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Heavy Mumbai rains open the floodgates of joy and nostalgia
It is said that "Delhi ki sardi, Mumbai ki barish - dono ka jawab nahin" (Delhi's summers and Mumbai's rains both are awesome). Both have their sweet and sore effect on the people of both the cities. But together they are almost seasonal identity of for these two popular metropolis!

This year Monsoon was more like a girlfriend - late on date. But the slight abnormality or delay only added to that extra exhilaration, romance and thrill. In the midst of a sweltering June with a torturing sun with its blistering heat and mercury at its all time high, it was a breather and respite for the Mumbaikars as the sweating city was lashed with heavy rains with the influx of monsoon in the city.

As it arrived, it just overflowed with fun, frolic and sensation that just cannot be expressed. The flood-gates of joy and nostalgia simply opened up.

Children were highly excited with their football, as not only was it just cool but also it added to their enthusiasm for FIFA World Cup Soccer to a new high. The colorful umbrellas like beautiful flowers suddenly bloomed up in every corner of the city.

Suddenly bhajiya, pakode, vadaa-pav that were lost in the list of afternoon snacks and replaced by ice-screams, faloodas just few days before, got back their all time demand. They’re again back with their favorite tag.

For a moment the FM and i-pod listeners forgot about their earphones as the pitter-patter of rain drops became more pleasant and sweet melody than that regular music. And the intoxicating smell of earth changed the moods of people.

Of course there are numerous hassles along with beautiful surroundings. The water clogged roads added to traffic snarls with more travelling hours. For local train travelers it was more waiting time. And the high tides deluge the roads along with rains.

Many more unpleasant things will be witnessed in the coming days. Schools may close down. Central and Harbor line trains may take hours to normalize. Bumper to bumper car drives will become the norm. Manholes will be revealing the irregularities of BMC and craters (Path holes) on roads will get maximum coverage and dominate many debates, discussions and complains in media as usual. In families there will be some more weight on the already inflected budget as there will be some more medical expenses following seasonal health problems.

But who cares!! Every time Mumbaikars wait eagerly for the arrival of Monsoon. It’s really a beautiful part of their life. Aala paus ala……Paus Padto sar, sar, sar, Ghari chala re, Bhar, bhar,bhar…every Mumbaikar with the onset of Monsoon loves to sing silently these childhood lines. (bachhpan ka yeh sangeet  gun gunata hai)

This beautiful city just got more beautiful following the past few days of rains! Monsoons in Mumbai are always magnificent! Sachi mein Mumbai Ki Barish – lajawab hai!

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