The month July has always been synonymous to “Mumbai Rains”. As a resident of Mumbai, only a Mumbaikar can understand the plight of having to go to work in the monsoon month (July to September)

 

 
We have been through a lot of unfortunate events in 2020, but if we have to spot the silver lining - it is here. That silver lining is right in the fact that 2020 is perhaps the only year where Mumbaikes are not struggling to go to work or come back home and have the opportunity to enjoy the rain from their windows.
 
So while it is pouring down outside, we thought of making a list of 20 things that every Mumbaikar would be missing (not) at this point of time, after all the rainy season is here!
 
Waking up to the dilemma of whether to get dressed or text:
There have been mornings when you would switch to the news at 6 am and calculating mentally if it is safe to go to work today or not. Calling up colleagues, talking to train friends and taking the advice of HR - every rainy day ritual had to be given a miss this year.
 
Texting “Is it raining in <insert your job location>?”
This year, we didn’t send this text simply because most of us are either working from home or not at all. So yes, this text had to be given a miss too!
 
M-Indicator chats
From asking “Are trains functioning” to giving unsolicited advice to strangers - we have done it all! In the crazy times of Mumbai Rains. These chats have made us laugh hardest and empathize more times than we can count but not this year.
 
Leaving early from work
The real struggle is at times not in reaching office but in deciding when to leave. Its 2PM and your boss suddenly announces that trains are getting shut, everyone better leave by 4pm. Now, leaving early is fun but not on the days when trains are shut & you don’t know how to get home.
 
Buying rubber sandals
Visiting local markets in the rainy season meant coming across good looking, colourful rubber sandals and adding them in your footwear collection. This year one may not be needing them. 
 
Getting broken umbrellas fixed
As soon as monsoon gets over the umbrellas are thrown in the dark pit of the house only to take them out on a Sunday night since its that time of the year already.
 
 
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