//Remembrance of lost summer//
The sky was hovered with dark clouds. And it was a windy day. There wasn't any forecast of this unusual rain. However, it has been raining relentlessly since last night. Rather last midnight, when her sleep was broken due to heavy thunderstorm outside, as she clutched him tightly, burying her face in his chest, much in a similar way as a child holds her Mum. And after all these years he turned out to be no less than a mother to her, comforting her in every distress. Loving her more with each passing day.
The wall clock showed the time of 3:30 pm. Sunday afternoons in Kolkata has always been calmer than other days of the week, devoid of daily commotions. And if by any chance if the afternoon turns out to be a rainy one then the afternoon nap makes its way to almost every house bringing the quietness around, even in the busiest lanes.
However, the day was unusual, cause neither he nor she was sleeping. Instead, he was busy observing the fluttering of curtains in the balcony due to the wind, accompanied by jingling of the wind chime. And she was lying in the bed with her head on his lap and a book of 100 love sonnets by Pablo Neruda in her hand, and the eyes struck on one of the verses, occasionally reading out one or two for him. "... I love you as one loves certain obscure things,
secretly, between the shadow and the soul."
The poem and jingling sound of wind chime and the rainy ambience, took him to a summer of years ago. It was the time when she was in her late teens and he was an young adult of 23.
It was a beautiful, cloudless, bright sunny morning with cool breeze and serene weather. The day was special for both of them as they planned a movie outing after a long time. He remembered watching one of the funniest yet thought provoking movie with her in that day. The day was remarked by good movie, good food, stolen kisses in sparsely populated corridors of the mall and their characteristic long walks along the lonesome streets, that too in rain, sharing the umbrella. That day though the morning was sunny but by the time it was noon the cloud had hovered around pretty unusually, bringing the rain. (Contd. In comments)