Rains Finally!

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rain 2

I went on a day’s trip to Mumbai and back yesterday and these two photographs show the intensity of the rains on the highway.  Please forgive the quality of the photographs.  They were taken with my mobile phone.

Monsooon should have settled over our part of the world by mid June but it did not leading to wide spread panic about the possibility of a drought after many years.  Luckily since the last three days, there has been enough and more rain to raise hopes that the Met may just be right in predicting that the rest of the season will see enough rainfall to wipe out the deficit experienced during the one month that we did not have rains.

It was a tiring if somewhat nostalgic trip for me into the island of Mumbai.  It is after many years that I drove through some of my old very familiar areas including passing by the building where my parents lived when my brother and I were born way back in the early forties of the last century.  The rain played a spoiler but for all that, it was nice pointing out to my chauffeur the landmarks as it was his first visit to Mumbai.

I was forced to go to Mumbai as one of the clubs in which I am a member insisted that I come personally to prove that I am still alive and to pose for a photograph and sign in their presence so that a new RFID card could be issued for me.  I was duly photographed and mollycoddled into signing four times because my signature was too big for their requirment and finally sent off by a very courteous and cheerful young lady who thought that I was a fragile antique piece needing careful handling.  I enjoyed that handling and left after complimenting her for her efficiency.

And, no Shackman and John, it was not the kind of handling that you guys are imagining.

My work got over in just under fifteen minutes but I spent about two hours and forty five minutes on the island stuck in traffic! But for all that, I am happy that I went and saw Mumbai from ground level and in pouring rain.  That is the Mumbai I have etched in my mind from having lived the maximum number of years anywhere next to Pune.

On the way back, I made brief halts to meet two of my cousins on the mainland and those were not very happy visits as in both places I had to meet  people with health issues.

All in all a satisfactory, if somewhat tiring outing.

PS. Please do read the post and the comments, to which I have given a link under “my signature”.  One of my treasured stories and the comments combination in my blog.

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12 Responses to Rains Finally!

  1. It is sometimes fun to be handled like a fragile antique, isn’t it? As long as it doesn’t happen all the time! As you know, I’m glad about the rain.
    Cheerful Monk recently posted..Jawbone and Rain

  2. Carey Green says:

    This is second time I came across your lovely site and this time I spent more time than I expected reading a few posts about Afghan Wisdom and Signature. I love to see interesting people sharing their musings. I bet it is impossible to fake your signature. By the way, the picture on the post didn’t open for me.

    I am glad I have postponed my visit to India. I was due to arrive New Delhi next week and have a long trip (25 days) in North India with my family. However, one of my Indian friends in the UK told me that I should postpone it until perhaps the end of September.

    Hopefully, we will be able to get visas on arrival by then as well. If we were to come this time we needed to send our passports for visa. That would have been a problem since I didn’t seem to have a 10 day opening where I wouldn’t need my passport. I think it would be a good thing for India if people could just book a flight and get their visas on arrival.
    Carey Green recently posted..Dealing with Distractions from Backseat Drivers

  3. I think I have just been called a dirty old man by one of my elders. Talk about th etandoori calling the kettle black. Geeze.

    We are in the midst of a real drought here in Texcas and California is in even worse shape. Things are at a dnger point there – just somewhat inconvenient here. And antiques should be caressed gently. No wonder you like that. “;)

    • Not quite. It is what I thought that you would think about me!

      As I write this, the rain has not let up and we are hoping that it will continue like that. The drinking water situation otherwise will become very serious for us.

  4. vagabonde says:

    I was away from blogging for two months and am now catching up. I understand how it feels to go back to where you were brought up – even the rain cannot dim the experience. We were in Paris in May, not for long, and it did rain almost every day, but we went back to the area where I grew up and that made a big difference. Here in Georgia the weather has been warm but last week I decided to go to the two large cemeteries to take photos – the National cemetery where the Union troops are buried and the smaller Confederate cemetery where I had never been (although I pass by it almost daily.) It started to rain – but a violent rain – by the time I came back to my car I looked like I had been under a shower at home or fallen into a swimming pool! I took pictures of the rain through the windshield, just like you, and I’ll have to show them on my blog sometime. I’ll come back to your blog to read more of your past posts when I am caught up reading all my blogging friends.
    vagabonde recently posted..La Marseillaise .. and more

    • Welcome back Vagabonde. I went back to your blog and this time around have left my indication to follow you so that I get to know every time you post.

      I have been in Paris when it rains and it can be very depressing!

  5. tammyj says:

    you already know how i feel about rain rummy… so i’m rejoicing for you!
    and as i write this… we are having the most amazing unheard of weather in our part of the country in july. a COOL rainy day!!! oh how i’m loving it!
    and the picture on your signature link will not appear. it’s blank. i right clicked to make it ‘show picture’ and it still would not. so disappointed.
    i wanted to see your amazing picture!
    i did enjoy the handwriting analysis that grannymar did on your signature though.
    and i do not think of you as a fragile antique in any way!!!
    tammyj recently posted..jerkin’ your chain?

    • I have updated that post now to show the signature. You can see it live now! I will also send you the same via email.

      As I write this, it is still raining and we are praying that it continues till the deficit is wiped out and the season goes through fully.

  6. Maxi says:

    Sounds as if you were the “man of the day” at the special meeting. Especially the fragile antique handling.

    I must say that is not how I picture you, Rummy. Still, you must have enjoyed it. Glad to hear the rains finally began.
    blessings ~ maxi
    Maxi recently posted..Please Don’t Go

    • Maxi, when people below the age of forty see me hobbling around with my cane, they immediately think of me as a fragile antique and I enjoy playing to the gallery. People offer me seats, allow me to precede them in queues, offer to carry my bags etc and I enjoy that kind of courtesy.

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