Following the Rains of Life

If you are from India, you know that the monsoons are the lifeline of the country. It brings joy and celebration to the land, the people, and most of all, the wildlife. Over ten meters of rain falls in the Western Ghats in this season transforming the land completely. Many plants fruit now, all the frogs emerge out, mate and lay their eggs and all the birds would have finished nesting just in time so that the hatchlings have plenty of insects to feed on.

Every year, I spend the monsoons up in the hills to really experience it fully. This time however, I’m going there with a BBC crew to do some stories and short films for the website. Paul and David are down here from London, and Mandanna and me are all following/chasing the monsoon during rest of month along the Western Ghats. Most places do not have any phone access, but whenever I do have access, I will post updates to my twitter feed. So stay tuned.


  1. Sudhir Shivaram · June 30, 2009 Reply

    Hey Man, I remember you and Yathin started this a long time ago. Nice to see you still doing this. All the best.


  2. Raghuram · June 30, 2009 Reply

    cool…….congrats dude.

    can u tell us what activities u normally do in these locations, other than of course photography 🙂

  3. Anil.S · June 30, 2009 Reply

    All the Best Kalyan !!!!

  4. Vijesh · June 30, 2009 Reply

    All the best. Have a nice time in the monsoon. 🙂

  5. Anush Shetty · June 30, 2009 Reply

    Have a great trip dude

  6. Abhijeet · June 30, 2009 Reply

    Super Kalyan! Go! get wet! 🙂

  7. Dinuraj · June 30, 2009 Reply

    Have a great trip, Kalyan. Looking forward to seeing your snaps.

    I miss the monsoons this time. It is my favorite time of the year for me. Being from Kerala, Monsoon hit on the first day of school.. It was a nice experience.. And very good time to remember the rain photographer Victor George.

  8. Shivani · June 30, 2009 Reply

    Hey thats gr8.. Hope u have a wonderful trip .. Good luck 🙂

  9. Deepa Mohan · June 30, 2009 Reply

    waiting for the account and pics…!

  10. Sangfroid · June 30, 2009 Reply

    Great to know. Will be glued to the updates 🙂

  11. Anoop T S · July 1, 2009 Reply

    Good to See you Back in Action.

  12. Elena · July 1, 2009 Reply

    i wish you a great trip!

  13. Sumod · July 2, 2009 Reply

    Oh kewl.. I guess rain in Western Ghats is every photographers dream… brings back memories of Victor George.. anyways.. check this video Rasphody of the rain, it is by this group in Kerala called Invis Multimedia.. pretty well done ( not by BBC/NGC standards)…

  14. Manoj StarkWorld · July 3, 2009 Reply

    Have a great monsson trip, Kalyan… Good luck…

  15. Rishab · January 23, 2019 Reply


    Nice information you have provided keep up the good work.

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