It is shivering cold at Shimla Hills’ Shoghi office these days. Apparently, you might find it all sunny outside, but that is where the trap lies. Sun’s warmth these days doesn’t make a difference because we are heading towards the last, but coldest phase of winter. The frost gets your hand, feet and nose. You try draping yourself in the warmest clothes, but one way or another the cold manages to seep into your skin.
Of late, the cold had been getting bone chilling with really frigid air. For a native, it isn’t hard to read the telltail signs of an eminent snowfall ushering in. And finally on February 14, right on the Valentine’s Day, the snowflakes started falling like a magic orchestrated by nature.
Our entire office gasped with happiness, and hysterically welcomed the season’s second snowfall. Most of us have enjoyed snow since our childhood. But the joy of seeing it every year is special and something we wait for year-round.
Within an hour, every inch of earth was covered in snow, trees were beautifully sketched in white sheet and the whole valley came to a standstill in pin drop silence.
Snow has a long, deep-rooted historic connection with humans and is the reason for our evolution. Possibly, this is why we feel so connected to snow. The story of our evolution is knitted into a beautiful, but complex story that has shaped and reshaped earth. And this change hasn’t stopped yet. It is still happening, even though at a miniscule level. This connection takes you back into Earth’s timeline, aeons of years ago.
Snow, the coolest form of precipitation is also the most evident form of energy on Earth. The meltwater from glaciers flows down rolling fertile mountain silt – bringing gallons of freshwater, generating electricity and stimulating every nook and corner of the earth in the lowlands. This shapes the terrain, influences our livelihoods, our economies and most importantly feeds millions around the globe.
What started as a trickle expands into rivulets, transforms into gorgeous waterfalls and rivers that finally merge into the vastness of the ocean. From oceans the water travels back in form of vapours and the eternal cycle continues. It is through these illustrations that nature shows its controlled creative wisdom.
Our instincts didn’t sharpen one fine day. It took this very creative wisdom of nature, over countless millennia to create us. When Homo sapiens learned to brave the chill, heat, moisture and drought they became stronger and inventive. And the quest for food was the driving force all this while.
In our hustling life, nature’s silent work to keep earth alive goes unnoticed. As humans it is our tendency to forget things. But nature works incessantly…with clocked precision…without any fail. Strangely each time I see snow falling, I recapitulate these things and halt in awe!