Where should the water go?
To the wetlands? Into the ground?
To the forest bed? To the river bed?
But can it go? – That’s the question I ask.
When the wetlands are filled
To usher in urbanization and growth,
The water goes to the houses of the humans
In search of its ancestral home.
When the grounds are concreted
To make the ‘pukka sadak’ for the ease of movement,
The water search for its infiltrating pores;
Thus, instead of irrigating, it inundates the ground.
When the forests are cleared for extracting the precious minerals,
The water loses its friend since time immemorial,
It searches for the roots for absorption and
Instead, floods the land till the distant horizon.
When the rivers are systematically exterminated,
The water cries to the heavenly God, asking,
“Where will I go when the cloud bursts?
Into the gutter? Is this my destiny now?”
Out of desperation, in raging fury,
It lets the sun scorch the land from where
It’s home had been forcibly taken away,
Teaching the mortals lesson, by devoiding them of water…
Instead, it goes where the water is aplenty,
Wreaking havoc and devastating the cities
Reminding the mortals again, threatening them,
“Play with my home and friends at your own detriment.”
With Harry Potter introducing him to the world of brilliant books, Rishi Raj is one of the most avid readers you will come across. He is the person who looks for the best even in the worst; and, that is perhaps the reason why the books, which will definitely put you to sleep, seem interesting to Rishi! And, his vast reading ability gives him the skill required to pen down his thoughts lucidly.