The Challenge of the Monsoon

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An article in Marathi entitled “Avhan monsoonche” by Prof R R Kelkar was published in the Pune newspaper Agrowon on 20 April 2015. Click on the images to read.

Kelkar Article Monsoon Agrowon 20 April 2015 1Kelkar Article Monsoon Agrowon 20 April 2015 2

Vagaries of the Weather

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Prof R R Kelkar and Mayuresh Prabhune appeared on a live TV show in Marathi about the vagaries of the weather. The show was aired on 2 March 2015. Click to watch.



Filmy Weather (30): Another “Monsoon” Coming Soon

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Monsoon 2015 Poster

A new Bollywood Hindi Movie titled “Monsoon” is all set for release shortly this year (2015) under the banner of Mango Movies. It is produced by Mahendra Dhariwal and Jitender Gulati and directed by Suzad Iqbal Khan. The film will have an all-new cast of Srishti Sharma, Sudhanshu Aggarwal, Shawar Ali, Vijay Singh and Raja Gulati. “Monsoon” is a story of the coming of age of a teenager who falls in love with a much older married woman, whose husband dies while on duty as a forest officer. The film revolves around the boy’s dreams, fantasies and feelings towards her.

There are six songs in the film and their music videos have already been unveiled by Zee Music. The music is directed by Biswajit Bhattacharjee and the lyrics are written by Krishna Bharadwaj and Shabbir Ahmed. The songs and their singers are:

“Thoda Sa Pyaar”  Mohammad Irfan, Veena Bhatiya
“Rasleela”  Neha Kakkar and Santokh Singh
“Soni Kudi”  Divya Kumar
“Man Hoya Bawra”  Biswajit Bhatacharjee
“Maahi Ve”  Shahid Mallya
“Maula”  Krishna Beura

The music has rhythm and romance, and the tunes are catchy. Why is the film titled “Monsoon”? Perhaps because it is difficult to predict its success!

R K Laxman on IMD


Cartoonist R K Laxman passed away in Pune on 26 January 2015. Many of his cartoons were about IMD and weather forecasts. Here is my favourite from the Times of India dated 27 June 2007.


2014 in review

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WordPress.com prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 37,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 14 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

“Chintan 365 Divasansathi” – Dr Ranjan Kelkar’s New Book Is Now Available

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A Visit to Poladpur


Savitri River 1

Poladpur is a town situated at the foothills of the Sahyadri mountains, in Raigad district of Maharashtra state in India. The river Savitri originating from the hill station of Mahabaleshwar, comes down to Poladpur and then flows into the Arabian Sea at Bankot.  

On the banks of the Savitri is an old tombstone which has withstood the passage of time and the fury of floods. The inscription on the grave reads: “In memory of the Rev Donald Mitchell, first missionary of the Scottish Missionary Society in India. He left the Bombay Army of which he was a commissioned officer, to become a preacher of the gospel to the benighted inhabitants of this country, but he was removed from the chosen sphere of this work of faith within the first year of his ministerial service. He died at this village on the 20th November 1823.”

The death of Rev Donald Mitchell in Poladpur was not in vain. In 1895, my grandfather, Hari Govind Kelkar, following the commandment of Lord Jesus, set up an ashram there for leprosy patients who had been abandoned by society. Later, his work was taken over by the Leprosy Mission.

In 1954, a church was founded in Poladpur and it has just completed 60 years. On 2 November 2014, there was a special service to mark the occasion. I had the opportunity to visit Poladpur and join in the worship and also to lay flowers on Mitchell’s grave. Here are some pictures.  

The church at Poladpur:

Poladpur Church 1   Poladpur Church 2

Rev Daniel Raj conducting the worship service:

Poladpur Church 3   Poladpur Church 4

Rev Donald Mitchell’s grave:

Donald Mitchell Grave 1   Donald Mitchell Grave 2   Donald Mitchell Grave 3

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