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Mumbai Monsoon Redux

“Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet.” 

― Bob Marley

A week after my trip to New York, I found myself back in Mumbai for a short business visit.  It brought back memories of the previous two monsoon seasons that I had spent there.

I never waste a visit. So while the business side of the visit was intense, that did not mean that I could not manage to spend a few hours catching up with favorite friends, favorite haunts and the weather, frizzy hair and all.  🙂

As in previous monsoons, the vegetation had taken a bath and looked exceedingly clean, green and fresh. Beautiful!  

The roads had had a nice body wash too, so although the potholes were profuse, at least the roads looked relatively cleansed.

But the unique smell of Bombay had not gone anywhere. If anything, it had acquired new powers. 🙂

I don’t know what it is, but there is certainly something about Mumbai and the monsoon. They seem to have a mutual admiration thing going on.

It makes me want to say, ‘nice to be here’. But (just to be clear), only for a very short and sweet visit!

Typical of the season, I received a warm and ultra-sultry welcome to the city when I arrived.

This was accompanied by a wet, wet, wet, rain-drenched monsoon goodbye just a few days later at the packed (I mean packed!) international airport. It was the icing on the cake, so to speak, that made the entire seasonal experience hard to forget. Good, bad and ugly coexisting without a blink – that’s the incomparable Mumbai for you.  Indeed.

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The short visit helped me capture just enough Mumbai monsoon snaps for the memory bank.

[Click on one to see a slideshow].

“For after all, the best thing one can do when it is raining is let it rain.” 

― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Packing, Packing, Packing…And Leaving

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” 

― Dr. Seuss

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It’s time to leave.

I leave behind Mumbai and India, arriving in the United States on Christmas Day. That’s my Christmas gift this year – getting back home.

For the last few days, it seems like all I did was work and pack.  That much packing for someone who merely made a temporary home here!  One of these days, I swear I will listen to Leo Babauta who writes in his Zen Habits blog about the ideal life – about simplicity and minimalist living.  

It sounds superb.  But I just can’t seem to get there from here. And I’ve never wanted to get there more than during the last few days of packing!

Underlying all this busy work though, this time has been especially sad and hard – so much more than I expected. When you start thinking that you will miss the smell, grime, and chaotic traffic of Mumbai, you know it’s bad!

The Yin and Yang of Life in India

Endings always do this to me. It’s not that I am not looking forward to the next chapter. Of course, I am!

But I find that once I am part of a new beginning, it begins to take over rapidly and there’s usually no looking back.

Maybe that’s what it is about this situation that makes me morose. Chapter closed. No looking back.

Yes, I believe that what’s really gnawing at me and at the bottom of this feeling it’s all about people – old relationships that were strengthened and new ones that were forged. Just because I happened to live here for two years. That’s who I will miss the most.

Get over it, I’m telling myself, even as I write this.

Imagine if I had been so unlucky that the connections and adventures of these past two years had not even occurred? Now that would be something to cry about! Instead, I got to immerse myself in new experiences and new places for a short but rewarding time.

And what exactly did I get in return? Ah yes, the yin and yang of life in India.

Okay, so I’m over my gloom now. I’m happy.

Really.

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“You’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting,
So… get on your way!”

― Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

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