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

 

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