Would I want Chennai to be a cooler (weather wise) place?

Dated: 23 October 2013, 3.13 AM

The background to this post is the weather we have been experiencing in Chennai for the past two days. Loads of rain brought the temperature spiralling down to an extent as to make me wish for this to be permanent…. That brings us to the question “Do I want Chennai to be a cooler place?”

In order for Chennai to suddenly experience a dramatic change in weather going from hot and humid to cool, breezy and overcast, there has to be constant increase in the amount of rain that is caused in the city (Planting trees etc may not be able to produce the effect of a sequence of cyclones…I am stating this so as not to displease any reader (hopefully) who is an avid tree planter).

This in turn can only be increased in the number of cyclones that can provide the steady supply of rain. Such a condition (looking beyond the imminent danger to life and property on the coastal shores), will lead to the following impacts on our lives…

There will be a chaos in the fishing community as their working time will be drastically reduced leading to a dearth of sea food availability in the country. This in turn will change a relatively common and popular commodity namely seafood into a very costly one aka sea food would become much costlier…

This will lead to a sudden shift in food preference of sea food eaters to other meat varieties thereby upsetting the supply chain paradigms of the entire non-veg community. Soon all forms of meat will be giving onions a tough competition in the rate of escalation of its prices…

We all have seen the effects of a heavy shower on the city’s drainage and roads systems. The possibility of contiguous rain could only mean that more and more areas get water logged and roads go from worse to more worse (reserving “worst” for later…). The condition of the roads will gradually worsen to a state where people might assume that there is metro work happening in their backyards too…

Water logging can lead to a sudden increase in mosquito population thereby increasing the threat of diseases like dengue and malaria… It is a question whether the city is equipped for outbreaks of either if not both these diseases…

Traditionally waterlogging of low lying areas and slums has been accompanied more often by distribution of freebies (distribution of free dhotis, sarees etc…) rather than preventive measures. This could lead to a sudden burden on the state ex-chequer having to dole out continuous freebies to keep people happy… More local taxes, costlier fuel, the list could go on…

As the state ex-chequer comes under sudden pressure, it is but natural that the government turns to its biggest revenue grosser… TASMAC!!! The government could be pressurized to increase alcohol consumption so as to offset the load leading to all the obvious dangers of an increasingly inebriated “tamil kudimagan”…

The vigour shown by the government in increasing sales through TASMAC will only receive more encouragement from the local population who now find the weather more conducive to lead a more relaxed lifestyle… supply fuelling demand and demand fuelling supply at the same time…

This could also lead to a sudden spurt in law and order issues as a metropolitan population suddenly decides to chill out more… you can imagine the rest…

As has already been clearly documented by all the tamil movies that include a TASMAC scene (as if it were an unstated rule), such an increase in the appetite of alcohol in the city will be accompanied by more consumption of snacks that takes us back to the rising prices of meat and sea food!!!

At this point I look up my blog and decide to go to bed with a prayer that Chennai weather remains the way it is…

It is one to wish a place has better weather, but totally another to endear and yet see the soul of the place… Cheers to all the people who brave the weather, yet embrace it to make Chennai what it truly is…

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One thought on “Would I want Chennai to be a cooler (weather wise) place?

  1. MN

    Not to mention the increase in water borne diseases thanks to the garbage floating aroun (pun intended 😉 ), increase in auto fares(since here auto drivers decide fares on the basis of the weather and how much the customer needs an auto at that point in time) etc etcUltimately leading to the conclusion that Chennai is best the way it is? 🙂 Amen to that… !

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