Monday, 29 July 2013

Rain Gift Of Water

Rain has no colour. Like black and white movies. The feel of rain have inspired creative works since time immemorial. And it is quite different from the feel of snow. Snow is exclusive, almost elitist. Rain is inclusive and like the salt of the earth, more grounded. It only snows in some parts of the world, but it rains nearly everywhere I know. Arguably snowing is more cinematic, and admittedly wondrous and grand. Yet rain has an audible dimension which makes it more immediate. My personal feelings of rain swing from comfortably warm and fuzzy to anxiously cold and wet. This very moment, I choose to focus on the good feelings of rain.

It provides a warm sense of security. Because rain is water and water is life. I see the reservoirs filling up, I see farmers rejoicing, I see the entire landscape meandering with shine and vigour. After a rain, there is also a clean and contented feeling because the rain has washed away dirt and waste.

Yet rain is not at all colourless. With light, we can see a rainbow. All cultures have used rain to tell or add to stories. While there are mishaps caused by rain, rain as a metaphor is invariably life enriching. There is torrential downpour which destroys, but mostly rain is revered because it is a necessary component of growth.

After thunder and lightning which can be intimidating, the sound of rain that follows is familiar, reassuring and almost tranquil. The rain this morning continued throughout the day. I am not complaining. This post seems to be about nothing; I have wanted to express how I feel about rain but never did until now. I chanced upon this poem, simply titled ‘Rain’, which reads like nothing, but then again it may mean something to you.

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Necessity Of Water

At its most basic, water is a molecule with one oxygen atom and two hydrogen atoms, bonded together by shared electrons. It is a V-shaped polar molecule, which means that it's charged positively near the hydrogen atoms and negatively near the oxygen atom. Water molecules are naturally attracted and stick to each other because of this polarity, forming a hydrogen bond. This hydrogen bond is the reason behind many of water's special properties, such as the fact that it's denser in its liquid state than in its solid state (ice floats on water). We'll look closer at these special properties later.

Water is the only substance that occurs naturally as a solid (ice), a liquid and a gas (water vapor). It covers about 70 percent of the Earth for a total of approximately 332.5 million cubic miles  you'll understand that most of this water -- 97 percent of it -- is undrinkable because it's saltwater. Only 3 percent of the world's water supply is freshwater, and 77 percent of that is frozen. Of the 23 percent that is not frozen, only a half a percent is available to supply every plant, animal and person on Earth with all the water they need to survive.

In its purest form, it's odorless, nearly colorless and tasteless. It's in your body, the food you eat and the beverages you drink. You use it to clean yourself, your clothes, your dishes, your car and everything else around you. You can travel on it or jump in it to cool off on hot summer days. Many of the products that you use every day contain it or were manufactured using it. All forms of life need it, and if they don't get enough of it, they die.

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