June 3, 2013

Monsoon Memories - Nostalgia

Posted by DeeDee at 2:58 PM
It was the beautiful cloudy day in the mid of the Rainy season. 4 kids after their Engineering exams decided to take a day off to Marine Drive in Mumbai.

Sitting by the shore, pulling each others legs, eating peanuts, under colorful umbrella's under small soft drizzles.
Little, did the kids know that in a few hours they might be going through an experience of their lifetime..

It was July 26th of 2005, when all of Mumbai went standstill, due to the wrath of Mother Nature.

I was one of those 4 kids..

We felt kind of a eerie feeling, when the sea started lashing violently against the rocks.. We got up and took a bus, that bus got stranded right after 10 minutes, after a while we realized sitting here is not going to help,
 we got down the bus in knee deep water and saw so many people on the streets in pouring rain walking along.
We too decided to follow the crowd holding hands, trying not to trip over anyone or anything. Trying to figure out where is the road, and where is the gutter. Listening, to people warning us about manholes.

Slowly, the night started to creep in. Except for one cellphone, all 3 phones went dead. The networks were jammed. Luckily at one point we got a signal and shot out an sms to all our parents informing them of our safety.
We were walking...and walking and walking amongst hundreds of people along. Everyone helping everyone. There were no lights on the streets, we had no idea where we had reached by then. The water was now till out throats (given my short stature: 5'5"). The taxis submerged in water. Garbage bin overflowing. Walking by the edges of flyovers, trying to climb up poles that we wouldn't dare to go on any normal day. Dead dogs floating.Everyone drenched from head to toe, in and out, clothes sticking to our bodies.
Still we had strangers helping strangers without any vested motive.

By now, we knew it was late in the night, our legs were almost giving up on us. It was a zombified state. Walking for hours without food or water to drink. That's when people with us actually held our hands and motivated us to walk.

There was a point where, some good Samaritans were giving out free vada-pavs, though they were wet, at that point it was nothing less than a divine blessing. That time, it really felt of how people might be feeling without long hours of food, the reason why starvation makes people commit crime.

Walking along to eternity, the day broke...we knew we were walking all night..and we knew now we were somewhere near our houses.
We heard that the place that we had to cross to reach home, the water force was so bad that many people were pulled in and vanished, but now all we knew was we had to reach home into our parents arms.
The moment we reached there, we saw a human chain made. Everyone helped everyone to reach home.

When we reached home..it was such a feeling of pride..something unexplainable..something overwhelming..

 Our one and a half day walk of life

That's the moment I fell in love with my city - Mumbai

People could have looted us, raped us, taken advantage of us..but no....we were helped to safety...
I wanna thank every person in Mumbai to still give me a kind of nostalgic memory of a day when Mumbai submerged not only into the water but also into the love and kindness that this city gave us..

It gives a nostalgic feeling writing this even after 8 years.

Image Courtesy: www.indianexpress.com


15 comments:

Confused Soul on June 3, 2013 at 4:00 PM said...

I feel proud to be a part of this city. Despite the odds and evil, it's one city that also comes to your rescue. The heroic act of everyone that day cannot be explained, but KUDOS to them.

And glad you reached home safe.

P.s. I missed you! :)

Soumya on June 3, 2013 at 4:12 PM said...

Glad you reached home safe. Quite an experience this one. And yes, God bless the people of Mumbai.

Best start to the new discussion.

DEE DEE on June 3, 2013 at 6:01 PM said...

Confused I missed you too :-D
n yea, how ever it is..its still the nicest city

You can remove the Mumbaikar out of Mumbai but you cant remove the Mumbai out of a Mumbaikar

DEE DEE on June 3, 2013 at 6:01 PM said...

Soumya I reached home safe thanks to the lovely people and their timely help

maithili on June 3, 2013 at 10:25 PM said...

That was one day when Mumbai showed exemplary courage and warmth. That day is so well etched in our minds and reminds that we are not alone :) I still remember what that day was like and yes I was talking about the same thing to my mom when I thought "Lets see what other monsoon memories are" and put up this topic. :D :D
Truly, you can take a Mumbaikar out of Mumbai but never take away Mumbai from a Mumbaikar :D :D

DEE DEE on June 4, 2013 at 10:52 AM said...

:-D
so many people might have so many memories.
Good, Bad, Ugly beautiful...But that day is surely etched in your minds for life

Lipsy on June 4, 2013 at 5:17 PM said...

Definitely a proud moment and this city has always been supportive to me as a single female traveler even in the midnight...I love Mumbai

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DEE DEE on June 4, 2013 at 5:20 PM said...

Lipsy *hugs*

Yes, its been nice to me too :-D

Sunitha on June 5, 2013 at 10:13 AM said...

What a start to the monsoon memories discussion. Really good post. And it must have been quite an experience.

DEE DEE on June 5, 2013 at 12:42 PM said...

Sunitha Thank you :-)

It was an experience of a lifetime..

i might even tell it to my grand kids, 30 years hence

pseudonoise666 on June 5, 2013 at 6:35 PM said...

I was one of the 4 ;) and i could only do it coz of the other 3 ppl with me ....i don' think that journey would be the same without that set of 4 . Today i can tell it like an adventure of a life time....but at that time it was just fun ...fun walking home in the rain ....the seriousness never dawned on me coz u guys were with me ....miss u terrible .

pseudonoise666 on June 5, 2013 at 6:36 PM said...

I was one of the 4 ;) and i could only do it coz of the other 3 ppl with me ....i don' think that journey would be the same without that set of 4 . Today i can tell it like an adventure of a life time....but at that time it was just fun ...fun walking home in the rain ....the seriousness never dawned on me coz u guys were with me ....miss u terrible .

DEE DEE on June 5, 2013 at 10:39 PM said...

Nami...my partner in crime..
every moment spent on that day...before that day...after that day has been always special for me
Love you gurl

:-*
i miss you too

Dee Dee on June 13, 2013 at 1:05 PM said...

You made it sound so real, that sitting miles away from Bombay I could feel every moment of this post
Keep it up DeeDee

DEE DEE on June 14, 2013 at 12:21 AM said...

woow Dee Dee commenting for DEE DEE ..this is awesome :-D

and hey im glad that you liked the post :-)

I love your name btw :-D

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