The Magic of the Monsoons

Three sweltering months of summer and people begin to look skyward for any signs of grey monsoon clouds. These clouds bring hope to farmers and sheer joy to one and all for the respite from the heat that they promise.

Around the beginning of June, people in Mumbai and other areas along the western coast of India break into a smile upon hearing an uncommon metallic bird call, ‘piu-piu-pee-pee-piu’. It is the call of the pied crested cuckoo (also known as the Jacobian cuckoo), a handsome black and white bird wi
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