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Seasons Are Disappearing. Orissa Is Down To 2 From 4.

In Environment, India on May 16, 2010 at 9:37 am

We’re screwing with nature so much that the birds, the bees, the rains and even the sun are getting confused!

Read this fascinating insight into vanishing seasons and their profound consequences at MoreIntelligentLife.com

After spring (basanta) and summer (grishma) came the rainy season (barsha). Between autumn (sarata) and winter (sisira) came a dewy period called hemanta. Each season lasted two months and the appearance of each was marked by religious festivals. […]

Lately the heralds of the seasons have become unreliable. Damselflies swarm not only in the rainy season but in winter, the driest time of year. The stork no longer appears just on Akshaya Trutiya, but at other times, too. Villagers hear the song of the oriole in summer and the rainy season, not just spring. And this, Mahapatra says, is because spring is no longer a distinct season. Instead of six periods of equal length, Orissa now has two, a brief rainy season and a burning eight-month summer.

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