Summer, Rain and the Abandoned Lake


In Bangalore, the weather has become so unpredictable this summer. One moment the sun looks like it will make a Joshi Fry or Barbecued Joshi out of me if I venture out, and the next moment the clouds gather and threaten to lash the city.  Most of the time it turns out to be all bark and no bite, but the rain gauge, nevertheless, has recorded highest rainfall in 40 years.

When the Sun is shy of showing himself, I sometimes tramp across the vast stretch of barren land in front of my house to the lake (Begur Lake) at the other end which has long been abandoned. I sit on the lakeshore under the grey leaden sky with the caressing wind gently swirling around me. It feels like heaven.

Sounds cool right?, I also have to tell you the heaven-like feeling is only until the clouds starts rumbling. It becomes hell once the lighting starts flashing across the sky and I start running northwards, homebound at 50 miles per hour, while my lungi flies southwards. My wife, once, looking out at the open field caught me running with my lungi fluttering ferociously in the gusty wind and when I reached home, she quipped, “I thought I just saw Superman!!”

Outside my window – leaves washed in the glory of an afternoon Sun

Grey clouds – a view from Decathlon on the Sarjapur Road

Begur Lake – the one I’m talking about. Only a few hundred meters walk from my house. Rain clouds brewing above.

sometimes my daughter joins me (only on the days I chose to wear pants)

I live in this unfashionable locality. Picture taken from the Lake towards the general direction of my house which is hiding behind the front row. On a side note, this area is fast developing and that means this green stretch will soon disappear! Sad, but can’t help it.

P.S: Today, as I post this, let me break the news that somebody, yesterday morning (8th May 2011), found a Buddha statue presumed to be over 700 years old from this lake (in pic 3 and 4). Police suspect the statue might have been stolen and dumped into the lake for safe-keeping (good idea). You may hear more about this in the newspaper.

Also See:

Don’t miss this mind-boggling National Geographic group image in Flickr of Begur Lake taken by Abhi:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/31540126@N04/3631159038/

Abhi’s Flickr photostream also has a wonderful rendition of the green fields, a much better version of my pic 5:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/31540126@N04/3630344013/in/photostream/

P.S 2: It’s a shame that this beautiful lake had to endure negligence for years. Now there is good news that the  govt has decided to turn this lake into a tourist attraction.

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About Joshi Mukard (85 Articles)
The author is a wandering soul with no place to call his home town. He was born in Kerala, brought up in several parts of Tamil Nadu, and currently living in Bangalore, shifting his base across the city on a yearly basis with fellow (unfortunate) wanderers, his wife (Libena) and little daughter (Tanaya). Despite all these, the author is a happy soul with no complaints on anything. He wakes up in the morning and sleeps at night and in-between he ducks, stumbles and dances through this world.

22 Comments on Summer, Rain and the Abandoned Lake

  1. Are u on the Sarjapur Road Joshi? I was on the Bannerghatta road, Mantri elegance for 5 yrs until last year . Miss Blore.

  2. You can say,”Oh,I have a waterfront home in blore..” Nice photo story..

    • My area is fast developing. Soon the barren land infront of my house will be converted into large appartments, and sadly, one day the lake itself will dissapear. let me put this as a post script note…..

  3. Chennai is worst.. !! 🙂 ur daughter’s kolusu.. cool cool 😀

  4. A wandering soul here as well .. Loved that free and light post 🙂 I am a blogger as well. Coul i have a review ?? My name got the link of the blog. 🙂

  5. Beautiful pictures! Hmm, Malaysia’s weather is as bad! The last few days the sky behaved as if gonna burst rain soon (with extreme heat), dark sky and nothing nice! At the end, false alarm as no rainfall! We, human on this ground, stayed indoor with full blast air conditioners! Talking about saving the ozone layers! Shame!
    Guess life goes on… rain or shine, n treasure in the lake! Cheers!

  6. Don’t bother much on the barren land infront of your house..Now you are a part of the Big City .You may know that your appartment locality was also a barren land some years before..

  7. one more thing…the lake looks so clean.Is it like that or just a camera trick?

  8. All said & done Bangalore still has a lovely climate 🙂

  9. Lovely pictures! Very clear and very… drawing somehow, if you know what I mean. Your city has amazing weather.

  10. You should visit the lake now….its completely dried up and the land has huge cracks……

  11. you will have a gr8 collection of before and after pics if you come here now….BTW, we are planning to have an event to save this lake…let me know if you will be interested to join hands and save this lake….

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