The smoke rising from the Vaikuntha crematorium provides the counterpoint to the otherwise very wet feeling in the end-to-end flooded river below.
Mumbiram found a walk on the windy bridge to be one of the happiest experiences in Pune on any day. The churning waters of the flood were a challenge to the brave lads of Pune. They would jump into the river at this point and come ashore half a mile downstream near the Omkareshvar temple. Anjanibai’s cousin Gopal Godbole was one of these foot-loose fellows. It was mighty hazardous. But he did it year after year. One physics lab teacher in Mumbiram’s college was lost in his attempt to do just that.