Floods in northernIndia, mostly in the smallstate of Uttarakhand, have wroughtdisaster on an enormousscale. The early, intenseonset of the monsoon on June 14th swelledrivers, washingawayroads, bridges, hotels and evenwholevillages. Rock-filledtorrentssmashedvehicles and homes, buryingvictimsunderrubble and sludge.
'Twas earlyJune, the newgrass was flourishing everywheres, the posies in the yard—peonies and such—in fullbloom, the sun was shining, and the water of the bay was blue, with lightgreenstreaks where the shoalshowed.
No matter how early I came down, I would find him on the veranda, smokingcigarettes, or otherwise his man would be there with a message to say that his master would shortlyjoin me if I would kindlywait.