Scent of the Monsoon

“A cool breeze, grown pleasant through contact with the scent of the earth refreshed by your showers,
which is inhaled by elephants with a pleasing sound at their nostrils, and which is the ripener of wild
figs in the forest, gently fans you who desire to proceed to Devagiri.
There, you, taking the form of a cloud of flowers, should bathe Skanda, who always resides there, with
a shower of flowers, wet with the water of the heavenly Ganges.”

~ Excerpt from Kālidāsa’s Meghadūta , Verse 45. Translated by McComas Taylor.


I find the rain washed colours of nature so enthralling that photographing them is something that I crave for. It’s the whole sensory experience – the monsoon air, the smells of the earth,  the textures of glistening rocks, the brightest of greens that surface, forgotten things that come to life and the clean washed feeling that prevails both inside and out.

A  quick note about the excerpt above : I was recently skimming through a translation of Meghaduta by Kālidāsa (who is considered to be one of the greatest Sanskrit poets) and absolutely loved how it represents the Indian Monsoon – in it’s hauntingly mythic manifestation. It narrates how Yaksa, one of King Kubera’s (god of wealth) subjects in exile, pleads a passing cloud to carry a message to his wife residing in the Himalayas.

I enjoyed the parts I read and couldn’t resist sharing a piece of it here. Image was photographed in the Bisle Ghats in Hassan, while exploring the luscious rainforests there, and chasing that passing cloud above us :)

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  • Olaf Willoughby July 30, 2011, 10:08 pm

    Soft and gently written, lovely…

  • Ramya Reddy July 31, 2011, 9:35 am

    thx Olaf :)

  • Neeraj R-t Chinnappa July 31, 2011, 4:02 pm

    The excerpt is divine; rich with imagery.

    Led me to :seemed like an apt soundtrack that i thought i'd share

  • Beverly Robsham August 1, 2011, 4:06 am

    Ramya – such beauty > in the photography > in the words> in the weaving of the two. Lovely!

  • ramya August 1, 2011, 5:26 pm

    Thank you Beverly !

  • Ramya Reddy August 1, 2011, 5:43 pm

    thanks neej, very interesting composition to go with the words…thanks for sharing

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