Wednesday, June 07, 2006

The Cloudburst in Mumbai !!!

The most significant characteristic about Mumbai is that it is absolutely unpredictable. And anything that happens in Mumbai leaves an impact that could shake us to the core. The advent of monsoons was no different. The clouds burst with the showers of its blessings and a million droplets poured down as if to shake mother earth awake.

Me and Dewy were in office with our noses glued to our monitors, pretending to be hard at work (we were actually playing online sudoku, googling for “Best pastimes during office hours”, and of course reading blogs), when somebody yelled out ‘Heavy Rains! Get home as soon as possible!” I am not sure if it was the fear after last year’s floods or relief at receiving an excuse to abandon work, but people started rushing out like hippopotamuses whose tails were on fire. Well, we were quick to follow suit.

We reached the ground floor of the building to find all the hippopotamuses flocked together, scared to step out into the heavy rain. Honoring my irresponsible and forgetful self, I didn’t have an umbrella. Inspite of this we bravely plunged ourselves into the rain huddled under a single umbrella. Our “we-should-get-a-paramvir-chakra-for-this” expression was washed away when water splashed from all directions at us. Inspite of the umbrella, in just a couple of seconds we were completely drenched, except for a small area on top of our heads, were a middle-aged man would be beautifully bald. Nonetheless, because of the shame of returning back we carried on like a pair of wet Siamese twins hiding under a giant mushroom. It was so windy that I thought Dewy’s frail frame, along with her peacock hairstyle and crooked smile, would be ‘Gone with the wind’. Thank God, she was holding onto a heavy handbag which anchored her to earth.

We reached the place where we usually catch a shared cab only to find a huge queue for it. There were hardly any cabs available because of the rains. After waiting for a long time, we were contemplating on whether to expose our ‘tange’ inspired by Pooja Bhatt in ‘Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahi’, when finally a couple of cabs came. But people rushed at it as if it was a matter of life and death. Finally I got my turn and sat in it.

My relief only lasted for five minutes till I reached the station. It was so crowded that I was doubtful I would even have air to breath. I stepped out into the mob and was soon swallowed by it. Hundreds of us moved slowly from the entrance of the station to the railway platform huddled together like fetuses in the enormous womb of Mumbai local railways. But even such a time men could not cease to be MEN!!! They were religiously entertaining themselves by grabbing at whatever flesh they could get their hands on. While I was trying hard to hold on to my 10 cm. sq. of space.

So like fetuses trying to find their way out of the womb, we slowly made our way to the platform. People who stay in Mumbai would be able to appreciate the challenge involved in entering into a local train. I sometimes wish a miracle would turn me into a heavy-weight sumo wrestler for just that half a minute when the train stops, so that I could hurl everybody away and find my way into the train (except that I hope I don’t get stuck in the entrance of the train). Even without the miracle I pushed my way into the train (which arrived after a long wait) only to the sandwiched between two fat stinking aunties, knowing exactly how a burger felt. The one thing that Mumbai local trains and maternity wards would have in common is their slogan - ‘Push!!!’… ;-)

After being ‘burger’-ised for almost two hours the train reached my destination. I pushed my way yet again this time out of the train and took a deep breathe of relief. I thought my eyes would swell with tears of happiness like it does in beauty pageants; but the drama was not over yet. None of the rickshaw walas were willing to go to the place where I stay. There were many of us waiting hoping somebody would take mercy on us. Suddenly, at the corner of the road I saw a ric stopping and people getting out. I ran with all my might and asked the rickshawwala.”Poonam Nagar chaloge?” He answered reluctantly, ‘Madam, Bohot traffic hai, pani bhara hua hai.” I met his eyes, mine pleading to his and a soft whisper of prayer escaped my lips, “Bhaiyaa…” He thought for a moment and said, ‘Chalo, baito.” I felt like kissing his balding head but I refrained myself and quietly sat in the ric instead. After an exciting rollercoaster ride (some of the few moments in life that I remember God!), as he maneuvered through the traffic and the poring rain, I finally reached home.

