Murthy’s story, ‘HOW THE SEASONS GOT THEIRSHARE’, has a share of depth of
understanding for all her readers. In spite of being a story for children, it
has in it material to set ticking the minds of adults too. The story inbrief
mentions about God having six sons namely, Day, Night, Summer, Rain, Winter and
Wind. He instructs them to live together peacefully and divide themselves to
share the world. So the boys get down to work immediately.
and Night being twins, decide to take turns of twenty-four hours each. So for the
first twenty-four hours, Day begins to shine and the world remains sparkling with
his bright light for all that time. The next twenty-four hours Day goes to rest
and Night takes over his duty. Night’s darkness envelopes the earth and the
people are left to rest and sleep under the black blanket of nature. The twins
feel happy with their decision and believe their plan to be amazing. Then the
other brothers, Summer, Rain and Winter decide to take a year each. However,
all of them ignore their youngest brother Wind. They simply keep him out of the
turns they take, and poor Wind keeps away silently without any demands. Their
plan is to allow each brother to take one year completely in his charge; and so
begin the seasons on the earth. The first year, Summer heats up the planet to
the extent that everything almost gets burnt and dries up. The people of the
earth long for some relief from his heat. After a burning hot year, Rain takes
charge and pours down heavily to the respite of one and all. Initially, the
people who have suffered immensely from the heat of his brother Sun, feel good;
but when the downpour continues ceaselessly, they realise that it is not all
that blissful. There are floods everywhere and everybody has to remain locked
up in their homes without any food since all the crops have got destroyed due
to water logging. So for another one year the scenario is painful. Then comes
Winter’s turn. This cold brother comes with all his iciness and the people
begin to shiver in spite of all the warm clothes they wear. The earth trembles
and her denizen are terrified of what has been happening around and in a state
of helplessness, they pray to God for a change.
brothers see the unhappiness of the people, whom they were supposed to help as
instructed by their father, they begin to worry. They wonder if they
have made a mistake in their decisions and get together for a change of plan.
After all, they had no plans to harm the earth people! Their new decision
therefore is to divide the year in parts with their presence. So Summer being
the eldest brother, takes charge for a few months and begins warming the earth.
The earth soon begins to grow crops and everybody is happy, for food is being
generated. Rain then takes over and drives away the thirst of all the people
and helps the growth of crops with his showers. Soon Winter arrives and the
crops begin to bear fruits for all and the world is now largely contented. Now
when the twins see how their other brothers are sharing and caring, they too
decide to share the day. So for twelve hours, Day shines bright and the next
twelve hours Night showers his cool light on the earth.
problem still continues to linger. The brothers have not yet teamed up with
their youngest sibling. Wind continues to be left out. Because of their keeping
him away, Summer’s heat continues to be unbearable without any breeze, with
Rain the water continues to fall unevenly on the earth, whereby only some
patches of ground get the water and the others stay dry and arid. Even during
Winter’s turn, the earth faces a similar problem.
then realize that the youngest among them whom they had ignored thinking him to
be of no use, can in fact be their saviour. They now become aware of his qualities
which till now they have left unexplored. Soon they go up to him and repent and bring him into their plan of work. Wind too feels better and joins his
brothers without hesitation. It is to be noted that Wind has no pride or strife.
He begins to
blow and easily gives relief to the people on earth during the time when Summer
lets the sun shine. Also when Rain begins pouring buckets full of water on
earth, Wind helps to evenly direct him to different areas and there is equal
amount of water on the planet. Winter’s arrival this time, gives joy to the
people when Wind touches their nose and makes them feel pink.
The share of
understanding I spoke about in the beginning is that, if only in our lives too,
we would not ignore the breeze of kind and gentle words, which have the power
of understanding to blow away strife of arguments in the summer of anger, we
would have a beautiful life. Wind would then blow away the sweat of antagonism
leaving us free from the hot sting of bitterness.
of quiet and kind lips would be a blessing during periods when our lives could
be flooded with displeasure and hostility.
cold of violence in moments of aggressive mood, could be lessened with the refreshing
breeze of words of affection and love which would give warmth to cold hearts
like the comfort given by woollen garments.
after all the winds of charity, sympathy, affection, trust and mercy which help
us to approach one another to change painful circumstances everywhere? What
a story indeed! Though written for children, we adults too could gain a lot from