Mumbai is a centre where many cultures co exist. It is a city of dreams, a city of Bollywood, a city of handsome actors and beautiful actresses. It is where people come to fulfill their long sought after dreams and desires. It is a sea of people travelling in local trains and eating Vada Pav by the roadsides.
But none of this beats the hot summers, cold winters and the refreshing rains. The monsoons are something every Mumbaikar wishes for until the moment they arrive. The rains bring much respite from the summer heat and humidity caused by the sea.
The rainy season is also an excellent time for the hawkers who sell umbrellas and rain coats by the road sides. The articles get sold out within minutes like hot cakes and the sellers make the best of the moment. It is also a very prosperous time for the roadside venders who sell tea, coffee and pakoras. Every person in Mumbai wishes for hot pakoras and tea after a shower.
Visions of people wearing rain coats and gumboots and making the most of their articles in the wardrobe meant for the rainy season can be seen. The local Maharastrian working women wear their saris up while they sell their wares like flowers etc. Even the college students are busy buying their stock of water proof make up.
The people who have to travel in the public trains however get the downers because the tracks are filled with water and by the time they reach their work destination their clothes are ruined. But even they take a breath of relief when it showers because they have to face the worst of the heat too and they clearly prefer the wet rains over the sweaty summers.
Children returning back from schools in the evening rush home expecting piping hot Maggi to be served. All sorts of delicacies meant for the rainy season like boiled ground nuts and steamed corn are enjoyed by the people here. The Mumbaikars enjoy the little pleasures of life fully during the season.