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The Mystery of the Monsoon

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Dr David Suzuki is a Canadian academician, science broadcaster and environmental activist. Since the 1970s, Suzuki has been known for his TV and radio programmes, documentaries and books about nature and the environment. Most popular among them is the long-running CBC Television series, “The Nature of Things”. One of his recent episodes is about The Mystery of the Monsoon and it can be viewed online at 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKSmr2tFyYs

Monsoon is India’s main source of fresh water. Despite the torrential deluge, massive flooding and loss of life, there is a palpable sense of elation as the monsoon storm clouds arrive. Part road movie, part spectacle, part human drama, The Mystery of The Monsoon is a cinematic exploration of the force of the monsoon and its unpredictability. With people’s very existence dependent on the monsoon, meteorology occupies a special place in India but even with satellite imagery and powerful computer models, scientists struggle to more accurately predict it.

Filmed across the Indian sub-continent and charting the huge system’s path as it surges toward and gradually engulfs every region of the country, The Mystery of the Monsoon introduces us to a remarkable array of individuals whose lives are in different ways entwined with the phenomenon. There are the meteorologists, who seek to contain the monsoon within an explanatory net of scientific analysis and rational forecast; there are the farmers and fishermen, who depend on and contend with the system’s godlike, life-and-death caprices; there are the citizens of Mumbai, where the monsoon’s arrival is felt from the slums to the stock market to the dreamscapes of the Bollywood film; there are the nature conservationists who are concerned with the monsoon’s impact on the country’s endangered species; and there is the ordinary Indian family, for whom the annual deluge is part of a rhythmic cycle, at moments unfathomably cruel and joyously affirming.

A still from the film showing Prof R R Kelkar explaining the monsoon

A still from the film showing Prof R R Kelkar explaining the monsoon

 

DD Kisan

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Mausam-Khabar

Launched on 26 May 2015, DD Kisan is a new 24×7 Doordarshan channel meant exclusively for Indian farmers. It has interesting, informative as well as entertaining programme content. But very importantly, it has two time slots at 8:30-9:00 am and 10:30-11:00 am reserved for Mausam Khabar.

This program begins with a daily weather update, which is fairly detailed and explains the weather situation over the entire country. Mausam Khabar is not just a display of weather data or graphics, but it also contains advisories tailored for different agro-climatic regions of the country. There are live comments by both IMD meteorologists and agricultural experts, who explain the agricultural significance of the current and expected weather.

In addition to the dedicated Mausam Khabar, which is telecast daily from Monday to Saturday, the DD Kisan channel has a continuous scroll that gives various kinds of information of interest to farmers, including evolving weather conditions.

R K Laxman on the Monsoon

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The legendary cartoonist, R K Laxman, had the weather and the weatherman as two of his favourite subjects for his cartoons in the You Said It series.  Here are two of his cartoons that appeared in The Times of India, one in June 1962 and the other in July 1988.

RKLaxman on Onset of Monsoon RKLaxman on Droughts and Floods

About Unseasonal Rains

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An article in Marathi by Dr Ranjan Kelkar entitled “Avakali paus ka padto?” was published in the May 2015 issue of the Rashtravadi magazine. Click on the link below to read/download  the pdf file.

Ranjan Kelkar Rashtravadi May 2015 Avakali Paus

Dr Ranjan Kelkar’s New Marathi E-Book “Samvad Yeshubarobar”

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Dr Ranjan Kelkar has written and published a new Marathi E-Book entitled “Samvad Yeshubarobar” (Dialogue with Jesus)
Click on the thumbnail to read/download the pdf file (size 3 mb)

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Great to be Eight!!

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Blog eighth birthday

This blog is now eight years old !!

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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

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