Sunday, November 7, 2010

Sunday Memories: Sound

The frenzied beat of the dakis took me back to another time and another place. To my childhood in Bengal, where the beats would waft into my room and wake me up at the crack of dawn. I rarely complained because the beats reminded me that the Durga Pujas had come- the best time of the year to be in Bengal. Durga Puja! The smells, the sights, but more than anything else the beat of the dakis.

Many years later, in an alien city, I heard the same beats. They brought me back to a home I had almost forgotten.

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12 comments:

Margot Kinberg said...

Rayna - Isn't it interesting how something like a sound can carry one back like that? For me, it's the sound of the mourning dove, a small bird indigenous to the state I grew up in. When I hear it, I'm back there :-).

And that's a lovely 'photo, too.

Clarissa Draper said...

Cool! Now I want to hear those drums to get a sound to the wonderful picture you gave us.

CD

Debra She Who Seeks said...

I feel that way on the rare occasions now when I hear a meadowlark -- immediately I'm a child again in a small prairie town.

Stephen Tremp said...

I didn't even know this event existed. I'm going to google it to learn a little more. Thanks for the drabble as I learned something new!

Medeia Sharif said...

I feel the same way about certain sounds, smells, etc. They bring me back to another time and place.

Oddyoddyo13 said...

This was so beautiful. It really makes you stop and think...

Talli Roland said...

I'd love to hear the sound! For me, the sound would be chickadees. That really carries me home.

Thanks for sharing.

Jemi Fraser said...

It's amazing how sounds can instantly transport us through the years. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Little things that carry us back...

slommler said...

It always amazes me how a sound or a smell can transport me to another time and place. Fascinating and wonderful all at the same time!
Hugs
SueAnn

kmckendry said...

Love the picture. Smells do this for me.

Rayna M. Iyer said...

@ Margot- I can almost hear that now.

@ Clarissa- tried googling it, but couldn't find any. next year, I'll tape it and post it.

@ Debra- wow. That must be so wonderful

@ Stephen- my pleasure. It is restricted to a few regions even in Indai

@ Medeia- and it is always such a nice journey

@ Oddyoddyo13- thank you

@ Talli- funny how so many people associate bird songs with memories

@ Jemi- totally. And smells

@ Alex- they are fantastic

@ slommler- the human brain never fails to amaze me

@ kmckendry- thank you. Yes, smells too

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