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Anticipation- Rain/ Skywatch

I captured this picture recently at a traffic signal, waiting for the lights to turn green.

 

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Awaiting the change of season! Friday Skywatch

 

This extra wide angle picture captures mood of the skies before the monsoon season kicks in as well as the change of season. The eagle in flight, rain-laden clouds and the hidden Sun all makes for the dramatic scene. For the uninitiated, Monsoon is a rainy season in Indian subcontinent.

It also popped up a question in my mind!

While reading books and watching movies from the West, I always had impression that rain is considered a big nuisance and irritant in some countries. This is true especially in UK,  in stark contrast to perception of rain and monsoon among people in the Indian subcontinent. And why is this so?

With temperature soaring up to 40-47 C during summers, rain is a big savior bringing the temperature down. Indian agriculture depends largely on rains especially monsoon season despite all technological advancements. Therefore, rains are vital for the survival, even now. In stark contrast, many countries in Europe receive rainfall in winters which certainly is an inconvenience. Monsoon season is celebrated quite like a festival in India.

 

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Change of season? Monsoon in Jaipur. Friday Skywatch

 

I would like to quote here the great writer Khushwant Singh on  importance of monsoon and rainfall in India.

To know India and her peoples, one has to know the monsoon.  It is not enough to read about it in books, or see it on the cinema screen, or hear someone talk about it. It has to be a personal experience because nothing short of living through it can fully convey all it means to a people for whom it is not only the source of life, but also their most exciting impact with nature.

from the book – I shall not hear the Nightingale

What do you think?

Posted for Friday Skywatch  and Weekly Photo Challenge Delta

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57 thoughts on “Anticipation- Rain/ Skywatch

  1. Personally, I like the rain, Arv. Not so much perhaps if it is heavy and persistent and the weather is cold, but usually I do.

    And for several years, now, I have thought that I want to visit India during the monsoon, because I know that I will have a wholly different flavour of it then!

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    1. Mick..rain takes a different meaning in India because it is considered as life supporting. I’m sure the experience will be great…You’ll see kids rejoicing and dancing in rain, the happy farmers….and so on!

      Have you read this book of Khushwant Singh (as mentioned above)?

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      1. No, I’ve not come across it, although I’m fairly certain I’ve heard the quotation before. I’ve seen film of people rejoicing when the monsoon comes, and I can imagine it must be a really special occasion.

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      2. You are right..in Bollywood films Monsoon is a happy season. I,m sure you would have heard about this famous writer who was also editor of the famous newspaper many decades ago.

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  2. Maybe when I take my trip to India I will experience the tail end of the monsoon. I love the sound of rain on the roof, walking in the rain – minus the lighting. We are experiencing quite a bit of rain with a nice sunshine in between. Everything is so green and lush it is quite beautiful!!

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    1. Happy to hear that you are enjoying rains and the beautiful weather. Monsoon season varies across the country. While Southern states start getting it around May-June…most of the country experiences in June-September. And there are some states which receive heavy rainfall during retreating monsoon only! I’m not sure when you are planing to visit and which parts of India but August is a good time to experience monsoon.
      Are you residing in Australia?

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  3. Wow… Really insightful write-up about India, and your pictures are truly aesthetic, thanks to your prolific photographic skills. Love the way you bring out your posts, they are so nice. Hope to see more from you. Have hope, write on!

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  4. The reason why people don’t like Europe is because of abrupt rains there. In fact, this also was a reason my wife didn’t want to move to Ireland (and we ended up in Canada).

    Anyway, enjoy the monsoons…it is a big relief in India.

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    1. You are right. Continental Europe suffers from unpredictable weather especially rains. Well technically monsoon is still awaited.
      I hope things are going good with you guys, Alok. Wishing success and happiness for you both….. always! 😊

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      1. I’m sure these adjustments are too few in comparison to the ones you had to make had you chosen Ireland. Its a different culture. I have few friends working there.

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    1. Ha ha! Haven’t we heard this…where the eagles fly? There’s a very popular English song with these lines….
      I’m sure even pilot will dislike flying through such dark clouds….. Who wants turbulence? 😉

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  5. Using the moments at a stop and go light is important to do. You saw. You grabbed the shot. Look how nice the image turned out. Do it again, and again. Same shots do turn out differently. What the camera sees and what we see always varies too. Happy when it is the same, which is rare for me. Enjoy being the great photographer you are. Keep on shooting!

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    1. Thank you for the encouraging words and checking it out. Having a great mobile phone camera liberates you and provides freedom. I agree it turned out quite well especially the first picture. You are right camera sees things differently. But sometimes camera captures it in a better way. Thanks once again…

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  6. I love your insight and comments. Yes, here in the US rain is considered an inconvenience unless we don’t get any for a while then we get concerned. I’ve been reading about the Indian Monsoons all my life and I just assumed that Indians were miserable for it so I learned a little something today thanks to you and I will have to read up some more on it. Take care!!

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    1. Thanks for the US perspective on rains. Monsoon is a season in India. Its life for many. The farmers sow their crops according to monsoon. Have you ever been to India during monsoon?

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