Today is a day in the second week of July, monsoon is in full swing in Mumbai. I am enjoying. In fact, for the whole year I wait for this season, and that is on us now. I am now in form for enjoying the great gift of the nature –the rain of Mumbai.
It rains for four months from june to September, and in july, it is most active. It rains continuously often for several days without any respite. Without water no human being can live, it is true everywhere but for Mumbai the story is a little bit different. True, all around there is water but it is salty and undrinkable, underground water is also salty. Here comes the heavy rain as the saviour, without it Present life in Mumbai would not have been sustainable. Rain water is collected in a number of lakes in and around Mumbai city, and this water is supplied to households throughout the year. Fortunately, there is abundance of rain, enough for the requirement of people for Mumbai. This rain water is soft , cleans clothes and produce excess leather with soap, helps maintain whiteness of white clothes.
In real sense rain is abundant here. From June to September, we get heavy shower. Rainy season is a festival time. asarasya prathama divashe –on the first day of rain, many willfully get wet to celebrate and welcome rainy season. All enjoys rain, sometime it rains incessantly for days together without any stop. Although there is wide storm water drain everywhere which is cleaned before the onset of rain, by BMC readying for monsoon rain , yet within hours of heavy downpour make the roads waterlogged. Sky is often dark with black clouds, sea swells with high tide; beaches of Juhu, Marina, sea front at Worli are great sights to be seen and enjoyed. Thousands of people rush there amid heavy rains and high tides in sea, completely drenched, dancing and shouting. Some cannot control themselves in their enthusiasm to enjoy the waves of sea defying police restriction, and at times costing their life unfortunately.
Mumbai is a business city and commercial capital of the country, here many people from all over the country, come to earn their livelihood. Most of them are hardworking ones, enrich the city, and themselves become successful. Local Marathi people are warm, friendly and cooperative. People do not miss a chance to enjoy every bit of rain. In the midst of incessant, torrential rain, people do not have any complaints—its common sight that people, wet and drenched to the skin, go about doing their regular work with a smiling face, having no complaints against rain.
It is in sharp contrast with my native Kolkata. During scorching summer they beg for rains but as soon as it comes, they start complaining against stagnant water, clogged drain and eager to say good bye to it. Actually, I have observed there people are intolerant, impatient and mostly of complaining nature. A complaining man/ woman can never get success of highest order.
Coming back to rain, I like to say whole of Maharashtra is enjoyable in rains. Tourists from the city visit hills and waterfalls of Lonavela, Khandala, Mahabaleswar, Ganapatipule and many other places—those are simply superb. Those have not enjoyed the beauty of it till now, may come to enjoy. It is unforgettable.