A Tribute to the magic called : Rain

Rain

 

A liquefied slice of heaven fell on a rose petal one day

It toggled, turned, danced and swayed..

As it moved, it shone different shades of red and purple hue

The shades changed as it made its way gliding down the velvety rue

Then another drop of diamond fell gently on the red carpet as it exuded sweet perfume

That one too made its way to the red softness of the seasonal bloom

A third crystal joined them as they moved in tandem

And soon they were joined by many more drops from heaven

The red earth was soon drenched by a myriad, twinkling and shining sprites

They tapped and danced in abandon to a sonata composed of water  and light

 

(Welcome magic! which cannot be described-which has no name

In common parlance we call it rain…)

 The Context:

Rain – plays a critical role in the Indian context. and in the case of many other developing nations where rainfed agriculture is the main source of employment and food creation.  In sub-Saharan Africa more than 95% of the farmed land is rainfed, while the corresponding figure for Latin America is almost 90%, for South Asia about 60%, for East Asia 65% and 75% for North Africa (FAOSTAT, 2005).

Despite major strides in the science and technology front, a lot of people in these nations (especially in Africa and Asia) still depend upon rain-fed agriculture for their survival. Rain also nourishes precious flora and fauna and is a life giver in ensuring that some of the remotest corners of the earth (which are inaccessible to modern engineering & water harvesting technologies) are infused with the elixir that sustains the entire ecosystem.

Due importance has been given to this phenomenon in the Indian traditions and customs: There are festivals and celebrations that fall during and soon after the monsoon season is concluded. For eg: Naga Panchami is a day when the snake is worshipped and devotees visit Shiva temples and offer milk as a sign of respect. Adiperukku (also written as Aadiperukku) is a Tamil festival celebrated on the 18th day of the Tamil month of Adi  (mid-July to mid-August).The festival pays tribute to water‘s life-sustaining properties and involves seeking blessings of peace, prosperity and happiness.

Indian classical ragas called ‘Megh’ and ‘Megh Malhar’ are associated with the monsoon season and as per history were used to invoke the rain gods http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFf9bk0uy6Y. (see appended link 

Cherrapunji is a town in the North Eastern state of Meghalaya (India) and is credited as being the second wettest place on Earth! (see appended link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cherrapunji. However population explosion,  abuse and indiscriminate usage of  natural resources, weak environment protection and enforcement laws (particularly) in developing nations are having a negative impact and threatening this natural phenomenon.

‘We may utilize the gifts or nature just as we choose, but in her books the debits are always equal to the credits.’     (Mahatma Gandhi
 

 

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One thought on “A Tribute to the magic called : Rain

  1. Oh great! I could finally read it today. Thanks to connectivity. I like the allegory you used for rain drop; liquefied slice of heaven, diamond, crystal. Wah! Rain truly a sonata of nature as you rightly put.

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