The Monsoon carries love, nostalgia, suffering, relief and helplessness

While Dattaram and Leena Mhadalkar (left) begin a fresh life together in shin-deep water on Mumbai’s NM Joshi Marg on Sunday, the monsoon’s first major downpour leaves 10 dead in Mumbai and claims over 130 lives in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Maharashtra. In Pakistan, 228 people were killed in heavy rain and storm.

Its been rains Heavy rains and more Rains in this part of the world. I have never seen so much rain in so wiered and varied places of India. The southern and North eastern States are the worst affected, Andhra Pradesh , kerala, karnataka in the south and Assam

The Monsoon as they say in india brings several feelings a rainbow of them, some good, some bad. After all there are so many people so many feelings, some celebrate, some nostalgic, some depressed and some others are deprived. The Lovers, the poor, the rich, the neo rich and the daily wage labourers and ofcourse the people on the street. I was walking on the footpath in the city and could see it clogged and filled with humans like us and like anybodyelse. The only difference being they are deprived of a home, a family and people to care and love.

WATER WOES: It has been a wet and miserable weekend for those caught in heavy rains and floods.WATER WOES: It has been a wet and miserable weekend for those caught in heavy rains and floods.
And not to leave my fav subject here is the Folklore and belief system of people of kerala. ( The video courtesy CNN IBN (

The Thanikkudam Bhagavathi temple in the Thrissur district may look like any other temple in Kerala but there is a difference.

The idol of the main deity is taken to a nearby pond on special occasions for a holy dip, called Aarattu in Kerala generally. However, things work the other way round in the Thanikkudam Bhagavathi temple.

Says a local, Sreekumar, “The story is that the river that flows by the side of the temple overflows and makes it’s way to the deity.”

Here is what is the Ground situation on the Floods.

ANDHRA PRADESH: In Andhra Pradesh the worst affected areas are Guntur, Kurnool, Prakasam, Kadapa, Rayalseema, Srikakulam, Nandyal, Karimnagar, East Godavari, Mahaboobnagar and Hyderabad. It is estimated that 222 villages and more than 300,000 people have been badly affected. According to an official government release at least 45 people have been killed. Kurnool district was the worst affected with 21 deaths reported, and the evacuation of 85,000 people who are currently taking shelter in 51 relief camps.

Preliminary reports indicate that 9,799 houses have been damaged and some 8,530 livestock killed. Communication facilities are badly affected and several villages are cut off.

The Meteorological Office has forecast further heavy rainfall in Telanagana, parts of coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema. The local government officials in Coastal Andhra and Telanagana have been instructed to take precautionary measures. The government at state, district, and sub-district levels is monitoring the situation, and the army and navy have been alerted to assist in rescue and relief operations.


Ten people, including four women and two children, were killed when lightning struck them in different parts of West Bengal state since Sunday, officials said. In the neighbouring state of Bihar, six people were drowned as flash floods inundated farmlands and devastated villages, said Manoj Kumar Srivastava, a senior official.

“At least 83 villages have been affected and we are evacuating people from low-lying areas,” Srivastava told reporters on Monday in the state capital, Patna. Dozens were also injured as strong winds, accompanied by heavy showers uprooted trees and electric poles in the region, witnesses and officials said.

India’s north-eastern state of Assam announced an alert on Tuesday after flash floods inundated more than 100 villages, displacing nearly 150,000 people, officials and reports said. “Nearly 125 villages in districts of Lakhimpur and Karimganj have been affected and an estimated 149,850 people were displaced in the first floods triggered by the monsoon rains,” Assam relief official RK Majumdar told the Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa.

In pictures: India flooding



Indian villagers move through floodwaters in a local boat at Allampur village in Kurnool district.

Heavy rains and flash floods are causing havoc in India’s Andhra Pradesh state.

An Indian boy looks at a globe left behind by floodwaters in Kolluru village in Kurnool.

A number of people have been killed – and there is widespread damage across the area.

People gather on the banks of the swollen Handri river in the Kurnool district.

At Allampur village in Kurnool district, people gathered on the banks of River Handri – already swollen by the rains.

An Indian man made homeless by the floods sits among belongings salvaged from his house in Kolluru village in Kurnool.

The government has started distributing aid to nearly 60,000 displaced people.

An Indian woman attempts to remove flood water from her home in Kolluru.

This woman’s house appears to have been badly battered as were many in the area.

An Indian family attempt to see if they salvage anything.

But some local residents returned to see whether they could salvage anything.

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5 thoughts on “The Monsoon carries love, nostalgia, suffering, relief and helplessness

  1. Alas, we are having the driest year in our history, only about 3 cms over the last twelve months. I would give anything for a good, wet year in our desert climate.

    Thanks for the information, which by the way does not seem to have been reported by the mainstream media in the U.S., probably because Paris Hilton is now out of jail.

  2. OOO rain!!!!!

    Sometimes its reckless and sometimes comforting…some look forward for it…and some fear of it…what say!! different conditions at different places…I began to wonder for the rainy season being delay this time….but when it came..the results were catastrophic…global warming seems to have taken it first step …lets go kool…

    That was a very nice write up ..had a good insight of the result of rain…as always you bring out real information into light…keep posting and take care…

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