Writer's Blog

Transient Thoughts

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Whither Weather-whether?

The Met department has predicted a 98% normal monsoon. They are like the astrologer that exactly preadicts what you want to hear, and then predicts exactly that, so that you are in a good mood and don't not pay them. Last year, two months into a failed monsoon, and they were saying, "Wait, things may still turn around."

Well, no one really believes them. Au Contraire. Their predictions of a normal monsoon have dashed the last hopes of farmers. Already yagnas are underway, and classical singers are honing their 'Mia Malhar'. The opposition is rubbing its hands in glee, while the government is bribing people to change the prediction to 'dire drought or floods' to keep the public sentiment up.