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Monsoon

I hear thunder, I hear thunder, Oh! dont you?? Pitter patter rain drops, I am wet through This rhyme that we studied as a 4 yrs old, sums up the feeling the monsoon season brings for a kid. It still holds meaning for most of use. It brings back memories of playing the rain water, making paper boats, wearing rain coats and gumboots and enjoying the rains thoroughly. As we grow up and enter our teens, we are no more fascinated by paper boats but we still enjoy having hot tea and bhajiyas during rains. Then when we become adults, we continue enjoying the monsoon, sitting at home and seeing the rain through the windows. It brings relief from the scorching summer heat. The term monsoon is derived from the Arabic word mausim which means a time or a season. The dictionary describes monsoon as periodical wind of the Indian Ocean, South west from April to October and North east the rest of the year, these winds are accompanied by rains. South west monsoon winds bring rain to Kerala, Goa, Gujarat and Maharashtra. The rest of the India receives rains from north east monsoon winds. The monsoon season in India in generally begins from June to October. Monsoon season is also a season when creativity blossoms. Poets give expressions to their feelings by writing poems on the rains. They also describe the magical effects on the earth. People also associate the arrival and singing of cuckoo and the dancing of the peacock with the onset of the monsoon. Even films pay ode to the monsoon season. There are many songs on monsoon as well as the pictures in the rain in different films. India is an agricultural land. With almost 70% of the population living in rural areas, agriculture is the main occupation in India. For farmers, timely arrival and departure of monsoon means prosperity. Rains bring the respite not only to farmers but also to public in general. Monsoon provides relief from the summer heat to all from children to old people and also to the birds and animals. Everyone looks forward to the rains after parched lands into greenery which is soothing to the eyes. Even if nectar is consumed in excess, it is poisonous. An over dose of anything is definitely harmful. An excess of rains is also destructive. Many problems arise due to heavy rains, just like the lack of monsoon rains causes flooding of the fields, there by destroying crops. Loss of life, both humans and animals is caused by drawing in floods. There is also a possibility of outbreak of rain related diseases or epidemics such as malaria, jaundice and other water borne diseases. Flooding also causes destruction of infrastructure. It even causes sewage problems. Essential items such as milk, vegetables supplies, etc. are also affected. Thus, as a coin has both upside and flipside, monsoon season also has both advantages and disadvantages. However, in spite of its entire problem monsoon is the favourite season of all. Its magic engulfs and encompass as one and all.

Kiran Umarani -BMS I