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Things To Do On A Rainy Day: Monsoon Musings And Wishful Thinking

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THINGS TO DO ON A RAINY DAY: MONSOON MUSINGS AND WISHFUL THINKING 

Kolkata has faced few drizzles already. But their effect was much like the sprinkling of water on a hot wok, right before cooking the poor Kolkatans to death. And right now, we are left with prayers for borsha. But, monsoon is coming. And that means you’ll want to stay back and spend a rainy day indoors, once in a while.

Things To Do On A Rainy Day: Monsoon Musings And Wishful Thinking
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Things To Do On A Rainy Day: Monsoon Musings And Wishful Thinking  

Remember when, in your school days, you could enjoy a ‘rainy day’? When a rain-soaked morning did not mean you had to worry about work from home, deadline, and loss of pay? Don’t you wish you could just enjoy those little joys again?

Sleeping in late

What if you did not have an alarm clock to wake you up? You could just open your eyes lazily, woken up by the raindrops pattering on the AC or the window. It would still be a little dark, and there would be a dank coldness in the air. All you’d need is to pull your sheets and slip back to sleep. 

Watching the clouds pour

“What is this life if, full of care, we have no time to stand and stare…” At the beautiful torrential downpour in the city… At the little streams of water running down the glass on your window… At the city shrouded in gloom… 

Things To Do On A Rainy Day: Monsoon Musings And Wishful Thinking
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Little pools and streams here and there

Have you recently noticed how the little pools near the house have been begging for your paper boats? Have you seen the rickshaw splashing water everywhere while cutting through the newly formed stream in place of the lane nearby? Stand on the roof and take a journey down memory lane, as the water flooding the streets makes you feel like you’re aboard a huge sailing ship.    

Colourful umbrellas and raincoats

Things are mostly grey and gloomy in the monsoon. The only colours on the streets are added by the rainbow-coloured umbrellas and raincoats of school kids. Don’t forget to capture the images that remind you of the colourful days of your life. When was the last time you wore a colourful raincoat, by the way?

Getting drenched

Breaking the rule of avoiding the first monsoon rains is a childhood secret everyone cherishes. How often have you chosen to ignore the umbrella in your bag or even in your hand, just to get wet? Wouldn’t you love to do that again?

Something nice and hot

As long as you follow up your dance in the rain with a long, warm bath and something hot to drink, like a frothy cup of chocolate or some onion soup, you’re good to go. A cup of Darjeeling tea works fine, too!

 

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Khichuri and ilish

Are you really a proud Kolkatan or Bangali if the petrichor doesn’t naturally remind you of a plate filled with runny khichuri, with steam rising from the surface and titillating you to dive in? Yes, Khichuri is a must. And if it’s with a side of Ilish, then the day becomes worthwhile. 

A trip to a green Maidan

The green heart of Kolkata becomes even greener once all the dust and grime of the summer has been washed away by the monsoon rains. And taking a quick trip to Maidan means you can breathe in the aroma of wet mud, as you walk barefoot on the grass. 

The sky and the streets after the rain 

If the rain subsides, the sky will bring you colours that you can’t forget. Like a phoenix, the city emerges as a new beauty after a rain, and the sky seems to its fire. The streets become mirrors that reflect the colours of the traffic lights and passing cars. It’s all bright and glassy.    

 

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Tagore, rains, and storms

If the clouds refuse to go, and the wind still shakes the leaves, and the curtains continue to flutter, Tagore’s songs will soothe your soul. Jhoro jhoro borishe baaridhara… Aaji jhorer raate tomar obhishaar… Can the monsoon be complete without the melancholia of Tagore’s tunes and words reminding you of the romance that a stormy night deserves and the homeless struggling in the rain? 

 

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Films about monsoon

From Raincoat to Meghe Dhaka Tara, cinema has time and again captured the desolation and wistfulness instilled in the aroma of monsoon. Why not spend a day immersed in the romanticism of borsha rumination and yearning? Isn’t that very essentially Bangali?

It’s all just monsoon musings. The reality might be very different. You’ll just have to Uber yourself to work in the rains after paying a surge price. You’ll think about the homeless looking for a shed to hide their heads before you pray for rains. But monsoon will come. And what’s the harm in some wishful thinking, hoping for a day like this when you can enjoy all these wonderful things to do on a rainy day without a care in the world.

    

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