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Lecture on the Monsoon

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Prof R R Kelkar will deliver a Marathi lecture about the Monsoon at an open event organized jointly by Marathi Vidnyan Parishad and Yashwantrao Chavan Pratishthan on 18 May 2016 at 5 pm in Mumbai.

Venue: Yashwantrao Chavan Pratishthan, 4th Floor, Gen. Jagannathrao Bhosale Marg, Near Mantralaya, Mumbai.

 

Filmy Weather (32): Awesome Mausam, for the World Meteorological Day

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Awesome Mausam

It is a common practice to synchronize the release of new films based on love stories with Valentine’s Day. But for the first time, a Hindi film named “Awesome Mausam” is being released around the World Meteorological Day which is celebrated on 23 March! Seven tracks of the film’s music are already out. There are songs like Tere Naina Mere Nainon Se, sung by Shaan and Palak Muchhal, Kaisi Ye Pyaas Hai sung by KK and Priya, and Sathiyaan sung by Sonu Nigam which are quite sweet and already popular. The film is directed by Yogesh Bhardwaj, produced by Mukesh Choudhary, and the cast includes Mukesh Tiwari, Rahul Sharma and Ambalika Sarkar and veteran Suhasini Muley.

The theme of World Meteorology Day 2016 is “Hotter, Drier, Wetter, Face the Future”. I do not yet know the theme of Awesome Mausam but it could be something very similar!

National Science Day 2016 at NCCS Pune

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Prof R R Kelkar will deliver a public lecture on “Climate Change in the Indian Context” at the National Centre for Cell Science, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune, on 28 February 2016 at 12 noon.

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The Southern Oscillation was Discovered in India

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An article entitled “The Southern Oscillation was Discovered in India” by Prof R R Kelkar was published in the November 2015 issue of Ocean Digest, the journal of the Ocean Society of India.

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Cloud and Sunshine Blog – 2015 Annual Report

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WordPress.com has prepared an annual report for this blog for 2015.

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Filmy Weather (31): Dilwale, Romance in the Rain

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There are many things that make Dilwale such a lovable film. Kajol’s eyebrows, Kriti’s chin, the colours of Gerua and the melody of Janam Janam, to mention a few. But the meteorologist in me spotted the rain and the umbrella.

Bollywood films have an unceasing obsession for rain and Dilwale is no exception. It has not one but two rain situations. In the first, Kali (Shah Rukh Khan) shuts the door on Meera (Kajol) but she does not leave. She continues to sit on the steps on the verandah waiting for him to come out. It grows dark and then it begins to rain. She refuses a friendly offer of refreshment but prefers to brave the rain. Until Kali relents and his hand holds out an umbrella over her.

Dilwale brings back memories of the classic scene from Shree 420 in which Raj Kapoor and Nargis sang a whole 3-minute song Pyaar hua ikraar hua standing under a small leaky umbrella. But there is a difference. In Dilwale the umbrella is large and strong, and it is soon dispensed with. The message perhaps is that it is love that matters and not the protection of the umbrella.    

The situation is repeated later in the film but with a role reversal. Meera’s car has broken down on a dark deserted road and she is clueless. Just then Kali’s car happens to pass by. He gets down and tries to fix the problem. But it starts raining heavily, and unpredictably as always. While doing the repair job, Kali gets soaked to the skin. Now it is Meera who holds out a large and strong umbrella for him. And again, it is dispensed with, and sent flying away with the wind. The situation quickly transforms into a fantasy song, Janam Janam, shot in black and white with streaks of blue and full of energy and rhythm, sung by Arijit Singh and Antara Mitra.       

When you are drenched in love, why would you need an umbrella?

 

 

Marathi Article on Climate Change

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An article in Marathi about climate change by Prof, R. R. Kelkar was published in Maharashtra Times, Pune, on 13 Dec 2015. Click on the image to read the pdf file.

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