I collapsed into my bed as if after a war. I swore to myself I would rather go on my knees before an unassuming chicken on the street and beg it to bestow its flu on me rather than go through this again. But I guess this war would continue each day of the monsoons. Sigh…

105 comments:

Mr. J said...

Gosh.. that was something war huh!!

Hmmm, times like these make me wanna really pick up a private jet :D Lol!!

Hari said...

hmmm.. remember those last few lines... i like those...:)))...especially the chicken part...hehe

aqua said...

Oh God .. u reminded me of my struggle(rather aventure!) to reach home on July 26th 2005. I walked all the way from Worli(my office) to Mahakali Caves(my home) and I took 11 hours walk all night thru the 'Green Clean City Roads'.

Sreekumar said...

that was a funny one!

Sreekumar said...

that was a funny one!

Jetru said...

I just noticed you use a lot of good metaphors. Very nice writing.

I used to cycle to school and monsoon would be terrible. I would have to get home during the small 10 min breaks in the rain.

//But even such a time men could not cease to be MEN!!! They were religiously entertaining themselves by grabbing at whatever flesh they could get their hands on//

You know, I still don't get why women ignore this stuff most of the time.

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d4u said...

Hehe..tats some description that I have read about Mumbai rains in a long time:) Happy monsoons!!!

SUNMAY said...

exuberantly witty ... one of the best i have ever come across ! well sorry for being a sadist .. but i could very well picture each moment of your fight ...er war as u say .. quite an offbeat post i must say ! ..man i pity working professionals in mumbai ..especially all the "travials" they undergo :( well so the autowalla made your day haan !

SUNMAY said...

exuberantly witty ... one of the best i have ever come across ! well sorry for being a sadist .. but i could very well picture each moment of your fight ...er war as u say .. quite an offbeat post i must say ! ..man i pity working professionals in mumbai ..especially all the "travials" they undergo :( well so the autowalla made your day haan !

Atlantean said...

Hmmm nice post. Rains in Mumbai engender an avalanche of blog posts. Must come there once when it rains.

The last lines should've been like "... and so ended a day in Mumbai in this person's life" :p

Btw, you a Mumbaiite?

Ekta said...

awww!
must have been a horrible and frustating experience!
But I do remember these dreadful rainy times in bombay when the entire city is going mad!!
Thankfully atleast u reached home safe and sound!

jac said...

A small subject but nicely presented. You have natural talent, rose !
Keep posting.
:)

SUNMAY said...

exuberantly witty ... one of the best i have ever come across ! well sorry for being a sadist .. but i could very well picture each moment of your fight ...er war as u say .. quite an offbeat post i must say ! ..man i pity working professionals in mumbai ..especially all the "travials" they undergo :( well so the autowalla made your day haan !

starry nights said...

It was like an adventure in the rain, i am glad you reached home safely.I can picture you and Dewy like siamese twins under a big mushroom, that was cool.Visited Bombay only once many years ago.

Ranga, The Raja said...

i know u would do that with a chicken than doing anything else in the world!!!

~wiht-a-you-fatty-smile~

Dew Drops said...

du have to remind me of that? the trauma of sharing MY umbrella with someone double my size? the umbrella my mom so lovingly kept in my bag wen i left home...

good lord .. i still curse myself for ageering to wait till u got a cab. after that i had to walk till the station. and then, it took me 6 hrs .. had i reachd a little early, i wud hav got the last train home ;(

and from now on, i don't know u when it rains ;)

Prashant said...

Hey ..but u should not hide yourself from Rain.....because that is send to earth by God only for us ...so enjoy and appreciate that he has send you a gift to cherish the monsoon.....
but dont appreciate too much otherwise problem ho jayega ;-)

keep blogging.....
byeeeeeeeee

Gaurav Jain said...

Hilarious post. Especially liked the comparisons you made to various things, like the "hippos", "paramvir-chakra", "Siamese twins", "Pooja bhat", "Sumo wrestler", "burger"....

