Summary of A Short Monsoon Diary
In this article, we will be studying A Short Monsoon Diary summary. This chapter consists of a few extracts from the diary of Ruskin Bond. The chapter describes the author’s experiences in Mussoorie during the monsoons. On the first day of monsoon, the mist covered the hills. Bijju was calling his sister but the author could not see him due to mist. The next day the rain was warm and humid. Due to the monsoon, one can see leeches, leopard, and birds.
After a few days, rain stops and the Sun shines. Animals, birds, and people are out once again. It rained non-stop for more than a week which made everything damp. One can see the monsoon growth everywhere. The author says that this year monsoon continued for longer than usual. In January, Ruskin Bond wrote a poem on winter rain. He feels lonely now. In March, the winter ends and one can see a rainbow.
A Short Monsoon Diary Summary in English
In this chapter are the extracts from the diary of the famous author and nature lover Ruskin Bond. The author describes the flora and fauna during the monsoon in Mussoorie. He wrote these experiences day-wise.
24th June is the first day of the monsoon mist. The mist has covered the hills and also quietened the birds. He can hear Bijju calling his sister and feel that he is running. However, due to mist, he is unable to see Bijju. The author says that the mist has changed the Mussoorie hills in two ways. Firstly, one can not see the hills and secondly can not hear the birds chirping.
On 25th June, the rain is warm and humid and is thus comfortable, unlike the winter rain. The flowers are blooming. He describes the hill station as ‘A Paradise that might have been’.
On 27th June, one can see leeches appearing due to the monsoon. A leopard was also seen stealing dogs and other animals. Some new birds like minivets can also be seen. Minivets are bright coloured birds and sit silently among the leaves. One can also see some seasonal flowers blooming.
It’s 2nd August and has rained all night. The sound of the rain on the tin roof delights him. He feels he is untouched yet is in touch with the rain.
On 3rd August, the rain stops and there is sunshine. Animals, birds, and humans are all out in open sunshine. The author is pleased to hear a song of a whistling thrush coming from a distance.
On 12th August he writes that it is been raining non-stop for more than a week. Everything is damp but not cold. Flowers have covered the hills. If one needs to go out, he needs to carry an umbrella.
It’s 31st August and monsoon growth can be seen everywhere. The seeds of the cobra lily are becoming red which is an indication that the rains are coming to an end. Snakes and rodents have taken shelter in attics, roofs, and godowns as the holes are full of rainwater.
It’s on the 3rd of October. This year the monsoon was much longer than usual. Usually, it starts in the last week of June and continues until the end of August. Now, the winter rain has begun.
On 26th January, the author wrote a poem about winter rain. He says that the winter rain makes him feel lonely as a friend who was staying with him has left. He also says that there are no flowers in winter rain as there were in monsoon rains.
It’s 23rd March and is the end of winter. One can see a rainbow in the clear sky after a hailstorm.