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The Monsoon Is Here!

After all, the rain did come. It was destined to. Thundering over the hills, sweeping aside the heat, turning the earth green, dripping down the eaves, well, turning the world green, as if a carpet is spread.. In my small house in the valley it fell in a cascade down the mountain, filled a dam, and then proceeded to flow smoothly down a canal made for the purpose.

The rain, the monsoon, the mausam (in Hindi), is a season of rejuvenation, happiness, and sadness. Happiness for the new world out there, and sadness because a lot of houses and low-lying areas get flooded in this season. In the great city yonder from my home the poor get poorer in the rain. Their food gets soaked, their furniture gets washed away, and they don’t have sleep for a few days because of the incessant rain. The government promises them flats in new buildings and, unfortunately, it gets a long time to be built. Meanwhile life goes on.

The rainy season has been erratic of late. Sometimes there is a big deluge, sometimes it hardly rains. Rain hasn’t been falling evenly these few past years. That’s a cause for worry. Some fields get excess rain and some fields get no rain. Where there is excess rain the crops get washed away, where there are no rains the crops wilt, turn brown, and die.

You say global warming? I say, yes, but can’t we build our ground water reserves? Create new ponds and bunds so our water isn’t washed away. No, I don’t mean big dams that submerge entire villages. I mean small earthen dams that can hold water. Nothing great to ask from our leaders. Surely they can do as much for us.

India has only three seasons in most of its territory. Summer, Monsoon, and Winter. Spring is hardly noticeable in most parts of the country and merges with summer. Flowers bloom not only in spring but in monsoon and winter also. This makes our country unique, exotic. There are flowers blooming at all times of the year and also verdant greenery through monsoon and winter.

Monsoon, or, mausam (the word from which it was derived) means rainy season. Mausam has also been turned into an euphemism for season. We consider rain as THE season, the season of happiness for the farmer, the tiller of the land.

So, um, have a good monsoon!

What happens if the rains don’t come?

scorched earth

It’s June and the rains have not come. The wait has been long. The stifling heat sears the skin and we find ourselves sweating more than usual. The rain usually brings some respite from the heat. But this year it’s blistering hot. It’s not advisable to venture out in the afternoon when the sun is the hottest. And inside houses fans and air-conditioners are turned on to mitigate the heat waves seeping in.

If the rains don’t come portends aren’t very good. India is basically an agrarian economy that depends a lot on agriculture.  if the rains don’t fall there are many consequences which are:

1. Watersupply of cities will stop

2 . Powercuts will implemented.

3.  Fights will happen over petty matters

4. Husbands and wives will fight

5. Politicians will fight.

6. Political parties will fight.

7. Food will be in short supply, and very expensive.

Well, that is the gist of it. The new prime minister intends to reach water to all drought-hit areas of the country. Trains will be employed for the purpose, as I read in today’s paper.

Hope the rain comes soon!