On Rainy Days

Given adequate protection, citizens in Srinagar are in a far more comfortable position than the poet forced by circumstance to choose between gham-e-ishq and gham-e-rozgar when both were under strict restrictions, and selecting one over the other involved minimal exertion of human volition. A paradigm shift in key factors eliminating gham from both while investing them with barakat as well as considerable kasrat, irrespective of discriminatory practices related to proper and improper channels, could be categorized as a long-term measure in democratising institutions hitherto a hegemony of savants. Fears that inroads into exclusive preserves lead to degraded destinations, however, must be held firmly in check so as not to lose sight of some staring-in-the-face evidence of a gradually limited application of degeneration, even if that may continue to refer for a long time to power, carried by both currents and corridors.

The roller-coaster’s other aspects, born of bad engineering, have come to provide interesting if somewhat inadvertent sidelights of uneven finish most visible on rainy days. A combination of causes could be cited for experiences on dry days, but during a downpour its distressing effect on bearing is unique. Not that what is almost without fail a restful amble can ever be transformed into an unseemly rush, but lurking anxieties of uncouth puddles infringing on spotlessness do tend to be delicately disconcerting in states of studied composure. On the other hand, of a piece with unwanted puddles that they are, a large number of newly-inducted recruits to Grand Prix fantasies cannot be expected to know the difference between a well-laid street and one resembling uneven descents, and must necessarily furnish irrefutable proof of domicile as well as its unmistakable links to the signs of well-being sprouting up with unprecedented profusion.

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