Serial Novel “The Sorrows” - March 31

Do you think landlords are increasing rents in Delhi?

There’s ongoing construction development and expansion. You can easily buy luxury apartments fully loaded with world-class amenities at very attractive prices. Locations like Moti Nagar, Karol Bagh, and Dwarka are doing well.

31 million people in the city need a place to call home. Especially with the wet season coming. As winter ends, warm, moist air from the southwest Indian Ocean blows toward countries like India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Myanmar. The summer monsoon brings a humid climate and torrential rainfall.

This year more than ever. Intense heat waves forecast to hit India over the next few weeks could approach a wet bulb temperature of 35 degrees Celsius, which is the limit of human survivability. Globally, the frequency of dangerously high wet bulb events has doubled since the 1970s.

As humans we regulate our internal body temperature by sweating. But once we cross the wet-bulb temperature, we can no longer cool down and our body temperature rises steadily.

If we cannot cool down, our body’s core temperature rises beyond the survivable range and our organs start failing as we begin to cook from the inside.

Double, double toil and trouble. Fire burn and caldron bubble.

Last year, India recorded its hottest March, which triggered an early onslaught of heat waves, engulfing several states across northern, central and eastern regions for two months. Record number of reported heat wave days.

This year, all those records will be smashed. Deadly heat waves will come earlier with more extreme heat stress and they’ll last longer.

Meanwhile it’s started to rain every day here in Melbourne.

Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.


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