Delhiwale: Six shades of monsoon
- Monsoon elevates Adam Khan’s tomb into an emergency sanctuary for passersby (and dogs) speared by sudden showers. Perched atop a Mehrauli hillock, the monument overlooks the Qutub Minar, which appears totally bechara and defenceless in the heavy rain.
“A little tap on the window pane, as though something had struck it, followed by a plentiful light falling sound, as of grains of sand being sprinkled from a window overhead, gradually spreading, intensifying, acquiring a regular rhythm, becoming fluid, sonorous, musical, immeasurable, universal: It was the rain.” This is Marcel Proust in In Search of Lost Time. The French novelist, whose 151st birth anniversary falls this week, never visited Delhi.
But his invocation of varsharitu, a thing tackled centuries ago in Ritusamhara by Kalidas, sounds as if the Parisian writer did experience our city’s first monsoon baarish. Of course, from within the waterproof plumbing of some fancy DefCol barsati.
Here’s monsoon-tinted views of some city spots. Monsoon briefly eases the claustrophobia of GB Road. The red light’s crowded main road gets abruptly emptied. The insufficiently ventilated establishments of sex workers, inside the creaky weatherbeaten buildings, are freshened by gusts of cool breeze. From their balconies and windows, the women watch the noisy rain lash the world outside. It finds an ideal tea-time company in Jane Austen, weather being a recurring plot twist in her gossip novels. With its tiny bell tower and gabled roof, the Church of Epiphany in Gurugram (old wing) is intensely evocative of rural churches in rain-drenched England, which faithfully pop up in Austen’s comedies. The interiors are small and intimate, making it snug to watch the rain through the tall narrow lancet windows.
Monsoon elevates Adam Khan’s tomb into an emergency sanctuary for passersby (and dogs) speared by sudden showers. Perched atop a Mehrauli hillock, the monument overlooks the Qutub Minar, which appears totally bechara and defenceless in the heavy rain. A mithai shop, down the stairs, continues to fry tasty hot jalebis. Monsoon is a painting when viewed from inside Sector 53-54 station on Gurugram’s Rapid Metro line. The phenomenon usually unfolds in the evening as the setting sun plays luka-chuppi with wine-dark clouds.
The sky is composed into shades of pale pink, normal pink, dark pink, red, and bluish grey (see photo). Monsoon turns Hauz Khas monument into an archipelago of stony islands. You rush through a warren of chambers, pavilions and airy corridors, now getting wet, now dry. The large balconies overlook a lake, with sudden winds causing the slanting ropes of falling baarish to hit you hard. Monsoon is to the Tea Terrace at Triveni Art Gallery what Megh Malhar is to music ragas. The al fresco destination has rows of tables overlooking a garden-amphitheater. Well-read gentry nibble on shami kebabs, as sprays of rain try to kiss their handloom saris.
Arshdeep Singh Thind, chief administrator, Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority, Mohali, and in addition director, town and country planning, has been posted has secretary, agriculture and farmers welfare. Indu Malhotra has been posted as secretary, forest and wildlife and in addition secretary, Punjab State Information Commission. Dilraj Singh is the new secretary, revenue and rehabilitation, whereas Rajiv Prashar has been posted as secretary, Lokpal, and in addition secretary, State Election Commission.
Chandigarh Chief minister Bhagwant Mann on Thursday directed that severest of severe action must be taken against educational institutes withholding the degree of SC students on pretext of post-matric scholarship scheme. The chief minister, while chairing a meeting of social justice and empowerment department, told the officials to take action against educational institutions indulging in such tantrums to ruin the future of SC students and ensure that degree of not even a single student is withheld by any educational institute. He said the payment of funds under the scheme is a matter between the state government and the educational institutions and students from the underprivileged and weaker sections of society have nothing to do with this.
The 27th Hind-Pak Dosti Mela (India-Pakistan friendship fair) will be held on August 14 in the holy city and is scheduled to be attended by peace activists, veteran journalists, scholars and intellectuals of the country. The information was shared by Ramash Yadav, president of Folklore Research Academy, which is organising this fair in collaboration with Hind-Pak Dosti Manch, South Asia Free Media Association and other like-minded organisations at Punjab Natshala here.
Chandigarh The Punjab cabinet on Thursday amended the sand and gravel mining policy-2021, revising the sand rate to ₹9 per cubic feet from ₹5.5 per cubic feet fixed by the previous government and fixed the maximum retail price of “bajri” (gravel) at ₹20 per cubic feet. A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of the council of ministers chaired by chief minister Bhagwant Mann.
A couple was hacked to death on the suspicion of illicit relations at a village at Abohar of Fazilka district. The accused was nabbed by Fazilka police on Wednesday late night. According to information, Purushottam Singh (50) and his wife Sukhdeep Kaur (48) were found lying dead with sharp injuries in their house at Jhurikhera village in Abohar on Wednesday night. Police apprehended another co-villager, Baldev Singh.