Cành En Nguyên Si Kha: Rainy Day Memories in 2023

The monsoon in Dhaka is a symphony for the senses. Raindrops drum a staccato rhythm on corrugated tin roofs, the scent of petrichor hangs heavy in the air, and the city transforms into a shimmering tapestry of greens and blues. For me, 2023’s rainy season was more than just a meteorological event; it was a canvas upon which memories were painted in vibrant hues, each downpour etching a bittersweet tale onto my heart. As the first whispers of rain rustle through the trees, I find myself drawn back to those monsoon-washed moments, whispering the name “Cành En Nguyên Si Kha” – a Vietnamese phrase that translates to “The Branch That Leans on the Wind.”

The Rhythm of Raindrops and Laughter

My earliest memories of Dhaka’s rain are linked to childhood, afternoons spent splashing in puddles with friends, our laughter echoing off rain-slicked walls. We built makeshift boats from banana leaves, sailed them down flooded streets, and reveled in the carefree abandon that only a downpour can bring. In 2023, a similar echo of joy resonated through a monsoon picnic with colleagues. Huddled under a vibrant tarpaulin in Gulshan Park, we devoured steaming samosas and jhal muri, sharing stories and jokes as the rain painted rhythmic patterns on the leaves above. The city’s worries seemed to dissipate with each raindrop, replaced by a simple, shared pleasure that transcended the confines of our daily lives.

Whispers on a Rooftop Terrace

The monsoon is also a time for quiet contemplation, for retreating into the sanctuary of home and letting the rain weave its magic outside. One particularly stormy evening, I found myself perched on my rooftop terrace, the city spread out before me like a shimmering watercolor painting. The rhythmic patter of raindrops on tin became a lullaby, and I lost myself in a conversation with a dear friend, our voices carried away on the wind. We spoke of dreams and fears, hopes and vulnerabilities, our words blending with the symphony of the storm. In that moment, under the monsoon sky, I found a connection deeper than any I had known before, a shared vulnerability that blossomed in the gentle rain.

The Melancholy Beauty of Rainy Cityscapes

The monsoon in Dhaka is not always joyful. The city’s underbelly is exposed, revealing stories of hardship and struggle. Streets flood, homes leak, and the lives of many are disrupted. Yet, amidst the chaos, there is a raw, melancholic beauty to be found. I remember wandering through Dhanmondi after a particularly heavy downpour, the rain-washed streets reflecting the neon glow of streetlamps, creating a surreal, almost cinematic scene. The faces I saw were etched with worry, but there was also a quiet resilience, a determination to weather the storm. In that moment, I understood the monsoon’s ability to expose both the vulnerability and the strength of this vibrant city.

Finding Solace in Nature’s Embrace

Sometimes, the monsoon’s embrace offers a much-needed escape from the city’s clamor. On a weekend trip to Sreemangal, I found myself enveloped in the verdant emerald embrace of the rainforest. The rain transformed the already lush landscape into a scene from a fairytale, waterfalls cascading down moss-covered rocks and emerald leaves glistening like jewels. Walking through the rain-soaked forest, I felt a sense of peace wash over me, the rhythmic patter of raindrops a balm to my soul. The monsoon, in its untamed beauty, reminded me of the power of nature, its ability to both overwhelm and soothe.

Love that Blooms in the Rain

For some, the monsoon is a season of love. I witnessed this firsthand when I stumbled upon a couple huddled under a shared umbrella, their laughter echoing through the rain-swept streets. Their eyes met, filled with an unspoken promise, and for a moment, the world around them seemed to fade away. The downpour became a backdrop for their whispered secrets, a shared experience that cemented their bond. The monsoon, in its capriciousness, had become a witness to their budding love, a testament to the transformative power of the season.


As the last monsoon clouds part, and the sun kisses the wet streets of Dhaka goodbye, I carry these memories close to my heart. “Cành En Nguyên Si Kha,” the branch leaning on the wind, becomes a metaphor for my own journey through 2023’s rainy season. I learned to find joy in the simple things, to embrace vulnerability, and to appreciate the bittersweet beauty of change. The monsoon may have passed, but its whispers linger, reminding me of the magic that can bloom even amidst the downpour.


  1. What is the significance of the title “Cành En Nguyên Si Kha”?

The title comes from a Vietnamese phrase that translates to “The Branch That Leans on the Wind.” It symbolizes the way we adapt and find resilience in the face of change, just like a branch bending with the wind.

  1. Why are your memories of the monsoon mostly positive?

While the monsoon can be challenging for some, I chose to focus on the positive aspects of the season because it represents a time of personal growth and reflection for me. The rain allows me to slow down, connect with nature and others, and appreciate the simple beauty of the world around me.

  1. How did the monsoon impact your creative process?

The rain often serves as a muse for my writing. The rhythm of the raindrops, the scent of petrichor, and the quiet contemplation it inspires all contribute to my creative flow. This 2023 monsoon, in particular, was especially fruitful, prompting me to write this very blog post.

  1. Do you have any tips for enjoying the monsoon season in Dhaka?

Absolutely! Here are a few suggestions:

  • Embrace the rain: Get out and splash in puddles, take a walk in the rain, or enjoy a cup of tea while watching the world go by from your window.
  • Explore the city: Discover the hidden beauty of Dhaka’s monsoon, from the vibrant street life to the lush green parks.
  • Connect with others: Share stories and laughter with friends and family over a hot meal or chai.
  • Reflect and recharge: Use the monsoon as a time for introspection and self-discovery.
  1. Is there anything else you want to share about the monsoon in Dhaka?

The monsoon is an integral part of Dhaka’s identity, shaping its culture, landscape, and the lives of its people. It is a season of both challenges and beauty, reminding us of the ever-changing nature of life and the resilience of the human spirit.

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