Hailstorm Hit ” The Hills”

– Puja Rai

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                   White crystals on the road

It was 31st March 2016, me and my friends marched our way back home after our usual classes. No sooner had we stepped inside our cosy rooms, the sky just poured down its heavenly droplets for its beloved earth to take shower. Ah! The smell of freshly soaked earth. The dust in the air disappeared as if out of fear which I could sense myself when I heard the Thunder shouting upon earth. But then the sound made on the roof of our house grabbed my attention instantly. It was as if someone had emptied his bags full
of marbles on the rooftops of our houses.

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               Rooftop

I  imagined that the battle had begun between the gods and goddesses. Their precious pearls had dropped upon our roofs and the children and adults in the hills all enjoyed the sight with awe and wonder. All of a sudden our hilly Darjeeling was blanketed with white quilt but not soft and fluffy like snow. Never in my life had I encountered such hailstorm in Darjeeling. Thank God we were fortunate to enjoy the view from our windows. But many were outdoors who very  closely felt the Wrath of Heaven. Within an hour the roads got choked after being all covered with six to seven inches of hailstones.

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            Roads after hailstorm

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             Darjeeling

It seemed much like a Snowfall in Spring. Many people assumed it to be a Snowfall when the pictures went viral in social medias. But no, it was hailstorm and a powerful one. It was as if the icy paths of Heaven had smashed off because of the war of the titans and the broken pieces of crystals now covered the hills. But as always our hill station looked lovely, marvelous and magnificent as ever. And so that evening Facebook was flooded with selfies. Even I took a walk  with my sisters taking pictures .Apart from the locals this was a pleasant surprise for the tourists who thoroughly enjoyed the enigmatic sight. The whole town looked like a beautiful bride in a white gown.
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The sights are soft to the eyes but hard on the head.
Yes harmless it may seem, harmful it might have been. In places like Loreto Convent School, the roof of the basketball collapsed but it was God’s mercy that no one was  injured. It took time for the roads to get clear and majority of students as well as other pedestrians had to carefully make their way back home.Who on earth can question the work of Nature or God? We are unaware of the time and consequences natural calamities brings with them.

In a place like Darjeeling where Thunder and lightening accompany the evening, the Spring season surprisingly brought Hailstorm to the Hills as its guest and in place of Snowman of winter, we had Hailman of spring in the Hills.

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                    Picture of the Hailman.

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The Zenith of our Civilisation – A Reflection

Puja Rai

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The light of innocence

Our earth is a small part of the magnificent universe and we as living species occupy a very tiny space in this beautiful blue planet. Mutability and Mortality have been a part of it and evolution and destruction have always been in a constant process. We are but a very significant part of this Great Globe since humans have passed the primitive as well as the medieval ages and are now in a modern age. Not a single species has reached the place where we are today and it is all because of our intellectual capability.
We are in an age of machine and technology where Nature has always acted like a Mother and thus our faith in the Divine, our morals, ethics and principles have hardly perished in our way of progress. For years and years we have referred Nature as our mother. How respectful are we to personify her as a Mother. In this very word
, Divinity is attached and we are very familiar with goddess  figures be it goddess Durga, Saraswati, Parvati, or mother Mary. Yet the world where we are today questions women’s safety.
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(Source: Google) Daughters of Darjeeling

In such a civilised cultivated world women are so unsafe that we hear ony day or the other of a woman being assaulted, molested and raped. Are we the womanfolk the reason behind such an evil and cruel deeds? Or are those “evil minds” the reason for such gruesome incidents ? These are the questions generally put forth or the topic of debates in various places and media.

In spite of women being given a goddess figure why are we turned into a mere commodity and victimised in various parts of the world? Are we really the civilised people of this modern era? Do we live in a Blessed age or a Cursed one where filthy mind goes for another such crime and craves for more.
Who are to blamed for such a heinous act? And in our small hilly areas as well where girls’ safety was ensured, here to the spark of such an evil act has already ignited. When will such a thing come to an end?

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Innocent and beautiful Gurkha daughter

Where people are proud to be the citizens of a civilised world, there is a better reason for us to be ashamed as thousands of minds are getting distorted in a peculiar way. It is up to us to bring a change by bringing a change within us. Thus , we can only pray that such atrocious may be richly blessed by the eternal power to set the world free from such a heinous catastrophes.
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(Pic source: Google) The Mahakal Mandir in Darjeeling
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