We all eagerly await the monsoon after a dry and long summer. It is indeed one of the most eagerly awaited events in our lives as it brings instant relief from the sweltering heat of the summer. But much beyond the relief from the summer dryness, the monsoon brings joy and romance into our lives. The trees look greener, the rivers are full and sea roars as if to keep us active all day.
The farmers await the first rains with bated breath since their fortunes are tied to the rains. A shortage of rains or a drought could mean disaster for their lives. Hence, rains help us have adequate stock of food grains and vegetables right through the year. The ground water is refuelled and this ensures adequate drinking water for all of us. We do not realize how much the rains contribute to our daily lives.
Every aspect of our lives is impacted by the rains. It starts with ensuring adequate harvest of food grains and vegetables. Then it ensures that we have a perennial source of water for drinking, bathing, washing etc in our daily lives. The rains also ensure that all our buildings, trees and surroundings are cleaned and washed every day for three months by God without any dry cleaning charges.
The romance of the rains kindles the artistic curiosity of poets and authors. We have had innumerable movies made around the world, which are based on rains and monsoons. The waterfalls in the mountains are a source of inspiration and admiration. The misty clouds in the valleys create a mystic around you. Rains can only benefit us all the way if we do not obstruct nature in all its natural forms.
The other side of rains faced by humans are disasters due to floods and landslides. If I reflect back on this negative aspect of the rains, I would say we are mostly to blame for this situation. We cut trees unabashedly while constructing concrete jungles around cities and towns. We obstruct the natural flow of rivers and rivulets so as to fulfill human greed rather than need. So, it is up to us to respect nature and benefit from it or ruin nature and face the wrath of it, as we do nowadays.
Rains also help in bringing out the child in us, which we have lost as we grow up in age. We have forgotten to dance in the rains and share joy with others. We have forgotten the fragrance of the wet mud after the first rains hit the soil. We have nobody else to blame other than ourselves for this state of affairs. Even the animals and birds protect the environment better than humans as they realize that by doing so they benefit more than they lose.
We have to ensure that our greed is less than our needs in life. This balance may ensure that we protect nature and the environment around us. We are keen to take away allthe positives of nature without having the gratititude to give back to nature in equal measure. The day we are content with fulfilment of our needs and not greed, we may be able to protect nature and benefit from it always.
Rains are God’s gift to mankind and we need to learn to do everything to protect our rivers, mountains and lakes so that nature gifts us with more marvels always and we do not deny our future generations of the miracles of nature, which we have enjoyed all through our lives. Let us continue to enjoy hot chai(tea), pakodas ( Indian snack) and Bhutta ( corn) to celebrate the rains as we have always done.
Let the rains continue to add joy to our lives.
S Ramesh Shankar