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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

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!

Perfect Tunes for a Rainy Day

Saturday, July 2nd, 2016

It’s pouring cats and dogs outside your window and all you wan’t to do is curl up indoors, sip something warm and enjoy a good movie/book or some good music. While you might have your own preferences when it comes to the first two, you could always use a few good suggestions when it comes to the latter.So, here are some lovely songs for you to add to your playlist. And, they all are perfect for the monsoons!

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Have you ever seen the rain – CCR

This single, written by John Fogerty is one of the most loved songs of the group. The song has been used in several films and TV serials.

I love a rainy night – Eddie Rabbit

If you’re in the mood for something a little more upbeat, this is the song to listen to. It’s also perfect for a fun jive, so get jiggy!

Purple Rain – Prince

This is one of Prince’s most popular songs. It is a gospel-inspired ballad with heartbreaking lyrics. Watch him perform the song live in this video.

Happy listening!

6 ‘Rainy’ songs you must add to your Monsoon Playlist

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

The monsoons are here, and the pitter-patter of falling raindrops turn most of us into mushy romantics. The sublimely beautiful weather, with just a whiff of melancholy, provides the perfect backdrop for the lovelorn poet and the introspective photographer to weave their magic. That’s the beauty about this weather, it can turn even the most creatively-challenged person into a prolific artist. Tissue doodles and love notes, black-and-white photographs and profound quotes, there isn’t a dearth of creations now. As you explore this enchanting world of thoughts and emotions, here are 6 songs to help you enjoy the monsoons and your creative pursuits better. Plug in your earphones and let these tracks play on in the background as you craft your next piece de resistance!

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Purple rain – Prince and The Revolution

This multi-award winning track combines rock, pop, orchestral and gospel music and is considered to be a signature track of the singer. Listen to it for its evocative lyrics and awesome, awesome guitar solo.

Fire and Rain – James Taylor

This song speaks about things that could move anyone; a friend’s suicide, the perils of fame, dealing with depression. The melodious, slow folk-rock rhythms are perfect for a rainy day.

Have you ever seen the Rain? – CCR

Said to refer to the inner tensions simmering among band members, this song is probably one of the most famous tracks sung by the band. Enjoy its soothing rhythms and poignant lyrics as you sip on a warm
cup of chai!

Rain drops keep fallin’ on my head - B.J. Thomas

This song is filled with so much positivity that it instantly dispels the gloominess of a bleak, rainy day. Enjoy B.J Thomas’s deep, husky voice singing jolly lyrics like, “It won’t be long till happiness steps up to
greet me.”

I love a rainy night – Eddie Rabbitt

Love jiving? Well, then you must listen to this song, if you haven’t already! The peppy beats and jolly country vibe will bring a sunny smile to your face.

Riders on the Storm – The Doors

This iconic track sung by Jim Morrison features real sound effects of thunder and rain. The chilling lyrics and electric piano solos add an eerie feel to the song. Curl up in bed with your writing pad and pen and let those creative thoughts flow as this song plays on in the background.

Hope you liked these suggestions! Plug in your earphones, turn up the volume and enjoy a melodious, musical monsoon!

* NSPA artists too have sung some amazing cover versions and original compositions. Eager to check out these songs? Head to our YouTube channel to enjoy a generous offering of melodious music.