You're a wonderful writer.

Keshi said...

get ur own car....drive ard...hope Mumbai traffic aint another issue altogether :)

Keshi.

Kishley said...

Lol.. that was quite an adventure :) enjoying the monsoons :P

Wanderer said...

" After waiting for a long time, we were contemplating on whether to expose our 'tange' inspired by Pooja Bhatt in 'Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahi', when finally a couple of cabs came."....................

Good that you restrained from any such act......... wud never hav caught a cab then...... ;)


"But even such a time men could not cease to be MEN!!!"

Will have their hands chopped, I swear !!!!!


"While I was trying hard to hold on to my 10 cm. sq. of space."

Another reason to have a tab on the "growing dimensions" ... he he :)

"But I guess this war would continue each day of the monsoons. Sigh…"

K

Advitiya said...

Aw man...muct have been really bad. But you described it really, really well! Loved the chicken bit...hilarious...
As for me...I love getting soaked in the rain...so much so, I open the window while driving so there's a pleseant spray on my face all the time..

GuNs said...

Oh boy, again ??? !!!
I was there in the floods last time, 26th July. Ours was the only bus from our fleet that arrived at office 4:30 pm. All other buses got stuck. Only 3 people from our training batch got home that day. Me (in the bus which took 5 hours instead of 1. We watched Page-3 on someone's laptop on the last seat for 3 hours out of that [:-D]), another guy who walked all the way to Dadar (form Andheri) and the third who walked to Dadar and got a lift upto his Napean Sea Road residence !!

Hope Mumbai does better this time !!

Amen !

-PeAcE
--WiTh
---GuNs

P.S. : Got to your blog after reading your comment from someone else's. Do visit my blog when you get time !!

mathew said...

It was so windy that I thought Dewy’s frail frame, along with her peacock hairstyle and crooked smile, would be ‘Gone with the wind’. Thank God, she was holding onto a heavy handbag which anchored her to earth.


Lol!!!!hilarious..this was a good laugh for a boring day in office..

Rose said...

@ Me..

Wud u gv me a lift when u get a private jet??? Pleeeeeeazee.. ;)

@ Hari..

Mote..

@ Aqua..

July 26th 2005 was bad! Thankfully i was safe in office .. Went home after a long odyssey the nxt day.. Hope that doesnt happen this time. :)

@ Sreekumar..

Danks!

@ Jetru..

I luv the usage of metaphors.. I like the poetic style of writing.. :)

Hmm.. Most women dnt ignore such things.. But depends on circumstances.. Sumtimes fear grips u like a snake making u freeze within, u really donot knw wat to do then..

@ D4u..
Happy Monsoons! I hope!!! .. :D

Rose said...

@ Sumnay..

Man! U flatter me.. ~blushhhhh~ ;)

@ Atlantean..

Hmm.. Dat wud hv been a nice last liner.. Wud use it some time :).. Not basicaly frm Mumbai. I belong to Kerala.. But been here for the past one n a hlf yrs.. And feel lk there's no other place i wud rather be.. :D

@ Ekta..

Thank u for feeln my frustration.. ~hugs~

@ Jaaaaaaaac...

:)))))

@ Starry Nights..

Visit us sumtm.. Errr.. Preferably after the rains.. ~smiles~

Rose said...

@ Ranga..

:p :p :p :p :p :p :p :p

@ Droppings..

Sorry.. :( .. Njaanum varateyo ninte koode???
~wide eyed innocent expression~

@ Prashant..

Oh i luv the rain.. There's nothing more joyful.. But not when it keeps me frm getn home.. get d point? :)

@ Gaurav..

Thaaaaaaaaaaanks!!!!

@ Keshi..

R u kidding??? ~eyes all popping out~ Mumbai traffic is INSANE!!!!

@ Kishley..

Ya rite.. Vry much.. ;)

@ Wanderer..

~laughs mouth wide open~

@ Advitiya..

