8:20 AM on the busy Western Express highway near Kandivli
Sitting in the company’s bus, I look outside at the slow moving traffic. The morning sun can be quite hot. As I look, a family of four sits in a taxi, the elder son in the front seat and the husband and wife with their infant son in the back seat. The infant who may be just a year or so old stands/sits between the two parents looking from the rear window at the world outside.
Behind the taxi, a lone driver sits in his car. From his clothes, he looks to be in a well-to-do job, complete with tie and jazzy identity card hanging around his neck, As I look at the kid completely comforatble standing and looking around, the man behind starts waving at the kid. First quite discreetly and then quite happily.
The kid looks on at the man and seems confused at first. The traffic has stopped and the man is still waving. The kid is still looking. Both of them seem oblivious of the surrounding. The man keeps waving and finally the infant smiles. He looks sideways to see a biker and he smiles at him too. He is quite in a mood smiling at everybody around him
I smile too!
As soon as the month of May ends, Mumbaikar wait eagerly for the monsoon. As I sit in the bus, I see dark clouds in the sky. The traffic had really slowed down and a bus comes and stands close to our bus. The heat is becoming unbearable, coupled with humidity, I am sweating drenched when I reach office.
I feel some drops of water on my hand. I look out. The sky is overcast but I feel small drops on my hand. I look out but the sun still shines brightly between the clouds but still there are some tiny water droplets on my arm. I stretch out my hand from the stationary bus
The people in the opposite bus also did feel the waterdrops. One hand comes out of the window from the opposite bus, then another, then another and then another. I see 5 hands out of the bus trying to touch the first drops of rain this year. All in the hope of the much needed rains. All spontaneous.
I look on as the drops stop!
I smile again!
Some pictures of the first dark clouds in Mumbai