After the very hot and long painful wait, the rain gods have finally showered their blessings upon us. We bring to you your very own guide to making the most of the monsoon while it lasts. Live it up, Delhi style!
Stuff yourself with all the samosas you can ­manage. From matar to aloo, paneer to keema, spice knows no bar. The same with pakodas. Have Maggi — the desi way. For those with a sweet tooth, jalebis are a must. For maximum guilt, try with a side helping of rabdi.
From monuments to tombs, gumbads to baolis, Delhi is bursting at the seams to be explored and what better weather than the rains. Go try the Hop On Hop Off (HOHO) buses, which take you all over the city. Make a surprise visit to the zoo if it isn’t raining too much.
Hum songs. Needn’t necessarily be in Anu Malik style (It’s raining, it’s raining). Discover the soundtrack of your life as you get drenched on the roof.
Can’t step out of work for something you love? Lean out of the office window and whiff the petrichor. Enjoy the aroma of roasting bhuttaas.
Catch up on that well-intentioned pile of books.
A paper boat. Be it at Deer Park’s lake or in a ­puddle. Or just wait for the roads to turn to streams. From Old Fort to India Gate’s Boat Club, enjoy boat-riding. Oh buoy!
When you are done splashing...
Go eat bhuttaas at India Gate. Or slurp on ice creams. Turn it into a complete family outing by getting your pictures clicked. Sling your camera and head out to the ridge areas to catch a glimpse of the elusive peacocks in the monsoon. Pack a picnic lunch if you don’t want to be disturbed with mundane acts such as finding an eating joint.
Watch aeroplanes take off and land if the night showers permit a ride to that end of the city. Carry a ­container of coffee or tea to keep yourself warm.
Photos: Manoj Verma and Kaushal Sindwani