Hmm.. Dat must be incredible.. :)))

@ Guns..

I too hope Mumbai does better this time..

@ Mathai..

Hahha.. Blogs hv been a gud passtime for us at off, hasnt it? ;)

:)

..Me

Anonymous said...

Haha

Just be careful during monsoons.

A

Rose said...

@ Anonymous..

Mr. A ??? U hv been commenting on my blog for quite some time now.. Hmmm...

samrina said...

First u got really gud writting skills, well described post:)

Thnx God u were safely home:)

Takecare.

nishu said...

seiously it must not have felt that good. but u write real nicely

SCRIBBLEZ TO WAKEUP said...

I tried leaving a comment yesterday but blogger was down....I like the way you compare yourself to the fetus n all...Nice...
A very down to earth situation update n i like the style...:)

All the best with the future days...
Also, they had shown on CNN tht Bomaby got its forst showers last month or something n I was hoping it wont be like last year!
:) :)

Anand said...

Oh gawd!
I remember those days when the by the time I used to reach home I used to be soaked!!!
Strangely miss all that though!:-)

Inder said...

Wow! Nice post :)
I too have a friend whom we always thought would be 'gone with the wind'. We advice him to fill his pockets with paperweights just to prevent that from happening.
Not all men are dogs... And, a dog can never be a man.
Rickshaw-walas are the best. I adore them. Tell them 'I would like to go to XYZ', they would say 'I am going towards ZYX'. I have always been tempted to ask if I should change my plans and go to ZYX just because he is going that way...

Shitrint said...

i understand ur plight...
me a victim/struggler/victor (call watever u want) of mumbai local trains. my harrowing days during work included breathing down/up somebody's armpits, fisherwomen entering the dabba instead of the mail compartment, and being stuck in between and shoved by fat, stinking ladies!

it gives me a sense of victory somehow...

and i made it a point not to get into arguments over standing space, it drains watevr energy is remaining...

:D

arvindh said...

Hilarious! Good narrative - enjoyed it!

Rose said...

@ Samrina..

Ya... Thank God!!!

@ Nishu..

It WAS not gud.. But when u luk back, u only tend to luk at the humor in it n laugh.. :)

@ Scribblez..

No Kidding!!! But watevr happens i think i'll get thru it.. Iv bcum a true Mumbaikar nw.. ;)

@ Anand..

I know.. :)))

@ Inder..

I'll rem ur ZYX analogue the nxt time I catch a ric.. :D

@ Shitrint..

~laughs~.. I feel a sense of victory myself.. :D

@ Arvindh..

Danku! Danku!

:)

..Me

moron said...

wow,your blog is great and you write really well.

Exciting rainy day I guess.Loved the rickshawala part. That was funny.

yeah had heard 'bout mumbai's flood last time.Its obvious that wud have created a sort of fear in your mind. Rainy days are really lovely. But they remain lovely when we remain in our home and enjoy the rainy weather from inside.I hate walking in the rains. :(

moron said...

wow,your blog is great and you write really well.

Exciting rainy day I guess.Loved the rickshawala part. That was funny.

yeah had heard 'bout mumbai's flood last time.Its obvious that wud have created a sort of fear in your mind. Rainy days are really lovely. But they remain lovely when we remain in our home and enjoy the rainy weather from inside.I hate walking in the rains. :(

Ajay said...

haha yeah that is the ordeal everyone in mumbai faces
thank god in pune we dont hav locals, n all of us prefer two wheelers :)

~*. D E E P A .* ~ said...

hi

where did u get this from : hippopotamuses whose tails were on fire ????

anyway , it was fun reading ur post .... hope u r dry and warm now !!

tc

~*. D E E P A .* ~ said...

read ur previous post .. the one on prostitution ...

u know what ... the reason prostitution is there is only coz of MEN .. isnt it ? so , why not get them to change their outlook (it is impossible) rather than criticising the women ... after all , if the men were decent , there wouldnt be prostitution ...
of course there are male gigolos , but the percentage when compared to female prostitution is minuscle !

