World Bank: Kaalavastha – Kerala Podcast

Kaalavastha can be roughly translated as ‘weather’ in Malayalam. Monsoons in Kerala bathe the state in verdant splendor. Even as this tropical change is romanticized by Keralites, the monsoon of 2018 brings back painful memories of loss and destruction.

With hundreds of lives lost and critical lifelines of the state adversely impacted, the tenacity and perseverance of the people of Kerala refused to bring the state to a halt. Instead, the floods gave an opportunity to pave the way for ‘Nava Keralam’- a new Kerala on a path to a progressive development trajectory.

The Kaalavastha podcast series aims to capture some of the stories behind how Kerala is building a more resilient future for itself. Through a series of 6 episodes, we dive deep into God’s Own Country, following multiple protagonists on this journey, and getting a behind-the-scenes perspective from the communities, government, scientists, diaspora, World Bank staff, and even the cultural voice of Kerala itself!

Listen to the series via the World Bank, or on Spotify.