As the rain returned after roasting us without a single drop (almost) for two full months (March, April) the fear of West Bengal turning into desert dissipated for the time being. Since the end of last millennium this thing has been felt visibly. Well I felt it quite clearly in Burdwan, the year my elder brother was married, it was hot as hell, it felt like hell has opened its furnace door in Burdwan. There is no forgetting that year because my darling pet Misha was worst affected by that hellish heat, she lost her sight that year, maybe it was due to some other reason but the years were same.
From that year onward slowly the whole west Bengal started to feel the absence or rain, how slowly and steadily rain disappeared from Bengal timetable- when it rained it caused deluge, and when it did not months went by without a single drop. The occasions which had rain written all over it passed by without rain. That included monsoon season. In place of infuriating rain that just kept pouring and pouring monsoon gifted us with drizzles…
Next came the dry summers, west Bengal summers are infamous for their choking stuffiness that was gone mostly, mostly the heat was just dry heat, without much humidity. Is nature hinting us something?
They say that when Indus valley civilization was thriving it was surrounded by forest and was on very fertile land, but its remains are mostly found in deserts and barren stretches of land. So such changes do happen sometimes in a short span of time… not in million years like hills and mountains are made!
Well, let us hope that that is not the case here in West Bengal.