Monsooning in India

Sarah Klein is a student at Grove City College and an ISA Summer 2015 Featured Photo Blogger. She studied abroad with ISA Service-Learning in Mumbai, India.

Mumbai, India receives 85 inches of rain on average between the months of June and September annually, a period of time known as monsoon season. Hailing from a significantly dryer western part of the United States, I was looking forward to experiencing this season. However, I could not begin to anticipate the sheer volume of water dispersed in such a short amount of time, as well as the unbelievable amount of humidity and the massive rivers and pools that fill the roads.

For many in Mumbai, this rainy season is a joyful time. Countless children across the city form giggling throngs, splashing in troughs of water, washing their hair in the downpour, and generally having a wonderful, wet time. The entire city cools down from the stifling 90 degree temperatures of the previous weeks and the city’s youngest inhabitants rejoice.

A group of young boys play in a metal container that has collected rain-water.
One of the city’s millions of auto-rickshaws, working it’s way through puddle spotted streets.
Hitching a ride.
ISA student with a local woman.
Enjoying the rain.

It’s been a beautiful experience to see the purity brought by such an abundant downpour, and while it may be inconvenient at times, I’m thankful for this opportunity to splash in the puddles.

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