The sun shone very brightly when I sat in the balcony with the novel. I came inside and switched on the tv. Nothing was interesting me. I hate these lonely days. Meena and adhi had gone to Coimbatore for some family function and I stayed back because of hospital commitments.I switched off the tv and opened the front door. There was this rainbow forming from yercaud hills and with a big curve, going somewhere towards an another insignificant hill. Sasmita, our neighbourhood girl was standing near their gate. She is of Adhi’s age. I pointed towards the hills and showed her the rainbow. She told that she couldn’t see anything. I asked her to come near, showed the rainbow and then asked her to make a wish. I told her ‘when you see a rainbow, you have to wish something. Your wish would come true’. She nodded and then asked “Uncle, where is adhi?” I told he will be coming on Tuesday. Then I told her that I am going to find out where the rainbow starts. She had an amused look on her face.
I went inside, quickly changed to some simple clothes, took the novel along with me ( thought I will sit somewhere on the side walls on the road and read till it darkens) and went to my bike. The foothills itself is some 3 kms from our home. As I went along, there was a slight drizzle, never in any means bothersome. Then, I crossed the road to opposite side to take photos of the rainbow from my mobile camera. As I started climbing uphill, the rainbow started fading. Probably I was inside the production unit. It was just faintly visible. The other end too was not much discernible. The sun , from the opposite side was still bright. There was this usual place, where adhi and myself would station the bike and go hiking up the hill or sit there watching the vehicles move by.
I continued driving the bike. The first stream showed up, fresh and clean waters erupting through the rocks just beside the road. Yercaud itself was some 20 kms from there, can be easily reached within half an hour. I had no idea of going to yercaud, but just wanted to see how many more streams form in this side. Two, three, four.. there were so many. I saw a girl standing in front of one of the streams, alone and was wondering what she was doing there. I went forward, there was this another person standing over the parapet turning towards the sun. Crazy ppl , as crazy as I was, to have come alone along this road. Another 3 kms upwards, there was this bigger stream, and a small teashop. I stopped there , took some photos of the stream, sipping tea and wondering, how I missed adhi today. He would have enjoyed, definitely we would have atleast soaked our feet in the cold waters.
The horizon was turning dark, and I turned the bike towards the city. The cold wind clamping my t shirt. I had to plan for dinner tonight. I was surprised to see the girl and the guy ( seemed not yet married) station their bike near the same stream and then chatting happily, ( Oh, war and peace..Good, good).
As I reached the foot hills, there was this big truck parked in front, and a big tummied police annachi directing all bikes towards one side of the road.. OMG, I forgot to even get my wallet, no driving license in hand, No one at home to fetch it too. I pretended to search my pockets. He came towards me and told ‘ Karnataka vandiya?’( is this Karnataka registration vehicle) I just nodded my head , cursing myself as to why I came in such a hurry. He let the first person in front of me go, and then came near me. “ Drinks saptirukkengala sir” ( have you consumed alcohol?sir?) I was bowled by his politeness.. ha ha, I was becoming normal, This , definitely I need not worry, at least now. I told an assertive "NO".. He smiled and told “ Polam, vandi registration a maathunga” ( you can go, change the vehicle registration). I smiled back, relieved and powered my accelerator. The rainbow had disappeared by that time..
|Rainbow from flat|
|Rainbow where it starts|
|Rainbow where it ends|
|Inside production unit. Disappearing rainbow.|
|How I wish I had company|
|green all the way|
|Smolensk? War and peace.|
|Fresh stream, joined down by another.|
|Just beside the road.|