Thursday, August 29, 2013

The Vanishing Rainy days Musings over unused rain coat;by Sudhir Mishra

The Vanishing Rainy days
Musings over unused rain coat
Sudhir Mishra/Bolangir 29st August2013( around 10.30pm)
As I entered the room I found a dress kept inside big size polythene over files and folder on one of my shelves. For a moment I could not recall what is inside and out of curiosity, I peeped in and brought out only to be found the rain coat.
I tried to recall when I kept this rain coat here and how it remains unused .After a long though I could recall that with the onset of monsoon by second week of July I had brought it  out from old Almirah to used in the rainy season and kept the last year dress there in.
However even as the month of August coming to end (31st August,) still it remain unused. This led me to think about the earlier days. The rainy season consist of four months namely June, July, August, and September. Then (Four decades ago) most of the people in rural and urban areas had no such rainy coat .People were using umbrella .The rainy season would start by the second week of June there would be regular rain and kharif paddy cultivation process would commence .Besides regular rainfall there would be Jhadi barsha (torrential rain) accompanied with strong wind for days together bringing the normal life to grinding halt.
Schools would be closed due to leaking roofs or wet surface and young boys/girls and students would play on the rain water flowing on the road and there would also  be flood .And the most troublesome months of rainy season  was the month of August .Due to continuous rain all the river ,ponds, well are filled and the heavy rain would invariably cause floods and at times it would be impossible go out of house .Where ever you look there would be water with cloudy sky for days together and the sounds of frog croaking from the paddy filed or road side filed.
As the years passed people started using stylish umbrella rather than the big umbrella which was very cumbersome to carry .However as the trend changed the rain coat come into vogue replacing the umbrella and almost all started using rain coats. As these are made of polythene, unless there is heavy rain, a person finds it very uncomfortable to wear .
Although there was rain this year, in the town , there was no such jhadi barasha( continuous rain).Even if  there was rain it was on patches and erratic and often there was rain in nights which managed the water requirement of paddy and other cultivation and even kharif crop .
Although the farmers sighed relief with rainfall, the rain coat, which is made of polythene could not be used even once showing that the intensity of rain and number of rainy days have declined and it has virtually going out and vanishing.
While expert simply points out the vanishing Jhadi Barsha(continuous rain at times accompanying with strong wind ) and  decline in number of rainy days here, due the deforestation global warming and climate change and stress for appropriate measures to combat,  it the rain coat lying on shelf books  and files mourns that not a single days it was used he had to wait for another year to be use.

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