More rain in Mumbai.
Mumbai has indeed tried very hard to not be overpowered by the rains yet again. We had traffic snarls again, but on wider roads. We had water logging again, but the water drained away from the main roads very fast too. Unfortunately the road widening process required many trees to be hacked, and the ones that survived clung on to earth with weak roots. No wonder we had so many trees crashing all over the city. The news channels, as always, hyped up the whole situation creating more panic than caution. Can we expect all the rain water to go straight into the sea? There are parts in this city that are high, there are parts that are low – there are inevitably going to be regions which will be waterlogged! During the short dry phase we had today, basket-happy aunties flocked the supermarkets and groceries soon went out of stock. I think the people of Mumbai are growing stonger as a race and may soon evolve as hardened, wiser citizens of the world.
My advice to you is DO not watch drama-hungry news channels. They are pure evil. They telecast and retelecast the same scenes for days. You never know, maybe you’re watching a video clip from last year too. Open your windows, look towards the sky and judge the situation yourself. Be prepared to face a flood, but be prepared to have a normal monsoon too. The latter might be difficult after all the media histrionics.
A waterlogged bylane:
A well prepared housing society:
Gardening Department of BMC at work:
High Tide at the beach:
Have a happy and fun monsoon! :-)