Sachin said...

Rose, thank you for letting me know about this post. Must say its extremely evocative of Mumbai monsoons and exepcially the experiences we all seem to face during the first rains.

Poonam Nagar? My office is close by: Mahakali Caves road. So my ordeal was to get out of that place to go to Borivli, another story altogether. I managed to pass Poonam Nagar within acceptable time, it was at JVLR that the harrowing part began. Took me almost 3.5 hours to get home. But even then, I maintain, Mumbai is great!!! Cheers!!!

JamesBright said...

I loved it..the way you wrote it...!

Rose said...

@ Moron??? ..LOL

Very exciting indeed.. I luv a walk in a soft rain vry much.. :)

@ Ajay..

Hmmm.. I thnk that is a wonderful incentive for shiftn to Pune.. ;)

@ Deepa..

Errr.. Deepa not alwayz men are the culprits.. Did u knw that majority of the pimps in our country r WOMEN!!! Most of the times during kidnapping of young girls, women r involved in traping these girls.. Besides there r male prostitues as well!!

I gues we human beings are itself a cruel lot.. We are the only race that is thristy for its own blood..

@ Sachin..

All the best for the rest of the monsoons :).. It hasnt rained after that has it? Err.. ~touch wud~.. :)

@ Dreamslittle..

Thanks a ton!

:D

..Me

Keshi said...

lol awww...hmmmmm then we can get ME to drive u ard :)

Keshi.

Ships said...

hey.... been there.. done tat! however i still love mumbai monsoons!!

abt the post... i cudnt stop laughing! lolololol... keep goiing lady... cheers!

Rose said...

@ Keshi..

Wid luuuuuuuuuv dat.!!! :)

@ Ships..

~hugs~

:D

..Me

passerby55 said...

Hi there!!

with all the hassles it brings...

I love the rains in Mumbai...
the ones which pour for three daye continuously.No electricity, no milk, no newspaper, roads filled with water(the gutters flowing) ..... some with umbrellas, some with big plastic to cover their heads, the rickshaw have those small curtains,,,splashing water everywhere. Its one exp. which No mumbaikar cannot escape every monsoon ...

"AN UNIQUE" experience ... not found anywhere else on the GLOBE.

Has to be me said...

Hi Rose....enjoyed reading ur experience! Was reminded of my similar experience in Chennai few years ago!
U write so well! Keep up ur gud work! :)

ketki said...

monsoons in mumbai are no less than a big adventure !!!!
nice blog as usual!
keep writing!
:)

Rose said...

@ Passerby..

Oh ya.. with al the hassles, the rain didnt seize to b beautiful.. and Mumbai, with al its traffic, crowd, filth n fast life is totally a world apart.. It jst cudnt be anyway else.. :)

@ Has to be me..

Vanakkam.. Vanakkam..

@ Ketki..

Muaaah!!!

:)

..Me

anup.777 said...

I know the feeling yaar! ... as if the commute wasn't bad enough as it is! ... that's why I dislike the rains in Mumbai ...

and I say ... why doesn't it just rain on our reservoirs and not anywhere else? .... we need water ... not rains :)
(yes, I'm high on antibiotics right now!)

... and the powers that be had declared - "Mumbai is ready for another 26/7" ... yeah right!

U take care dear ... u know i care soooo verry muchhh 4 u na ... *winks* (lets see how this story of the beauty and the monster goes hehe ... ;)

lil _kath said...

...hehe it's like i travelled with u girl ^_^ coool post!
...ur a good writer Rose, keep it up!
...wanna thank you for givin' comment on my blog few times back.
..its not my first time here, but first time to comment.

..enjoy weekend!

cheers,
-kathy-

just_a_girl said...

Hey Rose!!

Cant agree more anbout travelling by train!!!! But its so pleasant when u get a holiday!

