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Rum reminiscent of the rain

india Updated: Jul 06, 2012 18:57 IST
Serena Menon
Serena Menon
Hindustan Times
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A-girl-holds-an-umbrella-during-a-monsoon-shower-in-Mumbai-Reuters-Vivek-Prakash

Stop f***ing behaving like it’s raining in Mumbai for the first time!” That tweet more or less captures the exact sentiment on all social networking sites right now.



Nonetheless, there’s little that can curb this city’s excitement about the monsoon. It starts with the radio that forces the nostalgia on to you.



The late-night shows haven’t changed their playlists in the last decade and the song from the Sonali Bendre-Akshaye Khanna starrer Dahek, Saawan Barse Tarse Dil has secretly become the monsoon anthem.



Streets are clogged, roads are packed, cabs and rickshaws are as evasive as ever and combating the rain to get to a bar is a tiresome prospect. That’s why it’s the perfect time to plan house parties.



Keep the windows open and you don’t need to worry about the air conditioner raising your electricity bill. And the sound of the rain crashing at everything in sight, muffles the ‘noise’ that housing societies have issues with.



Those who shudder at the thought of spending an evening in wet socks and sneakers can also find solace in this plan. Soaked socks inside shoes are no laughing matter.



With undone hair, bright umbrellas and raincoats, rubber slippers, jeans rolled up, shorts worn low and no make-up on the faces… These few months may as well resemble what the ’70s would have been like in Cherrapunji.



Stock up on Old Monk, the latest episodes of your favourite TV shows, retro music, buy some Maggi noodles, even more beer and invite your one friend who everyone knows as the-guy-who-plays-the-guitar, and you’re set to stay in.



For everything else, city services like madorders.com, flybyknight.in and partyharddrivers.com will make sure you have food on your plate, condoms in your pocket and a sober driver in your front seat.