The barren brown countryside has suddenly become grassy green, dotted with ponds. Medium and large dams in the area are getting flush with water. Lakhapar's is the story of almost all the seven Saurashtra districts where it's raining like never before. All around you, tired weather-beaten faces break into bright laughter. People talk about rain all the time. "Our village of 1,800 was totally dependent on water tankers, for groundwater levels had gone down. They would arrive twice a day and not very regularly," says Ramesh Bachubhai, Lakhapar's deputy sarpanch. "If it continues to rain like this, we're saved this year," he says.
But nobody seems to have any doubt that it will continue to rain well. The confidence seems to emerge from a faith that Nature couldn't be harsher on the villagers. "I don't even remember when it rained last," shrugs a smiling Ramjibhai Limbabhai.