Early morning sounds
Early morning, standing outside on the balcony I hear many sounds. It starts with the night watchman going on his last rounds.
Then come the crows, with their incessant cawing. The sparrows or the cuckoos may honour some cities, but crows are everywhere.
Then it's the morning jogger's turn. Most of the joggers are silent, except for some who carry their mobile phones with them.
By this time, the washing of utensils, blowing of pressure cookers and somebody singing in the bathroom can be heard. They are generally the people who get to work early. It is also around this time that the vegetable sellers come along, shouting out their wares.
After some time, for an hour or so, you can hear devotional programmes, songs from the yesteryears, and crying of children who need to get ready to go to school but do not want to go and are crying.
Then come the school buses coming honking madly. Children revising for their tests can be heard. Along with the chanting of formulae, come the mothers and fathers saying, "Do well in your exam".
After the kids, daddies of the neighbourhood get their cars and scooters out of the garage. And then, it is silent, very, very silent.
Anees Rao, VIII C
Bangalore: Sri Kumaran's Public School
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