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Countries of my mind by Maithreyi Nandakumar

30 Aug


Maithreyi Nandakumar left Chennai nearly 16 years ago to live in England. She has worked for the BBC as an award-winning presenter and producer of Sangam for BBC Radio Bristol, as a newsroom journalist for television (BBC Points West, Bristol) and as a researcher and reporter for BBC Radio 4 and BBC World Service. Since turning to write fiction in recent years, she has had short stories published (Her short story The Interpreter’s Tale won the first prize in the Bristol Tales Anthology), and has also had a radio play recorded (Round the Bend), and is currently working on her novel. She finds herself in Chennai more often than planned and suffers from a Tiruvikrama delusion of spanning at least two continents with ease!.

I sit in the veranda on the cane chair in my parents’ house, feet on the low grilled rail, rocking backwards with the practice of years. It’s not quite a storm but its raining steadily- the rain has a definite sound here- 30 decibels, at least. Not as loud as it can get when in full force. Back in Bristol where I now live, it could be ‘chucking it down’ and you wouldn’t even hear it. Here, the paving suddenly begins to glitter, the drops shining as they fall on the ground- a raindrop disco, I think to myself feeling a simple rush of happiness. Continue reading