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    Kal Ho Na Ho
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    The rains are finally coming!

    Yes, the south-west monsoon has shrugged off its long lethargy over Ratnagiri and is now galloping down the Konkan coast. It is late, but like the Konkan Kanya Express from Margao to Mumbai, it will get here eventually. You may expect it sometime tonight. Or early tomorrow morning.

    The monsoon’s advance guard arrived over the weekend. That dark canopy of sullen clouds you can see studying the new Bandra-Worli Sealink over the sensual shoulders of Bollywood hottie Amrita Rao. She is practising rain dances at the Reclamation in anticipation of the monsoon’s arrival. How it chooses to make its entry into Mumbai, we will have to wait and see. Sometimes the rains come on silent feet, like English butlers or Russian spies, the poet Dom Moraes once famously wrote. Or they make a grand and noisy entry, with crackling lightning and rolling thunder and a grand son-et-lumiere in the night sky.

    Like an Indian bride coming to her new matrimonial home, somewhat shyly, but nevertheless with great pomp and ceremony.

    Mumbai, of course, is ready for it. We have been since the end of May when the speedy monsoon current crossed the Palk Straits and was ambushed by the cyclone Aila that ravaged the Bay of Bengal. It had already crossed Kerala, ruffling the placid backwaters of Kochi with their Chinese fishing nets and sending the spice merchants packing; then Mangalore, encouraging greedy Udupi restaurateurs to jack-up the rates of seafood; Goa was a hop, skip and jump away, gallons of water sending priests and farmers under cover and forcing hoteliers to down shutters and announce discounts. Then Ratnagiri, where like a motorist from Goa stopping for a luncheon break at Chiplun, the monsoon halted indefinitely.

    The weatherman, in his wisdom, said the cyclone had taken the wind out of Mumbai’s monsoon. It had become weak and sluggish and was stagnating because the conditions for its onward journey were unfavourable. There was no moisture in the air, no supporting wind, and the thrust required to push it forward was lacking. Just when Mumbai was bracing itself for the BMC’s water cut, the monsoon revived. Weekend television weather reports plotted its progress down the south-west coast with marching arrows. It is now knocking at Mumbai’s doors. Open them, and let the rains come in.



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