Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Hey, Today is declared a holiday!

Ram silently sneaked out of his bed. It was 5 A.M. He peeked outside the window. It was raining cats and dogs outside. He put on the television and switched to sun news. His dad and mom felt so proud to watch his 10 years old kid watching news at this time of the day. They were mistaken probably. They were admiring him silently. Suddenly he started jumping in joy. He ran towards the bedroom shouting. 

"It is a holiday today due to rain! Hurray!" 

His dad was embarrassed about his thought. But he too laughed with his kid. 

"The Corporation of Chennai has declared holiday for schools and colleges in Chennai in wake of heavy rains!" 

This has been the most wanted news for every school and college student for the past few years. Everyone look forward to heavy rains in morning and a declaration of holiday following it. School kids put on TV very early and they switch to news channels. Parents of those kids feel so proud to see their kids watching news channels so early. But they are mostly mistaken. 

When heavy rains lash the city, the people suffer a lot due to the roads, transport, electricity, water, money, winds and what not. The roads in several places become so bad and damaged that they can't be used. The travel during this time of the year becomes so difficult due to the heavy rains which get us drenched completely in spite of precautions like umbrella or raincoats. Those who can afford cars can travel safely. But what about the condition of common people who can afford only a public transport or a two-wheeler? They have no other go but to get wet in rain and proceed. 

This is the reason why the Government declares holiday for the schools and colleges. It is to avoid the sufferings of the common students who travel a longer distance. But why is it they don't declare holidays when it is raining heavily or when we need it? They declare holiday when it drizzles and when we don't want.The kids see this as an enjoyment because of the holiday. 

Image: Harikrishna Raghuraman

But College students are matured enough. Can't they come in rain? I am an under grad student. I too have to travel a far distance to reach my college and I find it difficult. But I too feel very happy when I hear about a holiday. First and foremost today's exam is cancelled. So no fear, no tension, no pressure. Second, we can take rest for some hours midst the busy schedule. Then, we have a fair amount of time to prepare for tomorrow's exam. Yes, we have a fair need of holiday. We too look eagerly for rains so that a holiday may be announced. But these holidays turn deadly for us at this time of the academic year. We have our semester 15 days ahead. Our study holidays start next Tuesday after our third internals which ends on Monday. But today it seems that the heavy rainfall has decided for a declaration of holiday. Our today's exam will be postponed to next Tuesday which will cut short the study holidays by one day. So it is us those who are going to suffer though we are happy at present. The other departments have their lab semester exams scheduled today which also will get postponed to some other day. This will increase our pressure which will last till the end of the exams. 

Image: Harikrishna Raghuraman

Rain Rain rain, go away, 
Come again another day.
College students want to play;
Cyclone, cyclone, go away,
Show your face another day!

Anyways the cyclone will swiftly pass our state and cross the lands somewhere in Andhra or Orissa. We will have yet another sunny time soon. We people are so enigmatic. We pray for rains throughout the summer for the fear of the heat. But when rains lash, we curse them for making our day dull sitting at home. These rains never allow us to do our daily routine which can always do in summer. The sun makes us tired yet it never intrudes in our daily work. But the rains make us so dull and it intrudes in our daily life. Yet the feeling of eating a hot snack in home watching a heavy rainfall is eternal when compared to drinking a cold beverage under the hot sun. 

A few lines from "How Beautiful is the rain" by HW Longfellow!

From the neighbouring school
Come the boys,
With more than their wonted noise
And commotion;
And down the wet streets
Sail their mimic fleets,
Till the treacherous pool
Engulfs them in its whirling
And turbulent ocean.

In the country, on every side,
Where far and wide,
Like a leopard's tawny and spotted hide
Stretches the plain,
To the dry grass and the drier grain
How welcome is the rain! 

So I am gonna admire this rainy day with a hot snack and curse it at the same time for reducing my study holidays!


  1. hahahaha voicing the thoughts of the students of CEG! But the fact is that we live in the present... and we worry about the future in the future! :P so now I shall enjoy my night off by listening to some great tunes and sleep a little bit.. wake up bright and early and prepare for the next exam :)

    1. Lol :D Yeah! But we do have a little worry about our future! And tomorrow I definitely wanted a holiday and its granted now!!! Enjoy again! Thanks dude for the comment :) You have been my very good supporter here :) Thank you very much Guru :)

    2. I support anyone who takes their time to write their thoughts and share it with the world hahaha... so no need for thanks and all :P

  2. You say college students are mature enough and still speak about losing your holiday. See the point is, not many colleges in the state have good infrastructure like our colleges in chennai. Since it poses a lot of difficulty for students from other cities to travel and reach their college during these rainy days to take up exams, the Govt declares holiday and postpones the exam. I agree that it can be a tad irritating, but it is done keeping everyone's convenience in mind.
    And Yea, some things don't change :-)

    1. Yeah... The Government actually does it for the welfare of those who find it difficult to travel in such a weather condition and that's what I have said in my initial paragraphs but those who can really come even in these conditions they see it as a mere holiday.. That's what is really bad.. And Everyone has their perception about holidays.. And here actually I have voiced the mindset of our college students whose pressure keeps on building due to the exams and not in general!! Thanks for the comment :) Glad you liked it...And I have not spoken about losing my holiday but losing my exam which will reduce our study holidays (ovvorutharukku ovvoru feelings :D) :D

  3. study holidays la oru naal cut aana, ivlo feelings uh thambi?! :P as if it s going to affect your awesome marks. *Touchwood*

    things have changed for me: these days if they announce holiday, it becomes disgusting, coz even if they do, ena puyaal uh irundhalum mazhaya irundalum I have to go, while my bro is having fun enjoying his holiday x-( :( :(

    1. Lol :D :D Ovvorutharukku ovvoru feelings :P Did I tell you that I'm not enjoying the holidays? :P I am having a great fun here with 15 hrs power cut :P :P

    2. And probably that is when you realize that you r actually missing the beautiful town u left behind. :)

    3. Sometimes, I do feel that! Pondy is really a beautiful town! :)

  4. interesting post. I loved the perception picture. Did you make that up?? Cheers to that.

    1. Thank you a lot :) Yeah I made that using meme generators available online ;)

  5. You brought out the underlying paradox that rain brings along with it nicely. We all have different reasons to either celebrate or curse the rain. Sometimes we rejoice for the temporary relief and happiness it provides and later we frown for the delays and troubles it causes in the aftermath. You gave it an interesting perspective.

    1. Thanks :) Yeah as every other thing, the nature too has its pros and cons... We celebrate one thing if it gives happiness else curse it... Glad you liked it :)

  6. Hey keep posting such good and meaningful articles.


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