Embracing the Monsoon Season

July 3, 2021

Children who live abroad love to travel to India during the monsoon season, which is from June to August in Karnataka Coast. The rainy season is a welcome respite from unbearable summers of coastal India. Seeing the lashing downpour up close makes it an unforgettable experience.

Rain in the Bible Symbolizes Blessings:
“For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants. They will spring up like grass in a meadow, like poplar trees by flowing streams.” Isaiah 44:3-4.

Having grown up in the Gulf, I am used to not seeing much rain, but it does rain sometimes in certain parts of the country and occasionally quite heavily too. If it rains heavily, it is inadvisable to go out as the wadis overflow and cause flooding.

As a result of global warming, the rains are dependent upon climate patterns which are unpredictable and can sometimes delay through the year. Apart from global warming, pollution has been a factor responsible for delaying the monsoon in many regions and this imperils the agricultural industry.

With moderate rains and gusty winds, the monsoon arrives in Karnataka in the first or second week of July. People are well-prepared with umbrellas, raincoats and the traditional "Gorum’’, a handmade jacket made with leaves. Farmers wear eco-friendly arecanut leaf caps in the field called “Gompers’’. Female farmers wear something known as "Kandi’’ (A cap made of betelnut)

Farmers depend on the monsoon for all their agricultural needs because early showers enable them to begin planning and planting major crops. If there is less rainfall than usual, then the crops will die in the fields, at which point they cannot be planted. With limited irrigation facility, the quantity of standard rainfall is a major determining factor for the agricultural production to be carried out smoothly.

As agricultural labour becomes scarcer each year, farmers have difficulty obtaining skilled labour. Local farmers are therefore resorting to mechanical equipment, and I envision the traditional method of cultivation gradually vanishing as the shortage of agricultural labour increases every year.

Farmers used to cultivate the paddy fields with buffalos and the traditional wooden ploughs. Male and female labourers are mainly engaged in seedling "Natti’’ activities in the paddy fields. Apart from paddy cultivation, people enjoy planting a variety of vegetables that require high humidity levels and a change in climate to thrive, such as okra, green chillies, tomatoes, brinjal and raddish.

When farmers plough, they sing melodiously to entice buffaloes and motivate them to work faster. Even female labourers sing traditional folk songs along with the chorus while transplanting paddy.

There are often times when children face challenges commuting between home and school, because they must walk through mud puddles and get soaked in the rain. As soon as they get to school, their uniforms become wet, and their shoes become muddy. While traveling in rain can be a hassle, it is also an enjoyable experience.

I truly appreciate the joy of the rainy season when I visit my grandparents as their house is surrounded by lush green fields with water channels, tube wells and natural vegetation. Children truly relish the season and have a ball as they play with paper boats and make mud pies, mud handprints and mud models and so on. The flowers and fruits in the trees look beautiful and refreshing.

During the rainy season, people pipe a sip of hot coffee or tea along with homemade crunchy snacks. The following snacks I look forward to devour and they are always available in this particular season:

  1. Jackfruit related delicacies include fritters "Gariyo’’ - This is yet another village delicacy which is prepared during jackfruit season and consumed the most during monsoon season; jackfruit pappad, jackfruit chips which are normally fried on coconut oil. The jackfruit cake "Patholi’’ is one of my favourites and a sweet treat.

  2. Onion pakoras and sweet potato chips. These are also some of the most popular snacks and are a perfect rainy season treat.

  3. The traditional vegetable, madras cucumber along with horse gram and jackfruit seeds. There are more varieties of vegetable dishes during monsoon season and will not be repeated much during summer.

Because of the ongoing pandemic situation, and the travel restrictions in place, many are unable to travel from one place to another. However, they are able to enjoy the mesmerizing season with their loved ones going down the memory lane at their respective homes wherever they are.

 

 

 

 

By Shannon Jean Menezes
Shannon Jean Menezes resides in Muscat, Oman. She is a BCom Professional graduate and currently pursuing an ACCA Degree. She likes to express herself in dancing. Her hobbies include reading, travelling, photography and volunteering.
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Comment on this article

  • Michael Machado,, Heidelberg, Germany.

    Wed, Jul 07 2021

    Congratulations dear Shannon. Your write-up is beautiful and the photographs are very striking. You have described very well the valuable blessings that Monsoon brings. When I was reading your article, I felt like dancing and singing in the rain, which I used to do in my childhood days. There are many things money cannot buy and one of them is the pleasure of a rainy day. It is on such days that we can connect to our inner childhood once again. Falling rain can soothe an ailing heart. It can make you cry and vent out your sadness, it can also make you leap for joy in sheer happiness. I loved, in my childhood days, to hear the beautiful sounds of frogs celebrating the glorious rainy season, the coconut trees rustling in the wind and the symphony of drip-drop raindrops falling over the roof all night long…! The best season of the year for me then was “Monsoon”!

