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PHOTO ESSAY: LOVE LETTER TO THE MONSOON

August 05, 2018

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Rain lashes down on Mall Road, Lahore | Aun Jafri/White Star
Rain lashes down on Mall Road, Lahore | Aun Jafri/White Star

Skies overcast with a gathering of clouds, darkening and deepening before a thunderstorm, make hearts burst with the anticipation of rain. The lightness of being seems to pervade society at the first pitter patter of drops from the skies, taking away the heaviness of the sweltering heat. Children splashing in puddles, the rush to fry pakorras to be had with chai, the sound of thunder, the flash of lightning, the coming out on to the roads of motorbikes and cars, youngsters out to enjoy the downpours, the swaying of trees, the dust and pollution in the air washed away, the smell of the earth after. In the subcontinent rain is more than just a change in weather; it is a symbol for romance and blessings from above. Even when the blessings can become too much too handle.

Drizzle, showers or downpours, rains are always romanced in our part of the world

Dramatic skies form ahead of a rainshower in Karachi | Khaula Jamil
Dramatic skies form ahead of a rainshower in Karachi | Khaula Jamil

Eos put together images sent by photographers across major urban centres that capture the joy and wonder Pakistanis experience as the clouds teem overhead and rain showers quench the land and answer our prayers for more.

A flash of lightening seen in Lahore skies | M. Arif/White Star
A flash of lightening seen in Lahore skies | M. Arif/White Star

A family passes walks in Budai Area of Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa | Abdul Majeed Goraya/White Star
A family passes walks in Budai Area of Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa | Abdul Majeed Goraya/White Star

A boy dashes across the road | Arif Ali/ White Star
A boy dashes across the road | Arif Ali/ White Star

Going home on a rainy night in Lahore | Murtaza Ali/White Star
Going home on a rainy night in Lahore | Murtaza Ali/White Star

Driving in a downpour in Karachi | Kohi Marri
Driving in a downpour in Karachi | Kohi Marri

A bird soars in an overcast sky in Lahore | Nad-e-Ali
A bird soars in an overcast sky in Lahore | Nad-e-Ali

A farmer covers chaff with a plastic sheet to protect it from rain on the outskirts of Peshawar | Shahbaz Butt/White Star
A farmer covers chaff with a plastic sheet to protect it from rain on the outskirts of Peshawar | Shahbaz Butt/White Star

A rainbow forms over Peshawar after sporadic drizzling | Shahbaz Butt/White Star
A rainbow forms over Peshawar after sporadic drizzling | Shahbaz Butt/White Star

Published in Dawn, EOS, August 5th, 2018