The Rains Are Here! And It’s Beautiful

Monsoon has arrived and it’s beautiful here. Rains in Kerala are special. That’s when the entire state become air-conditioned with pleasant weather.

That’s not all, it’s beautiful to sit and watch the sheets of water coming down from the skies.

It started the day before. There were occasional rains before that, remains of the summer rains with humidity and worse, some thunder and lightning.

And it gave way to the South West Monsoon. The transition in some 18 hours is phenomenal. The humidity has disappeared and the thunder is gone. Total bliss is ushered in.

Last year in August there were some excess rains and the state perhaps would have withstood it, but for what is assessed to be human error in storing maximum water in some 33 dams and releasing all of them together when the water level continued to rise. The after effects were sad and to be avoided forever.

Normal monsoon is very welcome. The rivers get cleaned up and I fancy several trips to the river I grew up in. And of course the beautiful drive in the rain, through the good roads in the villages.

Last evening was my swimming day and the pre shower and the pool water felt cold but it energised me.

And I have one of the best spots to watch the rain. From my balcony across the sprawling backwaters.

Sincere welcome! Come and have coffee with me, watching the rains.

The Rains Are Here! And It’s Beautiful

When The Public Is Taken For A Ride!

“Beware of murky potholes on dug up roads”. The headlines of the leading newspaper today reads like a statutory warning.

Roads in many parts of Kochi, Kerala are dug up just before the elections in April and nobody did anything about it till now.

Apparently the election code didn’t allow repairs- B.S.

And nothing can be done now! The monsoon has started. And this headline on the newspaper is insult to injury.

Sadly the newspaper has chosen to come up with an eye catching news than to be the fourth column for voicing the plight of the innocent victims- the road using public.

Nobody clearly knows why some of the relatively good roads were dug up, not only on one side, but both sides! Some say it’s water pipes, some it’s gas connection and yet another say it’s digital installations. Perhaps they were looking for some previous installations which they have forgotten where they installed.

And there’s news that there are plans to dig through the middle of the road.

How can anyone be permitted to meddle with public property and walk away leaving the mess behind with immunity.

How can elected representatives sleep after causing this havoc to the people they are duty bound to look after.

The authorities responsible are quoted as saying that any restoration work would be after the rains, which is some three months. By then the roads will be rivers with deadly traps for people and vehicles.

Time for action! Or is the silent majority is destined to suffer in silence!

When The Public Is Taken For A Ride!