It was raining in Singapore on a random day last month and I was stuck with a super weird realization – this would be the first July that I’ve spent not being in Mumbai in over 15 years!
It made me feel so weird because there are actually very less things better than July in Mumbai. Even though the rains continue all through August and September, there is nothing better than those first rain showers in July. If you’ve lived in Mumbai long enough (or if Mumbai has lived in you long enough), you will end up loving Mumbai rains. Mumbai rains bring with it a familiarity that only being in Mumbai will give you. It could be raining anywhere else, but that rain will never make you feel quite like Mumbai rains will. All the floods, delayed trains, broken roads will never outweigh what Marine Drive looks like during a thundershower. Or what watching the rain from your extremely, super, tiny apartment will make you feel.
It rains a lot in Singapore. Its pretty erratic. You never know when its going to rain – it kind of comes out of nowhere. Thats what I love about Mumbai rains: you always see them coming. And I don’t mean those warnings that the weather department gives you – I mean those stupid, small things that show you how close you are to rains. Like the auto rickshaws that start putting out their plastic flaps, or shops at linking road that start selling durable footwear, or even that one over prepared lady on the local train with a raincoat for her bag pack.
It doesn’t take a lot of years to fall in love with Mumbai rains. Everyone starts off the same way: hating them, hating the traffic and the mosquitoes. Then you learn to live with it, to deal with it because you have no choice. Then you start to endure it in the fun way – like when you read a news article talking about how Mumbai doesn’t slow down during the rains. You won’t even realise it when you start to like it. Or when you actually start looking forward to them. The rains will destroy your brand new footwear, sure, but by now you actually don’t mind. Suddenly, one day you’ll realise that you’ve spent the whole year waiting for July.
But really you’ll only ever know how much you can miss Mumbai rains when you’re not in the middle of Mumbai rains.