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Thursday, September 29, 2011

What colour is October?

What colour is October, asked the child today. These are the parts I am unprepared for. I am used to the other part, specially since I mentally gave up on ever getting eight straight hours of sleep in my life. I think I also understand food and its importance as an essential weapon in any child's armour. I get the 'I am bored' too and normally address it as any self-respecting mother should, which is with complete empathy and zero activity. What? Boredom fosters creativity, don't you know. At least my parents broadly held that view and we turned out to be....well, boring.

But what colour is October? Is this my cue to break out some hackneyed prose? October is the colour of festivals, my love, I could answer, fighting hard to keep a straight face. It is the orange of the marigold and the white of the jasmine. It is the red of the flame that lights the diyas, the red of the Pujo pandal next door and the red of the gerbera that will soon float in the brass urli that I will pull out for Diwali. It is the colour of good over evil, son and of unity in diversity. I could say all this and it would sound most evocative, wah wah but it would mean nothing.

So what is the colour of October? I could dive into memories I suppose and call to mind the Octobers gone by and try very hard to remember what colour they were. Misty white, with that famous nip in the air heralding the arrival of winters in right earnest? All the colours of the rainbow drizzled onto razais that were being brought out to see the sun before they could be pressed into service? Oranges and peanuts, perhaps. Or the murky brown of tea, endless cups of it.

I could delve into synesthetics too, substituting one sense for another and ask myself how Octobers smell. Wood-smoky, isn't it, brown and autumnal.

What colour is October, he asks again. I flip the calendar to the next month. He looks at it, understands and smiles. October is purple, he says.

Now you know.

12 comments:

Aanchal said...

You make October sound even lovelier than it already is! :)

beingFab said...

What color is October? Soo sweet!!!

annastales said...

so profound! the kid i mean :P

Bubble Catcher said...

What a lovely post!

Vini said...

What colour is October? Ah. If only he had asked after June - She is always yellow :)

Stuti said...

October is all the colours of the rainbow. The best month of all.

Priya said...

Reminds me of the time when someone in my marketing team asked me 'What colour is Breakfast?'. He looked at me... being the insight person I was supposed to have the answer??!!?

Mamma mia! Me a mamma? said...

My heart flipped when I read the question. Sigh...another writer in the making.

October is all that you said and more...beautifully, eloquently put :-)

Mamma mia! Me a mamma? said...

My heart flipped when I read the question. Sigh...another writer in the making.

October is all that you said and more...beautifully, eloquently put :-)

dipali said...

Delightful!

Nat said...

thats a prompt to write a children's book.

thegalnxtdoor said...

Of late, I have the feeling that children are born to ask questions that bring their parents out of the mundaneness of everyday life, that make them think very much out of the box. This post goes on to prove just that. :)

Beautifully written post. Thoroughly enjoyed reading this. You make October sound so very pretty. And it is indeed a beautiful month!