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A Seaside Postcard from Chennai

It's Not Bournemouth ... But!

storm 31 °C

A gusty sea-breeze cleared the air and the sun put on a smile, so we hit the beach in Chennai on Monday.
It wasn't Bournemouth, no 'Kiss-me-Quick' hats or sticks of rock, but lots of sun, sand and ponies. And the beach bazaar had fresh fish, coconuts and tropical fruits. We could get used to this for awhile, we decided, so we headed south to the beach resort at Mahabalipuram. And then it rained - great bucketfuls of rain with thunder and lightning to match. We're only a few degrees from the Equator and we've run slap bang into a tropical monsoon of biblical proportions. More than a hundred people have been drowned in floods over the past week or so and many villages have been engulfed, and there is no end in sight. If there's a guy called Noah here he should be building right now. We are dry and safe in our hotel, but around us we see Indian holidaymakers wading through the compounds of the cheapie places. We feel very sorry for them as this is surely a holiday they've been looking forward to for some time. However, with another ten days of rain on the eastern horizon, we've decided to take off for sunnier climes and fly to Kerala on the west coast. Hasta la vista from a very soggy Tamil Nadu, or, as they say here, "Appurama Pakkarein."

Posted by Hawkson 00:31 Archived in India

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Oh dear we dont want to see you floating out to sea. We have rain and sometimes snow here but it is nice and comfy in my little apartment with the wood stove and my knitting. Last week when it snowed I stayed home and read 3 of Tim Wintons books in a row, and knitted 2 or 3 garments for the Stephen Lewis Foundation. Lots of things going on here on Gabe, a concert tomorrow night at the Haven with Vic Anthony and several other locals a benefit for the Commons. love to you both and take car...Jean

by Jean

Yes. Leave quickly! I doubt that float plane charters are readily available there. If the airport becomes inundated, you might have to keep moving to higher floors in your hotel.

by R and B

Glad you are escaping the rain. Sorry we can't! It did take the snow away though.I remember the beaches of Chennai.Yikes at what is underfoot. I expect Kerala will be a very different story. A very progressive place a cut above the rest of India in my memory.

by Tom

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