I tried to adjust my eyes to the darkness around me. I knew the way around the room but still walked cautiously to avoid the heavy rocking chair. Darkness spread everywhere as my eyes adjusted to the little light seeping from outside. I could make out the shape of the furniture,
It was a full moon and opening the curtains let the light inside lighting the room. I lay on the floor and looked into the darkness. Everything was so quite. Somewhere children were playing. I guess lappa chuppi. That’s the best game to play in the dark. You can never guess.
Slowly the children moved away and I heard them walking away. I guess they found a new game, to play somewhere else.
And in the darkness and breaking the silence was the voice of a girl, singing.
Yes it was definitely singing with the distinct sound of harmonium. In fact it was not one but two girls singing. They were not singing any movie song but some classical songs. How come I never heard them before? Today it was so distinct.
I hear them today because of the silence. They must be singing everyday but the melody gets lost in hundred of sounds of the city. Not the sounds but the noise of the city, a city on the move, busy not to notice the music around. Sometimes its not necessary to shout to be heard but a little silence does help and today was the silence. The music in the dark appeared to be surreal.
Suddenly the lights came to life. There was a loud collective cry of happiness from the children. The darkness disappeared and the moonlight became insignificant. The girls had stopped singing or maybe i couldn’t hear them. Slowly the decibel level increased as televisions became alive and started broadcasting mindless stuff labeled as entertainment
The melody was lost in the noise, again.
Note: Written after a power cut.