The rites of Spring

April 11, 2007

The old Kerala that I knew and loved is rapidly disappearing — as a result of the destruction of agriculture (thanks to insane labor laws), the destruction of the rainforests (thanks to land grabs), and the destruction of the rivers (thanks to sand-mining).

The traditional joys of the Indian Spring and Summer — built up over millennia of the agrarian life — will be changed beyond recognition as a result of global warming.

This is why my celebration of the Spring is in a way a dirge, a funeral song for a way of life that will disappear shortly.

Much like the Indus-Sarasvati Valley become uninhabitable due to the river drying up, plus over-exploitation of the land, I suspect verdant parts of India such as the Malabar and Konkan coasts will soon be wrecked by reduced rainfall, increasing sea levels and general ecological catastrophe.