At long last, Jaipur had a torrential downpour which lasted all night and
well into the next day. School was cancelled and my landlady had her
two grandsons to watch over. I was at my computer, enjoying the
downpour on the roof, listening to the happy screaming of little Vishu,
who often sits patiently with me as we search the skies for returning
peacocks. Today, however, fully clad, he was splashing joyfully in the
huge puddles created by the rain. Since there was a great "swimming
hole" right in front of my room and I could take photos from the dry comfort
of my porch, I called him over. He was most obliging and I got some delightful
Whenever I have my camera out around Vishu, he has to perform Hindu dances
for me. He is such a character ...AND he is a pretty good dancer, wet or dry!
When he didn't have a toy boat available, Vishu was very creative and put
his shoes to good use!
Sadly, that night, Jaipur experienced massive rainfall which caused the worst
flooding since 1968 and several lives were lost. Even with this amount of rain,
the late beginning of monsoon, has not been of much benefit to farmers who
needed water for their crops much earlier in the growing season. However, for
animals who were dying of thirst, this brought some relief.