Am sorry, i wasnt much on blog, have to catch up with you and others!! So many deadlines in life!! :(
Will post something in a few days!!
Love your passion for writing!!! Your posts are so long, it must be taking hours to type!!!!

And thanks for Blogrolling me!!! :)
(I have yet to learn how to add links!!)
Will do that soon, and will blogrioll you and abhinav and my other fav people! :)
Cheers!!

Maya Cassis said...

OH my god!I can only imagine.Mumbai is so populated and the rains really wreak such havoc out there.
I loved the way you have written this post,it made me chuckle alot........hippopotamuses whose tails were on fire!!haha

Prash said...

I love monsoons. Especially the arrival of south west monsoon in kerala. I love to see the arrival on the first day. After a long summer. It is really very nice.

You reminded me of those bombay traffic and the human crowd which I miss (do I really?!!!) :-)

Shama & Diya said...

and I thought Canadian weather was unpredictable! ...well its quite deceiving (especially in the winters)

Rose said...

@ Anup Monster..

Hey.. But i luuuuuv the rain even wid al its havoc :)..

// u know i care soooo verry muchhh 4 u na //.. I knw I knw.. I gues the story wil last till the beauty (Err.. Im far frm it..) turns into the monster.. Grrrr.. ;)

@ Kathy..

Thanx for traveln wid me.. We hd a luvly time, didnt we?.. :)

@ Not Just a Girl..

//But its so pleasant when u get a holiday!//.. I gues so.. Except they had declared a holiday at 6:00 in the evening.. :(

Take care dear.. ~lotz of hugs~

@ Maya..

//hippopotamuses whose tails were on fire!!haha //.. Ya i was one them too.. LOL

@ Prash..

Oh, I was lucky enuf to be back home in Kerala to witness the advent of monsoons.. I twas incredible.. The fragrance!!! There is no scent thats more intoxicating.. :)

@ Shama..

Haha.. i gues we hv li'l Mumbais across the globe.. ;)

~hugs n kisses~

..Me

Dinma said...

I like the way you write. I love the job you are doing on this site and I think I'm hooked. Pls can I add you on the links in my site while you add me on your "blogs I read" Pls don't say No. The name of my site is successhits.blogspot.com.

hope and love said...

fantastic post..!u r very talented..

IdeaSmith said...

Loved the photograph. And yup, all of us in this crazy city can identify with the post.

Prash said...

@ the comment you made in my blog on the family post,

I ain't kidding. The second one from the right with long curly hair and with the gigantic bindi and even more gigantic 'mulla poo mala' on the head - MOI...- ME...

I remember this photo session vaguely. My elder was making a big issue that me and my little brother(the one in our mom's arms) are dressed like a girl. As usual, me being naughty and cannot be quiet in one place was wandering about...the Photographer 'uncle' (with his big moustache and a pipe in his mouth and a cap) told me "eda checka, look here in the camera...it is a chocolate machine. When there is a click there will be 'Eclair's' choclates will fall." And I was seriously looking the camera for the chocolate. :-) Nothing fell...and I made a big scene and Dad got me some chocolates later it seems...:-)

Thanks for asking this question. I went back to my childhood.

*smile*

Prash said...

I envy you. You are lucky to witness the Monsoons in kerala. I wish I was there...

Pranay said...

HI. Great post. Well put.
Couldn't comment on the previous post, hope it's ok if I do here...
Nicely written, some good points but was just wondering what about who like to do it?
Why are they considered bad?
Is it just because of our culture which considers sex 'dirty'?
If it is just about physical pleasure what's the harm?
Don't people have massages, and pay for them? what about a doctor mending your body? If you are doing something for pleasure and getting paid for it what is wrong with it?
Just a thought.

Aditi said...

thanks for stopping by
=)
hehe man that seemed like quite a battle u waged against the monsoon.. and now its all gone
=(

~*. D E E P A .* ~ said...

no no ... what i meant was not abt pimps ... what i meant was prostitutes exist coz men find a need to gratify themselves elsewhere .. right ?

its me said...

i remeber being caught ina similar situation oce.. though not this huge scale...
after reaching home safely, do you get the feeling that you have acheieved something great that day???

