Inga Nostalgia: In love with the rainy month of Inga
The buds of spring are inspiring as a promise of a fresh beginning; but what is a promise if it remains just that?
Monsoon is the time when the plants are thick with foliages. And my hometown is a place where it rains and it rains! The plants everywhere tends to overgrow to the point that life seems to be unstoppable. Seedlings and young plants can be seen in their most persistent form peeping out from little cracks on the ground wherever they can.
Monsoon brings out a variety of life forms – from creepy crawlies to blood sucking leeches. Many times I have come across the long slithering reptiles too close for comfort around me. The pond swarm with tadpoles while the little frogs run wild – like little children running out of school at the ringing of the last bell.
When the world all around me seems to be in sad greys, invigorating it is indeed to revel in the freshness of flowers and foliage bathed in the rains. It reminds me of the lines from Celine Dion’s song:
‘Let the rain come down and wash away my tears Let it fill my soul and drown my fears Let it shatter the walls for a new sun’
Inga is the Meitei lunar month that overlaps June -July. It is a month co-terminus with heavy rains – inga nonglak, as it is often referred to. Referring to it as ‘June-July’ or even the ‘monsoon’ does not quite have the same ring as thinking of it as inga. Perhaps it is the romanticisation of nature in Manipuri language or perhaps it is the deficit of rains and scorching summer of Delhi or perhaps it is just the nostalgia, inga does has a different ring for me.
Inga brings to mind lush green bath in rain, rainbows, colourful umbrellas, fragrant lotus and lilies not to mention the muddiness and that amazing phenomenon that we refer to as ‘uchi nong‘ when the sun smiles through a curtain of rain. It is said that when the sun shines and the rain falls simultaneously, the rats go to visit their natal homes. Hence, it is a phenomenon known ‘uchi nong‘, literally, ‘rat’s rain’.
Some shots taken around the house during the month of inga.