Thursday, June 9, 2011

Watery ways

The monsoons are finally here and the cool weather is a wonderful respite from the heat that the city faces through the rest of the year. But as any Kochiite knows, along with rain, comes the flood filled streets. Really, on even a meagerly rainy day these days, the roads are completely sloshed, making driving through them an absolute health hazard for our cars. We already have one spark plug as a casualty of this! Automobile agencies and car workshops are sure to be laughing their way to the bank at the moment.

And at least those of us fortunate to be able to travel by car can avoid the wetness in our recirculated air cubicle. For those who are traversing by feet, its an even more horrendous experience. Time to return to the mundus and lungis and Hawaii chappals!! For all those forward emails going around about Mallus and their mundu folding behaviour, this is the perfect answer...we sure know how to be practical about our clothing!! Atleast with a mundu, only our feet get wet, not our garments (atleast from the water beneath).

On a serious note though, its almost scary how our city has become incapable of dealing with rains. Hello, we live in a tropical area! Why is it then, that when it pours, the roads look like we are living in a city experiencing rains for the first time in hundred years! That be said though, its a relief to see that one day of dryness does allow the water to flow out somewhere, enough to allow us to, for once, be relieved to see our pothole-ridden roads' surfaces. But how much longer can this city sustain that also? With the construction that is constantly growing in any area that can be remotely called "waterfront", more and more land is being reclaimed, and less and less area is available for the water to go. Hence during the rains, the drains have nowhere to empty out into and its our roads that get inundated with all that sick water. Scary thought that. And the fact is, no road escapes this peril. Least of all, the grand ole M.G.Road, which starts to look like the M.G.River on rainy days, especially towards the North side.

If the civil society doesn't join hands to do something about this, together, this flooding crisis is just going to get worse with each year.


  1. Hey!!! Good post.. I walk home every evening and often wish I were wearing a mundu myself! Look forward to reading everything you have to say... as someone who loves Kochi too, warts and all.

  2. darling Shai..what an honour to have my first comment from ya! Keep pushing me to do this...I know I can be my doula!

  3. Well done Dini!! At last you are writing once again on your own accord. Am so so very happy about this new development. I always wanted you to write, personally, whatever you wrote,both in the private and public spaces, always made for a great read.
    The current blog was indeed a very nice description of our monsoon predicament....looking forward to more such acerbic elucidations from your observant soul.

    Awaiting the next despatch of your ruminative musing on yet another elemental aspect of the Kochi we love so much

    Great!!!..keep blogging, my dearest!!

    God Bless you.

  4. Awesome post chechi! Do follow my blog :)