The eclipse

On 21 st July 2009 we woke up to find the world blanked out. The birds in the trees seemed to keep still and the crickets went silent .Even the train hoot one heard at that time every day was missing from the morning’s silence. The darkness spread in our garden and to the compound wall and thence to the sky above our house. The solar eclipse was total and lasted for four minutes when light began to emerge from behind the monsoon clouds and covered the world once again .The solar eclipse could not be seen because of the overcast sky.