  • Merlyn Castelino, Pangla/Dubai

    Tue, Jul 06 2021

    Very beautiful article Shannon with the lovely pictures. You took me back to my childhood days. Missing the delicacies, especially those prepared during the rainy season. Keep writing . God bless you!

  • Priyanka Dsouza, Pangla

    Tue, Jul 06 2021

    Hey Shannon, Beautifully written ! Thanks for refreshing the childhood memories.

  • Dolphy Mascarenhas, Barkur , Udupì

    Mon, Jul 05 2021

    Dear Shannon , You are very creative and really blessed with this beautiful gift . Publishing articles Is not a easy task. It consumes lots of time . I read your last years article “The Other Side of City Life” which was amazing . And again another one which i am really impressed . It’s mind blowing one . I wish you all the best for your future and many more articles to follow .

  • SMT, Mangalore/UAE

    Mon, Jul 05 2021

    Nice article... thank u Shannon... While reading i have carried away with my childhood memories of rainy season, going to school wearing raincoat, Umbrella etc, saving our books from getting soaked in water.. eating hot "Golibaje" at petty shop on the way back from school.. dropping friend to home with single umbrella with one side of the shoulder expose to water., jumping on water logs in the roads to make our friends drench with water :-) , playing football on slippery grounds filled with water.. floating paper boats, catching fish with a towel in small water canals, so much memories which we miss here that in gulf... our kids dint get that life which we have lived once upon...

  • Victor Barboza, Moodu Belle

    Mon, Jul 05 2021

    Well written article. Right season to memorize our native traditional activities. God bless you and keep writing.

  • Veronica Alick, Moodubelle/Delhi

    Sun, Jul 04 2021

    Dear Shannon, well explained. Your article has reminded me of our good old days. Now almost every thing has changed especially in our native place. But there are still some who works so hard and even maintain the old tradition. I am eagerly waiting for the end of this pendamic so that we all can meet in our native place.

  • Alfred Britto, Moodubelle

    Sun, Jul 04 2021

    Super Article, welldone welldone...

  • francis i castelino, moodubelle, kurudai

    Sun, Jul 04 2021

    Brilliant article shannon, it seems you are kind of nature enthusiast and love to spend time in the countryside. This is reminiscing of my childhood; spending time in kurudai, with my grandfather mucking in paddy fields, giving bath to the bufellos in the pond, fishing on river banks, etc a lot more fun days, what a memory, love your article, keep writing......

  • Evance, Sydney

    Sun, Jul 04 2021

    Well written Shannon All the best Evance Monteiro

  • Arthur DSouza, Shirva/ oman

    Sun, Jul 04 2021

    Happy to read this. And nicely written.

  • Joe Britto, Nakre/Bangalore

    Sat, Jul 03 2021

    Well Written Shanon Jean Menezes ! Keep Penning .

  • Suneel menezes, Bantwal

    Sat, Jul 03 2021

    Nicely written the article... God bless you...

  • A.j.mathias, Mangalore/Germany

    Sat, Jul 03 2021

    Dear Shannon, well done once again. Nicely explained. Keep writing. It always refreshes our sweet memories. God bless you.

  • John, Mangalore

    Sat, Jul 03 2021

    Nicely written Also, Mother Mary's call for reforestation to protect environment in a message to Enoch dated March 04 2018... "Little ones, everything in your world is shocked, the climate will go mad more; Where it’s cold, it’s going to be hot and where it’s hot, cold. In many regions the frosts have started, the nights all over the planet are going to be intensely cold and in the desert there will be snowfalls. The poles are melting and the polar ice caps are cracking; in many places the earth has begun to sink, swallowing roads, bridges, buildings, vehicles and everything that is on top of it. Children, if you continue deforesting and polluting the environment, I assure you that you will feel the fury of nature with all its consequences. No more drilling in the interior of the earth, because this is weakening its core, and if this one breaks up, great catastrophes will come to you. The water resources are running out and if this continues, the water on the planet is going to end. Stop exploiting unmercifully the natural resources, because many species of flora and fauna are disappearing! If you continue to mistreat and exploit My Father’s creation, your planet tomorrow will be desert... As the Mother of humanity, I make an urgent call to the rulers of the nations, to the ecologists, to the multinationals that pollute, to the men of science and to the world in general, so that they take urgent measures in favor of creation and about the environment!... Reforest the natural reserves and river basins as soon as possible, so that the water sources do not run out; take care of the environment, do not continue to pollute it, because the ecosystem is in danger of extinction. Awaken then, children, and make a better use of the natural resources, so that your children tomorrow can continue living in a green world and not in a desert. May the peace of My Lord remain in you. Your Mother loves you, Let My messages be known, little children, to all humanity."

