Mumbai Memoir 55- Mumbai’s ‘romance with rain!’
The summer in Mumbai had been torturous throughout. With temperature shooting as high as 40 degree centrigrade, Mumbaikar’s were literally getting baked in the scorching heat since March this year.
The ‘heat bites’ that everyone has experienced this season were tolerated with the hope that relief would be just around June’s corner. The plight of Mumbai literally had become like a maiden longing for the arrival of her departed beloved, as the ‘heat’ gets unbearable &expecting relief by a fresh ‘downpour’! And indeed, as predicted, June brought along with it Mumbai’s first showers!
Last Saturday, as my eyes opened to a fresh morning, I was mesmerized with the sight outside my window! Due to the dim illumination in the room, I thought the window curtains had to be yet opened. But to my surprise the curtains were wide open, rather it was the effect of the cloudy skies that was creating the pre-rain ambiance of the world around me! As I opened the window the breeze from over the Arabian Sea gushed into my apartment bringing along with it the sweet smell of wet mud!
By then slight showers had hit the muddy streets of Mumbai. As the first showers sprinkled the city, steam was seen rising out of the heated concrete streets, thus making me one of the first witness of Mumbai’s romance with the rain!
It was after 7 long years I was experience the pre-monsoon feel of South Mumbai. Dense clouds floating over the heritage British-made structures and modern skyscrapers, is an amazing spectacle. The photographer in me just could not resist the temptation of capturing the spirit of the hour and got the best angles shot from all my windows. My new umbrella standing in the corner too was not left out of the photo shoot!
The morning tea & ‘Kajri’ songs along with some spicy snack just added to the mood of that fresh morn. Here’s a Kajri song for you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gn8B0l1Y–A&list=PLKUuMiGwNCOKaRXz4nM3LcemQkZKC3jo7
‘Kajri’ is a genre in Indian classical music which focusses on rain songs. ‘Kajri’ is a word derived out of ‘Kajal’ (kolh) which is used as eye make-up here in India. The songs are symbolic of a young girl applying ‘Kajal’ (black eye-liner), just like the dark clouds fill in the monsoon sky, and who eagerly waits for her beloved (rains) to arrive! Similarly, Mumbai is all set to embrace the upcoming monsoon as it looks forwards to fill its water reservoir to ‘quench’ the thirst of its citizens!
Photo credits: Shraddha C Sankulkar
Photos & Captions:
Outside my bedside window: Cloud floating over the Mumbai skyline
Window plants soaked with water from the skies.
Window green patch overlooking the green patch around.
A rain filled South Mumbai, as seen from one of my window.
First showers melts my heart away: Window pane sprinkled by morning showers!
Ultimate combination -Rain, chai (tea) & bhaji (spicy snack)-
Heritage view from my window: Sir J.J School of Art nestled in greenery.
My umbrella all set for the monsoon!