It May or May Not

Updated: Sep 5, 2020

It rained heavily yesterday everywhere in Kerala, making the life completely chaotic. Yes, the weathermen would claim that they had predicted the rains. No doubt they had, but they have been giving similar prediction almost every day for the last few months – the bright and hot sunny days that followed made the predictions a mere mockery. In a world full of possibilities, these predictions have become just another may or may not! We all have the natural instinct – the ability to understand the situation just based on our life experiences. But, thanks to the over dependence on the technology that we have lost most of those wonderful powers. Our dear experts missed to predict the Tsunami in 2004 correctly - resulting in the devastating aftermaths. But, a the tribes in the Andaman, who still live their life in the natural habitats and oblivious to the modern technology, knew something was approaching and withdrew to the deep jungles that saved them from the fury. I remember my grandfather - obviously not a weatherman, just looking at the far skies and yelling ‘it is going to rain’ – that acts as a trigger to prepare the house for the rains. Someone runs to secure the cows in the shed, Grandma orders the maid to quickly gather the pulses that was spread in the open for drying, while running towards the clothesline. By the time the first drop of rain fell, the house was all set to welcome it – and the kids enjoyed watching the rain water making tiny pools and then the pools overflowing in to small streams that flowed to the backyard and then to the paddy fields. During the occasional long walks in the forests – I have seen my father telling the direction so accurately, without the need of any compass or GPS like gadgets. But I am of the type – who while entering a highway from a pocket road without any aid, always remain confused whether to go left or right. My own instinct would be often wrong, making me take a U- turn after a few kilometres of drive! In the late nineties, my neighbor at an Air Force Station in the Rajasthan deserts, was an extra ordinary weatherman. The technology had not embraced our life at that far remote place so much as it was in the cities then. Often, he used to appear on his terrace, observing the cloud and wind pattern, then used to issue weather alerts so accurately - the dust storms, gale, and even the very extra ordinary rains used to arrive precisely as he predicted! Now we have the backing of very sophisticated technology in every field, that is capable to make what we once thought impossible within our grasp. But the over reliance on technology has killed a critical human quality – the instinct induced form the experiences. Now we leave it all aside and take a safer route to predict with a ‘may’ or ‘may not’ added at the end. Unless we change that ‘may’ to a ‘will’, all caution will be thrown to the wind after a while!

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