Romance or revulsion?

TNIE lensman T P Sooraj captures the myriad fascets of rain from across Kochi
Romance or revulsion?
TP SOORAJ@The New Indian Express.Kochi.

KOCHI : Rains and Kerala are a heady combo. Even as the state roasted in searing heat two weeks ago, the thought of the raindrops drumming window panes, their pitter-patter making potent music as they fall on surfaces, and the cosy feel of loving laziness that envelopes mornings and, at times, the entire day, soothed nerves and made the wait a tad easier.

The intuitions were not wrong; the rains came pouring in as welcome pre-monsoon showers, but they did bring in a host of challenges, too – waterlogging, messy roads and traffic snarls-ups.

Kakkanad
Kakkanad

While the lush greenery and the mild chill of the weather makes many souls happy, several others are harassed by hardship ushered in by the rains and poor infrastructure. There are some who romance the rain, some who revile it.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued orange, yellow and red alerts for heavy rainfall in Kerala, with warnings of thunderstorms and gusty winds till Sunday. The Bay of Bengal is bracing for the first cyclonic storm of the pre-monsoon season this Saturday morning.

The IMD has also predicted that the southwest monsoon is expected to reach Kerala by May 31.

Manassery beach
Manassery beach

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