Rose said...

@ Chibaby..

Errr.. If u insist..

@ Hope n Love..

~Blushhhh~

@ Ideasmith..

Oh. SO u r another crazy person in this crazy city..

@ Prash..

OMG!! I almost fell off my chair.. I hope u dnt pose for photographs in the same attire now.. ~grin~ ;)

@ Aditi..

Ya it was all gone in a day.. Funny now im hoping the rains wud come back.. and sooooon. im literally boiling in the heat..

@ Its me..

I was too tired to even feel relieved.. :)

:)

..Me

endevourme said...

Lovely!

Anonymous said...

70 comments????

U have a lot of fans here 'ROSE'

Keep it up!

A

anup.777 said...

yaay! ... so I have a chance na .. ;)

if da beauty becomes a monster too ... then our story would be like SHREK ... hehe .. :)

that wldnt be too bad now ... wld it? ;)

Pranay said...

No reply to me? :-(

Rebellion said...

Whoa Rose!!

You have a real popular blog.. 70 comments! Coool :)
My first visit to your blog though :)

Mumbai.. Aamchi mumbai.. totally agree when you call its absolutely unpredictable!!! And after the last 26th July episode, I believe Mumbai has seen the worse and anything & everything can happen out here! Probably thats the reason people were out on the streets like mad the minute heavy showers started!!

//"Me and Dewy were in office with our noses glued to our monitors, pretending to be hard at work (we were actually playing online sudoku, googling for “Best pastimes during office hours”, and of course reading blogs)"
hehehe.. that was cute :)

//“we-should-get-a-paramvir-chakra-for-this” LOL :P

//"MEN!!! They were religiously entertaining themselves by grabbing at whatever flesh they could get their hands on"
Bast***s.. Wish each of us could move with a boxing glove & punch them hard! X-(

Your train incidents, sumo wrester, burgerized etc.. cracked me up :D

Very well written and ya.. after all that... YOu really deserved to be welcomed like one whose won a war :D :P

Nice one, keep writing..

Take care,
Aarti

the sunflower said...

they can be a killer - the mumbai rains.

liked, actually loved the way you wrote this post. definitely one of the "Better pastimes during office hours" :p

o anonymous reader said...

"... sometimes wish a miracle would turn me into a heavy-weight sumo wrestler for just that half a minute when the train stops, so that I could hurl everybody away and find my way into the train (except that I hope I don’t get stuck in the entrance of the train)."

LOL! You cracked me up... :) Ahhh it must be madness in Mumbai during the monsoon season... (or mayybeeee all the time :D)

Hilarious blog... though really, I should be sympathising, shouldn't I? :) Keep them coming!

Rose said...

@ Endevourme..

Danku.. Danku..

@ Anonymous..

Mr.A??? U again??

@ Anup..

:p (Just in case u dont realise, im sticking my tongue out at u) ;)

Mone Anupe.. Vendaa.. :D

@ Aarti..

Welcome.. and thanks for the lovely words..

@ Sunflower..

Wishing ya many more pastimes.. ~wink~

@ Yet another anonymous..

Actualy even after al that havoc.. it was fun at the end of the day.. :)

:D

..Me

jac said...

no post ?
You have such lot of fans.
Congrats.

kandykane said...

too good a read.. keep 'em coming

Rose said...

Jac..

A li'l too busy.. Been checking on my comments b/w meetings. :)

@ Kandy..

Thanks & welcome.. :)

Ankit said...

after reading ur post all i can say is i miss mumbai .
the rains is just one of the many unpredictable thigns of bombay

RefleXtion said...

Oline SU-DO-KU...I wanna play...where??? and the auto driver...there is still some godness in this world huh?

anup.777 said...

Abbe! ... how did u figure out that i'm Mal? ... was it Scribblez who told ya?

