My cousin' s teenage daughter
baked this cake for my mother.
They visited us after a long time
that made it even more special.
This little fellow was enjoying
the worship music at the retreat.
He brought his toy guitar
to play along.
The advent of the monsoons has brought us
refreshment and respite but a rise in everyday problems too.
Read this report published
in Times of India
( these miniature cement
sculptures are by
a Western artist)
ALLAHABAD: Denizens of the city faced numerous problems owing to extensive waterlogging, as the rains lashed the city on Sunday night and Monday. It was a virtual doom, as many areas of the city were submerged in almost knee deep water.
As a result, traffic in different parts of the city was not only affected, but also came to a grinding halt, as people faced problems, while negotiating their way through the waterlogged streets. The rains have also categorically exposed the tall claims of the Allahabad Municipal Corporation regarding comprehensive arrangements to tackle the problem of waterlogging.
The condition of roads, which have been dug up for the laying of underground sewage pipelines further deteriorated. The slush caused hardships for the commuters and the schoolchildren going to their school.
The problem was acute in the areas of Rambagh, Bengali Tola, Kydganj, Chaukhandi, Allahpur, Mumfordganj, Baghambari Gaddi, Alopibagh, Chowk, Rani Mandi, Nakhas Kohna, Dara Shah Ajmal, Bahadurganj, Khuldabad, Muthiganj, Chak, Colonelganj, Subzi Mandi, Attarsuiya, Daraganj and other areas of the city. In Bengali Tola and Rambagh, people had to wade through knee deep water. Different lanes and bylanes of the locality was filled with water. People were keeping a close watch on the level of water, lest it enter their houses.
Speaking about the woes afflicting the residents of the area, Abha Dwivedi, corporator of Rambagh says, "There is problem of water logging every time, whenever there is rainfall. The problem is acute in the area of Bengali Tola, which always gets filled with water even during slight drizzle."She rued that the area is not properly cleaned, due to absence of adequate number of sanitary workers.
Besides, the area of Allahpur also witnessed heavy water-logging. Various lanes of Baghambari Gaddi Housing Scheme was filled with water. Due to the non cleaning of some portion of Dandiya Nala, water did not drain out and it caused water logging in some portions of Allahpur. The problem was more acute in Alopibagh, where the work of constructing sanitary chambers is going on. A truck turned turtle here causing traffic problems in the area.
Roads of some areas of the city including Ashoknagar have also caved in. Some of the cattle in the area also died due to electric current during the rains.
At Mumfordganj, residents of MIG Colony complained that silt along the main drain of the locality has not been lifted. The silt has once gain fallen into the drain due to which there was problem of water-logging.
The problem deteriorated in Dara Shah Ajmal locality, where water entered in many houses of the area. This area always faces this problem as it is located on a lower topography compared to the surrounding localities.
(Times of India)
I am not venturing out much because the slippery roads and puddles makes walking difficult for me. I don 't have a car. A helper does small jobs for me.
But God' s grace is sufficient for us . Like gentle rain drops of God 's grace fails into our lives.
Last week the government announced another increase in fuel and cooking gas prices. Which means prices of all essential commodities and food will jump up again. The whole of India is in uproar at this. Transport will become more expensive. The hole in my pocket is getting larger.
A Christian brother who runs an orphanage in Calcutta says it will be difficult to feed his 90 children. All protein based food has become very expensive. Its so hard for the destitute and backward people. The rich don 't care. They have plenty in reserve.
According to UN surveys India ranks high on the world hunger index. More people go to sleep hungry in India than on the continent of Africa they say.
Read an IBN 7 news report HERE
Well, all this is pretty depressing so let me end with this video. I used to listen to this rain song on SLBC (Shri Lanka Broadcasting Cooperation Radio) in my teens. I discovered it on YouTube. Maybe you remember it too.