Chasing the Monsoon: A Modern Pilgrimage Through India
On the 20th May the Indian summer monsoon will begin to envelop the country in two great wet arms, one coming from the east, the other from the west. They are united over central India around the 10th July, a date that can be calculated to within seven or eight days.
Frater follows the monsoon, staying sometimes behind it, sometimes in front of it, and always watching the impact of this extraordinary phenomenon.
During the anxious waiting, the weather forecaster is king, and a joyful period ensues: there is a time of promiscuity, and scandals proliferate. It takes him from Bangkok to Akyab in Burma (where the front funnels up between the mountains and the sea).
Alexander Frater's fascinating narrative reveals the exotic, often startling discoveries of an ambitious and irresistibly romantic adventure.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - maximnoronha - LibraryThing
This book surprisingly failed to engage me. I know what they say about the cover and the title, but I still got fooled. Without analyzing too much, I think one reason could be because I shifted from ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Nandakishore_Varma - LibraryThing
This is, without doubt, the most fascinating travelogue I have ever read. Frater follows the monsoon from its genesis in Kerala up to Cherrapunji in Assam, the wettest place on earth: in the process ... Read full review