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  AnimeshRay / © Animesh Ray      Project : Monsoon, Bengal
Monsoon in Bengal is the most beautiful, most wretched, most sought-after, and most reviled of all seasons. 

Rain comes at the end of a brutal summer, yet temperature fluctuates between 35 and 40^oC with 70-90% relative humidity.  Rain feeds the rice paddies and jute fields, rain means having to avoid starvation for millions of people, yet the same rains make many homeless and inundate fields of rice where water level often rises faster than the seedlings can grow.  Undoutedly it is the most poetic of all seasons in Bengal, yet it makes people home-bound and sick with enteric diseases and malaria, and power outages and leaking roof are misrable accompaniments to the poetic flourish. 

Here is my attempt to relive the memory of rains from over thiry years ago, when I had left Bengal and returned this year for the first time during monsoon. 

These photographs were taken over three days in July-August 2007.
10 photos 0 draft - completed on 18/06/2008 -



Rainscape
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17/11/2007    6 comm. photo
Reloaded
Rainscape
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17/11/2007   6 comm. photo
When cows come home
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26/11/2007    5 comm. photo
Reloaded
When cows come home
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26/11/2007   5 comm. photo
Monsoon Mist
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24/11/2007    4 comm. photo
Reloaded
Monsoon Mist
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24/11/2007   4 comm. photo
Rain cloud over palm grove
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16/11/2007    2 comm. photo
Reloaded
Rain cloud over palm grove
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16/11/2007   2 comm. photo
The Sound of Rain
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20/11/2007    5 comm. photo
Reloaded
The Sound of Rain
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20/11/2007   5 comm. photo
Rain in the suburb
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16/11/2007    8 comm. photo
Reloaded
Rain in the suburb
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16/11/2007   8 comm. photo
Carrying water where there is plenty
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14/11/2007    16 comm. photo
Reloaded
Carrying water where there is plenty
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14/11/2007   16 comm. photo
Between Showers
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29/11/2007    1 comm. photo
Reloaded
Between Showers
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29/11/2007   1 comm. photo
Under a light drizzle
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14/11/2007    13 comm. photo
Reloaded
Under a light drizzle
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14/11/2007   13 comm. photo
Rain in the forest
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15/11/2007    7 comm. photo
Reloaded
Rain in the forest
© Animesh Ray  AnimeshRay
15/11/2007   7 comm. photo

 
 

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