The weather here in Mumbai is now diabolical. Between 9am and 6pm its too hot to consider venturing outside for any length of time. Even just standing outside my front door for a few minutes renders me covered in sweat.
The air is steamy. The humidity weighs so heavily you almost feel like you are inhaling liquid as you breathe.
I sit at my window and watch people go past, all looking up to the sky hoping for signs of rain. I can feel the anticipation of an entire city waiting for the monsoon to set in and clear away this heavy air.
I never thought I would look forward to monsoon, but now I can’t wait for the rain to pour down. I want to stand outside as the rain pelts down and feel it cool my skin.
The only thing I am not looking forward to is what the streets might become for the next few months. After all this is India, and all sorts of things could be floating down the street here, so just to be safe I bought my first pair of gumboots. I am now officially monsoon ready!
So now, like a true Mumbaiker, I wait and watch the sky and make little bets about when I think or hope the rains will start…. for the record I am tipping June 10.