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The South Asian monsoon, past, present and future. A story of famines and trade, science and cupidity, by the Economist This is a wonderful article in the Economist magazine (sorry, you may need a subscription to read it in full) giving an introduction to monsoons in India and a historical overview of the water crisis in India. I understood more about the North East (Summer) and the South West (Winter) monsoons than whatever I have…

I was a teenager when India’s former prime minister Sri Rajiv Gandhi got assassinated on the 21st May 1991. He was India’s youngest PM and was seen to be full of ideas for a modern India that was waiting to be unshackled. For my generation, he symbolised our aspirations for the future in a prosperous India; with his death, we saw our dreams and hopes come crashing down. A part of the young me and…

I am not used to this kind of service from a public utility in Tamil Nadu. I can’t take the shock! Background: Electricity in my house went off at 4:45 PM, then within a few minutes I got an SMS informing about the power cut (let us ignore the start time mentioned, that’s a minor issue). Then at 5:15 PM, the power was restored. WOW! Not only was it done before the window mentioned, but…

Last Sunday I drove by car to Bengaluru from Chennai, and, returned today. Yes, I know I am stupid to be self-driving (in India it means you are not having a driver, it is NOT autonomous driving) to Bangalore and back. Indeed it is tiring, travelling by train is a convenient, economical and faster way between the cities. Driving, I realized: 1) That the rupees you pay for the highway tolls rise up faster than…

In the past, I have written about a few of the parks in Chennai like Amma Park in Saidapet,  Ashok Nagar Park, Sivan Park KK Nagar, Panagal Park, Jeeva Park T.Nagar, Haddows Road Park and how they are now being maintained well and are enjoyable places to go for a walk. Being a Chennai’ite I was feeling proud and have boasted about the bigger parks like Anna Nagar Tower Park and Chetpet Eco Park too…