If we were having coffee, I would say… Such a beautiful weather! The hot summer has been forgotten with the monsoon gaining momentum. The dust and grime of the summer has been washed away replaced with tender leaves, greener plants and fresh air. We have got more than average rainfall in the last 10 days. We also had the heaviest rainfall in the last 10 years on Friday, the 19th. Mumbai went down under. Completely flooded, traffic stopped. The trains also stopped. Schools and offices closed early.
And in typical Mumbaikar fashion, we celebrated the early start of the weekend. Everyone played and partied in the rain. And we celebrated the belated birthday of my younger son with pizza.
But, the side effect of the continuous pouring was that the boys were at home. With schools closed, and unable to play outdoors, they watched the re-re-re-telecast of superhero movies starting from Fast & Furious, Avengers, Transformers, Iron Man, Captain America, Pirates of the Caribbean. Oh! There was also some LOTR and Hobbit. And when these were not being shown, they have watched WWE Wrestling. My ears are aching with all the booms and bangs.
In this single female family, I do feel left out at times and wish for some feminine company. She would have shared a romantic movie with me. We could have drooled over the looks of Ian Somerhalder. Or maybe gone shopping for some fabulous rainy footwear .
To get a break on the marathon movie watching, using mommy power, I changed the channels to watch an old, classic movie – Mother India. But after watching for 15 minutes, even I felt it was too slow. And gave up the remote control meekly.
Today, June 21, is also #InternationalDayofYoga and #FathersDay. The Father’s day is a relatively new trend here aided by the marketing companies and media. They make you feel guilty for not sending a gift to your father. Does that make me a bad daughter? My father, who is away from all this madness, was equally happy to speak with me in the morning. But, I speak with him almost every day because I want to and not because I have to.
I have been watching with amusement the hullabaloo over the #InternationalDayofYoga. It was enforced on us hapless citizens. And then it took up some religious tones. But, it was the politician who won ultimately by making it a huge spectacle. We were bombarded with advertisements over TV, Social media, Texts to celebrate it. All the time, I was worrying over my taxpayer’s money being miss-spent. The event has comfortably taken the focus away from another day, which is ‘WorldRefugeeDay’ on June 20. With so many refugees in India from Kashmir, Bangladesh and elsewhere, it should have been addressed more humanely.
We will continue with life till the next gimmick is found.
The rain is pouring again beating against my window sill. The curtains are blowing wildly.
Today, it is raining more heavily than yesterday. Will we get the day off on Monday too? I wish.
Till then, you have a fabulous week ahead!
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