This lyrical story tells the tale of waiting for the rain through the eyes of a young girl. “All summer we have worn the scent of dust.” Everyone is waiting for the rains to come. For Monsoon season to start. As always there is the worry, “what if they never come, those monsoon rains?”
“Waves of heat dance upon rocks and shimmer over rooftops. But by the afternoon, long gray clouds begin to trail across the sky.”
The little girl plays with her brother, shops with her mother, listen’s to her grandmother’s stories, greets her father on his return from work, all the while waiting for the rains and wondering when they will come.
At the end of the story, Uma Krishnaswami includes an explanation of monsoons and the conditions that create them. The monsoons are both loved and feared and Monsoon beautifully captures the tension and the hope of waiting for the rains.
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