sábado, 1 de abril de 2017


By Arjun Singh Bhati (Jaisalmer, India)

One morning I was sitting in one of my classrooms. A
student came to me from the roadside. The boy was very
excited and in a great hurry to give the news to me and all
the students.
“Big fan,” he cried with surprise. The students looked
at him. He was pointing toward the road and crying, “big
fan” again and again. We all came out of the classroom and
looked toward the road, which was about half a kilometer
from the school building. To our surprise there were some
big trucks on the road, carrying some unusual things, very
big white fans; such fans we had never seen before. We
rushed to the road. The boys were very eager to touch the
big giants. We were all seeing these big machines for the
first time, and within half an hour, several villagers came
to see them. It was like a local fair. Then, after just an hour,
the trucks departed from our village.
Now all the villagers and my students had a new
subject to talk about. I heard lots of interesting stories
about these windmills. After some months some windmills
were installed on a small hill about five kilometers from
our village. I had an idea that it was for electricity. Soon
it became clear that hundreds of windmills were being
installed to generate electricity. There are no big factories
and industries in Jaisalmer. This was the first big project in
the area, and it gave a lot of employment to the local people.
It happened about seven years previously, but some of
the stories I heard from my innocent students and villagers
are still in my memory.
I explained in the class that these “fans” were here to
generate electricity through the wind. But a student in class
seven told me another story. “It is very hot here, and the
government is installing these fans for cool wind.” Another
said, “We suffer from malaria every year, and these fans
would produce a particular type of sound. And the sound
keeps the mosquitoes away from us.”
But the most surprising story was told by one of my
girl students in class six. The girl told the class that her
grandfather said, “It is not raining here because these
windmills scatter the clouds, and as a result we face
Although it seemed quite ridiculous, I could understand
the different opinions and views of uneducated and
innocent villagers. Well, finally, I took all my students to
the project site, and an engineer explained the working
system of the windmills to us. It was a really interesting and
useful lesson for all of the students.

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