The first rain hit mumbai on June 4th. The flashes in the sky signalled its arrival. Somewhere around 9:30 pm rains started.
Today (6th June), It was raining heavily before I left the office at 7:00 pm. There were thunders and lightning all evening. While I was driving back home the rains brought back happy memories of past years. We used to get drenched during the first rains in mumbai and urge others to get wet too as if it was a ritual to do so. It's a great experience to raise your face towards the sky and let the rain droplets hit you. Today's downpour would have brought smile on faces of millions of mumbaites who have been facing the extreme heat and humidity for a few months now.
One thing which concerned me was the demolition drive just a week before in Matunga West. This demolition drive left many people homeless. Although most of the people moved to other places, many were still living on the pavements. They had made makeshift roofs which I am sure would not sustain the mumbai rains even for a day. Suddenly, the government policy of giving houses to slum dwellers started making some sense to me.