I feel fresh as a daisy just thinking about Marine Drive on a rainy day!
I remember when I first came to the city, I thought I’d always be an outsider. You cannot blame me, it was a gloomy day in July and there were a lot of things on my mind. Why does everyone love Mumbai so much? And why do they glorify you? This was all I could think of for the first time I was confined to my not so spacious room.
After some days, my friends took me on my first night out at Marine Drive. As I sat on the rocks, I saw the clouds engulfing the horizon as far as I could sea (sea jokes for the win!). I like to call it my first rain because it made me fall in love with the hot and humid city in no time. I forgot about all my complaints and I knew then, that it was going to be a beautiful journey in a new city. The love we have for you here cannot be put into words. Sure, we have times when we wish the summers would go easy on us but we never compromise on the idea of rain! And the fragrance of soil, oh what petrichor!
This much is where you should draw the line but no, you test our resilience further.
The romantic weather can make anyone lovesick and that’s exactly what I feel while I admire the downpour with a perfect cup of chai in my hands. And some bhajiyas are known to make the day complete! But you can be very intimidating and you also make me lazy. It’s an unstoppable city, you know. We just keep going on and stop once a while to take selfies in the rain.
Sometimes, you take a dangerous toll on every day life when some careless people avoid the high-tide alerts and succumb to their deaths in the sea. And did I forget to mention the potholes? The man-eating potholes, the never-ending traffic and waterlogged roads are just a few of the problems we face. This much is where you should draw the line but no, you test our resilience further.
You would be surprised to see that we have not let you harm anyone.
You have the power to create a havoc in a few hours. The trains shut down. Due to low visibility, even the air-routes are no option. Important meetings and exams drown along with the cars and pet animals. The diseases enjoy the time of their lives while humans and animals perish.
What can I say? You really turn everything into a nightmare and become death of all nice things. We still find the strength in each other to move on and protect ourselves. You would be surprised to see that we have not let you harm anyone. Everyone is offering their houses as shelters to those who are stranded, with tea and food to keep them warm and dry. This time, we are fighting you with all our might. The Police force and the NGOs have been working non-stop together as a team. In the midst of it all, families are celebrating their major festivals without fear. It’s like you’ve brought us together. No matter how many adversities you bring our way, I’m sure we will find our ways out.
Slow Down A Bit,