India in the monsoons is a rhapsody, a riot, a river swollen with a thousand dreams. The whole country celebrates when the monsoons arrive; farmers, businessmen, politicians and children cheer the downpour.
The rains mean that the country will be able to grow the crops needed to feed its population, politicians can be assured of another term in office, film-makers can be inspired, artists can use the rains as their muse, children can slosh around the rain puddles and lovers can use it as their aphrodisiac.
Yahoo! India is looking for photographs of the monsoons in India, from You, our users. Send us your pictures and we will feature the best of them on in.yahoo.com! The rules are simple; just make sure that all photos are of high resolution and are not cropped. Upload your pictures to Flickr.com and add them to this Flickr group.
By uploading the photos, you give Yahoo! to use it across any property it desires by adequately giving the submitter credit. We plan on rolling out a few monsoon inspired photo galleries using only user submissions.Agriculture and monsoons: The two are inextricably linked with rain-fed agriculture accounting for upwards of 60 per cent of net sown area. To feed its teeming millions, the monsoons have to be normal, and on time for India’s two main seasons: kharif and rabi. Luckily this year, the monsoon is above normal. Farmers will be pleased and so will the Indian government, whose fortunes are intertwined with the normalcy of the monsoons.
Monsoons and flooding: While one hand the whole of India eagerly awaits the monsoons, it also wreaks havoc, almost every year due to flooding. In 2010, the Brahmaputra unleashed hell and displaced 50,000 people in the North-East. In 2008, it was even worse, the flooding of the Kosi river affected a million people and destroyed close to 2,50,000 households. Flooding causes large-scale displacement, poverty, child trafficking- not to mention- damage to homes, livestock and fodder. Not all floods are the fury of nature; some of them are the result of poor planning and execution.
Monsoons and holidaying: While some might frown at the idea of a holiday when its raining there are others who wait for this time of the year to book their holidays. Monsoon holidays are especially popular with those who want avoid the holiday crowd; and honeymooners. Tour operators offer a variety of packages even for the most well heeled traveler. Popular destinations include Goa, Munnar, Leh, Kashmir and Karwar.