Experience All The Drama of the Indian Monsoon — Without Your Raincoat
(All photos: Arati Kumar Rao)
The monsoon is coming… the monsoon is coming!
In India, meteorologists are the nation’s Paul Reveres. And in Kerala, on the sub-continent’s southwest coast, life is about to drastically change. Steady winds and sprinkles of rain have been rolling in off the Arabian Sea the past few days, giving the inland jungles their first taste of the three to four months of wet to come: sudden, torrential rains mixed with periods of sunshine are a welcome relief from the summer heat.
Experts are predicting this year’s southwest monsoon will make landfall sometime this week bringing with it all sorts of thunder, lightning, and wow. When the monsoon hits, it’s not just a storm — it’s an event. Last year, Yahoo India caught the spectacle on the coasts of Kerala thanks to photojournalist Arati Kumar-Rao, who documented village fishermen going about their daily lives amid the rush and drama of the returning rains.
Get a light misting with the CliffsNotes version below, or drench yourself in the full article, Wall of Rain: The Monsoon Season’s Opening Act, filled with more photos and diary-like entries about the annual event.
May 29, 2013: Fishermen at work under a brilliant blue sky on Adimalathura Beach, on the southwest tip of Kerala. “Two days,” they said. The monsoon will come in two days.
May 30, 2013: Blue skies and cotton-like clouds hang over today’s huge bounty of fish. On a good day, like this one, everyone will get about INR 500-600 (about $8-10). As the men chant “hai-ho” and drop the haul on the beach, the local women begin an animated bidding on the catch. The winners hurry away with their fish to the market, to grab the prime spots before competition arrives.