Sunday, July 26, 2009
The first sounds I ever heard were those of falling rain.
- starting words of Alexander Frater's 'Chasing the Monsoon'
It rained all day - slow and steady like a gentle shower. Put up in my home, all I did was to lay lazy and read Frater's Chasing the Monsoon with some calm rain songs and enchanting ghazals playing in the background.
The climate was just perfect to read the classic. And though I read it many times, it still evokes the joy I had while reading it the first time.
In this travelogue while following the monsoon all the way from Trivandrum to Cherrapunji, Frater brilliantly portrays the essence of the monsoon in India. He amuses the readers by introducing the local people, their humorous activities in their busy life.
Overall the book is a great pleasure to read and abundantly informative.
Easily recommended for a rainy day reading.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Sunday, July 05, 2009
Still waiting for my favorite season of the year - the monsoons to set well. The rain God's did arrive on their dark chariots accompanied by thunders and lightning. But no clue about why they are blessing with less rain. Anyway, happy that they are still hovering above. Hoping there's something big in store.
The monsoon's `will it-won't it' game