  • Mukund Nayak, Marne / Parka / Moodubelle

    Sat, Jul 03 2021

    ಬಹಳ ಒಳ್ಳೆಯ ಲೇಖನ ! ಕಳೆದ ಎರಡೂವರೆ ದಶಕಗಳ ಕಾಲ ಒಮಾನ್ ದೇಶದ ಬರಡು ಭೂಮಿ ಯಲ್ಲಿದ್ದು ನಮ್ಮದೇ ಊರಿನ ಪ್ರಾಕೃತಿಕ ಸೌಂದರ್ಯ ವನ್ನು ಅನುಭವಿಸುವ ಪುಣ್ಯ ನನ್ನದಿಲ್ಲದಾಗಿದೆ. ಆ ಮಳೆ,ಆ ಬೆಳೆ, ಮಳೆಗಾಲದಲ್ಲಿ ತುಂಬಿ ಹರಿಯುವ ನದಿಗಳ ಕಲರವ , ಹಕ್ಕಿಗಳ ಪಿಸುಗುಟ್ಟುವ ನಾದ ಇವೆಲ್ಲವೂ ನನಗೆ ಈಗ ಮರು ಭೂಮಿಯ ಮರಿಚಿಕೆ ಯಂತಾಗಿದೆ. ಈ ಲೇಖನವನ್ನು ಓದಿದ ಮೇಲೆ ಮತ್ತು ಚಿತ್ರಗಳನ್ನು ನೋಡಿದ ಮೇಲೆ ಒಂದು ಕ್ಷಣವಾದರೂ ನನ್ನ ಹಳೆಯ ಮನೆಯಲ್ಲಿದ್ದು ಮಳೆಗಾಲವನ್ನು ಅನುಭವಿಸಿದ ಬಾಲ್ಯದ ದಿನಗಳು ಸ್ಮೃತಿ ಪಟಲದ ಮೇಲೆ ಮರುಕಳಿಸಿದವು. ಮಳೆಗಾಲದಲ್ಲಿ ಗದ್ದೆಯನ್ನು ಉಳುವುದರಿಂದ ಹಿಡಿದು ನೇಜಿಯನ್ನು ಹೊತ್ತು , ಹಟ್ಟಿಯ ಗೊಬ್ಬರವನ್ನು ಹೊರುತ್ತಿದ್ದ ದಿನಗಳು ನೆನಪಿನ ಸುರುಳಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಹಾದು ಹೋದವು. ತುಂಬಾ ಒಳ್ಳೆಯ ಲೇಖನ. ಅಭಿನಂದನೆಗಳು.

  • Kishore Noronha, Pamboor/Dubai

    Sat, Jul 03 2021

    Nicely written.Good bless you.Keep Writing

  • Sunitha dsilva, Shakerpura

    Sat, Jul 03 2021

    Very nice article keep it up

  • Richard Mathias, Santhekatte, Kallianpur

    Sat, Jul 03 2021

    Beautifully explained with traditional pictures . Rembered the childhood memories. Congratulations Shannon. Stanley feeling good. Proud father. Congrats Stanley.

  • Shyla Machado, Pangla/Muscat

    Sat, Jul 03 2021

    Beautifully penned article Shannon😘👏👏👏

  • verinica pereira, udupi/bahrain.

    Sat, Jul 03 2021

    Very nicely written and keep writing. God bless for your knowledge about agriculture.

  • Evelyn Priya, Bangalore

    Sat, Jul 03 2021

    Traditional raincoats 'ghoram' we used to use them while plucking jasmine flowers in childhood. Wearing them and balancing them was the most fun part. Thanks for refreshing those beautiful memories

  • Liza, Shankerpura

    Sat, Jul 03 2021

    So beautifully Written!❤️

  • Mangalurian, Mangaluru

    Sat, Jul 03 2021

    Great article Ms Menezes. Thank you. Enjoyed reading it. Perhaps for your Part II on the rainy season: the many varieties of traditional brined/pickled/preserved food consumed during the season, its preparation and preservation techniques, etc.


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