Essay No. 344:
A Rainy Day: Rains are the backbone of our agricultural economy. The farmers in our country also welcome them. Sometimes they may also prove to be a curse when they cause floods in many parts of our country, bringing untold miseries to our people. Untimely rains may ruin the standing crops also. But there is no doubt that the prosperity of our country depends greatly on the rains.
Their role cannot be negated. Ours is an agricultural country and the prosperity of our farmers greatly depends on rains. If the rains are sufficient, we have a good agricultural crop and if they are scanty, famine takes place in many parts of our country. On the other hands, if there are more rains than needed, they bring ruination for the people.
Thus we can say that rains are both a blessing and a curse for our people. When it is very hot the people pray for rains, so that they can get some relief from the scorching heat of the sun. At such time when the clouds appear in the sky, everybody becomes happy. I remember one such day last July when it was very hot, but all of a sudden the sky was overcast with dark and thick clouds.
After some time a cool breeze began to blow, bringing down the high temperature. It changed the weather. It now looked that rain was quite imminent. The clouds also started thundering and we could understand that there would be a heavy downpour. Then suddenly it started raining heavily. The joy of the people knew no bounds.
At that time I was going to the market and got wet. But I took shelter immediately in a shop lest I should be fully drenched, and get a cold. In a while, it started raining in torrents. It must have rained for two hours continuously. All the roads and the streets were flooded with water. It looked as if there were water and water everywhere.
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There was knee-deep water on certain roads and low lying areas. The traffic on these roads had been closed. The children were very happy and were running in the rainwater after removing their clothes. Many small children started swimming in the streets. They would play and shout with joy. The small children also started playing with paper boats which they had made with multi-coloured paper.
Of course, the rains also brought misery to certain people. Many huts in the low lying slums were washed away Many houses also collapsed because of the continuous rains. The roofs of many old houses started leaking. The streets and roads had become quite slippery. I saw one fat person who slipped and fell down in the muddy water.
The naughty children started laughing at him. Some people helped him to clean his clothes and stand on his feet again. But the whole scene appeared funny. No doubt the trees looked as if they were washed by nature. The leaves now looked green and pleasant, as if they had changed their clothes.
The farmers were also very happy as they hoped to have good crops now. Even the animals and birds were full of joy and mirth. Some ladies and old men could also be seen moving with their umbrellas right after the rain. After the rain, the people started moving about. The traffic which had come to a standstill now started moving on the roads.
The buses also started moving and the people who had taken shelter under the roofs of shops and buildings now started moving out to their destinations. Thus, the rain made all the people happy as they had got rid of the scorching heat of summer. I also moved out of my shelter and came back home to change my clothes.