After quite a long wait, the rain is here but not in the required amount. NT KURIOCITY spoke to the youth of Goa to know their thoughts on the scarcity of rainfall and if the rains truly ruin plans.

With the increase in global warming the uncertainty in weather conditions have definitely increased. We have ruined nature and now it’s nature’s turn. So now instead of debating and putting ideas on paper, we need to do it practically. The Piplantri village in Rajasthan should be our inspiration. Why not celebrate birthdays with friends by planting trees instead of wasting food and consuming unhealthy food. Adequate rainfall in the monsoon season is critical for India’s agricultural output and the overall economy. A deficit rainfall during the early part of the season could delay sowing and reduce crop output even if rainfall gathers pace later. Ruining of plans by monsoon is still affordable but without monsoons is a disaster.

Sanad Baligeri, Dr K B Hedgewar High School, Cujira, Bambolim

The smell of wet soil marking the start of monsoon after a hot summer is much needed. In a State like Goa where agriculture is a major sector, we need rain and not just light showers but heavy rains. It is predicted that in the years to come India will face major water crisis. There will be shortage of drinking water due to insufficient rains leading to lowered ground water levels. Currently, India is ranked 120th in the list of 122 countries facing water crisis. Monsoons do ruin plans, but if there isn’t sufficient water, what plans will you make? The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain.

Shwetang Nadkarni, Don Bosco College of Engineering, Fatorda

Monsoon is one of the most beautiful seasons to explore natural beauty and wildlife as it awakes nature from a deep sleep. It is the most awaited season in India. Deforestation and global warming are some of the main reason for decreased rate of rainfall. So we must start practicing certain activities such as afforestation in order to boost the rainfall rate.

Shubham Kepekar, Agnel Institute of Technology and Design, Assagao

Well, everyone knows about global warming, its effects and consequences and the demons to be blamed for it. When there’s heat all around, we plead for rain. We listen and see hoardings and advertisements highlighting ‘Save planet plant trees’, ‘Save environment’, ‘Don’t litter plastic around’, etc, yet no one gives attention to the situation unless nature shows its ‘rudra avatar’. In general we get what we put out, that’s all I can say.

Anusaya Kubal, Agnel Institute of Technology and Design, Assagao

Despite the generally held notion that we do deserve to pay the price for our deeds, when looked into the particulars we are not the primary victims for our unhealthy system. The reservoirs drying up at Chennai could possibly be a turning point in the way we draft our policies. Just like zero day in Cape Town in June 2018 transformed South Africa’s water management and bulk economic policies and pushed zero water day to August, September, October to ultimately beat the zero day itself, this scarce monsoon is likely to teach us a similar lesson unless we prefer to wait longer.

Pradnya Desai, Panaji

The monsoon does ruin plans but is it more important than the crises Goa is facing right now? I don’t think so. More than half of Goa’s population is dependent on agriculture for their daily bread and if the crops don’t get their daily intake of water it will result in a very poor harvest because of which the economy of Goa won’t progress. But does the monsoon really ruin plans? What about the beautiful Sao Joao festival that’s not complete without the rains? And this is the best time to witness the majestic Dudhsagar Falls and have a wonderful time river rafting in the Mhadei River. All in all I feel Goa becomes more beautiful and greener during the monsoons.

Roma Bharne, Porvorim

Monsoon is a time for the sweet earthy smell, for the tiny droplets on the window panes, for the thundering sound of the rain and for falling in love with the sweet smell of the wet mud. Basically it is a time for rejuvenation and renewal of the environment. It has the power to add beauty to nature. But due to a recent rise in global warming, we are experiencing a lack of rain and also the water from the rain is becoming acidic. People say the rains ruin their plans, but what is more important? Global warming is changing nature rapidly. We have to stop pollution and harming the environment because if we don’t, the earth might not be the beautiful and bountiful place it always has been.

Ruchi Kamat, architecture, Panaji

Nothing ruins a good day more than some heavy rain, right? Wrong. Nothing ruins a good day more than realising that rice costs 10 times more than it used to, and your average t-shirt costs as much as an Armani suit. This is what we’re heading towards if our monsoons don’t improve. Our days are going to get progressively worse than the minor inconvenience of missing a picnic. All we have left for now is to hope that human ingenuity wins out, and we find a way to push through.

Joseph Samuel, Sunshine Worldwide School