Monday, September 17, 2012


Place: Northern Hemisphere

New Delhi, India

Time of the year: 17 Sept 2012

Season: Autumn



Dear Mr. Rain,

I know you are extremely busy these days but I’m addressing a subject of extreme importance here and I hope you’ll pay attention.

A few months back our country was staring at the worst possible draught in history because you happened to get delayed in the traffic over the southern seas. Prices of all goods including our treats skyrocketed. Everyone was talking about the sorry state of the economy and dreading further damage. Farmers in the far off villages were terrified they would have to sell off their livestock and land and head for the cities in search of livelihood.

And then, you arrived!

In just a few months, with all your exuberance and enthusiasm typical of an Indian monsoon, you set things right. The grass turned greener, the pastures fuller, the dust settled (literally) and we could see the emerging dawn!

Everyone was grateful to you for bringing the country out of a certain economic doomsday. We all relaxed and began enjoying the soft, wet grass, the fresh air and talked of nothing else but the amazingly beautiful monsoon season.

Even I, Shadow, who unlike my siblings Ginger and Buddy is not a water dog enjoyed getting wet and muddy.










But of late, I’m beginning to wonder if you are taking this hearty welcome a tad too …errr…seriously.

If you haven’t noticed, it is mid September now. In the northern hemisphere it means the beginning of Autumn.

Though I have experienced just two Autumns in my life yet, I know for sure this is not the time you’re supposed to be around. At least not so exuberantly and full of purpose! .

I think it’s time you come to terms with the fact that you are overstaying your welcome.


Look what you did the other day!

You flooded half of our city, held up traffic (Well, yes. I do agree it’s not all your fault and the Public works department need to work on improving the sidewalks but your being there exuberantly filling up the drains beyond capacity didn’t really help) and uprooted many trees (OK, that was your friend the Wind but then again, he couldn’t have been so unbeaten without your help!)


I do not even want to discuss the way you ravaged our beautiful easterly state, Assam. What is it that you have against Assam anyway? I mean, do you have to overfill the mighty Brahmaputra river and make it wash away everything? It is already mighty, if you remember?

So many lives lost, so many homeless, priceless animals in National Parks, dead…it deeply pains me….


And have you forgotten all about Jaipur?

Yes, Jaipur the capital city of our neighboring state, Rajasthan. Wasn’t it you who poured incessantly the other day like you’ve never before done in the past decade? Those poor, unprepared people in that peaceful city were stranded without vehicles and even a proper road to walk on for days just because you had to prove yourself.


You have made your point. I absolutely agree that you are powerful enough to make or mar the economy of a country (at least till a dim-witted Government keeps depending on nature to determine it’s fate).

At a personal level, I also heartily appreciate that you made our parks greener and the grass softer but you see, it is time for you to move on.

I am no longer amused by the puddles you make right in the middle of the park and how everything is just too wet all the time.

I am not a water dog and unlike my sister Ginger and my brother Buddy who turns super silly at the sight of the smallest collection of water, I get very distressed. I can’t enjoy my walk and am often forced to take refuge on a bench and wait out the time while everyone around seems to enjoy the water.














Also I do not appreciate that the mud sticks to me each time I go out so I need to have a bath ever so often so I can cuddle on the furniture later.

I do hope you understand my predicament.


Please understand that it’s time you get your priorities right. We do not need you here any longer but I’m sure you’d be more than welcome somewhere out there in the Southern hemisphere where drier pastures and hot, panting dogs are awaiting you.

Isn’t it always better to be someplace you’re wanted and valued?









Panchali said...

Oh Rain God must listen to you, my dear Shadow. Great job! You spoke on behalf of all ur K-9 friends.This shows your compassion. They'll love you for this♥
You surely deserve a Bow :))
My Maugli sends you a bow wow....

Panchali said...

Normally, I don't invite people to come and read me. But, I'll do that today to show off my baby...please take a look at him when you have the time, Geeta:))

Restless in own skin said...

Way to go Shadow... you tell the Rain his proper place... how dare he cause you to spend time on the BENCH, and let the clingy mud to be formed. I bet Ginger and Buddy are not happy about your complaining though... You tell THEM also that its enough playing around in water and mud and puddles now... Right Shadow?

Lov n Paw-Shakes
Mumma n Pluto...

Molly The Wally said...

Oh dear we hope it stops soon. We have had a whole Summer of it but luckily not any damage unlike you. We wish everybody well and we hope the rain goes elsewhere. Have a wonderful Monday.
Best wishes Molly

Mariodacat said...

Good letter Shadow. I hope Mother Nature listens to you. I think Mother Nature should be fired and a new one recruited, but I hear that she refuses to leave. He's making the places too wet that are already wet, and the places that are dry are too very dry, She's supposed to do a better job of regulating things, Sorry that your area is getting too wet - there are lots of areas that could really use it.

Lovable Lily said...

Good letter Shadow! We've got our paws crossed that the rain man listens to you and goes someplace else.

Lily Belle & Muffin

Vaishali Jain said...

Sweet! The pictures are adorable and the letter is endearing.

Gattina said...

How I feel with you, we had rain and rain and still rain all over the summer. With a few short interruptions where the sun showed it's nose !

Two French Bulldogs said...

That rain sure did listen to you. You must have super powers
Benny & Lily

scotsmad said...

We think you were very polite. So WHEN rain does go away, it'll know to come back in the future.

We have had rain pictures next to our weather report for this week, but Rain forgot to look at the report. Everything's dry. Maybe your rain could head a bit southeast for awhile.....just a little, we don't need floods.

XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

Mitch and Molly said...

Rain got carried away and went a little overboard! We hope he doesn't take offense and leaves now!

Love ya lots,
Mitch and Molly

Lorenza said...

I could had written that letter!
Take care
Kisses and hugs

Pat said...

Charming letter, Shadow.
Hope the rain decides to let you be for a while xx

KB said...

We hope that Rain departs from you soon. We'll take some of it in the parched western U.S. if Rain doesn't mind turning into snow. It's almost snow season in our high mountains.

Tina´s PicStory said...

welcome to tina´s picstory ♥
... looks like the dogs had a lot of fun :)

Lovable Lily said...

Hi Gang,

We've given you an Award. Just hop on over to our blog to pick it up (if you wish).

Lily Belle & Muffin