Published: August 1st 2005August 1st 2005
It has been absolutely pouring rain for the last 24 hours here. The roads are starting to flood. To get anywhere, I have to slog through a knee deep puddle of murky water that is right outside my house. It's actually quite fun. The only thing that concerns me is a power line type thing that is lying in the puddle of water. They tell me it's a telephone line and not to worry. I'm dubious. However, I suppose if it were a live power line I'd know by now. Atma, one of the men who works at the center, keeps warning us about the possibility of the river overflowing. He said that if the flooding gets bad and we can't get out of the house, someone will bring us food. He also said that if it keeps raining we may be without water and power for two or three days. It's all very exciting and frankly I'm kind of hoping it floods. In Houston we would get days off from school everytime it flooded badly, and so I think that's why I'm so fond of floods. My one concern is that my flight into Mumbai (and subsequently out of Mumbai towards home) will be delayed, and I really don't have any of a time cushion between when I get home and when Jo and I and company leave for Peter Island. But I still have a week and a few days, so hopefully everything will have dried out by then. Other than that, no major exciting news. India beat the West Indies cricket team by six wickets yesterday, which would qualify as a trouncing. Also, King Fahd of Saudi Arabia died. According to CNN, they announced it on Saudi television, and as they were showing footage, I realized that we get the Saudi state-run TV channel at the house. It really is a completely different world over here. All of a sudden the Middle East is only three hours by plane (as is Singapore), and instead of being to the east, it's to the west. Well, I guess that's all for now. The tailor still hasn't finished my sari blouses (I'm quite ticked off about it actually), so you'll have to wait for pictures. Also, one of the temple elephants is in heat, so we're not supposed to get too close. Hope all's well.