The Bengal Monsoon Kalboisakhi - is like a painting of dark strokes against the dilapidated colonial facade of the buildings and the city landscape.
But in the villages it remains the most feared and fiercest storm that Bengal is witness to every year. It is the arrival of the Kalboisakhi. The clouds get darker and the river rises up to the edges. The silence around this impending doom is known among all the folks who live on the edge of the river banks. It is also called the Norwesters.
This storm that has a ghostly glee and a hiss of a deadly snake as it devours trees and boats into its dark abyss. In this dark is the fear of the boatsmen with their prayers, courage and love stories.