When you wake up every morning wishing to go back to sleep only two explanations can be sought:
1. Mumbai monsoons are here
2. Your life is a living nightmare
While I leave it to Deepak Chopra to help you with reason number two, I will sympathise with you on point number one.
Monsoons make Mumbai charming. The fresh earthy smell that soothes your senses when the first few drops of rain hit the parched blah blah BLAH!
Who am I kidding here? The only reason we feel good when the monsoons hit Mumbai is because we are delighted to have finally gotten rid of the heat-spewing, energy-draining, blazing sun.
Truth be told we are petrified of the rains because of the travel trauma and general discomfort they cause.
But this monsoon does not have to be like every other. You can put the troubles experienced in the past to productive use and wade your way through immobilising waters. Literally.
1. Back to school
Remember when you were a little kid and your mother would wrap you in a long raincoat and make you wear gumboots for your suraksha? Well, it is time to suraksha-fy yourself again. Umbrellas, windcheaters and crocs are poor ammunition to battle the rains with. Therefore, your best and safest bet is to wear a raincoat that promises a dry you and gumboots that ensure 100% clean, germ free feet.
We <3 these cupcake gumboots
2. Sleep more
We all know how rains hamper the functioning of our beloved locals. So rather than wait for an hour at the cramped smelly station trying to avoid getting stamped on and pushed around, just sleep more! Get up late, dress late and reach the station late – wait a minute – just in time for your train. Win!
3. Forget that diet
You won’t be able to enjoy that cool breeze, cloudy sky and soft drizzle if you are not immersing yourself in greasy food. So, order as many vada pavs and kanda bhajjis as you can and complement their spiciness with a hot cutting. Perfecto!
In case you cannot shrug off the voice of the gym trainer in your head, remind yourself of the freestyle dancing you’ll do when manoeuvring your way through road infested puddles. New and free weight loss technique, that.
4. A boat
Given the rapidity with maximum number of areas in this city get water-logged, it is wise to buy an inflatable boat and paddles. While all others, sitting in their AC cars and riding on their handy bikes, will be unable to navigate these water-ways which were once road-ways, you will swiftly surpass them and reach your destination on time.
5. Sing in the rainsI understand the effort you will put in to escape all the rain-induced stress, but that does not mean you cannot (once in a while) laugh off the hopelessness of the situation. Take a step back from your hectic life and adult rationality, laugh at the clouds, so dark up above and sing in the rains!
Armed with this guide, we are sure you will wake up every morning ready to take on the rains without fear and phobia.
Hilonee Furia is a compulsive thinker, an American TV addict and a fiction fanatic. She believes travel helps widen perspectives and cupcakes help solve problems. She also happens to be a freelance writer and you can connect with her here.