The beginning of the Indian monsoon is one of the most anticipated weather events on the subcontinent. I was waiting in the ticket line at the Taj Mahal when the monsoon hit north-central India. Immediately everyone began to rush for cover. I was delighted and stepped out to enjoy the cold, soaking rain. After determining that the rain was unlikely to stop anytime soon and without an umbrella, my hosts and I decided to brave the water and see the Taj Mahal in the rain. It was glorious. I took the picture on the left of fellow revelers enjoying the newly formed pool.  I think it was a very special way to see the Taj Mahal and I will always remember it. I regret, however, that the same rains that day brought such devastation farther north.  I am keeping the people of Uttarakhand in my thoughts.



Rosie Clawson
06/29/2013 4:59am

Katie, Why didn't more people have umbrellas with them given the anticipation of the rains? Are the umbrella norms different in India than in the U.S.? Miss you! Rosie

06/29/2013 6:05am

Doris Day gave the response a long time ago: Que sera, sera


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    I am a PhD Candidate at Purdue University in Political Science. My fields of study are Public Policy, Comparative Politics and Public Health. I am traveling to India and Bangladesh to conduct fieldwork for my dissertation on childhood immunizations. My research is being funded by the Global Policy Research Institute at Purdue University and the Department of Political Science through the Frank L. Wilson Award for International Research.


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