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How To Be A Little Kinder This Monsoon Season!

Friday, June 28th, 2019

After a long month of teasing and playing coy, it seems the rains are here in full force. Cats and dogs doesn’t seem to even begin describing the outpouring that is currently happening. Don’t forget to carry your umbrella and coat if you’re stepping out today!

But along with taking care of yourself in the rains, you should also try to be considerate of others. Here’s a list of five ways you can be more considreate of others this monsoon.

 

1. Let your guard down

First things first, ensure that you have mudguards installed behind the rear tyres of your vehicle. Why? Because muddy roads filled with puddles often send a stream of mud flying at whichever vehicle is behind you. While it doesn’t really matter if it’s a car or bus, it makes a huge difference to the bike riders behind you. It’s a small piece of rubber, but it makes a huge difference.

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Image source – ebay

 

2. Take shelter

Some of the most hard hit (and voiceless) by the rains are the stray animals out and about. It’s not only people that don’t like to be caught unawares and left drenched. While we all have homes to get back to and dry off, these animals don’t. So if you see one taking shelter under your car, or window sill, or even the entrance to your building, don’t shoo them off. Let them stay a while and take some respite from the downpour. And if you’re extra nice, you’ll even tell your security guard to let them be.

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Image source – Flickr

 

3. Umbrella, Ella, Ella!

See someone stuck in the rain without an umbrella? Offer to share yours. It seems like a small gesture, but it will definitely mean a lot. Trust us!

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Image source – Mirror

 

4. Chai peelo!

One of the quintessential things about the rain in India is definitely a chai and pakoda combination. As the temperature drops, and wet clothes guarantee shivering, there are thousands of homeless people left on our city streets with no respite from the cold and wetness. A hot cup of tea and warm words can do wonders. Next time you stop at a tea stall, buy an extra cutting for someone that looks like they really need it. It doesn’t cost much, but the value is definitely immeasurable.

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Image source – Astro Ulagam

 

5. Sad times

Unfortunately, a lot of people really hate the rain. And for those suffering from any form of mental illness, it’s especially tough, because the rain just makes sadness seem sadder. Reach out and call old friends and family every now and then, just to check up on how they’re doing. A quick hi and a small joke might not make much difference to your day, but it might considerably brighten someone else’s.

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Image source – commondreams.org

Great Trek Locations Near Mumbai

Tuesday, August 7th, 2018

The weather! No seriously, the weather! Isn’t it just the most beautiful thing at this time of year? Oh, wait. You don’t agree? It’s mucky, makes you sweaty, it’s horrible to travel in, especially to go to work, and the number of shoes you’ve ruined is heartbreaking? But what if we could take all that misery related to this weather, and make it disappear for a bit? Replace the water-logged roads with open spaces surrounded by greenery? Would you change your mind then? We genuinely think so.

To help you out with this, we’ve come up with some suggestions for you to plan a trek around Mumbai with friends this weekend, so that you can really soak in the joys the monsoons bring, with vibrant greens, misty showers, fresh air, and a small stall selling hot tea and hotter pakodas. So get out your whatsapp groups, and get planning!

 

Tungareshwar

Located between Virar and Vasai, this dense forest area is great for people who wish to take long walks amidst lush greenery.

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Image source – Treks and Trails

 

Rajmachi Fort

Though the final section of the drive from Lonavla isn’t that great, this is a great location to head to, especially for beginner level trekkers. And the views accorded from the Fort are certainly worth the trip too!

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Image source – Wikipedia

 

Sandhan Valley

Located near Bhandardara and Igatpuri, the Sandhan Valley experience and views are sure to leave you never wanting to head back to the city!

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Image source – Travel d globe

 

Kalsubai

One of the most popular locations for trekkars, this one is great for beginners too.

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Image source – Weekend Thrill

 

Lohagad Fort

Another great fort near Mumbai, this one has lovely foggy scenes to appease that inner need for perfect scenery.

 

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Image source – Hunt for spot

 

Korigad

Another spot near Lonavla, this little hill is a great getaway.

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Image source – eventshigh

 

Raigad Fort

Another lovely fort near Mumbai, this one is quite popular for night trekking.

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Image source – Thrillophillia

It’s obvious that we’ve hardly come close to covering all the trekking spots that come within driving distance from Mumbai, we sincerely hope that we’ve whet your appetite enough to plan a trip, get out there, and really enjoy what the monsoons are really all about – being one with nature!

Words to Welcome the Rains With

Tuesday, June 5th, 2018

The rains have made the way into the city, bringing a fresh and lovely break from the constant heat of summer. And if you’re one to take delight in each drop, if you breathe in the cool, fresh air and feel nothing but calm, then this might just be your favorite time of the year.

As the city streets cool down in the downpour, you might be snuggling in at home with a hot cup of chai after a long day’s work, and feel all poetic, but find yourself without the words to describe what you’re feeling.

Well, worry not! We’ve got you covered! Bringing to you a list of words to help you perfectly describe all those lovely feelings that rain just brings about. (Sincere apologies to those who don’t enjoy the rains. Maybe these words will inspire you to change your minds?)

 

  1. Ombrophilia – (n.) Love for rain, Origin: Greek, from ombr meaning rain, and phil meaning love, ia meaning state or condition

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    Image source – Patch.com

  2. Petrichor – (n.) A love for the scent of rain in nature
  3. Pluviophile – (n.) A lover of rain, someone who finds joy on rainy days

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    Image source – The Register

  4. Ceraunophile – (n.) A person who loves lightning and thunder

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    Image source – YouTube

  5. Hoppipolla – (phrase, Icelandic) Jumping into puddles

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    Image source – My screaming diary

  6. Sirimiri – (n., Spanish) A light rain, a fine drizzle
  7. Brontide – (n.) The low rumble of distant thunder
  8. Cloudburst – (n.) A sudden and extremely heavy rainfall

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    Image source – Britannica.com

  9. Chrysalism – (n.) The amniotic tranquillity of being indoors during a thunderstorm

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    Image source – Benoni City Times

 

Now you’ve got the perfect set of words to bring in the new season. Happy puddle jumping!