Sunday, 19 March 2006

Indian newspapers

So strange. Written in a bizarre old-fashioned English, with a total lack of analysis or comment. Here's a favourite:

CAUGHT UNAWARES IN SUMMER RAIN
Just when everyone was grumbling about the red-hot summer ahead, the rain gods decided to pop a surprise - and a wet and noisy one at that, which had everyone wishing they were holding an extra-large umbrella and a thick wad of cotton.

Unexpected thundershowers which battered Thiruvanathnapuram on Friday had people rushing helter-skelter for cover. Caught unawares, commuters managed to hug shopfronts until the rains - which lasted for one-and-a-half hours - abated, but most of them got drenched in the 'blitzkrieg'.

Replete with lightning and thunderclaps, the showers began at 12.20pm and fizzled out by 2pm, but the sky remained overcast throughout the day. In many parts of the city, electricity supply and telephone connections were hit. Officials at the Department of Meterology attributed the rain to the presence of moisture in the air.
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