By Ahmet Abdulaziz ….
Once again the rain has started falling. The rainy season has started. All of a sudden the whole life pattern seems to be going through an abrupt change.
Although we all know that it is the time when rain could start anytime, but still most of us in general, and myself in particular, keep everything pending until the rain actually starts.
For example, though the weather has started taking a turn, still I am confused if I should wear a full sleeved or short sleeved shirt. I am still not able to decide if it would be proper to turn the air conditioner on “hot” mode or not. Every morning before leaving the house for work, I have to think if I should carry a light sweater or coat with me or not.
The problem is that it is not just myself alone who is in this confused state nowadays. Almost everyone is passing through the same period. At my workplace, all of us look around to see how many of us have started wearing full sleeved shirts. I am sure that though the air conditioners are no more in use at our workplace, some of us want to change the mode to “hot”.
However, on the other hand, in my mind the rainy season has once again taken me to the songs related to rain.
There are many songs related to rain, which I repeatedly listen to.
At the top of these comes “It never rains in Southern California”, sung by Albert Hammond. Interestingly the words of this song do not have a direct connection with rain, yet the way Albert Hammond sings this is simply fantastic.
Not forgetting, “Raindrops keep falling on my head”, by R.J.Thomas has been among my list of most favourite songs, since my youth. Every time I listen to this, I started passing through the feeling of raindrops literally falling on my head. Though over the years I have lost quite a bit of hair, yet still I like feeling raindrops falling on my hair.
My list would not be complete if I did not mention “Here comes the rain again”, by the Eurythmics. It is a wonderful song, which always keeps me on my journey to my past.
Lastly, there are two very wonderful songs, which have become amongst my most favourite songs, very lately. These are “Who’ll Stop the Rain” and “Have you ever seen the rain”, both sung by John Fogerty for Creedence Clearwater. The most interesting point is that I had never heard about the Creedence Clearwater group during 1970s. It is just during the last ten years that I noticed them and their songs. They are really wonderful. Though their songs are wonderful, what I loved the most in that group was their drummer, Doug Clifford. He had a very peculiar style of playing his drums. I really loved that.
But when I return back to the world of reality, I find that though on one side rain brings happiness to many, it does create many problems for others. In the TRNC, rain creates too many problems which badly affects our daily lives. In places the roads get flooded. There are houses constructed in low lying areas. Frequently water enters the house and becomes a real nightmare for the residents.
In the TRNC rains affects the traffic badly. Since we already have a traffic problem in all cities, and one usually gets stuck in traffic at the peak hours, but the traffic becomes a real trouble during the rainy season. Though the local municipalities and traffic police departments do take precautionary measures beforehand to meet emergencies, every year we frequently experience rain associated problems in our lives.
As I am writing these lines at 4 pm, the sky is filled with black clouds, and rain can start any time. The office workers will start leaving their workplaces after a short period of time, which is expected to coincide with the start of the rain. Thus once again there will be traffic jams everywhere. Let’s hope for the best.
I am still listening to “Here comes the rain again” by the Eurythmics.