“Guys, thanks for this wonderful surprise party. But with the way things are getting out of our hands, I am not sure how much longer I can live.

In the past few years, I have witnessed the loss of the last member in the families of many of my kids. Amur Leopard, Gorilla, Orangutan…the list goes on. Their homes have been ruthlessly destroyed. Our poor sea turtles and whales have been choking to death everyday swallowing plastic. Who knows it better than Varun!

Also, with the increased drilling, mining and construction, I am losing my strength faster than ever.

And look at Vayu! Grey and black all over, laden with smog”, sighed a teary-eyed Bhudevi.

“Oh, dear! Your endurance has been taken for granted. Just one ‘yes’ from you and I could burn down everything”, exclaimed an angry Agni.

“Calm down, Agni. We are the basis of all cosmic creation. We endowed man with intellect and abilities that none other species has. But this power has clouded his sensibilities and made him ungrateful. I guess it’s time to shake him up a little”, Aakash smirked and winked at Bhudevi.

And the “Pancha Maha-Bhoota” had a group hug.

********

April 22, 2030

1:00 AM, Gurgaon, India

“Daaaaad….tremors have been felt in Tokyo and London too…and Moscow and New York too….whaaat ??? OMG !!”, screamed a shocked Roshan staring at his cell phone screen as he rushed out of the building along with all the other residents.

Next morning, in news:

“NASA has apprised that the “mysterious” rumble that rolled around the world, ironically on ‘Earth Day 2030’, is a warning that denial would now be deadly. The strange seismic waves that shook the whole world together, clearly told us that climate change is for real and man must act on it. RIGHT NOW”

Author’s note:

Pancha Bhoota or Pancha Maha-Bhoota (Sanskrit: ???????, ??????????), five great elements, also five physical elements, is a group of five basic elements, which, according to Hinduism, is the basis of all cosmic creation. These elements are: Prithvi/Bhudevi (Hindi: ??????, Earth), Apas/Varuna/Jal (Hindi: ???, Water), Agni (Hindi: ?????, Fire), Vayu (Hindi: ????, Air), Aakash/Dyaus (Hindi: ????, Aether).

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