What comes to your mind when you think of rainbows?
A certain viral YouTube video with the double rainbow, or,
the time when you were a kid and while racing back to your home to avoid the impending rain, you caught the glimpse of the glorious rainbow with the corner of your eye in all its glory,
or are you a poet at heart and it reminds you hope?
As always, being a student of Engineering and for my love of correct definitions of the most inane objects in life (for all the computer geeks, this is a real life object, and not an entity that you can define in JAVA), Wikipedia defines Rainbows as,
“A rainbow is a meteorological phenomenon that is caused by reflection, refraction and dispersion of light in water droplets resulting in a spectrum of light appearing in the sky. It takes the form of a multicoloured arc. Rainbows caused by sunlight always appear in the section of sky directly opposite the sun.”
As an Engineer I am supposed to have little jugaad’ing (the ultimate miser/pauper with mental resources to fend off a problem) skills, and I was amazed to find Rainbows are as versatile as an average Engineer from a regional and private Engineering college in India, where his job experiences match the “wowness” (if there is such a word
) of the abs of Hrithik Roshan’s abs (Well, I am trying to get more female readers, and Hrithik’s abs is the only thing that can lead me to it). Rainbows find mention in the ancient scriptures, like in Genesis 9, as part of the flood story of Noah, where it is a sign of God’s covenant to never destroy all life on earth with a global flood again.
In the Norse mythology, the rainbow bridge Bifröst connects the world of men (Midgard) and the realm of the gods (Asgard). As if this wasn’t cool enough, “Rainbow flags” has been used as a symbol of the Cooperative movement in the German Peasants’ War in the 16th century, of peace in Italy, and of gay pride and LGBT social movements since the 1970s. In 1994 in South Africa, Nelson Mandela described newly democratic post-apartheid South Africa as the rainbow nation. To top it off as the whipped cream on pancakes (too weird, or too freaking delicious?!), you will be very pleased to know that our versatile brother has even been used in technology product logos including the Apple computer logo.
I may not seem like a person to ponder over inanimate things much, but this blogpost has been inspired by an incredibly dear friend of mine, who thought “Rainbows” depicted a time when life was colourful, and the people in it were crayons with which you painted the canvas of your life (I have smart friends, not everyone in my life is as silly as I am). It wasn’t such a crazy thought after all, we need 7(+2) colours in our life to turn the otherwise bland (read: colourless) life into a hoot and a half. Each colour of the rainbow represents a very integral part of our life,
- Red represents passion, and vitality and the love which keeps us alive as mortals with emotions and feelings.
- Orange being the mix of red and yellow signifies creativity, playfulness as well as equilibrium or control.
- Yellow which is the colour of the sun itself signifies wisdom, clarity of thought and order of life. (So much for “Yellow Yellow! Dirty Fellow” :P).
- Green is the middle colour of the rainbow and denotes fertility, growth, balance, health and wealth.
- Blue is believed to be the colour representing the calm and cool. It has also been associated indirectly to theology.
- Indigo is mystical as it bridges the Gap between Finite and Infinite.
- Violet is the blend of red and blue. It is a colour of good judgment and effective when used in meditating. It is also the royal colour signifying nobility.
Also we need a little bit of black and white, because what is life without a little extremism.
Personally, I feel that rainbows stand for the happiness after the seemingly endless pursuit through the sewers in the Shawshank State Penitentiary (Yes, I am referencing to Andy Dufresne crawl through human feces to escape jail to avoid being wrongly punished), it stands for all those AWPers in CounterStrike who have to wait a few rounds to get their weapon of choice but the “ACE” (meaning killing 5/5 opponents in the opponent team) in the 5th Round makes it worth all the wait in the world, it is the surge in happiness and overly affectionate emotions when you are in a LDR, and see your ‘bae’ (it means babe for the youth culture impaired) after so many months and those endless fights over the phone, those heavenly moments when you can’t help but blush in Skype. For people like us, it is the glory at the end of the binge-watching and speculating about the major twist at the end and the moment when you know that you have been proved right like I had my moment with Mr. Robot.
In the modern world, where the rain and sun symbolise the good and the bad (subject to reversal of roles); the rainbow is the cute/lucky love (or, is it hate?) child that is born out of it. I believe that settling in life is overrated, it should never be as stable as the distance-displacement graph of a DC voltage signal, life should have the rise and falls of sinusoidal nature like that of an AC voltage signal. Every life needs a little rain and sun, and with the right amount of luck, and a viewing angle of 42˚, you can have yourself a little “Rainbow”.