The Monsoon Season as a blessing and curse

The coming of the monsoons signals a relief from the scorching summer heat. Holding the hands of the summer comes the monsoons. The monsoon season starts mid June and continues till September. Dark and gloomy skies are a common sight during the monsoons, which only signify the much awaited rainfall. Though the rains disrupts our daily schedule and causes inconveniences at times, the monsoon season is always welcome.

At the onstart of the monsoons, people are seen to excavate their umbrellas, raincoats and gumboots. Students are seen scurrying to school with the colourful raincoats and umbrellas and seem very excited at times to have a shower in the rain. Office goers are seen hurrying to office to be able to reach on time. Sometimes when there is very heavy rainfall, life comes to a standstill during the monsoons season. Traffic jams, flooded lanes and bylanes, people and children waddling in the floods are a common sight in the monsoon season. Sometimes it is beautiful to watch children floating paper boats in the flooded waters. Most of all, a 'rainy day' holiday is always welcome in this season.

The monsoon season is a blessing for the farmers across the country as well as for agriculture. Farmers across the country await the monsoons as the monsoons rains are very important for the growth of crops. During the monsoon the fields, crops, trees and plants come alive. The whole of nature comes to life in a 'sea of green' during the monsoons. It is vital that the rains come in time or else delayed monsoons may cause drought; and farming also gets affected. Despite modern methods of farming, the monsoon rains are a reservoir for the farmers and his fields, which inturn is the source of our sustenance. A variety of plants, vegetables and crops grow in the monsoons. Beautiful flowers also blossom in this time. Dry rivers are filled by the rains that are a source of water for many across the country.

The monsoon season is not devoid of its disadvantages. Sometimes the blessings of this season are transformed into a curse on account natural calamities and disasters. Sometimes when the monsoons do not arrive on time, droughts occur. Very heavy rainfall also causes extensive damage to crops. Overflowing of rivers causes floods that damages property, fields and crops largely and loss of life. Landslides during the monsoons in hilly areas cause many to lose their lives, houses and their livelihood. In urban areas the people who are affected by the monsoons badly are the street dwellers. Poor street dwellers lose their places of accommodation because of heavy rainfall and floods. Several diseases such as malaria, dysentery, typhoid and cholera are seen to occur among the masses during the monsoon season.

On the whole the blessings of the monsoons surpasses it curses and disadvantages. The entire life cycle on earth is connected to the monsoons. Thus the coming of the monsoons heralds a message of creation; and the aroma of rain in air brings us back to life after the scorching and relentless heat of the summer.

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