Friday, 18 November 2016

Last year, severe monsoon. This year, rains delayed . . .

This time, last year the monsoon had broken over the city of Chennai. It got to rain strong. And steady. And the city flooded.

But rasikas looking forward to the December season did not mind. This is monsoon time; November is.
But after a break, it rained again. And on the night of December 1, the night when the city sabha, Kartik Fine Arts raises the curtains to launch its music and dance festival, the rain did not stop.

The waters rose and rose and when people of Chennai woke up the next morning, they found the city was sinking in water. The deluge was on us. The rest is history.

Sabhas debated whether it was wise to go ahead with the 'season'; many decided to go ahead though some artistes nodded the other way.

Let the music play, most said. And though it was a very damp 'season', it got through on a low key.

This year, we have not even sighted dark clouds post-Deepavali. And this week, the forecast did not hold hope for rains. Which means this water-starved city will have to suffer early next year. If the rainfall is not average.

Meanwhile, the pre-Season atmosphere is just surfacing. And on Friday, November 18, the weatherman said the monsoon has hit south Tamil Nadu and will advance northwards, and hopefully bathe Chennai.

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