After my trust in Bing weather was completely lost, came the day when my mother believed it for the first time. “Aaj dow bajay barish hai, chatri laay k jana” [Its gonna rain at 2pm. Take your umbrella with you.] I tried to reason with her. I told her how Bing weather app is responsible for trust issues worldwide. ‘But the power of the mom could not be undone’. As univ it started raining and I realised that this might be the first time I have ever brought one to university. It felt odd. It felt girly. and the fact that most of the girls had umbrellas with them, only made it worse. (There were boys too, but they were invisible to me at that time.) So after it stopped raining, I tried to walk with my umbrella like 70s British gentlemen did with sticks. People could easily have confused it with Charlie Chaplin walk. After an hour of swishing, flicking, spinning and balancing, I gave it to a friend to hold for a sec. As he took it in his hand, something took over him, (maybe the strong will of umbrella to be played with). He opened it up and tried to do a dance step. He might be doing Rihanna’s Umbrella dance, but from where I stand it looked like a 12-year-old loosing control over umbrella in strong wind and falling.
Short history of umbrella
Wonder if anyone has ever care to search for history of umbrella. How this started? What is date of origin of this innovation? My theory is that one day mr.caveman was out on a hunting trip to avoid his girlfriend when it started to rain. He was not scared of getting wet but the rain might ruin his fancy leather wrap. He thought taking shelter under a tree would be a good idea, although it wasn’t. So he did. Now he miss the shelter of his cave. He imagined if the tree could walk, he could walk with it to his cave. Maybe even give him a ride (Lord of the Rings much). If only I could pick a tree, he thought. Then he saw a shrub and pulled it out. He held it as the frist ever umbrella and walked his way cave. The next day, it was still raining. He reached for his umbrella but it was dead with all leaves fallen out. He tried putting other shrub umbrellas in the water at his cave so it wont dry, but it didn’t work long. Now he took its main stem and put his leather wrap on its branches, completely forgetting what he ran under the tree for. Black umbrellas believe that was the father of all of their kind except pink umbrellas.
Umbrella is one of those inventions that are so commonly used, yet never not fully given credit for. Like trains for example. There are movies, poems , songs on them. Its wont be fail till Top Gear reviews Umbrellas too. On the other hand what movies have done is promote Umbrella racism. No 80s themed movie is complete without a rainy scene with dozens of black umbrellas but not a single coloured one. Yes we have a yellow umbrella too, but we still don’t know to whom it belongs. (ref: How I met your mother.) Had it been a black one, they should have specified the owner. PinkUmbrellaRightsOrganization is not one bit happy with this racial discrimination with their brightly coloured community.