MONSOON

 

           The British first started operating a met office high up on a hill near Trivandrum. The purpose was to keep an eye on the sea stretched to India‚Äôs west. With uncanny regularity, sharp on the first or second day of June, an immense black pillar was then found approaching the coast from far off. Telegrams were sent to every corner predicting the exact time of invasion-- by Monsoon. This was little less than an oracle, because, in India, monsoon used to determine the destiny of the Nation from bleached past.

 

         Here Monsoon so effortlessly turns the mundane into the magical. And here it rains with such ferocity, and for so long a time, that it gets an independent identity, inseparable from any Indian perspective. Here Monsoon has turned into a culture, into floods and famines, into joys and tears, into commerce and arson, into a myth that lives a sensual, physical life. 

this month's theme........... 

jodhpur. rajasthan
yangma valley, ladakh
benaras, uttar pradesh
cherrapunji, meghalaya
gaya, bihar
darjeeling, west bengal
kumarkom, kerala
mandu, madhya pradesh
darjeeling, west bengal
sultanganj, bihar
bastar, chattisgarh
puri, odisha
matheran, maharashtra
ghum, west bengal
courttalam, tamilnadu
chandragiri, odisha
darjeeling, west bengal
mangpu, west bengal
maheshwar, madhya pradesh
khirsu, uttarakhand
near kolkata, west bengal
puri, odisha
kumbhamela, uttar pradesh
cherrapunji, meghalaya
malsejghat, maharashtra
pandharpur, maharashtra
kumbhamela, uttar pradesh
cherrapunji, meghalaya
mandu, madhya pradesh
mwasynram, meghalaya
kovalam, kerala
benaras, uttar pradesh
vagator, goa
mwasynram, meghalaya
near kolkata, west bengal
malsejghat, maharashtra
puri, odisha
chopta, uttarakhand
pandharpur, maharashtra
puri, odisha
malsejghat, maharashtra
bastar, chattisgarh
loktak, manipur
tso-moriri, ladakh
darjeeling, west bengal
onkadelli, odisha
pandharpur, maharashtra
gangasagar, west bengal
lansdowne, uttarakhand
maheswar, madhya pradesh
near rudraprayag, uttarakhand
cherrapunji, meghalaya
kovalam, kerala
darjeeling, west bengal
loktak, manipur
mwasynram, meghalaya
mwasynram, meghalaya
udupi, karnataka
bastar, chattisgarh
cherrapunji, meghalaya