A perfect ending to the day

Yesterday evening was one of the best i’ve experienced after a long time. Getting out of the office, i saw these clouds looming just over the horizon, with a cool breeze blowing and the earth displaying all the tell-tale signs of rain, all my exhuastion after a hard day of ‘creativity’ instantly evaporated.

Then came sunset! My GOD it was beautiful! It was one of those, where the sky changes color every couple of minutes.. till darkness settles in. Just after the maghrib namaz.. the sky turned bright yellow, making everything around seem to glow. Then it was a fiery red, but just breifly… till everything became purple.. the transition from hot to cool was so evident in those few moments, helped immensely by the cool breeze… the next transtion was to pink from where the sky started it gradual move towards black. It took quite a long time for the light to actually extinguish from the sky proclaiming night time had set in! The fact that i was enjoying it in the garden was all the more exciting. If anyone knows the name of this phenomena.. let me know! It has something to do with the moisture in the air acting as a prism filtering out different wavelengths of light as the sun sets, which results in the barrage of color.

Then at around 10 PM, We finally had it! RAIN.. blessed drops of water fell from the sky, taking the heat away from the earth. The nostrils were bombarded with the familiar smell of ‘mitti’ (which im told is a uniquely karachite experience). Even though it was more of a drizzle, there was enough to completely wet the roads. It even managed to clean out some of the trees. The major drizzling stopped around 15 minutes after, but drops continued pouring intermittantly well into the night.

And so.. we had the perfect ending to a long, hot day! Its forecasted that karachi will continue to receive rain for the next couple of days. Even with all the digging and what not… it is still badly needed in this heat.

Oh.. before i forget.. KESC as usual, cut off electric supply during the time of the drizzling, which in my opinion, was a good move, in order to prevent any short circuits. The supply was resumed around 15 minutes after the drizzling stopped and remained on for the rest of the night. (This im reporting of Tariq Road Area.. other localities may have different experiences).

9 Comments so far

  1. Wahidi (unregistered) on July 6th, 2006 @ 8:06 am

    oh i so miss the “mitti” kee smell…..u dont get there newhere in the world!!….

  2. eluxzion (unregistered) on July 6th, 2006 @ 8:46 am

    indeed it was one perfect close to the day. after days of constant heat and humidity, even the slightest downpour changes our moods completely.

    as you said, there’s more forecasted, which actually brings us to this year’s monsoon. it was about time.

  3. Extiinct (unregistered) on July 6th, 2006 @ 9:40 am

    Let’s not forget the lightening! And KESC decided to cut our power before it rained in our area. I was actually surprised to have electricity during the drizzle.

  4. Nadir (unregistered) on July 6th, 2006 @ 9:56 am

    As we speak, the lightening shall be kept under discussion, fortunetly the KESC forgot that we they have an area of Gulshan-e-Iqbal block 1. (though they have forgotten to switch it on a few days back)

    In Maghrib and before i thought its not gonna rain (at least today), but in Isha i felt some drops on my hand!!! man i though it was the guy praying next to me!! :S

    But then it started… we friends were sitting out side our home (as we live near-by) and were plannng to go to Unnabi (have you heard of Quetta Unnabi, its a VERY famous Chai ka khoka at NIPA, I think a blog shall be pasted here, and guys DO go there and have doodh patti)

    a friend screwd up, and we were not able to go to unnabi, any way… we all went back home, i went on the roof and watched the lightening. it was great! the rain has stopped and the nice cold breeze, such a nice scenery, its worth enjoying such things alone….

  5. IllusionFS (unregistered) on July 6th, 2006 @ 11:19 am

    how we karachiites crave for rain.. wow.

  6. Fakhr (unregistered) on July 6th, 2006 @ 3:16 pm

    Yea! RAIN RAIN RAIN RAIN plz plz plz plz ……

  7. Moiz Kazmi (unregistered) on July 6th, 2006 @ 3:34 pm

    i loved the RainWetMitti smell…..it makes me feel so good…no cares ..no worries..all flew away with the lovely weather :)

  8. LaydeeBird (unregistered) on July 6th, 2006 @ 3:55 pm

    you know for some strange reason the few drops of rain did NOT put me in a good mood. And the colors of the orange sky put up by Illusion made me feel even worse.

    An orange sky is usually a sign of light pollution (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Light_pollution) which is never a good thing.

    Plus the few drops of rain water that fell in my area smelled weird and tasted bitter (yes i did turn my head up to the night sky) and i thought “acid rain” to myself.

    It was still very humid even after the drizzle. And the power loss didnt make me any happier.

    And if the met office is right and we get more rain, there will be huge traffic messes in an already dug-up city. The so-called “contingency plan” (http://www.dawn.com/2006/06/20/local18.htm) for karachi rains is a joke and doesn’t give me any hope.

    Maybe i’m just in a grouchy mood. *sigh*

  9. Da-Man (unregistered) on July 7th, 2006 @ 10:14 pm


    Bitter rain? Are you sure it was not a crow flying overhead? LOL.

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