Wednesday, August 12, 2015
The Vanishing Rainy days ;Musings over unused rain coat ;By Sudhir Mishra/Bolangir(India) ;13-08-2015
AUGUST 29, 2013
The Vanishing Rainy days
Musings over unused rain coat
Sudhir Mishra/Bolangir 29thAugust2013( around 10.30pm)
Bolangir;As I entered the room I found a dress kept inside the big size polythene over files and folder, on one of my shelves. For a moment I could not recall what is inside it and out of curiosity, I peeped into it and brought out, only to found the rain coat.
I tried to recall when I kept this rain coat here and how it remains unused .After a long thought, I could recall that with the onset of monsoon by second week of July, I had brought out it from old Almirah, to be used in the rainy season.
However even as the month of August in its middle(12August2015) , still the rain coat 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/five 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 by that time .Besides regular rainfall, there would be Jhadi barsha (torrential/continuous 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 with water and the heavy rain would invariably cause floods and at times it would be impossible go out of house for days together .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 filedwouldbe heard invariably.
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 .The scanty and erratic rainfall has threatened the paddy crop and drought is looming large in the district.
The farmers without rainfall worried a lot and spectre of drought is looming large. 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 drastically 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, the rain coat lying unused on shelf books and files mourns that it was not used on a single day and he (the rain coat )had to wait for another year to be used.