Every morning I open the kitchen windows to be greeted by familiar sights. I have been seeing them almost every day for years. Bulbuls, babblers and sunbirds fly from branch to branch, from flower to flower and call out to each other. They look so busy and I watch them for a while before returning to my work. The scene is so unchanging but full of life. And I wonder whether there are changes in life. Of course there are changes, but some changes make me very anxious about the future.
Our monsoon season begins in the first week of June and we get very good rains. However, my father-in-law used to say that the time and duration of the seasons have changed from what they were more than fifty years ago. This year, in June we hardly got any rain. We all hoped it would rain in July but things have improved just a little. We see dark clouds gathering but very little rain falls. I hear it is the same in the southern part of India’s west coast. But it is raining well in other parts of the state and the country.
I am reading a fascinating book called The Incredible History of India’s Geography by Sanjeev Sanyal and Sowmya Rajendran. The Indus valley civilization existed between 3300 BCE and 1300 BCE. Sanyal and Rajendran write that these cities were built gradually and disintegrated slowly over a long period of time. Between 2600 BCE and 2000 BCE the climate started changing. Around 2200 BCE, the monsoon became weaker and there were prolonged droughts. This must have precipitated a massive crisis. However, the Harappans were faced with a much greater problem. The river system upon which their civilization was based, was drying up. It has now been proved that this river was the Ghaggar, known back then as the great Saraswathi and not the Indus as was believed earlier. Interestingly, the Saraswathi is eulogised in the Rigveda. At some point of time the Ghaggar lost its tributaries and also its sources of glacial melt from the Himalayas. Around 2000 BCE the lack of water began to affect the Harappans. They migrated to other parts of the country in search of a better future.
My imagination must be working overtime 😊 We are facing conditions that have never been seen before. Different thoughts came to mind as I connected those times with our own. Maybe life is taking a different course and we have to go along with it.
I wrote this post a few days ago. Our monsoon season for this year started on the 9th, one month late. It has been raining almost continuously since then, some time pouring and at other times drizzling. We now feel that in June we got pre-monsoon rain which we usually get in April and May. So changes are happening.
“Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.” – Mary Shelly
Rigveda – Wikipedia
Indus Valley Civilisation – Wikipedia
Sarasvati River – Wikipedia