Friday, 24 July 2009
Rains in Mumbai........
The only way to enjoy rain is to watch it from a safe distance and this is what I plan to do during this monsoon season. I don’t have to actually go out on the roads to experience it. I feel the droplets of waters sprinkling on my face while I work on my computer, closer to my open balcony. I enjoy the sound of heavy rainfall and the cool breeze that follows.
But believe it or not, rain had been playing funny games this year. When it is predicted that it will rain, all the poets are out there, closer to a window, watching the thick pregnant clouds and working on their verse, and poof! Sun comes out to greet them! There is no rain and therefore no muse nor any verse.
On 20th May I had post this information on my blog
“24 July 2009 Friday 2:03 PM 5.05
25 July 2009 Saturday 2:43 PM 4.94
BMC has already planned to keep the schools closed on 24 July 2009 since the tide level is record high of last 100 years on this day.
Mumbaites are, therefore, requested to cooperate with the administration by restricting their movements and certainly not to take their vehicles out on the roads these days.
There are speculations about very high waves on 22 July 2009 due to solar eclipse. Public should, therefore, keep away from the beaches that day.
Also, please advise your friends and relatives outside Mumbai not to plan a trip to Mumbai around these days.”
But what actually happened was that only some schools were closed, and it didn’t rain like it was supposed to.
The waves measuring 4.85 & 5.1 meters lashed Mumbai due to solar eclipse but that did not deter people from going to the beaches..
People were naturally excited as they normally are, they all thronged to sea-shores to experience first hand knowledge so that they could brag about it later saying “Maine to apne aakh se dekha…kya jakas wave tha ree, itanaaa uparich, majaa aa gaya.re..
While people enjoyed on the concrete promenades to witness the angry seas,
Shanties at Mahim fort shattered after 5.1 meters high waves hit the shores.
And after the storm is calm but in Mumbai after storm is a huge garbage…and muddy waters…..
Img source: Timesofindia.com
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