How Konkani idioms on climate, environment are changing with altering weather systems | India News – Times of India

 How Konkani idioms on climate, environment are changing with altering weather systems | India News - Times of India

From monsoon nights to winter mornings, the prediction of traditional weather patterns has been well-documented in Konkani proverbs and local practices, possibly for centuries. As climate change gradually alters the weather system, even familiar patterns reflected in local language and customs are suddenly becoming irrelevant.

For most of his life, Manohar Netravalkarwho is now 82, knew exactly how to describe each seasonal phase in his native Goa.
“The September sun was known as the ‘marien vot’ or harsh sun, which helped the paddy crop to dry up. ‘Mukdancho poos’ was any rain that came in fits and starts.’ ‘Magha Pus’ was the one seen in December. It rained only in the evening, and it was a very light rain and would end soon,” recalls Netravalkar.

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