Anyways ... I'm gonna sulk for a while ... right after i do this ... :p

(i feel like a kid ... in luv ;)

Alter Abhishek said...

What an amazing expression you have!!

too good

and i bow at your fan followership

Pramod said...

Good one Rose...
Well its almost the same here at Mangalore too but I love rains like anything (people from Rajasthan would always no matter what ;)

But excess of anything isn't good. Be it rain or love... isn't it...

Anyways.. keep blogging :)

Anshuman Ghosh said...

ah the charm of living in mumbai, eh ? ;-P

Tariq said...

metaphor loaded writing, pretty similar to my writing style..

cool

i rmmbr when chennai was slashed with rains after like 700 years or smfin, it was like throwing a treasure chest at a beggar..

nice one,
Tariq

Rose said...

@ Ankit..

Oh yes.. Mumbai is the epitome of unpredictability.. amongst other things.. ;)

@ Reflexion

Here goes.. http://www.websudoku.com/
Enjoy! But dnt blame me if u loose ur job.. :D

@ Anup..

I knew rite frm the start.. the name Anup cannot be missed.. ~grin~

@ Abhishek..

Thanks dude!!!

@ Pramod..

U bet.. But we dont seem to get enough of them, do we? ;)

@ Anshuman..

Charming, indeed..

@ Tariq..

~smiles~

:)

..Me

Pranay said...

Seriously Rose...What's the matter? Why aren't you replying? Have sent 2 comments already. Hope you reply to this.

Rose said...

@ Pranay & Deepa..

Extremely busy these days.. the issue u have raised is not sumthn for wich I can give an off-handed reply.. Wil def reply 'in length' as soon as I get some breathing space.. So pleeeeeeease wait for sum time..

:)

..Me

Blue Athena said...

Oh yes, the day it rained! We flocked at the windows and even went downstairs [the romantic in us :D] ...had quite a lot to complete and then left office with 4 colleagues whom I needed to drop on the way.

It wasn't a drive I really enjoyed, with my feet almost asleep by being on the clutch and the gas pedal for over 1 and a half!

But love the rains, all said and done! :)

ani said...

awsum stuff babes! me wuz in mumbai in the same rains!! ;-)

Keshi said...

Is it still raining there? Why dun u put up a sunny new post now Rose :)

Keshi.

I love Munich said...

What an adventure!! You told that so beautifully that I could vividly imagine you two ...
It kind of reminds me of having swam through a tunnel when I was a child ... it was flooded and I HAD to be home at a certain time. (I was about 10) It had been raining ... not cats and dogs but CAMELS AND ELEPHANTS for a longer period of time!

I had to laugh a lot when I read Dew's last sentence ... !!! You guys a GREAT!!

Roy said...

Hi..

yah, u r right...the predictable stuff of mumbai is it's very unpredicted...

I'm quite surprised to see d no. of comments section & u hv replied all, great ammount patience....cool!!

U hv a great hand in writing to mix wit...all d best!!

Roy

anup.777 said...

When were you happiest Rose? ... the monster wants to know ... :)

Have a gr8 weekend yaar!

SUNMAY said...

man 95 whoa how do u get so many ppl to read ur blog? .. do u have an arms license or something?

satish said...

hilarious post!

wel, i was also caught up in the rains, and it did give me an experience to remember. hopefully no more experiences follow.

chaliye, take care.

White Forest said...

nice one !

a country fellow said...

u do have somethin for foetuses, dont u? :)

Siddharth Razdan said...

100 Comments! And now 101...Interesting.

Regards
(Siddharth Razdan)

Sachin said...

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A rose for u rose. Lovely works you have here in your blog.

-Sachin

endevourme said...

102 comments!!!
OMG.

neermathalam said...

comment no 103..
u share room with dew.. !!!
your life wud be like female Dasan and vijayan....(r u a mallu.. if not ask dew...)
gal...
Hats off....fundu writing style...
I envy u...

pophabhi said...

Nice depictions of the Mumbai Rains picture. Great Read.