemed to be an eternity away.

1 comments:

sharada said...

Ur new blog page is really cool....cool colour combinations...looks nice....
Btw get well soon....