November 8th, 1935.
A beautiful day with a cool breeze. The usual round. The last day of the Tote and all talking of getting packed ready for disembarkation. A great number of Indians with their wives, children and nurses aboard. Many English officers and business men returning after leave. Met one or two interested in Tea – one from the firm of Andrew Yule and Co., of Calcutta. We hope to see them again on our round. We are now well in the Arabian Sea.
The North East monsoon – or fair weather monsoon generally commences in the Arabian Sea and on the West Coast of India in October and continues to blow from a more or less northerly direction until April. As it blows from off the Continent of Asia, it is, except when it passes over any large extent of sea, a dry wind and is accompanied by clear weather or lightly clouded skies. By the time we reach Bombay our clocks will have been advanced 5 and a half hours.