2000 Years Old Tweets - Swamy's Thirukkural blog series
Chapter 2 - Greatness of Rain (வான் சிறப்பு) - Kural 15
It has rained like it has never been in Chennai. So much so that people like Swamy who live in Chennai are pinching ourselves today that the Sun is out in all its warm glory and the sky once again is shining in blue hue.
Swamily had its share of powerless days - despite no life-crippling inundation in their residential area - which continues intermittently, including now, as Swamy writes this post (thank you Luminous Invertor & Exide battery - you're truly life savers)!
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As Chennai slowly and painfully swims... umm, limps back to normalcy, cursing both the voluminous downpour that broke many a past record and the administration that continues to struggle but certainly trying to do its best to get the city and its citizens with indomitable spirit back to normal living conditions, it pays to rewind a little over 2000 years to know what Thiruvalluvar said about how precious Rain is!
#15 கெடுப்பதூஉம் கெட்டார்க்குச் சார்வாய் மற்றாங்கே
எடுப்பதூஉம் எல்லாம் மழை.
Rain hurts when it doesn't pour and enthralls when it pours.
It is Rain that makes Life perish (when it doesn’t pour) or nourishes it (when it pours).
Of course, Namma Chennai makkal may agree to disagree and say it hurts even when it pours - like a double whammy!
It pays to remember Chennai's usual struggle for water - due to scarcity - in summer, if it doesn't pour like this during monsoon. The problem isn't with rain per se', which has been pouring diligently during every monsoon (with very few exceptions), but with the planners, enforcers and people themselves, who chose to tread roughshod over all the water bodies and channels to divert excess water to them, systematically over the years. 2015 #ChennaiRains is a strong wake up call by mother nature to all - greedy & needy!
P.S. In case you're wondering, no sir/ma'am, we won't complain against any intolerance by Varuna bhagwan & talk about leaving our motherland & dear Chennai. To know why, you've to read The Tolerant Indian!
Note: This post is part of Swamy's blog series on the epic book of Tamil poetry Thirukkural, thought to be written over 2000 years ago by the poet ThiruValluvar, in an enchanting Tweet long couplet format, which is amazingly relevant even in the digital space of today!