Alexander Frater is a travel writer with the London OBSERVER. Born in the South Pacific, he learned from his father to respect the volatile climatic changes of the. Alexander Frater’s fascinating narrative reveals the exotic, often startling discoveries of an Chasing the Monsoon: A Modern Pilgrimage Through India. 20 May Frater, travel writer for the London Observer, follows India’s summer monsoon to the wettest place on Earth in this eccentric, sporadically.
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alexandee A very well researched book rich with chasing the monsoon alexander frater and anecdotes from Frater’s wonder incducing journey of following the monsoon across India. Everyone shrieked and grabbed at each other A portion of the book detailed Frater’s attempts to get permission from Delhi to visit Cherrapunji, as it was located in a region subject to anti-immigrant riots and fighting something he might have gone a little bit more into.
Frater visited remarkable pavilions, palaces, cgasing, and fountains where the very wealthy had in the monsono had sought to recreated the cooling rains of the monsoon during times of heat and aridity. Published on June 1, Frater has taken the subject of the monsoon as a lens through which to focus his writing, and, by looking at India and its multifaceted society through this lens, has created a very readable and fond look at a complicated meteorological event in a chasing the monsoon alexander frater country.
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A lot many pages are dedicated to the famous Indian red tape and his struggles to secure a visit to Chirapunji. The funny part of it is that after he returns to England, he gets a letter from the Indian External affairs ministry declining permission for him to visit Cherrapunji and regretting it! The description of Cherrapunji is magnificent to say the least. I knew that there was a monsoon and a rainy season, but I had no idea that the monsoon was so predictable as to when it arrived usually around chasing the monsoon alexander frater certain day in June each year.
Jul 09, Anjana Nambiar rated it really liked it. Then beyond the cumuliform anvils and soaring castellanus turrets we saw a broad ragged band of luminous indigo heading slowly inshore An unusual adventure, and a fascinating look at modern India.
The New India Foundation announces an annual non-fiction book prize worth Rs 15 lakh The prize will be awarded to a work of non-fiction about any aspect of India after Mostly, the book is about weather, visas, the Indian people and the fabulous adventure of getting from place to place in India. The book is full of chance happenings, and meetings with people It’s a romantic novel which makes you fall in love with the majesty of the rains. Fascinating look at another culture. Chasing the monsoon alexander frater had 2 children, Tania and John.
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Though many cities and regions have unofficial dates when the monsoon is supposed to begin – for instance around June 5 in Goa – the actual advance of the rains is unpredictable, subject to much discussion and even heated debate on the street, with many people hanging on every word of travelers to areas already experiencing monsoon rains, meteorologists, and even astrologers.
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As foreign travel and even travel by Indians themselves to that area was tightly controlled, Frater had to navigate the intricate, complex, positively Byzantine corridors of Indian bureaucracy.
Chasing the monsoon Alexander Frater Snippet view – I also thr much to thank the author for – the little tutorial on Cochin and its history. This one was great fun and sometimes surprisingly moving. It is a lovely travelogue and a great project for those who love the rains.
For the poor, it is God’s punishment as nature’s deluge washes away their roadside dwellings, leaving them with no cover and bringing diseases and death in its wake. As foreign travel and even travel by Indians themselves to that area was tightly controlled, Frater chasing the monsoon alexander frater to navigate the intricate, complex, positively Byzantine corridors of Indian bureaucracy. He meets interesting people, he visits some more out of the chasing the monsoon alexander frater sights, he talks about the monsoon.
Oct 23, Girl from Mumbai rated it really liked chaskng. Back when India was a British possession some Englishmen became depressed, alcoholic, or even committed suicide due to the rains. The beauty of the book is that even though he describes the romanticism of the Indian monsoons, he also makes monzoon conscious effort to highlight the plight of many who face trouble during the chasing the monsoon alexander frater season.
Fishermen and sailors often couldn’t work in the high seas, cyclones, and driving rain during the height of the monsoon and pilots often had great difficulty flying in monsoon weather. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Nov 18, Shahina rated it it was amazing.
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Alex Frater brings out the importance of the monsoon to chasing the monsoon alexander frater people of India as he journeys on. He married Marlis d. It is feater and very sweet-‘ [ The contents of the glass were a warm, glowing orange; faint hints of fire indicated that perhaps crystals from the sun had been dropped like sugar chasnig into the blender too. His father had talked about one frager the rainiest spots on Earth, Cherrapunji, India, which was known at the height of the monsoon season in July to get as much as 75 feet of rain, though more often in the 30 to 40 foot range, receiving as much as 40 inches in one day.
Lists with This Book. There are paragraphs that leave you feeling drenched and free. Share your thoughts with other chasing the monsoon alexander frater. Excellent at giving a sense of a very different culture.
A tall pale-skinned man next to me shouted, ‘Sir, where are you from?