Raindrops keep falling

I have two favourite weeks of the year in Mumbai. One is the week called winter, when the temperature drops below 20 Celsius, and we start thinking of bringing out our sweaters. The other is the first week of the monsoon. This year I almost let the beginning of the monsoon pass by without saying anything about it. A taxi driver was kind enough to travel below the speed limit on the sea link, letting me take a photo of the skyline of the mill area and its stalled rebuilding, as the monsoon clouds finally blew in at the end of June.

Decades ago you could almost set the calendar by the arrival of the monsoon. It would arrive on 6th June, perhaps three days before or after. Over the years the gradual warming of the sea has delayed the monsoon. Warm seas also give rise to storms and hurricanes. This year a storm formed over the sea off the coast of Mumbai, brought a little rain, but blocked the monsoon winds for a substantial number of days. I took the photo above during the first monsoon shower. In the last four days or so of June we got all the rain that we usually expect over the month. Is this the shape of a warmer earth?

Author: I. J. Khanewala

I travel on work. When that gets too tiring then I relax by travelling for holidays. The holidays are pretty hectic, so I need to unwind by getting back home. But that means work.

15 thoughts on “Raindrops keep falling”

  1. Just seeing that picture of the rain brings delight and coolness to me…we are in the middle of summer here and having just had ‘une canicule’ (heatwave) and weeks without rain, we are set for another heatwave next week. As is the case around the world, we are set for more extended periods of heat and drought in the future 😦
    How long does the monsoon last for?

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      1. It’s pouring in Shillong! Heavy heavy rains in entire Meghalaya. There’ve been floods too in low lying areas. Same is parts of Assam, You might have read the plight of animals at Kaziranga

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