Prof R R Kelkar’s New Book on “Weather Satellites”

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Prof R R Kelkar’s new book on “Weather Satellites” has been co-published by BSP Books, Hyderabad, and the Indian Meteorological Society, New Delhi. Click on the link below for details.



Prof R R Kelkar’s Marathi Article about the Upcoming Monsoon

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Prof R R Kelkar has published an article in Marathi in the 22 April 2018 issue of Sakal Saptarang. It discusses the prospects of the 2018 monsoon in the backdrop of the recent long range forecast of IMD. Click on the thumbnails to read.




Prof R R Kelkar’s Interview on DD Sahyadri About the Monsoon

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Prof R R Kelkar was interviewed by DD Sahyadri channel on 17 April 2018 in the backdrop of the recent long range forecast of monsoon rainfall. Click on the link below to watch.


Prof R R Kelkar’s Article in Marathi about the Summer of 2018


Prof R R Kelkar has published an article in the 7 April 2018 issue of Zee Marathi Disha, in which he has discussed issues related to the hot summer season of 2018. Click on the thumbnails to read.


Article on Cyclone Ockhi by Dr Ranjan Kelkar

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An article in Marathi on Cyclone Ockhi written by Dr Ranjan Kelkar was published in the weekly Zee Marathi Disha on 16 December 2017.

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Filmy Weather (37): “Monsoon Shootout”, More Blood than Water

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“Monsoon Shootout” was released in theatres in India, not during the monsoon season, but in the winter of 2017. It had in fact been shown at the Cannes film festival way back in 2013, but like a grossly delayed monsoon, it arrived here only in 2017. There are some monsoons that make no sense to a meteorologist. “Monsoon Shootout” was a film that made no sense to me either as a meteorologist or as an average moviegoer. The camera did succeed in capturing some of the fury of the Mumbai monsoon. But besides that redeeming feature, there was nothing much in the film to write about.

The monsoon has been known to evoke emotions of love and romance, and it has inspired great minds to cerate great works of poetry and literature, music and dance. But the point that “Monsoon Shootout” is perhaps trying to prove is that the monsoon influences the base instincts of criminal minds as well. The film has louder gunshot echoes than the thunder in the sky. Instead of raindrops, there is blood splashing all over. There are more streams of blood than the rain water on the streets. Crime, lawlessness, killing, lust, greed, corruption, are all what the monsoon is shown to bring along with it.

Here and there, the film throws in some philosophy for a change. At regular intervals, there is a dialogue about the right path, the wrong path and the middle path. But the film apparently has not been able to understand the path of the monsoon. I watched the movie second-day-second-show. There were just ten people in the hall, including me!

An Article on “The Music of the Monsoon”

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An article by Prof R R Kelkar entitled “The Music of the Monsoon” has been published on 8 September 2017 in the IAPT-IISER journal Physics Education. Click on the link to read.


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