This is a poem that came to mind in the rainy season of 2015 when I was hearing a lot about rains. Some people told the rains were so irritating while some told the rains were wonderful.
When it rains in Mumbai one can smell the mud and the trees. When it rains the environment rejuvenates and comes to life. The cool winds give a pleasant feeling. And while getting up in the morning one feels so lazy the one tends to get late in daily routines. The rains are enjoyed by everyone in Mumbai but there is a section who suffer a lot during rains. The rains are important for the living as many factors are dependent on rains.
But sometimes the rains also destroys the settlements or create problems in the city. For example the floods in Mumbai in 2005 and also the heavy floods in Chennai and Uttrakhand. There are many more low lying areas in the country that face floods every year it rains. The people lose their houses sometimes also their beloveds in the floods. But the importance of rain is known. So how to deal with the floods and other calamities that are created by rains. But that is not what this writing is about. The solutions would be discussed in a later post maybe.
so this is how the poem begins (its in hindi):
“aao sunau ek dastan, unko jo hai baarish se pareshan,
soocho agar baarish na hoti to hota kisan sukhe se pareshan,
baarish na hoti to sukhe mein desh pareshan,
baarish na hoti to ped pudhe sukhe se pareshan,
baarish na hoti to baacho ka bachpan pareshan,
soocha agar baarish na hoti to hota jag pareshan,
magar bina baarish ke kaise jumegi mumbai meri jaan
magar bina baarish ke kaise jumegi mumbai meri jaan. “
(meaning in english)
“come i will tell a story to those who are annoyed by the rains,
think if there would be no rain, then the farmers would suffer from draught,
if there would be no rain, then the nation would suffer from draught,
if there would be no rain, then the plants would suffer,
if there would be no rain, then the childhood of kids suffers,
if there would be no rain, then the whole nation would suffer,
but without rains how will my city of mumbai dance.”