Belonging to the state of Gujarat in the western part of India, I have experienced some major floods (Surat- 07/08/2006), riots and earthquakes (Gujarat - 26/01/2001), but no experience of storm in 21 years of my life which I spent in Gujarat till 2007.
Then I went to Kanpur in the state of Uttar Pradesh in northern India and got chance to know about the places, people and weather. Northern India experiences extreme weather conditions. But it also frequently experiences dust storms during the summer month of April and May.
Once it was a typical hot day on 14/05/2008 at Kanpur. Time was around 02:30 pm, when I was in the academic area of IIT Kanpur. I went to one office and when I came back from the office after couple of minutes, I could not believe what I was looking.
Sound of heavy wind was too scary. Sunlight was disappeared. It was a darkest day I have ever seen. There was sand all round in the atmosphere.
Immediately I realized the presence of camera in my bag. I felt extremely lucky that I got chance to shoot something which satisfied me a lot.
That was a thrilling experience. Have a look.
Glass of the windows were falling while clicking these !!!
Departing storm as sun came out again !!!
Damage was not minor !!!
Even big tree could not resist the impact !!!
See where storm took them !!!
My room was locked, all the windows were closed, But when I arrived, this is what I saw.