Asit Kumar Sanyal
Delhi Monsoon - Poem by Asit Kumar Sanyal
I am in National Capital Delhi
Waiting to celebrate monsoon
But where it is?
Today 5th July..no rain
Summer is in pick.
But it was not like this
Even 100 years ago it was punctual
Mosoon used to strike Delhi on the dot
Every 29 June of each year
with the peel of thunder
and flashes of lightning
that would lit up Qutub Minar in Mehrauli
The first rain used to cool Delhi weather
People would celebrate the monsoon
with joyful dance and happiness
White Mughals would take off their shirts
in bungalows and Mahals
to cool their prickly heat-ridden body.
The first day of monsoon
was unofficial holiday in Mughal period
Babar would enjoy the first rain
at Aram Bagh
drinking a bottle wine
Humayun used to enjoy the first rain
Taking large quantity of opium
Akbar enjoyed it by sailing in Yamuna
Jahangir enjoyed monsoon by painting
after heavy drink
with Anarkali at Fatepur Sikri
Shah Jahan enjoyed the first raindrops
with his wife Mumtaz Mahal
when she was alive
And later sitting in the Mussamun Burj
to see rain beating down on the Taj Mahal
Aurangzeb enjoyed first Mosoon night
with his courtesan lady love
Hora Bai Zainabadi.
The global heat made the monsoon weak
The pollution of Delhi made it slow
It's the 5th July in English calendar
But no sound of its footstep
I am still waiting to celebrate the rain
The arrival of Delhi monsoon.
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