Tuesday, 25 August 2015

A Date with Night

Have you ever had a night etched so deep in your heart that every time you think of it, you can see it happen all over again right in front of your eyes.

And that night happened to me in the year 2001, as I remember we moved out of Tezpur by next year. Now I would be lying if I say I remember the exact date and time of the event. But I do recollect vividly everything else about the night. It was a cold winter night. I was standing in my balcony covered from head to toe in woolen wear along with my dad, who did not show the same enthusiasm. Of course one can't blame him, it was around 1 AM and it was freezing. So what were we awaiting?

I was always fascinated by night sky. I wanted to be an astronomer. And I chased that dream till my college days when eventually I had to accept the fact that I didn't do too well in physics (I sucked). You would think that children would be more exposed to field of astronomy in a city like Bangalore but it would surprise you that living in a small town could bring you so much more closer to stars that one can't help but fall in love with them and pursue it. At least that's what happened to me. In fact, my love for stars was sealed when I saw Milky Way for the very first time! Yes, it is possible to see it even though technically we are part of it. And boy does it look stunning!

    Photo credit: Ohad ben Yoseph

Millions of stars flowing across sky, like a river, I can only imagine what our ancestors would have felt when they used to watch sky in awe. You would start believing in higher power. You would realize how minuscule you are in front of nature. To this day there are no words I can find to describe that sight.

Anyways, back then I was a amateur sky-gazer and used to rigorously follow all the celestial events. And on that cold winter night I was waiting for a meteor shower. I had never seen one and couldn't wait to watch it. After a long wait, something caught my eye. Just when I was doubting myself and brushing off the flicker of light as figment of imagination, there came another one! A star falling from the sky...it is one of the coolest thing in the world!

    Photo credit: Wilson Lam

It was like a dream come true..and it went on for a while...I counted 26! I was in daze the entire night. It is only in the morning that I realize that I forgot to ask for a wish with shooting star. I could have got 26 wishes!

But I guess I was too happy already, even today whenever I feel little upset I close my eyes and wish upon the shooting stars I saw that night :)

When we grow up we get so caught up with life that we loose sight of lot of simple things. We get so dazzled by lights around us that we never look up. So next time you find yourself spinning around crazy in life, press pause, walk outside and look up.

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