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This year I had a very pleasant and “memorable experience of a rainy day. This day I will never forget. It has left an indelible impression on my young mind. This was the day when my school had re-opened after the summer vacation in July. The taints were already late by a week or ten days. People were anxiously waiting for the rain and the arrival of the monsoon. They were praying the rain-gods to be merciful. The days were unbearably hot, sultry and long. Outside it was really scorching in the sun. People ventured outside only when it was necessary, People relished cold-drinks, ice-creams and cool air of the air-conditioners in their homes. But only a few could afford these comforts and luxuries.

I was going to my school in the morning on foot. It was quiet hot and uncomfortable, I relaxed my steps as I began to sweat but soon the sky was overcast with big, black and dusky clouds. They were thick and huge like mountains. They were so pleasing to look at. They were full of promise of welcome rain and comfort from heat. And lo, soon a cool breeze began to blow followed by a gentle rain.

There were thunder and lightning and more massive clouds. It grew dark, pleasant, and temperature suddenly dropped low. Then it began to rain heavily. The clouds thundered and poured water. In no time there was water ^Ad water everywhere. People were drenched but happy and so was I. I protected my books with a plastic sheet and then ran into a nearby coffee-shop for shelter. Some passersby had already taken shelter there. The shopkeeper was happy to accommodate all of us in his shop. It rained continuously for one hour. The roads, streets, bazaars and other places got flooded in no time; the traffic came to a halt as there was knee deep water at many places on the roads.

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Children were very happy. They had come out of their houses and were enjoying the rain. They ran, played, splashed water on one another and danced gleefully. They also enjoyed pushing the cars stranded in the knee deep water on the road. A few of them floated paper-boats and shouted with joy. It was a great fun for them and reminded me of my early childhood days. A couple of children were trying to swim in the rain-water.

I was drenched to the skin and my school uniform was dripping, but 1 felt much delighted, cool and relieved. My books were safe. Soon a fat person came seeking shelter in the shop. He was almost without breath as he ran fast to reach the shop. Meanwhile his left foot slipped and he fell down in the muddy rain-water. I could not help laughing and others also joined me. There was something funny about the fat man, his gait and running. I felt grateful to him for such a hearty and loud laugh that we had so unexpectedly. It is the unexpected things which gigue us most pleasure and delight. However, the man was not hurt and was on his legs soon, though he had lost his cap in the effort. The rushing waters of the rain had swept away his cap instantly. The poor fellow felt nervous and shy and avoided to come-into the shop.

When the rain stopped, I decided to return home. As I walked slowly along the pavement, I felt as if everything had changed. Everything looked new, fresh and inviting. The rain-washed tree-leaves were dancing in the breeze joyfully. The birds, here and there in the trees, chirped a welcome song to the rainy season. A couple of crows were busy in bathing themselves in a nearby puddle. Muddy water had collected in several small pools on the road. They reflected the sky and the nearby scenes enchanting. They looked like big pieces of mirrors and lent magic to the surroundings.

I reached home, changed my clothes, and then had a cup of hoof tea with some snacks. I enjoyed it as I had never before. It filled me with a sense of some indefinable pleasure and satisfaction.

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