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When the heavens opened up

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Rain’s been pouring in our city for the last three days as we write this column (on Tuesday afternoon). Here are some interesting reactions to the Mumbai rains on social media:

Pritish Nandy, editor, on Twitter: 3 days of angry non-stop rain; the city’s out to work. The bhelpuri guy outside Jaslok (hospital) is busy. The breadwala came on time. So did newspapers, the lady who keeps the building clean. Flower girls wet and smiling at the crossing. Lovers cuddling on Marine Drive. Mumbai is always on.

Vandana Trivedi, netizen, on Facebook: (Mumbai rains is about) when you have to leave for the airport at 6am, but call for the cab at 5.45am, cos it’s raining. But the cab driver reaches your place at 4.45am cos he doesn’t want to be late, (again cos it’s raining). That’s the dedication to work a Mumbaikar brings.

Mark Manuel, editor, on Facebook: This extended weekend of heavy, incessant rain has left Mumbai battered and wringing wet. The roads are flooded, houses are leaking, clothes don’t dry for days, and discouragement has set in the soul with the dampness that has laid siege to the body rekindling old aches and pains. The cup of steaming tea and plate of hot bhajiyas is not exciting anymore. And even Nescafe and hot buttered toast, meant for extra heavy rainy days, fails to cheer the soaking spirit now.

Swara Bhasker, actress, on Twitter: And while I thank my stars for the privilege and dryness of having a car in these torrential Mumbai rains -- have to say SO much respect for the working people of Mumbai, allMumbaikars who don’t let the rains become an excuse to skip work.

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