Saturday, May 28, 2005

Is it Monsoon Yet?

As a first-timer in India, you become semi-obsessed about the legendary monsoon. You ask questions like:

-- How bad IS it?

-- When does it get here?

Monsoon season in Bangalore begins in June, so it's getting close. And, according to some, it's here already.

This week, we've had a couple of nights of spectacular thunderstorms. The booms sound like an artillery battle. And the rain falls in sheets.

Yesterday, one newspaper declared the monsoon was going to hit Kerala, on the west coast, in 10 days.

That afternoon, we had the Mother of All Thunderstorms. The storm, which hit around 4:30 p.m., knocked down 70 to 80 trees and caused the Mother of All Traffic Jams (My son had a school play. I was nearly an hour and a half late because of the traffic).

If this is the monsoon, it's not too bad (yet). Basically, you get some severe thunderstorms in the late afternoon or evening. And that's it (People say the monsoon does not hit Bangalore as badly as it does other areas, such as the coasts).

But I suspect this may be just the beginning. Stay tuned.


At 9:53 AM, Blogger aniket said...

No, I don't think that there is anything more than thunderstorms but some of these thunderstorms can be real devastating

At 9:15 PM, Blogger Veerapathiran said...

it's pre-monsoon showers.

traffic was bad after the rains that doctor with whom i had appointment never turned friend missed the train in which he was supposed to go his hometown for weekend even after 1.5hrs travel to get to the railway station...and more..

my experience of bangalore monsoon is that it rains and rains and rains every evening and night..i usually get stuck at work untill midnight if i dont leave by 7pm that day :-(

At 10:37 AM, Blogger Bob Dively said...

I've always been under the impression that the real danger of the monsoon season isn't large scale damage or death from storms or flooding but is instead illness or death from poor hygienic conditions caused by the flooding of sewers and so forth.

At 6:11 AM, Blogger Ash_M said...

U do realise you're asking for it by saying "If this is the monsoon, it's not too bad (yet)".

I'm now going to have visions of sudden deluge, aquatic equivalents of tuk-tuks, you wearing a life-preserver to go with the normal office accoutrements (cellfone, briefcase, MP3 player, PDA, laptop(?), and observing frogs and suchlike during your daily commute...

JO: "good morning"

FROG: "ribbet!!"

At 7:14 AM, Blogger SUM said...

Long long time ago.. bangalore did have distinct seasons.. But now.. link


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