>When I look up from my laptop at the work station, this is what I see……
So obviously I keep looking up from my laptop too many times for comfort. Or shall I say the more accurate – sometimes I look down at my laptop 🙂 . ( Uh Oh. If anyone from office is reading this, please understand that the previous sentence was only for effect and drama!!). But really, I do have a lovely view of the skies from my work station. Especially now when the skies are all grey, it rains intermittently and it’s absolutely beeyoootiful.
Apart from the many things that Mumbai has taught me, appreciating and adjusting to the monsoons is one. I’ve mostly lived in Delhi. Delhi’s version of the monsoon is intermittent drizzle or torrential pour depending on the mood of the skies; followed by some uprooted trees lying decoratively on cars and huge traffic snarls. Similar to what happens in Mumbai. The only difference? In Delhi this lasts for a week, 2 if it’s a good monsoon. In Mumbai this lasts for 2 months, 3 if it’s a good monsoon.
In Delhi, it was easy to fold up your life and pack it away for a week. Sit at home and have chai and bunk college. Or struggle to work, sit in office and drink chai and bunk work mentally!!
But not so in Mumbai. One can’t pack away one’s life for 2 months, right? So you wear your not–best slippers, carry a trendy umbrella ( I would never be seen with one in delhi), wear sturdy black and step out and carry on with life and work. With stoic determination. There are, of course, tricks to survive all of this. Never looking down at the ground is one of them. Nu-uh. It’s too messy. But the greenery around, beautiful.
Even the monsoons in both these cities are so typically different…..Delhi monsoons encourage you to slow down, enjoy your cup of tea, and chill ( and also sometimes feel blue – completely personal view). Mumbai monsoons push you to find your emergency supply of patience, curse the administration and yet leave you feeling exhilarated.